About Dick, K1MGH

Retired physician, ham radio operator since 2003, Amateur Extra license in 2011z. Hobbies include woodworking, ham radio, digital photography, traveling in our Airstream trailer. Married to Claire going on 50 years. Other best friend is Winnie, our Irish Terrier.

February in Acushnet MA from Tom Carr, WA1KDD

A much milder than normal February here in the northern  part of Acushnet with above normal precipitation and below normal snowfall.  It was the warmest Feb. 38.1 deg. on my 34 years of temperature records.  20 years ago Feb. of 1998 had a mean of 37.4 deg..

17 days this month saw measurable precipitation and it was the wettest February since 2008 had 6.98″ of precip..  The high barometer reading of 30.81″ on Feb. 13th. was the highest in February since 1981 reached 30.93″ at my location also on a Feb. 13th..

The Winter Season 2017-2018 was exactly normal temperature  wise with a mean of 32.2 deg.. It was the wettest Winter Season since 20.39″ fell during 1997-1998.  Snowfall was below the normal.

February 2018     Acushnet, Mass.    41deg,44min N   70deg, 55min W

Ave High     47.4 deg. Ave Low     28.8 deg. Feb. Mean     38.1 deg. is 6.8 deg. above normal.  High Temp    59 deg. on Feb. 20th.  Low Temp     07 deg. on Feb. 3rd   Days 0 or below      0

Total Precip.     6.43″ is 2.45″ above normal  Max 24hr. Precip.     1.18″ on Feb. 10-11th. Snowfall     2.9″ is 8.3″ below normal.   Max 24hr. Snowfall     1.8″ on Feb. 18th.  Total 2018 Precip.     13.66″ is 5.36″ above normal

T-Storm Days     0.   High Wind Gust     29 mph on Feb.2nd.  Heating Degree Days     760 Cooling Degree Days      0

High Barometer      30.81″ on Feb.13th.  Low Barometer     29.44″ on Feb. 5th.

The Winter Season 2017-2018  ( dec,jan,feb)  Ave. Temp     32.2 deg. is exactly normal . Total Precip.     17.20″ is 4.09″ above norma. l  Snowfall     24.8″ is 4.5″ below normal

I want to talk to someone! Is there an alternative to the Internet Report Form?

The Internet Report Form has been a boon for the New England Weather Net during times when we have incredibly poor band conditions.  But it’s not for everyone.  There is an alternative that keeps a little closer to Ham Radio but it still uses the Internet.  It is D-STAR,  a digital mode that uses 2 Meters or 440 cms mostly.

You don’t need to buy a D-STAR radio to take advantage of D-STAR, you can use a DV Dongle, a small device that connects to your PC or Apple computer and allows you to access any D-STAR reflector, repeater and, therefore, any D-STAR user in on Earth, now even in Space!  See:  http://www.dvdongle.com/DV_Dongle/Home.html.  Prices vary between $200 and $300, far less expensive than an ICOM or Kenwood enabled base or handheld radio.  You don’t need to be close to a D-STAR repeater; all you need is an Internet connection.

As Net Manager, I monitor 3.905 and my D-STAR repeater (KB1ZEG module C at 145.210 KHz with a -600 Hz offset.   The D-STAR repeater is linked to a Reflector 050C.  I can hear stations on Cape Cod, the greater Boston area, all of New England, and even Florida or beyond.  W1JGR and K1CB check in with me frequently when they can’t get through to Net Control on 3.905 but I can.

This is how my dual band Icom 9100 is set up every morning.  Click on a button and I can switch back and forth between bands, transmit on the top one and listen to both at the same time.

D-STAR sounds ominous but it is really pretty simple.   If anyone wants to look into a DV-DONGLE, feel free to contact me and I’d be glad to help.  I’m sure that K1CB and Q1JGR would also be glad to help.

Dick, K1MGH



When we get a new station checking in with us I go to QRZ.com and get some info about them.  One of the things I do is click on “show map” to see if their QTH is close to anywhere that I would recognize.  I did that a week or two ago and noticed another tab at the bottom of the map, “Explore on HamGrid Maps” and it showed their QTH and the boundaries of their Madenhead Grid square and all the hams in their immediate neighborhood.  When I clicked on adjacent areas another grid square showed up and displayed all the ham stations in that grid.  So I tried it on my own call sign and started clicking like mad until I had covered all of southeastern Massachusetts.  Here’s what I ended up with:

Every dot is a ham radio station.  Try it and have some fun!



That’s a frustrating situation for both the Net Control and the station trying to check in! We have a good solution to that with the addition of the “Report Online” option that’s available on our website. Fill in the data and click on the “submit” tab. The Net Control will receive your data almost immediately.

Now we have found a more pleasing, for the station and the Net Control, solution. A group in Pennsylvania has put access to a Software Defined Radio on the Internet. That radio serves as a reflector, it will receive your signal and then retransmit it from their Qth. Their location is at a good position to receive stations that are too close to the Net Control for good reception in poor band conditions. If you tune into 3.905KHz you will hear Net Control. When there is a lull, call on 3.905 and give your roster number and call sign. You will hear your transmission a second or two into your transmission and then you will hear Net Control doing the readback. Neat!!!!



A much wetter, colder and snowier than normal January herein the northern part of Acushnet.  It was the wettest January ( 7.23″ ) in 20years.  January 1998 saw 8.32″ of precipitation.

Most memorable though is the bitter 7 day cold start of January which featured 3 mornings of below zero temperatures, a potent offshore low dropping the barometer to 28.75″ here, and producing a rain to heavy wet 6″ of snow with wind and flash freeze.  It was the most below zero days in January since 2005 had a total of 5.

A short mild spell followed with a 3.20″ rain and wind event toward mid month.  Then not too bad with seasonable temperatures and bare  ground until a months ending fluff factor snow left behind a surprising 8.5″ on the ground.

January 2018 Acushnet, Mass.       41deg,44min N     70deg,55min W

Ave High     37.1 deg.; Ave Low     19.4 deg.; Jan Mean  28.3 deg. is 1.7 deg. below normal

High Temp     60 deg. on Jan. 13th.; Low Temp    -05 deg. below on Jan. 7th.; Days 0 or below     3

Total Precip.     7.23″ is 2.91″ above normal; Max 24hr. Precip.     3.20″ on Jan. 12-13th.

Snowfall     16.0″ is 5.3″ above normal;Max 24hr. Snowfall     8.5″ on Jan. 30th.

Total 2018 Precip.    7.23″ is 2.91″ above normal; Season Snowfall (dec,jan)     21.9″

T- Storm Days    1; High Wind Gust     44 mph on Jan. 5th.; Heating Degree Days     1147; Cooling Degree Days     0

High Barometer     30.68″ on Jan. 15th.; Low Barometer      28.75″ on Jan. 4

Tom Carr, WA1KDD

Rob Lyons, AB1NJ SK

It is with a great deal of sadness that I must tell you that Rob Lyons, AB1NJ, died from a myocardial infarction (heart attack) about two weeks ago. He was found on his porch when neighbors failed to hear from him for several Days.
Rob was a close friend of mine, a mentor for me in ham radio, and a collaborator in building my weather website, www.capecodwx.com. He tutored me through JT65. Rob was an avid ham radio operator and ranked #1 in the world prior to his death for QSOs using JT65. Rob had an elaborate antenna field with three towers each with SteppIR antennas. For the past couple of years Rob was a avid drone operator and has a series of drone videos on YouTube giving us all a tour of northern Vermont. In earlier times Rob owned his own Cessna 150 and did a great deal of aerial photography. His website showed his keen interest in bird photography. I will miss him greatly and I’m sure many of our members have good memories of him as #4 on our roster and one of our best net controls.

DECEMBER 2017 in Acushnet MA, Tom Carr, WA1KDD

A much colder than normal December here in the northern part of Acushnet and
it was a bit drier and less snowier than normal. December pretty much behaved itself until
a Christmas morning snow squall open the doors to the Artic and never closed. The bitter
cold made this December the coldest Dec. since the year 2000. The 01 deg. reading on the
morning of the 30th. was the lowest December temperature since Dec.25th. 1989 saw a
6 below zero at this station.
The Year 2017 was a bit warmer than normal and it was a little drier than normal.
Snowfall was above average. Comfortable Summer. Active tropical remnants helps moisture
after after a very dry 2016.

December 2017 Acushnet, Mass. 41deg,44min N 70deg,55min W

Ave High 38.2 deg.
Ave Low 22.1 deg.
Dec. Mean 30.2 deg. is 5.1 deg. below normal
High Temp 58 deg. on Dec. 6th.
Low Temp. 01 deg. on Dec. 30th.
Days 0 or below 0

Total Precip. 3.54″ is 1.27″ below normal
Max 24hr. Precip. 0.97″ on Dec.5-6th.
Snowfall 5.9″ is 1.2″ below normal
Max 24hr. Snowfall 2.1″ on Dec. 14th.
Total 2017 Precip. 51.33″ is 1.25″ below normal

T-Storm Days 0
High Wind Gust 46 mph on Dec. 13th.
Heating Degree Days 1089
Cooling Degree Days 0
High Barometer 30.48″ on Dec. 4th.
Low Barometer 29.23″ on Dec. 13th.

The Year 2017 Acushnet, Mass.

Ave High 61.1 deg.
Ave Low 42.6 deg.
2017 Mean 51.9 deg. is 0.7 deg. above the normal 51.2 deg.
High Temp 94 deg. May 18th.
Low Temp 01 deg. on Jan 9th. – Dec. 30th.
Days 0 or below 0 normal is 2
Days 90 or above 6 normal is 10

Total 2017 Precip. 51.33″ is 1.25″ below the normal 52.58″
Max 24hr. Precip. 2.42″ on Apr. 1st.
Snowfall 49.1″ is 11.1″ above the normal 38.0″
Max 24hr. Snowfall 14.0″ on Jan. 7th.
Monthly Snowfall Jan 21.3″ Feb 12.9″ Mar 9.0″ Apr T Dec 5.9″

T-Storm Days 13 normal is 19
High Wind Gust 49 mph on Mar. 11th.
Heating Degree Days 5507
Cooling Degree Days 686
High Barometer 30.69″ on Jan. 14th.
Low Barometer 28.86″ on Mar 14th.

Jan. warmer,wetter and snowier than norm – 19″ snow in the first 10 days
Feb. blizzard conditions Feb 9th. t-snow then warmer bit drier than norm
Mar. much colder than norm – windy-very low barometer 28.86″ – bit snowier
Apr. much wetter and warmer than normal – wettest in a decade 7.88″
May. colder and wetter than norm but high temp of year 94 on the 18th.
Jun. normal nice – a bit drier – breezy – remnants t.s. Cindy drops 0.97″
Jul. colder and drier than norm-coldest since 2009 – no heat waves
Aug. colder and drier – first 17 days only 0.56″ – swells from Hurr, Gert
Sep. warmer than norm – 11 days 80 or better – vy active tropic remnants
Oct. warmest since 1984 – potent windswept rain fells trees – power outages
Nov. cooler than norm – no snow – windy- short lived rain events
Dec. much colder than norm – end of month Artic blast-coldest since 2000

Strong Snow Squall on Christmas Day

Mid-morning on Christmas day saw a strong snow squall pass through North Falmouth.  It lasted for close to an hour with high winds from all directions, blinding snow, and a rapid drop in temperature.  My anemometer recorded gusts to  38 MPH.  John, K1`J, 3.9 miles south of us recorded gusts to 55 MPH.  The pics below are from my Davis Vantage Pro2 weather station.  The event was brief.  The snow melted almost immediately and melted down to 0.20 inches of water.  There were some downed power lines and tree branches.  Then the Sun came out and it was a nice day!


This week we have had a fantastic band and we’ve recorded an average of 47 reports so far each day.  The Net Controls have been having a  problem with some of our Internet reports.  Take a look at the screen shot below and you’ll see that some of the data is “clipped” and the info we want is not right there.

So, some suggestions.  in the temperature field just put in the number, we know that it is Fahrenheit because that is what it says at the top of the column.

Barometer:  use “R” “F” or “S” rather than spelling out “rising slowly” etc.

Wind:  give the speed as “direction/current/gust/peak”, i.e. “NNW @ 5/10/25”

Sky:  use “10LS” or “10R”

Gradient; “35/23” , we know it’s Fahrenheit.

Rain:  give the number for the past 24 hours, “1.30”

New Snow:  give the new snow ford the past 24 hrs, “2.5”

Total Snow:  give the depth of accumulated snow on the ground, “5.5”

Use the space at the end for comments or details that you want to tell us.

See what I mean?  The clipping makes it a little more difficult for the Net Control.

Dick, K1MGH





A cooler than normal November here in the northern part of Acushnet with below
normal precipitation. The growing season ended with a hard freeze 19 degrees on Veterans
Day morning November 11th.. Most rain events were short lived until a day long rain on
November 22nd. dropped 1.54″.
A early Thanksgiving Day this year saw a sunny sky and the next 7 days until months end
were rain free. The main complaint this decent November was the wind with 10 days seeing
gusts to 25 mph or better.
No snow fell this November and the snowbird juncos even arrived late.
The Fall Season (sep,oct,nov) was warmer than normal by 2.5 degrees and it was a
little drier than usual. This was the 4th. Fall Season in a row above normal temperature wise.

November 2017 Acushnet, Mass. 41deg,44min N 70deg,55min W

Ave High 52.9 deg.
Ave Low 33.6 deg.
Nov. Mean 43.3 deg is 1.0 deg. below normal
High Temp 70 deg. on Nov. 3rd.
Low Temp 19 deg. on Nov. 11th.
Days 0 or below 0

Total Precip. 3.70″ is 1.11″ below normal
Max 24hr. Precip. 1.54″ on Nov. 22nd.
Snowfall 0 is 1.1″ below normal
Total 2017 Precip. 47.79″ is 0.02″ above normal

T-Storm Days 0
High Wind Gust 37 mph on Nov. 19th.
Heating Degree Days 659
Cooling Degree Days 0
High Barometer 30.53″ on Nov. 11th.
Low Barometer 29.16″ on Nov. 19th.

The Fall Season (sep,oct,nov)
Ave Temp. 56.4 deg. is 2.3 deg. above normal
Total Precip. 12.90″ is 0.54″ below normal