WX1CAR Maine Skywarn Activation

On October 30, 2017, Maine experienced a high wind event. Amateur radio played an important part in emergency communication throughout the state as hundreds of thousands lost power, phone and internet service due to the storm damage. Here is a recording captured by N1EP in Milbridge, ME of Jack Caron, W1AYX, operating as net control for the Maine Skywarn Net. He was transmitting from station WX1CAR at the National Weather Service Office in Caribou, ME.

A special thanks to NEWN members N1MLF, WA1ZJL, WA1CXA and W1AYX for their participation in the Maine Skywarn Net.

Tom Lizak, K1TL

Tom is our newest Net Control.  He alternates Saturday with Jon, N1MLF.  Tom lives in Tiverton RI.

I have been a resident of Tiverton RI for 32 years and an avid amateur radio op for about 60 years.   Worked as a CW operator for RCA Global Communications from 1978-84 at their RCA Coastal Station WPA in Port Arthur TX.  This was the best job I ever had…working CW and getting paid for it.

I recently retired three years ago as an Electronic Technician with Purvis Systems working as a government contractor @ NUWC (Navy Undersea Warfare Center) in Newport/Middletown RI.  There I did a variety of jobs doing mostly fiber optic fabrication along with power cables, power racks, water cooled equipment, computer installation/repair work and supply work…so I was pretty busy most of the time.

Once retired, I looked into getting back to Meteorology as that was my passion when I was a teenager, listening to Don Kent CH4/WBZ in the early AM before going to school and the NEWN on 3.905MCs (MCs, back then). Purchased the Davis Vantage PRO2 set up and put the wind instruments on the 55 foot tower in the back and temp/rain equipment off the side deck.

Equipment is an Elecraft K3 w/KPA500 and a  Kenwood TS830S for backup.  I have a 80m inv-V off the tower.

BILL CLAFLIN, SWL, #1 ON OUR ROSTER

William Claflin, 79

June 13, 2017

William W Claflin, Jr., born on August 8 1937 in Boston, to William W. & Ruth (Putnam), died peacefully at home with his dear friends and caregivers, Janice and George Bassett, after a brief hospitalization. Bill, a life long resident of Marion, qualifies as an original “townie”.

Shortly after graduating from Northwood School, Lake Placid, New York, Bill enlisted in the US Army in 1959 and served with honors until his discharge in 1962.

Bill’s knowledge of emergency communications electronics, encouraged him to own and operate Electronics Sales & Service, Inc, New Bedford, MA, until his retirement in 2008.

Bill’s passion for emergency electronics allowed him to serve as communications specialist on the Marion Fire Department. Further, Bill served as Secretary, Historian, and Treasurer of the Marion Fire Fighters Association, for 50 plus years: he was a life member of the association. His second greatest passion was serving with the Marion Social Club, which he did from l983 until his passing.

Bill leaves many, many friends in town and would especially like to remember his “best pal”, Mason Noble, who he mentored for several years. Mason is his “adopted” great-grandson.

His funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion. Visiting hours will be Friday from 5 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Marion Firefighters Association.

Association, P O Box 114, Marion, MA 02738 or the Marion Social Club, P O Box 763, Marion, MA 02738.

For directions and on-line guestbook visit: www.ccgfuneralhome.com.

WA1KCC – Kenneth “Jim” Bradbury – 1937-2017 (Silent Key)

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Kenneth “Jim” Bradbury (NEWN Roster #48 WA1KCC) on May 25, 2017. Jim was a long term participant of the New England Weather Net and served as one of the weekly net control operators. He will be missed by all of us on the net.

Here is a link to Jim’s obituary:

http://www.capecodtimes.com/obituaries/20170527/kenneth-james-bradbury-jr-9281937—5252017

New England QSO Party Contest (May 6-7, 2017)

We just want to update our members and let them know that the New England QSO Party is coming up on the weekend of May 6-7, 2017.

This contest is great way to make contacts quickly from around the world.  Especially if you are located in one of those hard to get counties or grids.

For more information see the official New England QSO Party web page at:

Rules

Object: To contact as many New England stations (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont) in as many New England counties as possible on 80-40-20-15-10m. (New England stations work anyone)

Date: First full weekend of May (May 6-7, 2017)

Contest Period: 2000Z Saturday until 0500Z Sunday (4pm EDT Saturday until 1am EDT Sunday) and 1300Z Sunday until 2400Z Sunday (9am EDT Sunday until 8pm EDT Sunday).

Categories: Single-operator high power, low power(150w or less) and QRP(5w or less) categories, plus multi-operator, single transmitter. Same four categories for mobiles.

Contest Exchange: Send signal report and state/province (DX stations send signal report and “DX”). New England stations send signal report, county and state.

Valid Contact: Work New England stations once per band/mode. New England stations work anyone(and must copy the county for New England stations worked. CW contacts must not be made in the phone band segments. Mobiles that change counties are considered to be new stations, and can be worked for both multiplier and QSO Point credit. County line QSOs should be logged as two separate QSOs. Crossmode, crossband and repeater QSOs are not permitted.

QSO Points: Count one point per phone QSO, two points per CW (includes digital modes)QSO.

Multiplier: Stations outside of New England use counties as multipliers for a total of 67 (CT/8 MA/14 ME/16 NH/10 RI/5 VT/14). New England stations use states(50)(Count DC as MD), Canadian provinces(14) and DXCC countries as multipliers.

Scoring: Total score is QSO points times the multiplier. Mobiles count QSO points per county and multipliers from all counties (counted once).

Suggested frequencies: CW – 3540 7035 14040 21040 28040, SSB – 3850 7180 7280 14280 21380 28380.

Reporting: Logs should indicate times in UTC, bands, modes, calls and required contest exchange. All stations include your club’s name in the log header or summary. Entries must be submitted within 30 days and sent to NEQP, P.O.Box J, West Suffield CT 06093 or via e-mail to logs@neqp.org (Cabrillo format preferred).

Awards: Certificates will be awarded to the top scorers (25 QSO minimum) in each New England county, U.S. state, Canadian province and DXCC country. A number of special plaques will also be awarded to top scorers (check the Web site for a current list).

More information: The New England QSO Party Web site is at http://www.neqp.org. Check there for information on planned fixed-station and mobile activity from New England counties, contest software information, county abbreviations, plaques to be awarded and information on New England state county awards. NEQP results will be posted on the web site when they are complete. Questions can be addressed to info@neqp.org.

Rules updated 4/2/17

NEWN Website Spring Updates

Welcome to Spring! Of course in some parts of New England it still looks and feels like winter will be with us for a bit longer.  Anyways, while we are await the arrival of warmer days,  Dick (K1MGH) and myself (W1AYX) are working on giving our NEWN website a bit of a facelift and testing out some new features.  Here is a quick rundown of some of the latest changes.

In addition to our updated banner, compliments of Sam Caron, you may notice a new menu item entitled, “Report Online” which leads to an online reporting form.  This online form is currently being tested out and, when fully implemented, should aid our Net Manager and the other Net Controls in receiving your reports in a more uniformed format (order, font size, etc). Although it is always preferred to receive your reports by radio, this online method of data submission is a great way to send along reports when the band conditions are not favorable. It should also allow Short Wave Listeners the opportunity to submit a report without trying to find an email address for the current net control.

The form is located here:

Another area of development is the WX Links page that has many helpful weather related links. On this page there is a list of NEWN member web and APRS personal weather stations. If you have a station that is not on the list and want to be included please pass on the URL and we will be sure to add it.

You may also notice a new link under the menu item “How to Report” entitled “Measuring Precipitation”. This page has some short training videos that are really helpful in learning how to take precipitations measurements. These are from the CoCoRaHS program and are worth the watch.

We hope to expand this training area in the future.

Another addition is an embedded Google calendar under the menu “Member Area” entitled “NEWN Calendar”. This calendar has the latest Net Control Schedule and session numbers.  If you use Google calendars you can subscribe to this calendar by clicking the “+GoogleCalendar” button in the bottom right of the calendar screen.

We’ll try and keep you posted as things progress with this project. As always, we welcome your ideas and feedback. Please feel free to leave a comment or mention it on the net when you check-in.

Jack (W1AYX) – Madawaska, ME

WA1KDD Report – February 2017

From Tom Carr, WA1KDD, Acushnet MA

A much warmer than normal February 2017 here in the northern part of Acushnet.  The month was drier than normal and a little snowier.   Blizzard conditions hit on the 9th. of the month as light rain changed to snow and then thunder snow and colder blowing snow.  8.5″ fell at my location but higher amounts being reported elsewhere.  The snow lasted on the ground until the 19th. of the month when a fine 62 deg. day emptied the houses.

Cabin fever turned to Spring fever by the 23rd. with 3 days setting record high daily temps for February.  The temperature hit 70 deg. here on the 25th. and 69 deg. the day before and red winged blackbirds were reported arriving and croci opening.

The Winter Season (dec,jan,feb) was warmer and snowier and a little drier than normal.

February 2017 Acushnet, Ma.     41 deg,44min N     70deg,55min W

Ave High     46.3 deg. Ave Low      26.6 deg.

Feb Mean:  36.5 deg. is 5.4 deg. above normal.  High Temp:  70 deg. on Feb. 25th.  Low Temp:  9 deg. on Feb. 10th.  Days 0 or below:  0.   Total Precip.  2.53″ is 1.49″ below normal Max 24 hr. Precip.:  0.90″ on Feb. 9th.  Snowfall:  12.9″ is 1.8″ above normal.  Max 24 hr. snowfall:  8.5″ on Feb. 9th.

Total 2017 Precip.     8.80″ is 0.51″ above normal.  Season Snowfall  (dec – feb )    37.3″T- Storm Days : 1.  High Wind Gust : 33 mph on Feb. 13th.  Heating Degree Days     806 Cooling Degree Days     0

High Barometer     30.41″ on Feb. 28th.  Low Barometer      29.20″ on Feb. 15th.

The Winter Season ( dec,jan,feb )  2016-2017:  Ave. Temp.     35.3 deg. is 3.2  deg. above normal.  Total Precip.     12.31″ is 0.82″ below normal.  Total Snowfall     37.3″ is 8.3″ above normal.

Silent Key – KB2OEV

We are sad to report that New England Weather Net member, Robert T. Salamy (KB2OEV – NEWN Roster # 57) of Tupper Lake, NY went Silent Key on February 6, 2017.

Obituary from: Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, Tupper Lake, NY

Robert T. Salamy

March 4, 1959 – February 6, 2017 


Robert T. Salamy (KB2OEV)

Robert T. Salamy, (Rob/Bob) age 57, of Tupper Lake, passed away on Monday, February 6, 2017 at home. Rob was born in Tupper Lake on March 4, 1959 to Anthony and Margaret (Duffy) Salamy. He graduated from Tupper Lake Central School and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree at Oswego State University. Rob retired from FCI Raybrook in 2011, where he worked for 25 years as an electronics technician. Rob also worked many summers doing landscaping for his good friend Mike at Dechene Enterprises. He had many hobbies that he was very passionate about. He was an avid ham radio operator where he made many friends from all over the world, even visiting some on a recent trip to Europe. He played guitar regularly at P2’s with open mic friends. He also enjoyed kayaking with his daughters dog Scout on the Racquette River. Rob was a very talented woodworker and has sold many of his pieces all over the country. Rob is survived by his loving wife, Michele (Davis) Salamy of 30 years. His children, Erica Salamy of Keene, NH, Joseph Salamy of Tupper Lake, brothers John (Joanne) Salamy of Tupper Lake, Michael Salamy (Alyson Delaney) of Canaan, NH, David (Lauri) Salamy of Saranac Lake, along with many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his father, Anthony (Tom) Salamy. Contributions may be made in his memory to Adirondack Health Foundation (Merrill Center for Oncology). www.adirondackhealth.org.