Member Contributions

 

MEMBER CONTRIBUTIONS

FROM DICK, K1MGH, NORTH FALMOUTH MA

KENNETH “JIM” BRADBURY OF HYANNIS MASSACHUSETTS

WAIKCC, SK MAY 25, 2017

Rosrter #48, New England Weather Net

Jim Bradbury was a good friend and a frequent mentor for your Net Manager.  Jim joined the New England Weather Net in 2008 and was one of my first volunteers to become a Net Control on Wednesdays.  My wife would ask me, “What day is this?” right after the net session was closed.  I would quickly reply, “It was Jim Bradbury’s day so it has to be Wednesday!”

Jim had a pleasant and easily recognizable manner at Net Control.  We all enjoyed reporting to him on Wednesdays.  I’ll tell a story about Jim, and I’m sure he will chuckle over it from his new ham radio station.  Jim would accept reports and then read them back saying:  “Number 49, that’s Tom in Achusnet.  Tom reports 49 degrees.  Wait a minute, no that’s his roster number!!  His temperature is 75 degrees.”

During my time as a member of the NEWN Jim made the effort to attend our annual luncheons at Pappagallo’s in Swanzey NH.  It would be a bit of a drive for Jim so we would meet him and pick him up at the parking lot in Sandwich and have a good “rag chew” for the nearly two hour drive.  Jim was a man of very few words but he was forthright with his honest opinions.

Jim, I believe (could be wrong) was a founding member and a long time leader of the Cape and Islands Weather Net using the Dennis, Sandwich, and Falmouth repeaters.  He was very close to the members of the Cape & Islands Weather Net.

We all loved Jim and will miss him.  All the members of both weather nets extend their condolences and sympathy to his daughter Erin Rogers, KB1JOT for her loss.  We would all love to see Erin upgrade to a General license and join the weather nets.  If she does that I will immediately assign her father’s roster number 48!

FROM DICK, K1MGH, NORTH FALMOUTH MA

On February 19th I took a quick picture of the International Space Station flying over southern New England:

It’s a little hard to see in this small picture but it’s there between the elements on my log periodic antenna.

FROM DICK, K1MGH, NORTH FALMOUTH MA

Fallling barometric pressure March 13-14, 2017 on Cape Cod.  Neighborhood peak wind gusts were as high at 60 MPH.

FROM DICK, K1MGH, NORTH FALMOUTH MA

I am very sad to report that our member, Bob KB2OEV, from Tupper Lake NY is now a Silent Key.  Bob was a fairly new member in 2016.  He was an accomplished craftsman producing beautiful cabinet work and furniture in his shop.  We will miss his reports from upstate New York.

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SILENT KEY SILENT KEY

ROBERT T SALAMY
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TUPPER LAKE, NY 12986
USA

QSL: SK February 6, 201


FROM JACK CARON, W1AYX, MADAWASKA, ME (47.349 -68.282 545 ft)

Here is a video from November 30, 2016 of the area immediately around my QTH in Madawaska, ME. We had received a fresh cover of snow the day before so my son decided to take some shots with his Phantom 3 4K drone. Enjoy the scenery!


73, Jack
W1AYX WX on Weather Underground

AE2D SK, PETE LEATHER, EASTHAM MA

EASTHAM – Peter Knowles Leather of Eastham, MA passed away on October 12, 2016 at Wingate at Brewster Nursing Home after a long illness.

Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1925, the first born of Percy Knowles Leather and Conchita (Morcillo) Leather. He graduated from Syracuse University, where he met his wife Jeanne Lowry Leather, in 1948 with a BA in Electrical Engineering. After a tour in the US Navy, serving during WWII in the Pacific Theatre, he worked for 40 years in the Aeronautics Industry, designing and testing apparatus for research on planes and missile systems with the General Precision Laboratories and Keerfott Co (BAE).

In 1988, he and his wife, Jeanne, retired from Katonah, NY to Eastham, where he raised sheep, providing daily weather reports to the National Weather Service, Taunton, MA. He also taught classes for youth and adults in ham and short wave radio.

He is survived by sons Paul Leather of Concord, NH, daughter Susan O’Hara and husband Thomas O’Hara of Eastham, and son Bryan Leather of Wisconsin; brothers Dr. Robert Leather of Albany, NY and John Leather of Brewster, NY; grandchildren Kaia Schwartz and husband Pete Schwartz of Washington DC, Peter O’Hara of Boston, Kristin O’Hara of Mashpee, Caitlin O’Hara of Brewster; as well as grand-children Lola and Charles Schwartz.

 

FROM DICK, K1MGH, NORTH FALMOUTH MA

Do you think there are a lot of people interested in what we do?  Well one of our “public access” activities is our web site (www.newenglandweathernet.com).  Our web site is supported by iPage.  They provide me with monthly reports on how much activity has occurred on our web site.  Take a look at the chart below.  The activity report include that from my personal web site (www.rawiklund.com) and my weather station web site (www.capecodwx.com).

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Yes, that is more than 144,000 visits and 700,000 hits in the past year!

FROM JOE TRUSS, KB1FDA, EAST CORINTH VT

The Presidential Range from Joe’s home.

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FROM GEORGE CARMICHAEL, K1GHC, RINDGE NH

George sent me a picture of his “snow board”, which is pretty elegant!

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Since Winter is upon us I think it is a good time to revisit how we report precipitation during the Winter months.  Sample of a make believe report”

“0.52 inches of liquid precipitation including the melt from 5.5 inches of new snow. 7.5 inches of snow on the ground.”

There are all sorts of ways to measure the water content of new snow.  First, you can take a  sample with a 4″ diameter tube and let it melt.  Or you can take the same sample of snow and add 1.00 inches of hot water to help it melt but be sure you subract the 1.00 inches of hot water from the total in the melt tube.  Finally, you can weight the melt tube and get a tare value and then reweigh it with the snow sample inside of the tube, subtract the two and divide by 7.21 if you use ounces and you will get the inches of water in the snow.

Water weighs 0.5776 oz/cubic inch
The Vwater in a cylinder 1″ high and 2″ in radius = 1 x 3.14 x 4 = 12.57 cu inches
The weight of the sample = 12.57 x 0.5776 = 7.26 oz
Skip the math, weigh the snow, and divide by 7.2!
If your scale only weighs in metrics:  1″ water weighs 201 g, so divide the weight of the sample in grams by 201 to get the volume of water in inches (not milliliters!)

 

Many of us report our wind data as wind  speed and direction and then add peak wind “gusts”.  George did some research and found the following:  A wind gust is a sudden, brief increase in the speed of the wind followed by a lull.  According to National Weather Service observing practice, gusts are reported when the peak wind speed reaches at least 18 mph and the variation in wind speed between the peaks and lulls is at least about 10 mph.  It is interesting that the Davis weather instruments, that many of us use, does not follow this definition of “gusts.  As I sit here typing, my Davis Vantage Pro II is reporting wind of 0 with gust to 4 MPH.  I like the National Weather Service practice better!  Dick, K1MGH.

FROM BILL CLAFLIN, SWL, MARION MA
NEWN was started by Chet Crosby  W1BNW on December 12, 1955
Session count became formal on January 4.1956
Noted “First On” for some members:
NEWN was started by Chet Crosby  W1BNW on December 12, 1955
Session count became formal on January 4.1956
Noted “First On” for some members:
NEWN was started by Chet Crosby  W1BNW on December 12, 1955
Session count became formal on January 4.1956
Noted “First On” for some members:
#5 Augie W2BIK       1/14/1962
#9 Dick   K1MGH    11/10/2004
#10 Jack  N1HOS     1/1/2004
#26 Jon  N1MLF       8/28/2009
#08 Gregg  W1SOO 1/1/1974
#25 Art  K1TDY         6/30/1963
#11 Phil KE2EA       1/1/1959
#46 Cal  KF7ET       4/1/1982
#18 John KA4SBT  1/1/1989
Session milestone:
  5,000 = 12/21/1971
10,000 = 11/20/1987
15,000 = 12/2/2003
17,000 =  4/22/2010
19,000 = 9/10/2016
56th Anniversary Tuesday, December 12, 2011
61st Anniversary will be Monday, December 12, 2016
* Data gathered from records accumulated since 1983

FROM JOHN, KB4SBT, PORTSMOUTH VA

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FROM AL, N1MCH, EAST BOOTHBAY ME

Picture of Al and his wife, Shirley, his brother Greg  and his wife, Barbara at Al’s home in sunny East Boothbay ME.

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FROM GREG, WB2PPQ, CHESTER NJ
I thought you might like to see how I do electronic surgery on micro electronics.  My retirement present to myself was to buy a stereo zoom microscope on a 24″ boom.  Here I am replacing the memory battery on an Alinco DJ-580 dual band handy talky.  All handy talkies have to have a memory battery, this one has a 3.6 volt Lithium cell.

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FROM DICK,K1MGH, NORTH FALMOUTH MA

Most of remember Rob Lyons, AB1NJ, former net control on the NEWN.  Here’s a picture of his home in Vermont published in the December 2015 issue of QST.Rob Lyons

And here’s a picture of Rob’s new  tower that he uses of EME and meteor scatter.  Rob made 24 QSOs on his first day of using it.

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FROM JON, N1MLF, WHITING ME AND TOM, K1TL, TIVERTON RI

A couple of interesting, weather-related web sites:

http://www.lightningmaps.org/realtime  (Jon)

http://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/isobaric/500hPa/orthographic=-128.72,268.91,441/loc=-107.423,-45.384 (drag the  mouse to rotate Earth horizontally and vertically) (Tom)

FROM JACK, N1HOS, BELLOWS FALLS VT

11-14-2013 01;27;57PM

Hamilton Webb was born on May 26, 1925 and passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2015. Hamilton was a resident of Charlestown, New Hampshire at the time of his passing. Hamilton attended Major Beal High School and graduated in the class of 1944. He served 9 years in the US Army Intelligence ASA in the US and Germany. He was married to Diana. Funeral services will be held privately. Donations may be made in his memory to the Claremont Senior Center 5 Acer Heights Claremont NH 03743. Ham was the Saturday Net Control for a long time.   His call sign was K1VNA

FROM TOM, K1TL, IN TIVERTON RI

Blizzard approaching southern New England.

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FROM DICK, K1MGH, IN NORTH FALMOUTH MA

Whatis happening to our propagation?  This is a picture of a coronal mass ejection from the surface of the Sun that disrupted our propagation this morning (Sunday, Jan 10)

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FROM DICK, K1MGH, IN NORTH FALMOUTH MA

We all know that we need to clean out our tipping rain gauge buckets every once in a while, especially in the Fall when pine needles and leaves can block the egress from the bucket.  Well, I’ve got a new one.  A tiny piece of junk blocked the small hole at the bottom of the bucket allowing water to accumulate and become an ice cone!  That’s why I use a Stratus rain gauge!!

ICE IN THE BUCKET

FROM GEORGE,K1GHC, IN RINDGE NH

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FROM DICK, K1MGH, CYCLONIC WINDS IN MID-WEST NORTH AMERICA

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This wind pattern resulted in as many as 17 tornados across the Plains and heavy snow in the Rocky Mountains yesterday.

FROM DICK, K1MGH, 2015 WATER YEAR REPORT FROM COCORAHS

FROM DICK, K1MGH AND MIKE, W1MCT

chartMike dropped in for a visit en route to a 3 day vacation in Orleans, MA.

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FROM DICK, K1MGH DOWNLOADED FROM ASTRONOMY PICTURE OF THE DAY, COPYRIGHTED BY ALAN FRIEDMAN (http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150919.html)

PROMINENCE ON THE SUN

FROM BOB, N1VTB

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FROM JOHN, KA4SBT

Hurricane Jaochim, October 2015.

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FROM JOHN, NIJGR (9/27/2015)

Last night was the total eclipse of the moon and many of us either stayed up or got up to watch it.  John, N1JGR got two fantastic pictures which he wants to share with you.

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I took a bunch of shots but only one or two were worth sharing.

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FROM DICK, K1MGH

If Spring is coming, can Summer be too far away!  And the highlight for us weather observers/reporters is our luncheon held on the third Saturday of August each year.  This year, that will be August 15th.  We meet at Pappagallo’s in Swanzey NH, just south of Keene NH, at 11:00AM for some face-to-face QSOs and go in for lunch, ordered from a great menu, at 12:00 Noon.

For the past two years we have had an auction towards the end of lunch in an effort to raise some money to keep our Treasury afloat.  Last year we raised a couple of hundred dollars and I’m proud to say that we have not had any operational expenses this fiscal year!

I am going to try to find a speaker that can give us a good talk about something related to weather.  Stay tuned for more about this…..  But, mark your calendar for the NEWN Luncheon on August 15th !

FROM JON, N1MLF IN WHITING ME

Well it’s been an interesting few weeks here in eastern Maine.
On the 26th of January the ground was mostly bare. We had a few patches of snow in shady areas or where we had previously shoveled or blown the snow.. but that was it.
On the 28th we got hit with 18″
On the 31st we got another 12″
On Feb 2nd we got another 16″
It was about this time that Kathy, KB1VKM, and I both came down with the flu plus the snow blower broke. A friend plowed for us so we could at least get out if necessary but the snow kept piling up.
For 3-4 days our time was spent between bed.. bathroom.. and the NyQuil bottle!
On the 5th we got another 5″
Over the 9th & 10th we got another 8″ just to make things nice..
Feeling better and a fairly warm day I got the snow blower repaired and started trying to open a path to the barn.. so far so good..
Then over the 14th-15th we had a good “nor’easter” bringing us another 18 or so inches.
The drifting over the course of these storms was horrendous. 8 feet plus in places. Unfortunately one of these “places” is our south deck. The deck measures 12′ x 60′ and is completely buried.
Here’s some photos of the carnage…
1. Looking out our south doors towards the deck. The ceiling is 7′ high.
2. Looking west across the deck.
3. Pathway to kitchen door.
4. Pathway from barn. The sides are about 4′ high.
5. Looking north at the deck. There’s about 5′ of snow on the roof.
Here’s a link to an aerial view in the summer.

FROM DICK, K1MGH

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Goss from Mt. Sunapee, John from Pembroke, and I have been contributing to CBSBoston every morning and we get an occasional credit.  You can’t see it but my name is under “North Falmouth, MA”.  The weatherwoman is Danielle Niles.  She does a good job and is a frequent weather analyst for the “CBS Morning Show” with Charlier Rose.

FROM DICK, K1MGH

Many mornings we are greeted by our two members, KB1OWW and N1ZKB from Fort Kent ME.  It’s a long drive to the beginning of US Route 1 but here’s what it looks like:

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That should be the St. John River with Canada on the other side.  I think that the top picture was taken on the first day of Summer!

From Jeff, N1RPM, Prospect ME

Jeff is getting ready for the cold weather to come!


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From Dick, K1MGH, North Falmouth MA

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This is a precipitation map report from CoCoRaHS for one day earlier this week.  It is an example of some of the information available at CoCoRaHS.  I’d encourage any of you to join CoCoRaHS.  It takes about 15 seconds to submit a report or your rain/snow data.  The National Weather Service in Taunton uploads precipitation reports in New England from CoCoRaHS.  Their website is http://www.cocorahs.org/.

From Dick, K1MGH, North Falmouth MA

Rte 1 Rte 20

Fort Kent, ME is at the start of US Route 1 and the route ends in Key West.  It is 2369 miles long.  Is it the “longest Main Street” in the United States?  No, Route 20 at 3365 miles is almost 1000 miles longer!  It starts in Boston and ends in Oregon.  However, Route 1 is continuous whereas Route 20 is interrupted in Yosemite National Park.

From Al, N1MHC, East Boothbay ME

Al and his keys

From John, #18, KB4SBT,

Pictures of Hurricane Arthur, 2014.

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From Dick, K1MGH, Net Manager


William French, #54 WA1JLK

Bill became an SK on June 23, 2014.  He was a member of the New England Weather Net since 1978 and was a Net Control when I first joined the Net.  We always looked forward to, “Did you call me, Dick?”

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William A. French, 88, died peacefully under hospice care at his home in Sebring, Florida on June 23, 2014, after living actively for 20 years with heart disease. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia E. French of Sebring, his daughter, Pamela Hanson and her husband Carl of Grantham, NH, his son, Stephen French and his wife Rosemary of Lancaster, PA, and four grandchildren and one great-grandchild on the way.

Bill was born on June 14, 1926 in Brooklyn NY, the son and grandson of Methodist ministers. He lived and attended public schools in 6 different towns around Connecticut and Massachusetts, as Methodist clergy were rotated every few years. Bill served in the Army Air Corps as a clerk typist at the end of World War II, stationed in Kansas and Texas for nine months. He felt privileged to attend Hilliard Junior College under the G.I. bill, receiving an Associates’ degree in Science and Engineering. Subsequently he studied at General Motors Institute in Michigan and worked as a process engineer for New Departure Hyatt, a division of the automaker manufacturing ball and roller bearings, for 37 years.

Bill met his wife Sylvia through their mutual involvement in the American Youth Hostel in Hartford, CT, in which he served as president. He shared his lifelong love of bicycling with his family, neighbors, and everyone he encountered, encouraging the habits of exercise and love of the outdoors in many. In retirement, he bicycled across the United States, with Sylvia driving and biking out from a nightly campground to meet him. He advocated on a national level for respect for cyclists and for bicycle lanes when he served on the Board of Directors of the League of American Wheelmen.

When his employer transferred him to Ohio in 1967, Bill continued singing in local church choirs and the community choral society. He played his cornet in a community band, and organized a local bicycle club which continues to this day. Willing to serve, Bill was president of all of these groups from time to time.

After retirement, Bill and Sylvia were blessed with the health and resources to travel internationally with group tours numerous times, visiting the Holy Land twice, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand. They began to winter in Florida, and eventually bought a house in Sebring in 1993 and moved there full time a few years later.

As a bicyclist, Bill loved the flat, paved roads of Highlands County, and found others who shared his interest. When heart disease precluding such strenuous exercise, he walked his neighborhood with friends twice daily, spoke with other amateur radio operators around the world from his “radio shack” in the backyard, and enjoyed daily conversation with a group of friends scattered around the country through Skype video conferencing.

Bill will be remembered for his practical organizational skills, his ability to engage neighbors and strangers in conversation, his love of music, especially the classics, his willingness to serve in organizations he loved, and his strong sense of loyalty to family, church, and country.


From John, KA4SBT, Portmouth VA

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From Mitch, WB1CHU, Lawrence MA

NEWN Group Shot 2004

Can you name these hams all former and some current members of the NEWN?

NEWN Net Controllers

How about these former Net Controls?

From Greg, WB2PPQ, Chester NJ

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From Henry, K1WCC, East Falmouth MA

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From Dick, K1MGH, North Falmouth MA

We had 11481 check ins for our FY2014.

2014 check ins

From Dick, K1MGH, North Falmouth MA

Welcome back to Phil, KE2EA, in Hornell NY, as Net Control.

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Phil was Net Control on Tuesdays for many years.  He retired because of his wife’s health problems.  It is great to have Phil back as a Net Control on Wednesdays! (that’s Phil with my wife at his home last Summer during our trip to Alaska).

From Dick, K1MGH, North Falmouth MA

Several weeks ago we had a station from New Brunswick, Canada, VW1RV, Roger Bellivue, check in and pass a message from Bob, VE1RHP, in Nova Scotia.  Bob was in an accident and sustained serious fractures of one or both legs.  He required surgery and remained in the hospital for some time.  I believe he has been transferred to a rehabilitation facility and is recovering.

I sent Roger a QSL card asking him to give our best wishes to Bob.  I received the return QSL card from Roger this week:

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 From Dick, K1MGH

Today is February 15, 2014.  From Florida to Nova Scotia we have all been complaining about the severity of this Winter.  We have had temperatures that have been well below freezing and unusual amounts of snow.  We are expecting another blizzard along the shoreline of southeastern New England starting this afternoon and continuing until Sunday afternoon.  Predicitions for Cape Cod include very high winds and accumulations of 15″ or more of snow.  This past week we had a very sharp drop in barometric pressure and many of us were wondering if our barometers were broken, but they weren’t.  Here is a plot of the barometric pressure in North Falmouth over that period:

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The drop was approximately 1.75″ over 24 hours.  This was accompanied by wind gust in the range of 30-50 mph over the area and a period of frequent thunder and lightning over the Outer Cape.

From Dick, K1MGH

February 5, 2014:  as of the end of January we have had 8,550 check ins, an average of 950 per month which is annualized to 11,400.

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Your net controls are busy from 5:30 AM to 6:30 AM !  We really appreciate your participation.  We also welcome the new stations, who will become Regulars Members at the end of our Fiscal Year (end of April).  They include Mark, N3CNT, from Tobyhanna PA, Steve,  K2SJW, from Winsted CT, Bob, KC2ZRF, from Wells NY, Steve from Pittsfield MA, N1FZH, and John, W!JGR, from Pembroke MA .

From John, KA4SBT

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From Dick, K1MGH

You can see from the graph below that we are well on our way to scoring over 11,000 check-ins again this year!  November and December were very busy averaging 33 per day for November and 39 for December.

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From Dick, K1MGH

I did this two years ago but didn’t do it last year.  Here is a plot of my high and low temperatures in North  Falmouth for 2013.  The gaps are vacation time!

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From John, KA4SBT

The approaching storm (11/26/2013)

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From Dick, K1MGH

We are moving rapidly into Winter!  I upload my weather data throughout the day to Wunderground.com.  My station is KMANORTH39.

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Notice that the wind graph confirms that our prevaling winds are from the southwest, the climate is mild (most of the time), and Cape Cod is a great area for sailing!

From Jack, N1HOS

Bruce will know this man, and for Dick, he was our net control on Saturdays for a long time.  I don’t remember his call sign anymore.  Name not too big, but it is Ham Webb.
Picture was in one of the weekly papers like a shopper today.  Call sign K1VNA.
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From Dick, K1MGH

Measurement of snow depth and water content by members of the NEWN has been a controversial issue in the past!  The National Weather Service has issued guidelines on how to measure snow depth and water content.  Please take a look at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/coop/reference/Snow_Measurement_Guidelines.pdf.  If you wish to measure and report snow water content feel free to do so.  Net Controls will not ask for snow water content but will accept any reports that are received.  That informations will not be transmitted to the NWS at this time.

 

From Dick Wiklund, #9 North Falmouth MA

The graph below represents the the temperature and humidity from July 12th to July 22.

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From Dick Wiklund, #9 North Falmouth MA

Late yesterday afternoon we were glued to the TV watching the coverage of the developing tornadoes in Oklahoma.  This morning we awoke to the news that the largest tornado plowed a swarth a mile wide and 20 miles or more long through the town of Miller OK, just outside of Oklahoma City.  Fifty one fatalities had been reported as of this morning and the death toll is expected to increase.

The weather people on TV pointed out that these tornadoes are the result of a large low cold front in the north-central part of the USA converging with warm, moist tropical air flowing north from the Gulf of Mexico.  This convergence is expected to continue through the day today.  In the picture below taken from US Winds, you can clearly see a small focus of counter-clockwise rotation in the north Texas, presumably a tornado in the making.

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From Henry Brown, #27 East Falmouth MA

Run of the Charles  4/28/2013.

This was a large canoe/kayak race on the Charles River. I volunteered for it in early April and during the week before the race, finally got my assignment at the Norumbega Duck Feeding Area, right at the junction of the Mass Pike and Route 128. I prepared for a noisy site.

I was told that I would be calling in a lot of new registrations from my station, so I prepared differently than most races. I brought the FT-60R HT and the Wouxun HT, then programmed the three repeaters to be used into the truck radio as well. That was a good idea. I brought my tripod and external antenna ala the Marathon, but didn’t use them. I could have, though and might next year, pulling the truck radio out and using a battery.

It was a great day, sunny and cool. I got lost going there and had to take the Pike into Newton Corners and come back to the Route 30 exit. I’m still not sure how I got there but finally arrived on site, 5 minutes late at 10:20. There were about 6 volunteers already there, 20-somethings plus two older retirees, all nice people. I was able to park about 30 ft. from the registration table. People began to trickle in for registration, and we agreed to wait until we got a pile of new registrants before I called them in. Net Control was using the Newton repeater, which I was able to hit with the Wouxun HT. The two other repeaters were not used. The Newton machine had a very annoying “roger beep”, the morse” K” after every transmission, and seemed to ID more frequently than normal. Because of that, I did not want to annoy my fellow volunteers so I used the Wouxun ear bud/microphone combination. This did not work well, there wasn’t enough volume. The Wouxun works well as a simple hand-held but is not really good with speaker mic or earbud mic. It was a little noisy at the site but not like the Marathon or Falmouth Road Race where the noise is overwhelming at times. When the time came to call in the registrations and changes, I simply hopped in the truck and used the Yaesu FT-1802. I passed a lot of traffic. This proves that your vehicle can be your most useful tool in ARES type of public service ops. Keep it near if possible. You have a big 12 volt battery and a generator readily available in your vehicle, and it provides shelter and some comfort. In this case, I was close to the actual operation so it worked out well. Later, I used the FT-60R with an earbud and long antenna after the race began. This worked out well. The FT-60R is a terrific HT.

One thing that was unusual about this race-the net control required a lot of phonetics when I called in the race data, especially with names. I’m good with that but during a quiet period I wrote down all of the phonetics in my notebook just in case I had a senior moment when sending traffic.

After the race began, there was little traffic to handle. I was required to report the first of each boat class when they went by the site, and report any disqualifications due to rule violations. The volunteers watched the river, and reported to me.  We sat alongside the river and watched the race, recreational traffic and plethora of ducks and geese. It was pleasant and people were friendly. At about 3 PM the sweep boats came by, signifying the last boats going by so I secured.

This went pretty much as I thought it would. There was a lot of work calling in the registrations because the volunteers had not organized them well. That will have to change if I do it again next year. The Sun was very bright there and I did not have sunglasses. Sunscreen was essential. The radio ops worked well and if it’s good weather next time, I’ll use the tripod antenna and the truck radio outside.

An interesting note, one of the volunteers was Dave Manning, a nice young man whose grandfather was George Manning of Pembroke. I used to work George on occasion on CW, he was a retired Coast Guard op. I told Dave I’d dig around for his grandfather’s QSL card, which I do have and will send to him.

Henry Brown  K1WCC

From John Lockwood, #18 Portsmouth VA

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From Bill French, W1JLK, #54 Sebring FL

4-4-13 My Radio shack with Hibiscus

Bill’s radio shack in Sebring FL.  Don’t we all wish?

From Dick Wiklund, K1MGH, #9 N. Falmouth MA

I do mine on the computer.  Glad to share the template.

my template

From Jon Watt, N1MLF, #26 Whiting ME

Another version of the station log, which works for any month and is available as a Word document from Jon or me.

Jon Watt

From Kevin Jacobson, KD1J, #84 Wallingford CT

Kevin uses this form every morning to log his weather and sends it along for all to consider using.  A PDF version can be obtained either from Kevin or me.  Dick

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From Dick Wiklund, K1MGH, #9 North Falmouth MA

We have recovered from what we hope will be the last destructive storm of the Winter season.  With less than satisfactory TX/RX from my temporary multi-band Cobra folded dipole, I decided to build a new dipole, rig it as NVIS, and tune it to 3.905 MHz for exclusive use on the NEWN.

I bought about 150′ of 12G Flexweave, polyethylene coated, wire from Davis RF in New Hampshire.  I had them include a Unidilla balun and a couple of end isolators.  I stripped about 1.5″ of coating off the ends and soldered the wire to the leads on the balun.  I strung the antenna up temporarily after I checked to make sure each limb was exactly the same length as the other.  I measured the resonance with a RigExpert AA-30 analyzer and found the initial resonant frequency to be 3.200 MHz.  I used a tip from the latest issue of QST to find the length of the elements at 3.200 MHz and what the length would need to be at 3.905 MHz, subtracted the two, divided by 2 for a half-length dipole, and by 2 again for the two limbs.  I rechecked the resonance and this is what I found:

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Pretty neat!  Now with a resonant antenna I do not need to use an antenna tuner and for the first time I am able to push out a full 500 watts from my Tokyo HP 550 watt amplifier.  Rob, AB1NJ, tells me it is the strongest signal he’s ever heard me put out.  Total cost for the new dipole = <$100.  I am going to explore running a reflector wire under the dipole to see if I can gain significant dB.  I will put it on the North side of the dipole in order to get a stronger signal into Florida.

From Dick Wiklund, K1MGH, #9 North Falmouth MA

Anyone wondering why I had so much trouble last week? Those are my utilities next to my mail box.

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Here is a picture of the storm sent by John, #18 in Portsmouth VA of the second blizzard a week later.

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From Jon Watt, N1MLF, #26 Whiting ME

Good Morning Dick:  Hope all is well.. Great signals this morning!  I have compiled a few images you might incorporate into the site.  These are just .gif & .png images of weather related data the membership might find useful.

Tropical WX outlook:  http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo/two_atl.gif

Watches, Warnings & Advisories:  http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/wwa/wwa.gif

3-7 day Hazard Outlook: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/threats/hazards_d3_7.png

General National Forecast:  http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/noaa/noaa.gif

National Radar (animated loop)  http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/Loop/NatLoop.gif

AND.. Here’s one for you.. The Boston Radar Loop without ad’s & all the crap…Just the radar. I customized the location to Cedar Lake.I had to make it a tiny url cause its 336 characters in length. If you like it just save to favorites / bookmarks.  http://tinyurl.com/cubup5c

Hope these are a few things you can utilize.  73..Jon.. N1MLF

 

 

December 29, 2012

Dick, K1MGH #9, North Falmouth MA

We’re approaching the end of the year and ready to fall off the cliff!  Putting that aside, I looked over my check-in spreadsheet this morning and plotted our daily check-ins by the day and a second plot of our cumulative check-ins.  The plots run from May 1st to today.  We are on track to break 10,000 check-ins for this fiscal year.

 

 

 

 

Greg Smith, WB2PPQ #7 Chester NJ 

Connor Kent, my grandson, 8 years old, attended Amateur Radio Kids Day this past Sunday.  The New Providence Radio Club, N2XJ, had two stations set-up for children to learn and experience the thrill of talking to kids throughout the United States.  Connor spent 2 hours working several stations in 4 states including Wisconsin, Iowa, North Carolina (they talk funny) and Arkansas.  He used a FT-990 transceiver, 100 watts, with a doublet antenna 75 ft high.

 

A young high school student coached him with ham lingo in a large font on prop sheets.  He learned some new terms CQ, QSO and November/two/x-ray/Juliet.  I think we may have a future ham in the wings.  Walking to the car to go home he asked, Pop-pop, do you have one of those radio’s in Chester? Can I go on the air with you this weekend?

 

You have permission to add to NWN blog, if you like.

 

Greg WB2PPQ/2

 

 

John Lockwood. #18 KA4SBT from Portsmouth, Virginia has been working hard at producing unusual weather pictures from space.  This is an example of his work:

 

 

 

Dick, K1MGH #9, North Falmouth MA

 

Check Ins YTD Jan

 

January was a better month than December for check-ins.  We are back on track to having more than 10,000 check-ins for this fiscal year.

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  1. I have been interested in the NOAA polar orbiting satellites for some time now, so a month or so ago I decided to find out what I needed to do to receive images from the sattellites, I decided to use an APT-06 AD from a fellow Ham of WRAASE/WeSaCom Systems in Altenholz Germany, it is a dedicated to receiving the NOAA polar orbiting satellites and it works very well. The antennas I use, there are two of them, I decided to build, the first is a Quardifilar-Helicoidal and the second is a Turnstile, both are designed for 137.500 MHz, the receiver automatically switches between them for the one with the best signal, this set-up works well, but should do better when I get the antennas up higher, now they are only 15 feet off the ground. Anyone wishing more infomation just drop me an email