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Attention NH Section Traffic Handlers and all interested
Saturday, February 25th from 9 to noon will be the 3rd annual Traffic and Training Symposium at Concord Bible Fellowship, 25 Rockingham St, in Concord.
The program this year will cover the basics of traffic handling - designed for the newcomer, Field Service Directives (FSD’s), an overview of the NTS and how traffic nets should operate within the Section during an emergency. The class will also cover advanced traffic handling techniques such as booking traffic, ARL Texts, the pink card and traffic net operations.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 25th at Concord Bible Fellowship, 25 Rockingham St. in Concord. The church facility is conveniently located off exit 12N of I-93 in Concord.
Registration is required by simply dropping an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Representatives from the NH ARES groups are welcome.
Coffee, donuts and handouts will be provided.
Look forward to seeing you there..!
Seventh Annual New Hampshire ARES Academy To Be Held April 1
The ARRL New Hampshire Section has long been one of the most active in the country, and has served as a model for public service communication protocols and development. The section's annual NH-ARES Academy is no exception, continuing that tradition of excellence; it's been effective in recruiting and training new as well as veteran public event, emergency and disaster communications operators for many years. This year, the training program will be held at the New Hampshire State Fire Academy in the state's capitol of Concord, on April 1. The program is divided into blocks of training subjects critical to the development of ARES operators' skill sets.
The program will lead off with a presentation on Net Control functioning and how to work efficiently in a net environment, taught by Assistant Section Traffic Manager John Gotthartd, K1UAF, followed by ARES 101, an introduction to the New Hampshire ARES program for new members, taught by Section Emergency Coordinator Wayne Santos, N1CKM. Next, a new section for this year entitled Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), taught by Dave Colter, WA1ZCN, the section's Assistant EC for Training, introduces the concept and protocols for gathering disaster field intelligence for the state's department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) by monitoring other radio services.
Message formatting, seemingly always in a state of flux within the ICS framework, is a function that is at the core of the ARES mission, and will be another topic presented, by ARRL New Hampshire Section Manager and veteran traffic handler Pete Stohrer, K1PJS.
Hospital Support is another topic to be presented; New Hampshire's ARES program provides support to all of the state's hospitals. Operating plans and new protocols will be discussed by Merle Weber, KB1RJD, and the Hospital Amateur Radio Program (HARP) team. From the HARP operating manual, "the purpose of the [manual] is to provide guidelines, specific instructions, and reference information necessary to connect, configure, and operate a HARP Amateur Radio station in support of backup emergency communications at New Hampshire hospitals during readiness practice drills and actual emergencies, using analog and digital hardware and software for message exchange."
A discussion of Go Kit Basics will be led by Alan Bradford, AE1H, from Southern Grafton County ARES, for new members and those needing to take a fresh look at their go kit.
The critical importance of the ARES Mutual Assistance Team (ARESMAT) protocol/concept was brought to the floor once again during Hurricane Matthew when demand for disaster response communicators outstripped the supply of ARES operators in many states. The academy's Introduction to ARESMAT will describe how the program works to supply operators from outside the affected areas in a system of mutual aid agreements, how to best use ARESMAT resources, and for the individual ARESMAT-deployed operator: what to expect, and how to prepare for deployment. This course will be presented by Colter.
For newcomers to HF operation in the context of emergency and disaster response communications, a course entitled HF for Emcomm, will discuss HF antennas and equipment, temporary station setups, and operating in the field, taught by Stohrer. An all new workshop course for students getting started with the NBEMS digital messaging system will be presented by George Blakeslee, N1GB.
A special course on WebEOC Training will be restricted to ARES members who are regularly assigned to a municipal EOC, and recommended by their Emergency Coordinators. The course will be taught by a member of the state's HSEM staff. Presentations/courses on Winlink Express and the Winlink 2000 world-wide radio email system and an APRS technical workshop will wind up the academy's curriculum. For more information and registration, contact Dave Colter, WA1ZCN, Assistant SEC for Training, ARRL New Hampshire Section.
ARES and RACES in New Hampshire: Seamless Integration and Cooperation at the state level in New Hampshire, ARES and RACES are basically the same thing. The state's Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NH HSEM) does not maintain a standing RACES program, and uses NH-ARES to meet its backup communication needs. In the event that circumstances require operation under RACES rules, the plan is to mass-enroll as many NH-ARES operators as are needed and volunteer at that time.
The reason for this approach is that under state law, the state must provide Worker's Compensation Insurance coverage for all official volunteers. While this was enacted to cover mountain search and rescue volunteers, it includes all volunteers, regardless of role or agency. NH HSEM has no budget for this at present.
Local municipal emergency management agencies may choose to enroll local hams to be their RACES operators, and in these cases, NH ARES leaders strongly recommend that these volunteers be drawn from the local ARES organizations and that dual ARES/RACES membership be maintained. The goal of this arrangement is to help head off any divisiveness between ARES and the municipal emergency management agencies' RACES programs, thus ensuring full interoperability. -- ARRL New Hampshire Section News
NH ARRL's new Section Traffic Manager
Hello NH Section Amateur Radio operators,
I am writing to announce that John Gotthardt, K1UAF of Wolfeboro is the new Section Traffic Manager (STM) for NH.
John takes over for Joe Burke, W1INC who is stepping down due to increased responsibilities with his elevated job position in Concord. Joe has served the Section well for many years and has brought traffic handling and training to an much elevated level. Joe will remain in his roles as Official Observer and Volunteer Examiner.
K1UAF is not new to traffic handling but has worked with W1INC as the Assistant Traffic Manager and involved in many NH and NTS traffic nets.
John brings much traffic and emergency communication experience to the position. He is a member of the Central NH Amateur Radio Club (CNHARC), the Lakes Region Repeater Association (LRRA) and Capital Area Repeater Society (CARS). John serves as an Assistant Emergency Coordinator with the Central NH ARES group. His role as AEC for Central and now STM will bridge together nicely the NTS and ARES component of the NH ARRL Field Organization.
NH Amateur Radio is fortunate to have a man of John’s experience in leadership…Please welcome him to the position of NH’s Section Traffic Manager.
John can be reached at email@example.com
Amateur Radio Parity Act Speeds to US House Passage, Heads to US Senate
Just 10 days after being introduced in the 115th Congress, the 2017 Amateur Radio Parity Act legislation, H.R. 555, passed the US House of Representatives on unanimous consent under a suspension of House rules. The bill's language is identical to that of the 2015 measure, H.R. 1301, which won House approval late last summer after attracting 126 cosponsors, but failed to clear the US Senate last fall as the 114th Congress wound down. The new bill, again sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), was launched on January 13 with initial cosponsorship by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), who chairs the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
"The grassroots effort of Amateur Radio operators across this nation in support of the Amateur Radio Parity Act has been remarkable, nothing like we have ever seen before," ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, said. "To all hams, keep going! Now is the time to charge forward with that same momentum to the Senate. We can do it!" The bill arrives in the US Senate with ample time in which to garner its approval through an education campaign.
"We're very encouraged by the speed with which this bill made it through the House. It's amazing that this happened," said ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, who has been at the forefront of the legislative initiative. "With the help of ARRL members, we believe we can get this done," Lisenco continued. "We came within a hair's breadth last time, with [thousands of] e-mails to members of both houses of Congress, as well as letters and telephone calls. Member participation in this final push is critical."
H.R. 555 calls on the FCC to establish rules prohibiting the application of deed restrictions that preclude Amateur Radio communications on their face or as applied. Deed restrictions would have to impose the minimum practicable restriction on Amateur Radio communications to accomplish the lawful purposes of homeowners associations seeking to enforce the restriction.
Beginning December 7th, the New Hampshire Slow Net is returning to air!
if you want to improve your CW skills join us
on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:15 PM local.
The CW speed runs between 5 to 10 WPM. So check in
on 3.539 khz in the 80 Meter band, and let's practice CW and traffic handling skills.
A contest is also in the future on the NHSN, grand prize an HT radio. More details to come.
NH ARRL SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER
New young Ham Radio Operators Needed
It’s time for us as ham radio operators to get the ball rolling to get young people involved in our hobby.
Here is your chance to make that happen. Sponsor a youth for only $35.00. This covers the cost of the Tech study manual and the VE test fee. I realize that not all of us are able to afford that kind of money, but I am sure we all know friends who are aware of our love for Ham Radio and would like to help our cause.
Get your Name and call connected to a youth as sponsor. Maybe we can get the ARRL to start a youth/ sponsor honor roll in our QST magazine.
I am challenging all clubs here in NH and throughout the United States.
Let’s get it done!
White Mountain Amateur Radio Club
PO Box 1932
Conway, NH 03818
Hello NH Radio Amateurs
The Amateur Radio we know today owes its existence primarily to the lobbying efforts by the ARRL in the early part of the 20th century. After the creation of the Amateur Radio Service by the Federal Radio Commission (predecessor to the FCC), the US government quickly realized how valuable a resource Amateur Radio is to the public, especially during emergencies. In the Northeast in 1936, nearly 200 people lost their lives during February floods that inundated most towns where major rivers flowed and without the services of the Amateur Radio operator, according to League historian Clinton DeSoto, fatalities would have been much greater.
As was the case in 1936 and since then, Amateurs have been engaged in relaying messages and providing communication when conventional means fail during times of emergencies. It is important to realize this resource is a major reason our government continues to acknowledge and recognize the need for the Amateur Radio Service. As it did in the early part of the 20th century, the League today continues to advocate for the Amateur Radio Service and our continued use of the RF spectrum.
If you are new to Amateur Radio (or even a seasoned operator), and looking for a new challenge, why not join the over 200 NH Amateurs currently using their radio skills with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service also known as ARES. ARES operators are “Radio Minutemen” who make their stations available for public service events and during times of emergencies. Typically, ARES groups meet together once a month and most have weekly on air meetings to discuss various aspects of emergency communications and message handling. These activities help hone their skills for the time when they may be called to serve during an emergency.
NH has 12 ARES groups, roughly divided up by county. Each group is led by an Emergency Coordinator (EC). Each EC may have an Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC) whose focus may be on specified tasks within the group. An Amateur Radio license and willingness to participate are the usual prerequisites to join. A listing of the ARES group nearest you can be found at the NH ARES web site www.nh-ares.org
Now is a great time to become actively involved. NH ARES needs you! Go to www.nh-ares.org and click on the NH ARES needs you link, fill out the application and the EC in your area will contact you. If you have questions feel free to contact the Section Manager, email is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact the Section Emergency Coordinator, Wayne Santos, N1CKM. His email is email@example.com
Peter Stohrer, K1PJS
NH Section Manager
www.w1bst.comNH Amateur Radio Clubs
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Contoocook Valley Radio Club
Central NH Amateur Radio Club
Granite State Amateur Radio Association
CCDX Amateur Radio Club
Port City Amateur Radio Club
Lakes Region Repeater Society
Great Bay Radio Association
Twin State Radio Club
Nashua Area Radio Club
Littleton Amateur Radio Klub
White Mountain Amateur Radio Club
Androscoggin Valley Amateur Radio Club
Interstate Repeater Society
Capital Area Repeater Society