Hello to all..
..The following is the second and final message in a series of messages on Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend and providing information on the weather during this period. This is a tradition spanning over 12 years for Amateur Radio Operators involved with Field Day and the NWS Taunton SKYWARN Program..
..For the first time in a number of years, there is no threat for thunderstorms over the course of Field Day Weekend. Weather Conditions should be quite pleasant for Field Day Operations with high temperatures in the low to mid 80s and low humidity. Operators and people setting up Amateur Radio Field Day sites should assure they drink plenty of liquids but beyond that it should be an excellent weekend weather wise for this event..
..Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend is an annual event where Ham Operators across the United States setup at Emergency Operations Centers, field locations, home locations etc. to operate and test their equipment and skills and make as many radio contacts as possible during the weekend. Many locations can be visited by the public and Amateur Radio Field Day can be a form of outreach to Ham and non-Ham Operators. It is also noted that several states have given proclamations to Amateur Radio/Ham Radio Operators for either an ‘Amateur Radio Day or Amateur Radio Week’ during the month of June or an ‘Amateur Radio Month’ for this month. It is both a fun/preparatory event for Ham Radio Operators for Emergency Communications scenarios..
..No SKYWARN Activation or Ops at NWS Taunton are expected during the 2014 Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend..
There are a large number of Amateur Radio Field Day sites across the NWS Taunton Coverage Area and adjacent NWS Coverage Areas. Here are some links to information on these Amateur Radio Field Day Sites from across the region:
Amateur Radio Field Day Information: http://www.arrl.org/field-day
Amateur Radio Field Day National Locator: http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator
Eastern Massachusetts Field Day Home Page: http://fd.ema.arrl.org/
The Charlestown and Westerly RI EOC’s will be active with their Field Day at Ninigret Park in Charlestown, RI. Their site will be open to the public during normal park hours in the daytime. There operation will be the full 24 hours.
For the first time in a number of years, the 2014 Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend will feature gorgeous summer weather with high temperatures on Saturday in the lower 80s except 75-80 degrees at the coast and high temperatures in the 80s on Sunday. Overnight lows will be in the upper 40s to lower 60s.
During setup and takedown of Amateur Radio Field Day sites and even while operating, be sure to drink plenty of fluids and eat accordingly. Also having a jacket or sweatshirt during evenings as conditions cool etc. may also be useful while operating this year’s Field Day. The link below features information on Heat Safety:
Below is a link to the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook for those interested in checking out weather conditions over the course of Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend and into the next work week:
NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
While the lack of weather makes this less important, Field Day sites are still encouraged to bring a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio and a dedicated Ham Radio that can monitor their local SKYWARN Frequency for their area as a best safety and preparedness practice. Also sites that have mobile Internet capability can utilize that capability as a way to monitor for weather information. With Mobile Internet capability, utilizing Echolink to monitor the New England Reflector system on Echolink Conference Node: 9123/IRLP 9123 would be helpful as well. Please see the link below for the latest SKYWARN Frequency information for the region:
This will be the final coordination message on 2014 Amateur Radio Field Day activities. For those Amateur Operators participating in Field Day, good luck in this event that is both a contest and a means to practice getting on the air from emergency operation centers and outdoor locations which could be needed in a disaster related scenario.
Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
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