Storm Coordination Message #2 – Friday 2/24/12 Snow Event and Saturday 2/25/12 Strong Wind Event

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..Strong to Damaging Winds Possible Saturday across much of the NWS Taunton County Warning Area. Snow and mixed precipitation moving rapidly through much of Southern New England with heaviest amounts in portions of Connecticut and Rhode Island with portions of the Central parts of those states receiving 2-4″ of snow with isolated higher amounts. More snow still possible over Southern New Hampshire and extreme Northwest Massachusetts during the day today..
..A High Wind Watch is in effect for Cape Cod and the Islands and Block Island Rhode Island from late tonight through Saturday Evening for sustained winds of 25-35 MPH with gusts up to 60 MPH possible..
..A Wind Advisory is in effect for the remainder of South Coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island from Midnight tonight through 10 PM Saturday for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts up to 45-50 MPH..
..A Wind Advisory is in effect for the remainder of the NWS Taunton County Warning Area from 6 AM Saturday to 8 PM Saturday for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts up to 45-50 MPH..
..A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for Western Franklin County Massachusetts, Cheshire and Western-Central Hillsborough Counties of New Hampshire until 7 PM this evening for snowfall up to 4″..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will handle snowfall conditions today. SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will be possible Saturday depending on how the wind threat evolves. A more detailed coordination message on the winds will be posted by Friday Evening. Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Weather Advisory statement, High Wind Watch/Wind Advisory Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook and latest Spotter Reports on snowfall along with the snowfall forecast map..

NWS Taunton Winter Weather Advisory Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton High Wind Watch/Wind Advisory Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus71.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Current Spotter Reports:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.nous41.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Snowfall Forecast Map:
http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/StormTotalSnow/index.php

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Storm Coordination Message #1 – Friday February 24th, 2012 Storm Event

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..A storm system will attempt to bring wintry precipitation into Northwest and North-Central portions of Southern New England with a brief wintry mix changing to rain in south-central and eastern portions of the area. Snow amounts and threat area will be dependent on amount of cold air that works into the region..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 1 AM to 7 PM Friday for Western Franklin County Massachusetts, Cheshire County NH and Western and Central Hillsborough County NH for 4-6″ of snow..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 1 AM to 7 PM for Hampshire, Eastern Franklin, Western Hampden, Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for 2-5″ of snow..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation for snowfall amounts is likely during the day on Friday..

A storm system will move into the region late tonight into Friday Evening bringing with it the threat for some wintry preciptation particularly over the northwest and north-central portions of the NWS Taunton coverage area while south-central and southeast portions of the region see a wintry mix that changes to rain during the day Friday. There is some question as to how much cold air moves into the area with this storm system. Less cold air may confine the snow and any brief wintry mix further north into Northern New England and that has been the noted trend for storm scenarios such as this one for this winter. More cold air moving into the region would allow for more snowfall further south into the area. At this time, the heaviest snowfall is expected to be in portions of Cheshire County NH and Western Franklin County Massachusetts moving northward into Northern New England with some snow accumulations in the north-central portions of the NWS Taunton coverage area.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 1 AM to 7 PM Friday for Western Franklin County Massachusetts, Cheshire County NH and Western and Central Hillsborough County NH for 4-6″ of snow. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 1 AM to 7 PM for Hampshire, Eastern Franklin, Western Hampden, Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for 2-5″ of snow. Across Southern Worcester County through Western Norfolk County and into Essex County Massachusetts, 1-2″ of snow is possible. These snowfall amounts are based on current forecasts and current expectation of cold air moving into these areas. If more cold air can work into these areas, there is a chance for somewhat higher snow totals. If cold air remains to the north, snow amounts could be less than expected. Across the remainder of Southern New England, a wintry mix of precipitation is expected at the start possibly affecting the morning commute before it changes over to rain with 1″ or less of snow accumulation.

SKYWARN Self-Activation for snowfall totals in the advisory area is expected during the day on Friday. Another coordination message, possibly a shortened message due to monitoring for snow total reports, will be done on Friday Morning by 830 AM. Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Weather Advisory Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook and Snowfall Forecast Map:

NWS Taunton Winter Weather Advisory Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Snowfall Map:
http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/StormTotalSnow/index.php

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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NWS Taunton Public Information Statement – River Gauge on Connecticut River in Middletown CT No Longer In Service

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The following NWS Taunton Public Information Statement is on the River Gauge on the Connecticut River no longer in service and that forecasting and warnings for this point will not be given as in the past.

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NOUS41 KBOX 211742
PNSBOX
CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001>008-231200-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
1240 PM EST TUE FEB 21 2012

…THE RIVER GAUGE ON THE CONNECTICUT RIVER IN MIDDLETOWN IS NO
LONGER IN SERVICE RESULTING IN TERMINATION OF RIVER FORECASTS AND
WARNINGS FOR THE CONNECTICUT RIVER AT MIDDLETOWN CONNECTICUT…

THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY HAS DISCONTINUED THE OPERATION
OF THE MIDDLETOWN CONNECTICUT RIVER GAUGE ON THE CONNECTICUT RIVER.
WITH THE LOSS OF THE REAL TIME RIVER DATA FROM THIS GAUGE…THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FORECAST
AND WARNING SERVICE FOR THE CONNECTICUT RIVER AT MIDDLETOWN.
EFFECTIVE TODAY ALL RIVER WARNINGS AND FORECASTS FOR THE CONNECTICUT
RIVER AT MIDDLETOWN HAVE BEEN DISCONTINUED.

TO MITIGATE THE LOSS OF WARNINGS FOR THIS SITE THE NWS WILL BE
TAKING THE FOLLOWING MEASURES.

THE NWS WILL INCORPORATE EXISTING FLOOD IMPACT STATEMENTS FOR
MIDDLETOWN AND THE SURROUNDING AREA WITH THE CURRENT IMPACT
STATEMENTS INCLUDED FOR RIVER FLOOD WARNINGS ISSUED FOR HARTFORD
CONNECTICUT. THIS WILL TAKE 1 TO 3 MONTHS TO ACCOMPLISH.

THE NWS WILL ESTABLISH NEW RIVER FORECAST AND FLOOD WARNING SERVICES
FOR THE CONNECTICUT RIVER AT MIDDLE HADDAM CONNECTICUT. A USGS
STREAM GAUGE AT MIDDLE HADDAM IS LOCATED LESS THAN TWO MILES
DOWNSTREAM OF THE MIDDLETOWN GAUGE. THIS TASK WILL TAKE 12 TO 18
MONTHS TO ACCOMPLISH.

FOR INQUIRIES CONCERNING THE IMPACT OF THE MIDDLETOWN GAUGE BEING
DISCONTINUED CONTACT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE IN
TAUNTON MASSACHUSETTS AT 508-823-1900

$$

DUNHAM

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Storm Coordination Message #3 – Winter Weather Advisory Cancelled – Downgrading Self-Activation

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..Winter Weather Advisory cancelled for the region as computer models in agreement on a further offshore storm track resulting in little to no snow accumulation north and west of the Boston to Providence corridor and a coating to 2 inches of snow south and east of the Boston to Providence corridor. In addition, temperatures near freezing may preclude significant snow accumulation in southeast New England and keep snow amounts from going much higher than a coating to 2 inches and that may only occur on grassy surfaces..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will still monitor the situation for southeast New England but formal net call-ups on various Amateur Radio Repeaters no longer anticipated. Certain local repeaters in southeast New England and the New England Reflector system IRLP 9123/Echolink conference node *NEW-ENG* node: 9123 will be monitored informally as needed..
..Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Weather Advisory cancellation statement and Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Taunton Winter Weather Advisory Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://beta.wx1box.org

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Storm Coordination Message #2 – Saturday February 11th, 2012 Moderate Snowstorm Event

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..Moderate Snowstorm to impact much of South-Central and Eastern portions Southern New England Saturday into Saturday Evening..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from 4 AM to 10 PM Saturday for Windham county Connecticut, All of Rhode Island and Eastern Massachusetts including Cape Cod and the Islands. Total snowfall of 2 to 5 inches will occur across much of the advisory area particularly along and north of the Mass. Pike with 4 to 6 inches with isolated amounts of up to 8″ possible south and east of the Boston to Providence corridor particularly along the South Coast of Massachusetts into Cape Cod. Heaviest snowfall is expected in the late morning to early afternoon hours. Outside of the advisory area a total of 1-2″ of snow with isolated 3″ amounts will be possible..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will occur Saturday Morning into Evening for snowfall reports from across the region. Another coordination message will be sent Saturday Morning by 10 AM to update timeframes of net call-ups on various repeaters particularly in the advisory area along and south of the Mass. Pike. The New England IRLP/Echolink system IRLP 9123/Echolink *NEW-ENG* node: 9123 will also be monitored for much of the day Saturday. Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Weather Advisory Statement and Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Taunton Winter Weather Advisory Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://beta.wx1box.org

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Storm Coordination Message #1 – Saturday February 11th, 2012 Snowstorm event

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..Accumulating snow likely Saturday across much of Southern New England with the highest amounts over Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts except for Cape Cod and the Islands where a mix of snow and rain may hold down amounts there. Winter Weather Advisories are likely to be issued for portions of the area for Saturday. A closer storm track could bring higher snowfall totals to the region while a track further away from the region could mean lighter snowfall for the area..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will likely be utilized for this storm event for snowfall reports. Strong winds could affect portions of the coast later Saturday and Saturday Night as a brief surge of arctic air moves into the region for Sunday. Another coordination message will be issued by 11 PM this evening with further details. Below is the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://beta.wx1box.org

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SKYWARN Training Class in Bedford NH – Friday Evening 2/10/12 at 7 PM – Seats Still Available – Preregistration Required

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Taunton Massachusetts and the Granite State Amateur Radio Society (GSARS) will be sponsoring a severe weather spotter training session, part of its SKYWARN program, in Bedford, New Hampshire. The class will be on Friday February 10, 2012 from 7 PM to approximately 930 PM. It will be held at the Saint Elizabeth Church, 190 Meetinghouse Road, in Bedford NH.

The session is open to the public at no charge. Amateur Radio Operators are encouraged to attend. Also, Emergency managers, police, fire, and other first responders are also encouraged to attend. Everyone age 16 and older who stays to complete the training will be able to become trained NWS weather spotters.

The training session includes a two-hour thirty-minute computer-based presentation, which discusses the development of thunderstorms, the criteria for “severe” thunderstorms, as well as the cloud features associated with severe thunderstorms and tornados. Additional information will be presented about winter storms and proper snow measurement and reporting of river, stream, and urban flooding and rainfall measurements. The session will also present the procedure for reporting weather information to the National Weather Service. Anyone attending should bring a pen or pencil and bringing a notebook is optional.

Pre-registration is required for this training session. Please contact, Ron Michaud, Amateur Radio Call-Sign, K1RHM, via email at k1rhm@comcast.net to preregister.

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Extreme Weather Presentation – Wednesday February 1st, 2012 at 7 PM at Boston Museum of Science

“Natural disasters and extreme weather are real events that many people don’t think about until it’s too late.”
–Donna Franklin, NOAA’s Lightning Safety Program Lead

On Wednesday, February 1, the Museum of Science will host CNN Meteorologist Bonnie Schneider for the program Extreme Weather, part of the Museum’s Adult Offerings.

From epic floods to historical drought, unrelenting summer heat to arctic blasts of frigid air, 2011 was a year of extremes. Unfortunately, it was also a year of death and destruction: 552 people died in tornadoes, tying 2011 with 1936 as the deadliest year on record. With “a total of twelve weather and climate disasters,” according to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “each causing $1 billion or more in damages,” one of the most expensive.

As a Meteorologist on CNN and HLN, Bonnie Schneider reports on these natural disasters, explaining when they’re likely to strike, and telling viewers how to respond when they do. She has interviewed experts from a wide variety of agencies – including FEMA and NOAA – to provide a comprehensive understanding of the science behind weather patterns and the latest thinking on how to act in dangerous conditions. She’ll share actual survivor stories, reminding us that disaster can strike at any time, changing your life forever.

You can register to attend this FREE program at the following link: http://extremeweather.eventbrite.com/

Best,

Jennifer Garrett
Lectures and Special Programs
Museum of Science, Boston

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Storm Coordination Message #2 – Thursday Evening 1/26/12-Friday 1/27/12 Potential Icing Event

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..A storm system is currently bringing mixed precipitation to the region that is in the process of changing to an extended period of freezing rain that will result in slippery travel and the potential for isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage along and north of the Mass Pike and especially in Southern New Hampshire..
..A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect through 1 PM Friday for Southern New Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for up to 1″ of snow and icing of up to one-quarter to possibly one-third of an inch..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect through 7 AM Friday for Hartford County Conencticut for ice accretion of up to one-tenth inch due to temperatures being near freezing..
..Strong Winds may occur across Southeast Coastal New England during the day on Friday and this potential will also be monitored..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will occur this evening through Friday Morning and we will be monitoring carefully after 5-6 AM Friday for any icing reports and icing damage reports. Ops at NWS Taunton will be possible if it becomes evident that ice amounts are causing damage to locations within the advisory area that are widespread..

A storm system is currently tracking over Southern New England tonight through Friday. The storm has brought a brief period of mixed precipitation changing to rain across much of interior southern New England south of the Mass. Pike and east of I-495 with coastal locations seeing all rain. Hartford County Connecticut has remained near freezing so a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued through 7 AM for up to one-tenth inch of radial icing in that county. North of the Mass. Pike and west of I-495, A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect through 1 PM Friday Afternoon for Southern New Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for up to 1 inch of snow and ice amounts of up to one-quarter to possibly one-third of an inch especially over Southern New Hampshire. These ice amounts could result in isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages. These ice amounts are expected to be below Winter Storm Warning threshold though this will be monitored closely. If ice amounts reach one-quarter to one-third of an inch, some isolated to scattered tree and wire damage will be possible but it should not be widespread. Amounts greater than one-third of an inch ice could result in damage that is more widespread so this will be watched closely.

Strong winds could affect portions of Southeast Coastal New England Friday and Friday Night. This potential will also be monitored.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will occur this evening through Friday Morning and will be monitored closely after 5-6 AM for any icing damage and ice accumulation reports. Ops at NWS Taunton will be possible if it becomes evident that ice amounts are causing damage to locations within the advisory area that are widespread. Another coordination message will follow this evening. Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Weather Advisory Statement and Hazardous Weather Outlook:

NWS Taunton Winter Weather Advisory Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://beta.wx1box.org

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Storm Coordination Message – Potential Icing Event – 1/26/12-1/27/12

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..A storm system will bring mixed precipitation to the region at the start changing to an extended period of freezing rain that will result in slippery travel and the potential for isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage along and north of the Mass Pike and especially in Southern New Hampshire..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 7 PM tonight through 1 PM Friday for Southern New Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for up to 1″ of snow and icing of up to one-quarter to possibly one-third of an inch..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will occur this evening through Friday Morning. Ops at NWS Taunton will be possible if it becomes evident that ice amounts are causing damage to locations within the advisory area that are widespread..

A storm system will track over Southern New England tonight through Friday. The storm will bring a brief period of mixed precipitation changing to rain across much of interior southern New England south of the Mass. Pike and east of I-495 with coastal locations seeing all rain. North of the Mass. Pike and west of I-495, A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued from 7 PM Thursday Evening through 1 PM Friday Afternoon for Southern New Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for up to 1 inch of snow and ice amounts of up to one-quarter to possibly one-third of an inch especially over Southern New Hampshire. These ice amounts could result in isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages. These ice amounts are expected to be below Winter Storm Warning threshold though this will be monitored closely. If ice amounts reach one-quarter to one-third of an inch, some isolated to scattered tree and wire damage will be possible but it should not be widespread. Amounts greater than one-third of an inch ice could result in damage that is more widespread so this will be watched closely.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will occur this evening through Friday Morning. Ops at NWS Taunton will be possible if it becomes evident that ice amounts are causing damage to locations within the advisory area that are widespread. Another coordination message will follow this evening. Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Weather Advisory Statement and Hazardous Weather Outlook:

NWS Taunton Winter Weather Advisory Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://beta.wx1box.org

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