Special Announcement: WX4NHC, Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center Presentation, SKYWARN Training & ARES/RACES/SKYWARN Booth at Boxboro

Hello to all…

At the Boxboro ARRL New England Division Amateur Radio Convention for Friday 9/7/18 from 1230-145 PM, we will have a rare opportunity for a live presentation from one of the key national figures in Amateur Radio Public Service. Julio Ripoll, WD4R, Assistant WX4NHC Coordinator will be presenting an overview of WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center, as well as the operations Julio and a team of WX4NHC, MARS and other operators completed for the Haiti Earthquake in 2010. It is a rare opportunity to hear this presentation live and to meet Julio who founded operations at the National Hurricane Center in 1980 and has maintained the station at the National Hurricane Center for the last 38 years.

Also, on Friday 9/7/18, KI1U-Mike Corey, ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager, will present the ARESConnect system from 10-1130 AM and similar to what has been done in past years, SKYWARN Training will be offered from 2-430 PM.

The complete schedule of events on Friday in chronological order is listed below:
1000 AM-1130 AM: ARES Connect Presentation by KI1U-Mike Corey, ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager
1230 PM-145 PM: WX4NHC Station Overview and Haiti Earthquake Presentation, WD4R-Julio Ripoll, Assistant WX4NHC Coordinator
200-430 PM: SKYWARN Training Class (This is the full training class and will get you a Spotter ID card if a newly trained spotter or count for a renewal of your SKYWARN Training)

Anyone wishing to attend these presentations on Friday 9/7/18 can do so free of charge.

Also, at Boxboro, we will have an ARES/RACES/SKYWARN booth on Saturday 9/8/18 and Sunday 9/9/18. There will also be a SKYWARN Overview Presentation Saturday 9/8/18 from 1000-1050 AM.

There will be many other Amateur Radio related presentations at Boxboro. For a complete list of the forums, check out the following link at the boxboro.org web site:

Also, for anyone interested in obtaining their Amateur Radio license, there will be a technician-in-a-day course sponsored by the Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association on Saturday 9/8/18 from 9 AM-5 PM. The details on registration can be found via the following link:

We hope to see many of you at the Boxboro, ARRL New England Division Convention. Thanks to all for their support!

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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