Winter Field Day

RI ARES had planned to do a Winter Field Day in cooperation with the RI EMA. Unfortunately one of the RI EMA Emergency Communications Command Post vehicles is out for repair and they cannot spare a vehicle for our exercise. As such, we will not be hosting a Winter Field Day event this year. Plans are in the works to set something up for Field Day in June.

That said, there are several other groups holding Winter Field Day this year in Rhode Island. If you want to participate, get in touch with them and see if they could use your help!

KC1CUE – Coventry RI Emergency Management Agency

W1SYE – Newport County Radio Club

W1OP – Providence Radio Association

If you know of another event to add to this list, email


As many of you may knw, the NB1RI (KA1RCI) Repeater Network links have been down for some time. This limits our ability to do a statewide net. As an interim solution some of the ARES leadership have been running nets on some of the standalone NB1RI repeaters. On the 2nd, 4th and 5th Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm tune in to a repeater near you and if you hear a net, check in!

Some of the machines we try to activate are Cumberland 147.170, Westerly 147.390, Exeter 146.985, and Portsmouth 147.075. If you want to help by becoming a Net Control station get in touch with your local RI ARES coordinator.

Surftown Half Marathon September 9th 2018

September is fast approaching with a large event here in Westerly, the Surftown Half Marathon and 5K.

The Hartford Marathon Foundation, Inc. is a not for profit organization whose mission is to encourage individuals and families to adopt and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. The organization promotes fitness to all ages and all abilities through community running events, school based programs and community collaborations. The Hartford Marathon Foundation coordinates the Surftown as well as many other events in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Their mission is to organize programs and events that promote health, fitness and enjoyment for participants of all ages and experience levels. Over 70,000 people participate annually in HMF events. Since 1994, the HMF has injected over $105 million for dozens of community charities. Since 1998, over 10,000 adults and children have participated in Hartford Marathon Foundation Training programs designed to help people begin or build a running or walking program.

Running along the ocean front streets of Misquamicut Beach and Watch Hill, RI, the Surftown Half Marathon is a spectacular beach race featuring stunning ocean views! Fast and flat, the 13.1 mile half marathon is a great destination race with live entertainment on the course, pace teams and a well-marked route with timing clocks, fluid stations and support on the course. The Surftown Half Marathon is a favorite of many runners, about 2,800 every year,

This is a large event and requires a substantial number of hams. Non hams are welcome also because they are a great help to the hams providing the communications.

If you are interested in helping out, please contact:

Jim Creamer KB1MAO
Westerly Amateur Radio Team
Washington County District Emergency Coordinator

Upcoming Skywarn Trainings

There are several upcoming Skywarn trainings being offered by the National Weather Service, which will teach you to become a NWS Spotter. If you have not taken the course, or retaken it within the last 5 years, as required, here is your opportunity. 

Wednesday, April 25 at 7 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
Foster Center Volunteer Fire Company
86 Foster Center Rd, Foster, Rhode Island 02825
Registration required

Saturday, May 12 at 10 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Middletown Fire Department
239 Wyatt Rd, Middletown, Rhode Island 02842
Registration required

Tuesday, May 15 at 7 PM – 9 PM EDT
Rice-Cobb Auditorium at the Sturdy Memorial Hospital
211 Park St, Attleboro, Massachusetts 02703
All are welcome

New Day & Time for RI ARES VHF Nets

In order to increase participation and serve our membership better, the ARES leadership team has decided that the RI ARES VHF Net should be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1900.

Mark your calendars, the next Net is February 13, 2018 at 1900.

Hendricken High School AREDN Node

From K1NTP Mike, December 7th, 2017
(reposted from Facebook with permission)

Thanks to financial support from Bishop Hendricken High School and a community grant from IBM (via Newport County Radio Club), Mike K1NPT and Denis KD1HA (in the photo) installed antennas on a drizzly Tuesday atop the Warwick school. Hendricken has at least six licensed students who are keen to get on the air in their newly renovated ham shack.

If you’re wondering what kind of antenna that is, it’s the Ubiquiti 2.4GHz AirMax Omni, 13dBi, using the Rocket node that has been reflashed to allow self-discovering. “mesh” networking data operations on amateur freqs. See for more info. Great application for this network include voice-over-IP telephony, IP cameras, remote software defined radios, web servers, Winlink access. This node will be powered by 24VDC Power-over-Ethernet.

Update January 9th, 2018 

I’m please to report that this Bishop Hendricken High SchoolAREDN node is now on-the-air  (Student Mac, KC1CZW on the VHF radio).

SEC Paul Silverzweig N1PSX is re-deploying to Puerto Rico

As many of you may already know, our Section Emergency Coordinator Paul Silverzweig N1PSX has already deployed this year to Texas to provide support after Hurricane Harvey and to Puerto Rico to provide support after Hurricane Maria.

Paul has been asked to return to Puerto Rico to provide additional support. He will be leaving this weekend to assist for several weeks. I wish him luck and I’m proud to serve under his leadership here at RI ARES.

~K1JST Jeremy

P.S. Here are some photos and a video of the Arecibo Observatory he posted from his last trip to Puerto Rico:

“On our way to a repeater mounting, we came across signs for this which all of us wanted to see… we managed to get inside by being nice, something it would seem many Americans there were unable to muster…

The worlds largest radio telescope until recently when China completed construction on theirs, the Arecibo Radio Telescope is amazing… it sustained some serious damage during the two hurricanes, but will be repaired once the island gets stabilized…”

A short video

Radio Relay International Draft Training Manual

The final draft of the RRI Training Manual, TR-001 is now available for download. This document covers topics such as; “An Introduction to Disaster Telecommunications Theory,” “RRI Manual Mode Networks,” “Introduction to the RRI Digital Traffic Network,” “Basic Radiotelephone Net Procedures,””Radiotelegraph Net Procedures,” and so forth.

Feel free to peruse the manual and make suggestions or provide feedback to RRI.