During severe weather events RI ARES participates with the National Weather Service at Boston/Norton’s Skywarn Self Activation. RI ARES participants should report weather damage, severe flooding, closed streets, etc.
During Skywarn activations NWS Boston/Norton WX1BOX normally requests reports on the Quahog Network which is normally linked to the NB1RI Network. In the event the repeater Network goes down or is malfunctioning, the backup Skywarn repeater is 146.76 – 67.0Hz
Reports can also be made on NEDECN DMR repeaters using SKYWARN (TG 759) which is monitored by both the Boston/Norton and Gray, ME National Weather Service offices during severe weather.
In keeping with the timetable of the other RI ARES Nets the SKYWARN Practice and Training Net will now be held at 19:30 on Wednesday nights on the NB1RI Repeater Network.
The Grills Trail Run on the morning of Saturday 28 October 2023 is not your regular race we have supported in the past. This race is 2 courses, a 10 K and a 10mi, through the woods of the Grills Preserve in Bradford, RI. Last year was the first time we supported the race and found it was more challenging than the usual races on roads. Last year’s hams reported enjoying the new challenges and the race participants were happy to have the hams providing that additional piece of mind. Most supporting hams will need to be able to walk short distances and have good portable equipment including antennas. This is an excellent way to improve your emergency communicating skills as well as your equipment.
I am looking for hams that ride off road bicycles for this event to act as SAG. You may also ride to your post on a bicycle if you want, just let me know.
Jim Creamer, Westerly Amateur Radio Team