The "ARES/SKYWARN" channel of the New England Reflector is an integrated gateway that digitally bridges
Users connecting to this gateway from either VoIP network are allowed to
interconnect with each other. The node number is identical and
accessible on both the networks of IRLP and EchoLink as 9123. It
can be found on EchoLink clients as conference *NEW-ENG*. This is
a shared gateway for ARES/SKYWARN activity (primary) and general use
(secondary) in the six New England states.
More details are provided below.
This gateway provides a
vital link for New England's Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) program
on a primary basis. In times of
emergencies, Eastern Massachusetts
ARES (Regions 1 & 2) will activate and utilize this gateway.
This provides a single point of contact to pass traffic and welfare
communications. Depending on the severity
of a real activation, other ARES regions may also utilize this gateway.
Massachusetts ARES conducts a drill. This drill allows for
repeaters, simplex nodes and individual client users to test equipment
and auxiliary power in preparation for a real activation. The
drill is a directed on-air network (net) which starts at 8:30 PM on the
first Monday of each month on the MMRA
repeater network. MMRA's IRLP node 4133 links to this gateway for
both drills and activations.
This gateway provides a
vital link for New England's SKYWARN program on a primary basis. In times of severe
weather, station WX1BOX
lead by Rob Macedo, KD1CY and a team of volunteers become active from
the National Weather Service (NWS) in Taunton, Massachusetts.
WX1BOX informs hams of watches, warnings and forecast data, plus
provides a single point of contact via this gateway to collect reports
of SKYWARN criteria.
WX1BOX focuses on
collecting reports by hams in the area served by the Southern New
England Weather Forecast Office. This area includes most of
Massachusetts, Northern Connecticut, all of Rhode Island and Cheshire
and Hillsborough counties in Southern New Hampshire. Depending on
the severity of the weather event, NWS Gray, Maine (WX1GYX)
and other SKYWARN sections such as Western Massachusetts and Connecticut may also utilize this gateway.
3) GENERAL USE
Secondary to ARES/SKYWARN,
this gateway is open to
anyone who wishes to utilize it for general use. For IRLP users that do not
necessarily need EchoLink availability, we recommend using the main
channel of the New England Reflector (9120), which is available for "General
Use/Linking" at all times. We allow nodes to park there for extended
periods for the purpose of casual QSOs and part-time or full-time