May 30th-31st, 1998 NWS Open House Pictures
The following section on the May 30th-31st, 1998 NWS Open House was
made possible through the efforts of the following people who
provided pictures of the event:
Massachusetts State RACES Radio Officer: N1CPE-Tom Kinahan
South Shore SKYWARN Coordinator: N1FYZ-Carl Aveni
Former NWS Taunton Forecaster: Eleanor Vallier-Talbot*
* Eleanor Vallier Talbot transferred to NWS Charleston, SC. in
September of 1998.
Here is the front of the office served by SKYWARN across all
of Massachusetts except for Berkshire county, all of Rhode Island,
Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties in Northern CT and Cheshire
and Hillsborough Counties of New Hampshire, the National Weather
Service Forecast Office in Taunton Massachusetts.
Here is the portable station setup that we had at NWS Taunton. Tom
Kinahan, N1CPE, William Dohr, KB0UYO, and Rob Macedo, KD1CY are
busy setting up the station for a demonstration.
Here is a picture of the NWS Taunton and adjoining Northeast River
Forecast Center. Shown at the computer screen is journeyman forecaster
Here is a picture of Howard Baker, W1JVW, and Bob Metivier, N1XZJ, at
the booth that they helped man at NWS Taunton. Their efforts were
Here is a full size picture of the booth with the sign for the
SEMCARES, the Southeast Massachusetts ARES group pictured in
front of the booth along with a PC slide show provided by Bob
Metivier, N1XZJ who is pictured left, and Tom Kinahan, N1CPE
looks on, with Rob Macedo, KD1CY, making last minute changes
to the booth.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency based out of Maynard,
Massachusetts sent one of there mobile command units to the
NWS Open House. These types of mobile units are used at various
disasters such as Hurricanes Bonnie, Earl, and Georges as well
as Hurricanes Andrew, and Hugo. The station has virtually
every form of communications, satelite, amateur radio, commerical
and government frequencies. A tour of the mobile unit was given
and 10 people were allowed into the vehicle at a time.
This picture shows Bob Metivier, N1XZJ, and William Dohr, KB0UYO
posing in front of the booth. Both were instrumental in keeping
the Open House Booth running on Sunday May 31st and made an impact
as a Severe Weather Outbreak not seen in many years plowed through
many portions of Southern New England.
Shown in this picture is the completed ham radio setup. HF contacts
to France was made with this setup along with an APRS demo. Special
thanks to Carl Aveni, N1FYZ, and Bill Miller K1IBR for providing the
materials to setup the antennas for the booth.
Shown below were more helpers at the Open House and for the major
SKYWARN/ARES/RACES activation that followed. From left to right
is Tony Duarte, N1XRS, Brian Sladewski, N1XQL, and Mike Baril, N1PSE.
Tony is the Dartmouth Communications Officer, with Brian being his
assistant, and Mike N1PSE is the Area III East RACES Radio Officer who
is also the founder of his very own Central Mass. Public Safety
Organization. His truck is featured in this picture as well.
Shown below again is William Dohr, KB0UYO, complete with his storm
chaser vehicle! Also, his PA speaker system was used to announce
events that were occurring at the open house. NWS Open House
coordinators, Doug Young and Eleanor Vallier-Talbot were
very much appreciative of those efforts.
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