February gave us some interesting (well I was trying to be nice about it) weather. It also gave us some interesting statistics. The new CW net reported 20 sessions (it meets Monday through Friday), and yet EM2MN which meets daily reported only 12 sessions. I think some of the problem may be related to reports not turned in. This is something we can improve upon. Perhaps a bigger problem has been the reduced power of the Boston repeater. Folks from further away have been unable to access the repeater. Byron K1YCQ has been running a net on the Sharon repeater and we thank Byron for that. However not everyone can access that repeater, including our net manager KB1ENV. Often two nets were running concurrently which has led to some confusion. Hopefully the Boston repeater will be back up to its former robust self in the near future and we can get back to normal. Meanwhile if you can’t find activity on Boston, check 146.865.
Also noted in the stats for February are reduced net sessions for both MARIPN (3918 Khz at 5:30) and HHTN (MMRA linked repeaters at 10:00 M-W-F). Unfortunately Jim N1LKJ, manager of MARIPN was battling respiratory problems much of the month and we missed him dearly. Jim is feeling better now and we sure are glad to have him back.
Just a point of information: if there is no NCS by three minutes past net time, ANYONE can assume net control. You don’t have to be appointed, you don’t have to be experienced. We’re all friends here. No one can be criticized for trying, and there will no doubt be help from the peanut gallery. Let’s try to get 100% nets run and reported.
I would also like to thank all those who turned in SAR (Station Activity Reports) and PSHR (Public Service Honor Roll) reports. Information on these can be found on this website, and anyone is welcome and encouaged to submit either or both to me. There are no minimums for SAR although 500 or more points will earn a BPL or Brass Pounders League award. The PSHR however requires a minimum of 70 points to be listed, and these calls will be found in a subsequent issue of QST.
Thanks to all you fine folks for your participation in the nets. It keeps us in practice and helps keep the nets alive. How about originating some traffic to friends or family or other hams you have worked on the air. Most will get a kick out of it and you will become an ace traffic handler in the process. See you on the nets.
|MARCIA FORDE STM -MA|