New Hampshire Section Manager Pete Stohrer K1PJS has given permission to post the following.  Note that the symposium is open to all, and I encourage Massachusetts hams to sign up.  I plan to be there along with N1OTC and we hope to see some of you folks there too, whether you are new to traffic handling, interested in trying a new mode (ie CW or digital), or looking for a refresher73, Marcia KW1U


Attention Traffic Handlers and interested Amateurs

A Traffic Handling and Training Symposium is scheduled in Concord (NH) for August 30th from 9A until 1p, the meeting location will be at Concord Bible Fellowship, 25 Rockingham St.

The meeting will discuss the basics of traffic handling, radiogram structure, CW and voice traffic net protocols, the National Traffic System (NTS) and the National Traffic System Digital (NTSD).

Traffic Handling is a skill all Amateurs should be familiar with. During emergencies you may be called to help pass messages when the regular communication infrastructure is down.

The ARRL had its formation around Traffic Handling and it is a skill as much needed today as then.

Lunch will be provided. The symposium is open to all. If you would like to attend send an email to


Pete, K1PJS


Peter J. Stohrer, K1PJS
ARRL NH Section Manager
9 Gladstone St.
Concord, NH 03301

603 345-1470(C)

Good Food, Good Conversation: 2014 NTS Traffic Handlers Picnic

Eastern MA Traffic Handlers Picnic, August, 2014Marcia Forde, KW1U writes:

The rain held off, at least until 3 PM and the cloud cover kept the temperatures comfortable as a good group enjoyed good food and good conversation at the 2014 Traffic Handlers picnic at the Senior Center in Raynham MA Sunday August 3. The day was only dampened by the news that one of our most regular attendees was and will be greatly missed as we learned that Byron, K1YCQ became a Silent Key. A moment of silence was held in honor of Byron.

Those present included KW1U, N1OTC, N1TF, KB1WXC, W1HL, WA1LPM, N1LKJ, N1UMJ, N1IQI, N1WCO, K9HI, KA1OCF, KB1ZWZ plus a few harmonics. We were sorry to miss Dan, KC1AXR who arrived shortly after we had all left due to the arrival of raindrops. I want to especially thank Jim, N1LKJ for obtaining permission to use this fine facility, and Jack N1OTC who was again the master grill chef and did a superb job. Thanks also to all the others who brought all kinds of goodies. Jack was also the winner of the drawing for the new Amateur Radio Handbook, and Bob, N1SYC won the new Public Service Handbook, both donated by our Section Manager Phil, K9HI. Many thanks to Phil. Those of you who were unable to attend missed a good time. We hope to see you next year.

Photo (left-right): KW1U, N1SYC, N1LKJ, WA1LPM, N1TF, N1IQI, N1OTC, N1UMJ


It is with great sadness that I pass along the news that Byron Piette K1YCQ became a Silent Key this morning (August 3).  Byron had been quite ill for several weeks.  He was a very active traffic handler in addition to his work with ARES/RACES and the Hospital Nets and was a friend to all and a mentor to many.  He will be greatly missed.  May he rest in peace.  73 Byron  from KW1U and all your many friends.

Following are arrangements for wake and funeral:

Arrangements are:
Sullivan Waring Funeral Home
833 County St., Somerset, MA
Wednesday Aug. 6th, 4-7pm

Mass will be at St. Patricks Church, Thursday 10AM.