Reminder: Monthly EMA ARES Net 11/2 8:30pm

Hello to all….

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for November is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for November is Monday the 2nd, at 8:30 PM on the MMRA Repeater system. This is after the MEMA Nets earlier in the evening. For frequencies that will be linked into the ARES Net on the MMRA Network, please see the following link from the MMRA web site detailing the repeaters that will be linked in through Hub 1:

http://www.mmra.org/repeaters/repeater_index_by_linkstate.html

Make this first Monday of the month, “Emergency Communications Night” and check into your local RACES Net and then check into the ARES Net on the MMRA Repeater System. We look forward to your participation and remember, we are always looking for Net Controls to run the ARES Net.

We will have several interesting announcements for the net that evening and we look forward to everyone’s participation. Updates will be posted via email and on the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Web Site at http://ares.ema.arrl.org

Thanks for your continued support of ARES!

Marek Kozubal, KB1NCG
EMA Section Emergency Coordinator

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MASS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 2015

It is October already and the leaves are turning bright colors.  Temperatures are beginning to fall and we are seeing changes in propagation, generally for the better, at least we hope that trend continues.  September saw the return of Bob N1SYC to his radio and we are very happy to hear him again and hear of his recovery.  Welcome back Bob.

October 6 saw the re-activation of the Mass Rhode Island Phone Net under the managership of Ralph N1LAH.  This net is meeting Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6 PM on 3978 +/- qrm.  As mentioned previously NTS traffic will be handled at the beginning of the net after which time will be given to round table conversation.  We hope to attract folks from all of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, a good opportunity to get to know hams from outside your local area.

Also note the September 2015 issue of QNI Newsletter is available on the web.  Check out k6jt.com and scroll down to the QNI Archives.  Jim Wades WB8SIW puts together a very interesting quarterly newsletter with many articles on NTS.

The September traffic report for East and West Mass is below.  Thanks to all for your support of the nets.

 

MASS STM REPORT

Sep-15











NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM

EM2MN 29 60 166 506 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN See note * N1LAH 3978 Khz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 4 8 62 NA N1IQI

HHTN 13 11 59 158 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM M,W,F
CITN No Report


N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 30 136 119 615 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 24 19 141 192 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 28 6 224 336 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 20 4 145 69 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 4 0 96 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report


N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
















SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
KW1U 0 232 213 0 445

N1IQI 0 129 250 4 383

N1TF 1 74 105 9 189

KB1WXC 0 53 58 1 112

KC1CIC 0 38 26 8 72

AC7RB 0 14 50 2 66

N1LKJ 0 19 37 0 56

KC1DAB 3 4 14 1 22

W1PLK 1 8 5 5 19

N1LAH 0 3 4 0 7











PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
KC1CIC 40 40 30 5 0 0 115
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
KB1WXC 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
N1LAH 29 7 10 45 0 0 91
N1LKJ 40 40 10 0 0 0 90
AC7RB 37 40 0 0 0 0 77
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED








MARCIA FORDE STM MA














Note* MARIPN now operating on 3978 Khz T-Th-Sa at 6:00 PM effective 10/6/15














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EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS FOR NTS

For those who are not yet signed up for the NTS-OPS Yahoo group (and all traffic handlers are invited to do so) the following was received from the Eastern Area NTS Staff Chair W3JY.  It appears NTS is regaining its relevance and respect in the Amateur Radio world thanks to the great efforts of the three area staff chairs and others.  Let’s show them how much we support their efforts by our particpation and diligence in net participation and handling of message traffic.  If anyone would like information on joining the above Yahoo group, contact Marcia kw1u@arrl.net or Joe w3jy@arrl.org.

 

 

“My apologies for the lateness of this update – it’s  been a very hectic few weeks in EPA, what with preparation for the arrival of a Pope Francis and Joaquin, not to mention the start of another Cub Scouting year in a family with two Cub Scouts!  We’re glad Joaquin stood us up!

Having said that, I want to relate the gist of recent developments regarding NTS and ARRL’s board of directors.  The call took place while I was on the road, and while I found a convenient parking spot I had no way to make a written record of the details.  Please forgive any errors of omission or degree and understand the important thing is this: essential concord is achieved.

Last week, I had a long but productive phone call with the ARRL’s Programs and Services Committee chairperson Brian Mileshosky N5ZGT, director from the Rocky Mt division.  Relatively new to his current job, he didn’t know very much about the history of NTS and its relationship with HQ over the last number of years.  I imagine some of the details communicated to him were unexpected but illuminating, especially how the loss of the Forward and Introduction to the Public Service Communications handbook left NTS without an official mission statement.

Brian reaffirmed NTS is a core program of the ARRL.  He made an emphatic point NTS is of direct interest to the Board of Directors by way of his committee.  He wanted to find a way to achieve reconciliation if possible.

To that end, NTS once again will be represented at the ARRL Board with a short but formal presentation to the P&SC at its semi-annual meetings in Newington.  We both acknowledged the tireless work done on NTS’ behalf by the irreplaceable Steve Ewald.  After talking a bit about the work NTS has done with our digital systems, the NCERT Concept, operator training, and European expansion,  Brian agreed ARRL leadership has been remiss in reaching out to NTS Area Staff at all levels.  He said he and his committee will make every effort to meet Staff leaders personally in the coming months.  (Given budget and finance realities, I should mention these meetings certainly would be by electronic means.)

FEMA’s interest in NTS also was discussed, and since NTS is not specifically mentioned in any documentation describing the ARRL-FEMA relationship except by inference, we both agreed to be sure to tip off and consult HQ staff as a professional courtesy, while retaining NTS’s traditional self-governance.  We hope the interest shown by FEMA’s Disaster Emergency Communications Division will grow into a model of citizen-cooperation.

These are very welcome developments, indeed.  NTS has always wanted to regain our place at the ARRL table and now we are there.

In the immediate future, we have much internal marketing to undertake, to tell our own colleagues about our professional management, the universal applicability of the proven radiogram format, how our “RF Only” digital system spans the U.S. and Europe and how FEMA prizes our not-so-old-fashioned phone and cw nets for their absolute reliability in a catastrophic “grid down” scenario.

President Dave Sumner invited NTS to submit an article to QST and work on that is underway as we speak.  Jim Wades and Kate Hutton’s excellent QNI newsletter has also been recognized as a valuable source of information on the NTS and traffic handling in general.

NTS has much to be proud about and now we have the opportunity to reintegrate ourselves into the larger ARRL community.  I personally look forward to the day when NTS activity is, as it once was, the sine qua non of membership in our American Radio Relay League.

If you have questions, please send them to me via return email at w3jy@arrl.org and I’ll do my best to answer them for you.

This note is authorized for distribution.

VY 73 DE W3JY

Joe”

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Cape Cod Marathon Volunteers Needed

Henry Brown, K1WCC writes on Facebook:

Barry, KB1TLR still needs more operators to assist at the Cape Cod Marathon on October 25. Contact him at: timefliestoo@verizon.net.

Barry has stepped up to the plate to organize the race this year since Gene, KX1C will be away.

FARA provides primary communications for this event and your participation is important. To find out more about the race, check out the race website, http://www.capecodmarathon.com/marathon/.

Remember that participation is staggered, you do not always have to be at your station for the entire race, depending on your assignment.

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