July and the first half of August have been busy ones. As many of you know I was privileged to go on a cruise to Alaska late July into early August. While Massachusetts had heat and rain, we had perfect weather in Alaska, at least perfect for us tourists but no so for those who live there. Southeast Alaska is a rain forest and they hadn’t had rain in over a week! The sun shone every day we were there and temperatures were in the 70s and 80s. The scenery in Alaska is fabulous in itself, and to add to that my friend and I enjoyed zip-lining and a helicopter ride up to a glacier where we went dog sledding in the snow! The nets while I was gone were in the capable hands of ASTM Greg and all our great net managers. Thanks to all!
In Western Mass I have appointed an Assistant Section Traffic Manager, Peter KD2JKV. Peter has been managing one of the West Mass Two Meter nets and I look forward to working with him as I do with Greg KC1CIC our East Mass ASTM. Peter has been living in Albany NY but is in the process of moving to Pittsfield MA.
The Cape and Islands Traffic Net (CITN) has a new manager. Bob Holland N1SYC has resigned and Mark Pereira AC7RB has agreed to assume the manager position. We thank Bob for his years of dedicated service to NTS and wish him well. Our thanks to Mark for stepping up.
Shortly after my return from vacation we held our annual Traffic Handlers Picnic on August 12 in Concord. We had a good group of around 15 folks, and had plenty of food and good conversations. It is always a highlight of my year to be able to meet face to face with the traffic handlers in our state. Pictures are on the EMA Facebook page.
One of the discussions we had centered around the proliferation of “bulk” traffic and how it might be managed. We came up with a summary of the discussion in a document now on our website. It has been slightly edited since it was initially posted. I encourage all to check it out. You will see it under “News Flash – Bulk Traffic Handling Policy”. Note this applies to Massachusetts only at this time. Any comments positive or negative can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reminder the annual Boxboro Convention will be held September 7-9. Information on this event can be found at boxboro.org. There will be an NTS Forum at 1:00 Saturday where folks can meet and talk about nets and issues of concern to NTS folks. This will be followed by a presentation by our own Greg KC1CIC on “Digital Messaging with Winlink for NTS and Emcomm”. With growing interest in digital comms this should be a very interesting forum. There will also be a “nuts and bolts” pair of forums on Sunday morning. These will be presented by W1YSM of CT. Anyone just beginning message handling and traffic nets will want to check that out.
73 to all and hope to see you at Boxboro!
Marcia KW1U STM EMA and WMA
|MA STM REPORT||JUl 2018|
|WMTN C1||30||4||264||199||KD2JKV||146.91||10:00 Daily|
|WMTN C2||23||14||169||178||N1YCW||146.91||13:00 Daily|
|MARI||29||73||127||406||KW1U||3565 KHz||19:00 Daily|
|MARIPN||13||12||38||111||N1LAH||3978 KHz||18:00 Tu,Th,Sa|
|CITN||22||7||103||324||KC1CIC||147.375||19:30 M,T,T, F,Sa|
|HHTN||18||15||62||172||W1HAI||MMRA Rptrs||22:00 Su,M,W,F|
|WMEN||5||0||117||NA||W1JWN||3944 KHz||08:30 Su|
|PSHR (Min 70 Points)||1||2||3||4||5||6||TOTAL|
|BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED|
|MARCIA FORDE STM MA|