September greetings to all. We’ve seen some really nice cooling and comfortable days which should continue into October. Probably a good time to check out those antennas to make sure they’re ready for winter.
I spent this past Saturday at the New England HamXposition in Marlboro where Phil K9HI and the rest of that crew did a phenomenal job especially considering a new venue and reduced attendance due to Covid. We had a NTS Meet and Greet Saturday afternoon and while we missed some old friends who didn’t make it, it was good to see those who did, a good chance to meet old friends and exchange what’s going on in their respective sections and thoughts about NTS in general. Hopefully by next year we will be able to see more of you folks there.
August saw a de-activation of MARISN, our slow speed CW net, due to the resignation of its manager who changed jobs and relocated, as well as disappointing participation. I have heard of several folks enrolling in CWOPS Academy or the LICW Club CW classes and it’s great to see so many getting on the CW bandwagon and finding out how much fun it can be. Of course we would like to see those folks try out traffic handling on CW nets, so if anyone is interested let me know and I can direct you to some slow nets for training and practice.
The Cape and Islands net will be losing its manager effective the end of this month. Mark AC7RB has steered that net for some years and we are thankful to him for his service. Now both Tim W1TCD and Jon N1ILZ have agreed to team up to keep the net going. Unfortunately there isn’t much traffic heading their way and that can be discouraging.
Speaking of traffic it’s been slow generally but always good to see the welcome to new hams messages which have effectively gotten some new hams involved. When delivering such traffic some have been quite effective in engaging the newbies and helping them to get on the air and on the nets. I’ve been hearing of some other ideas for originating messages. Those participating in KC1HHO’s training program on EM2MN have enjoyed the Trivia training messages, and I have learned more about the Trivia messages from K8AMH I’ve been seeing on the nets. The website for information on this is found at https://www.ntstrivia.com/. Some of our folks have already been participating in this weekly program. Aaron K8AMH has also initiated a “Traffic Thursday” net where he publishes a question of the week, and this can be found at https://www.trafficthursday.com/. Participants in both these programs reply with answers via radiogram to Aaron in Dallas TX. Have some fun, get some practice and create traffic for the nets. Win, win.
Just a reminder the ARRL will have an election for New England Division Director this fall. Ballots will go out October 1 and must be in by November 19. I believe many may not be interested in the politics of the ARRL, but it is our national amateur radio society and those who are members have an opportunity to have a voice in how it operates. There are three candidates running, one an incumbent K1VR, one a previous director K1KI, and AB1OC who has been very influential in growing exponentially the Nashua NH radio club, a very large and very active group. Personally I support AB1OC having listened to his ideas and seeing his energy. I hope more folks will check out the three candidates and vote for the one you think can do the most for amateur radio, nationally and especially in New England.
Below is the traffic report for August. Thanks to all for your support.
73, Marcia KW1U
STM EMA / WMA
|MASSACHUSETTS STM REPORT||Aug-21|
|WMTN C1||14||1||96||85||N1YCW||146.91||1300 Daily|
|WMTN C2||25||4||134||127||KD2JKV||146.91||1630 Daily|
|MARIPN||26||59||167||372||N1LAH||3978 KHz||1700 M-Sa|
|MARI||31||146||139||606||KW1U||3565 KHz||1900 Daily|
|CITN||17||14||75||240||AC7RB||147.375||1930 Tu,Th,F, Sa|
|MARISN||12||9||26||116||K2MZ||3598 Khz||2030 M,Tu,F,Sa|
|HHTN||27||44||274||597||W1HAI||MMRA Rptrs||2200 Su-F|
|WMEN/HF||3||0||83||63||N1CPE||3944 KHz||0830 Su|
|Note: HHTN accessible also via Plymouth and Mt Greylock rptrs and Echolink New-Eng2 Conf and IRLP 9127|
|SAR||ORG||REC||SENT||DEL||TOTAL||BPL||BPL = 500+ points|
|PSHR (Min 70 Points)|
|Marcia KW1U, STM|