All Welcome to special session of EM2MN on Boston 145.23 Repeater as part of SET

Greetings All,

Whereas the section Simulated Emergency Test (SET) in Eastern Mass will be taking place this Saturday November 12 from 10 AM to 12 PM;

Whereas the ARRL has taken a renewed interest in emergency communications capabilities including preparedness of the National Traffic System in nationwide emergency communications during infrastructure failures; and

Whereas the FCC has given Amateur Radio a multitude of frequencies available for use based in part for it’s availability for public service;

I am therefore encouraging all traffic handlers and participants in NTS nets to show support for the SET this weekend. The exercise plan can be found at https://ema.arrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/EasternMA-ARES-SET-11-12-22-V1.8.pdf and special note can be found regarding NTS participation on page 8. In addition to what is noted there, the Eastern Mass 2 Meter Traffic Net will hold a special session on the Boston 145.23 repeater tomorrow, Saturday Nov 12 from 10 AM to 12 Noon with Net Manager Peter KC1HHO as Net Control. Anyone regardless of NTS or ARES affiliation is welcome to check in, pass traffic or listen to see how an NTS net is conducted and traffic is passed. Traffic handlers are encouraged to list a radiogram addressed to Section Traffic Manager Marcia Forde KW1U in Maynard MA, stating your participation in the net and information about the equipment you are using. Others are encouraged to ask questions and participate at whatever level they chose. While we will be using standard radiogram format for messages for this exercise, it is important to note that NTS leadership has begun training in use of ICS formats, generally used by emergency service groups.

For those unable to make the Boston repeater, feel free to check into the net  running on the Minuteman repeater network with Joe W1HAI as NCS as mentioned in the link noted above.

I apologize for short notice. We hope to see as many there as can make it. Thanks for your participation.

73, Marcia KW1U
Section Traffic Manager

FIRST REGION CYCLE 2 NET TIME CHANGE to 1900Z and 2030Z

Per net manager K1EIC, effective Sunday, November 6 the daytime First Region Net will meet at 1400 EST (1900Z) and at 1530 EST (2030Z). The frequency remains the same, 3950 Khz +/- allowing for interference. 

Eastern Area Net afternoon session remains at 1930 UTC throughout the year with an exception three days per week during daylight savings time in order to liaise with the Central Area Net. Effective Sunday November 6 this session of EAN will meet daily at 2:30 EST.  The frequency remains at 7222 Khz +/- .

 

Reminder – Traffic Handlers Picnic Sunday August 7 Concord MA

Just a reminder the traffic handlers picnic is this Sunday August 7 from noon on, 44 Raymond Rd in Concord MA. All traffic handlers and those with an interest in traffic handling are welcome. Hamburgers, hot dogs and Italian sausages will be provided along with baked beans. Bring your beverage of choice and anything else you wish to share. The latter is not a requirement. Also bring a folding chair if you have one. I have a limited number.
 
An RSVP to KW1U@arrl.net would be helpful so I can plan amount of food. Our director Fred AB1OC plans to be there and we can talk about the ongoing plans for a revitalized NTS we’re calling NTS 2.0. Hope to see you there.
 
73, Marcia KW1U
508 314 6836

Massachusetts STM Report for June 2022

The Massachusetts STM Report for June 2022 has been posted at the following link: https://ema.arrl.org/massachusetts-traffic-report-for-jun-2022/

Note information on the Traffic Handlers Picnic August 7 in Concord MA beginning at noon. Note also a link on how to get set up for operating VARA sound card mode especially for help with digital message traffic on the KW1U MBO.  Information is also being shared regarding recent work on an  update of NTS for the 21st century, we call NTS 2.0, to be shared with those interested via Zoom July 23 and 30.

Massachusetts Traffic Report for April 2022

The Massachusetts STM Report for April 2022 can be found here: https://ema.arrl.org/massachusetts-traffic-report-for-april-2022/

Note information on upcoming events, including the annual traffic handlers picnic in Concord MA on Sunday August  7 from noon on.  More details to follow, but for now mark your calendars.  All traffic handlers and any interested in traffic handling from anywhere in New England are welcome.  

Also more information on use of the ICS 213 type messages.  This information is still emerging, so stay tuned.

CAPE AND ISLANDS TRAFFIC NET SCHEDULE CHANGE

Per Net Manager Tim Doyle W1TCD, effective May 1 the Cape and Islands Traffic Net (CITN) will no longer meet on Mondays, but will meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM on the Falmouth repeater 147.375 Mhz PL 110.9.  The new Saturday time will  then allow for off-Cape hams visiting over the weekend when warmer weather arrives to participate on the net.

Massachusetts STM Report for March 2022

The March 2022 STM report can be found at https://ema.arrl.org/massachusetts-traffic-report-for-march-2022/.  Note a link to a presentation by Craig Fugate, former Administrator for FEMA on the importance of amateur radio in emergency communications.  This is an hour long presentation on YouTube.  At approximately minute 37 he speaks specifically of the importance of the National Traffic System and its national networking capability in emergency communications.  Also note important information on messaging as contained in the message header of radiograms including the ICS 213.  

Time Change for Daytime First Region Net

Betsey K1EIC, net manager of FRN (First Region Net daytime) has announced that with the time change to Daylight Savings Time, the net will meet daily on 3950 kHz at 1445 and 1630 local time.  The reason for this change is to accommodate the Eastern Area Net which will be meeting at 1515 local on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and at 1530 on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  The time change for EAN is allow for better propagation on 40 meters when more participants can hear one another to pass traffic.

EM2MN Back-up Repeater

ATTENTION ALL NTS RELAY STATIONS – EASTERN MA 2 METER TRAFFIC NET
The net is going to attempt and utilize the alternate repeater for the net.  The alternate repeater is Sharon Repeater 146.865 mHz – PL 103.5.  All EM2MTN sessions will continue to meet or start on the Boston Repeater.  Depending on traffic volume and propagation stations may be asked to QSY to Sharon to pass traffic and return to Boston.  There are no plans to totally move the net to Sharon.  If anyone has any questions please contact EM2MTN Manager Peter KC1HHO, either on air during a net session or email kc1hho@arrl.com  .73 

Massachusetts Traffic Report for January 2022

The Massachusetts STM traffic report for January is now available at the following link: https://ema.arrl.org/massachusetts-traffic-report-for-jan-2022/

Note this month a couple upcoming Zoom meetings New England NTS folks may want to take note.  Also a report from CITN manager W1TCD regarding new trainees on that net.  My traffic topic for this month is concerning the potential use of the ICS-213 form by NTS traffic handlers.  With future emphasis on Emergency Communications is this a viable option?  

How to Set up VARA to Access DTN Hub Stations

With increased interest in digital message relay via NTS and RRI’s Digital Traffic Network, the Eastern Area Hub stations of DTN are now accessible via VARA HF sound card modem,  eliminating the need for expensive modems while not sacrificing speed. 

Jim Kutsch KY2D, Assistant Digital Coordinator for Eastern Area, who has spearheaded this project, has written a “how-to” article on setting up.  For more information, visit https://ema.arrl.org/how-to-set-up-vara-to-access-dtn-hub-stations/. The information may also be accessed via the Quick Link “NTS Resources” on the National Traffic System tab.

Look forward to seeing you in the log.

Massachusetts Traffic Report for December 2021

The Massachusetts Traffic Report for December 2021 can now be found at the following link: https://ema.arrl.org/massachusetts-traffic-report-for-december-2021/

Note info on the new New England Assistant Director for Emergency Communications and Public Service and his new forum for discussion.  Also a new digital station in East Mass and a new net time for the Western Mass 2 meter net, plus some Traffic Tips.

Thanks to all for your participation and support.  73 de KW1U

Massachusetts Traffic Report for October 2021

The STM’s traffic report can be found at https://ema.arrl.org/massachusetts-traffic-report-for-october-2021/ 

 Note:  Congrats to AB1OC on being elected as new ARRL New England Division Director.  Also a reminder to send holiday greetings via radiogram.  Good practice, good PR and have some fun with a unique experience.  And tips on the very basics of checking into a CW net, learning just four (4) “Q” signals and having pen and paper to copy it all down (good practice in increasing your CW skills), and no you won’t be asked to take traffic until you are ready.