Morse Code Class to be Held in Natick

Greetings, It is my pleasure to be involved with the following class. Appreciate your passing this along! Are you interested in learning Morse code?  Have you heard it on the air or as part of a movie? Learn to copy and send all the letters, numbers, punctuation, and prosigns in only 8 weeks. Register for an introductory Morse code class at New England Sci-Tech, Natick. Saturday mornings, from 9:00 -10:30 a.m. starting June 29, 2019.  Dates: June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10, 17.   For more information contact: New England Sci-Tech16 Tech CircleNatickEmail info@nescitech.org or call 508 720-4179https://www.nescitech.org/product/introductory-morse-code-class/ TNX73Joew1hai

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR APRIL AND MAY

Greetings all,   My apologies for not getting the April report out sooner, but it is included here along with the May report, both compiled by Greg KC1CIC with many thanks.   The nets have been humming with new check-ins the past few months, especially the 2 meter nets.  Of particular note we welcome Doc KE1ML who is a new ORS (Official Relay Station) appointee and also NCS on EM2MN Wednesday nights.  Morgan KB1ZFP has also begun handling traffic and is interested in trying out NCS.  Scott KE1CN of the CITN reports Al N1MF has also been putting into practice …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR MARCH 2019

As April showers bring May flowers, I have been enjoying watching the daffodils and other spring flowers bloom and the buds on the trees begin to open up.  I’m also anticipating the erection of a new tower and getting the antennas atop that tower in good working order.  I suspect some of you are also looking to upgrade your antennas.  This is an exciting time of year. Dayton Hamvention is coming up in May and I’ve heard of several folks heading to Ohio for one of the biggest ham events of the year.  Field Day in June will be here …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 2019

Greetings All.  Below is the February Traffic Report,  just in time before we start on the March reports.  Your STM was distracted by a vacation, a computer hack while on vacation and a period of post vacation catch-up.  This traffic report was submitted to ARRL March 15 but due to an early QST deadline it will have to wait to make the next QST.    Just a word about the use of pro-words and non pro-words.  Here is a link to our section website where you will find a list of common prowords and introductory words/phrases: https://ema.arrl.org/prowords-and-introductory-words-phrases/.  You will notice …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JANUARY 2019

Greetings All,  Below you will find the January Traffic Report for the combined sections of East and West Mass, thanks to the efforts of both Greg KC1CIC and Peter KD2JKV. I am also including here a clip from an email received concerning a response from a radiogram recipient which was received by Henry WA1VAB of the MARI CW net.  I’m sure it was very rewarding to Henry and it is part of the reasons we deliver these radiograms. “Thank for the radio gram! Most unexpected and a real treat to seeing how the network works! I’ve just returned from a crash …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR DECEMBER 2018 AND YEAR END TRAFFIC SUMMARY

Winter is now upon us and showing not only it’s beauty but it’s challenging propagation where NTS nets are concerned. On HF, radiowave skip continues to be long many days and evenings making it difficult to hear local stations on section and region nets. We have been able to make good use of 160 meters on MARI CW net, but have to get creative where not all net participants have 160 meter capability (a 160 meter dipole is approximately 265 feet long). If you don’t find us on 3565 Khz, look on 1810 Khz. The MARIPN continues to operate on …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORTS FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 2018

Time has flown by and Christmas is now only two weeks away. Apologies for not getting the October Traffic Report out until now. Your STM takes the full blame for that. Thanks to KC1CIC who has consistently provided the monthly report in a timely manner. Winter conditions on the HF nets have been creeping in requiring us to get creative. For those who have the capability we have found 160 meters to work when we’re too close to copy one another on 80 meters. The MARI CW net has as it’s alternate frequency 1810 Khz. We always begin on 3565 …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 2018

It seems at this writing that summer has abruptly come to an end and winter has begun. Not only has the temperature changed, but so has propagation affecting communication on the traffic nets. I suspect we will face challenges on the HF nets as we have the past few winters as we dip further into the solar minimum. However Massachusetts traffic handlers are up to the challenge and we will perservere. If anyone is capable of getting on 160 meters, we will surely appreciate your help there. Of particular note, at our NTS Forum at Boxboro in September, Bill Mann …

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NEW 1RN NET MANAGER – W1RVY

After serving as manager of the First Region Net Cycle 4 (1RN) since 2011 , Bill Mann W1KX of Monmouth ME is stepping down.  Bill took over following the passing of W1UD and has done a tremendous job of keeping the net active,  and we are very grateful to Bill for all he has done for NTS.  We expect to see him continue as a regular net participant, but Eric Wilhelm W1RVY of Southbridge MA has volunteered to assume net leadership and will take over as manager effective November 1, 2018.  Eric has been a regular participant on both Massachusetts Rhode …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR AUGUST 2018

Earlier in September we saw a nice NTS presence at the ARRL Convention at Boxboro MA. At an NTS Forum we had a good turnout and some good discussion with traffic handlers from all over New England, as well as some ARES folks. We also had an excellent presentation on digital messaging for both NTS and ARES by Greg KC1CIC. Anyone who missed that can contact Greg for more information. On Sunday there were two presentations by W1YSM of CT on how to be an effective net control as well as some of the “nuts and bolts” of formal message …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JULY 2018

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 …

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TRAFFIC HANDLERS PICNIC THIS SUNDAY AUGUST 12

REMINDER – The annual traffic handlers picnic will take place this Sunday, August 12 from noon to 4 at 44 Raymond Road, Concord MA.  All traffic handlers and others interested in learning more about traffic handling are invited.  Hamburgers, hot dogs and Italian sausages will be provided.  Bring your beverage of choice.  I have heard of some folks bringing chips and cake.  If you wish to bring something to share it would be most welcome and appreciated, but we do always seem to have a lot  left over.  I also have a limited number of chairs, so if you happen …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JUNE 2018

MA STM REPORT JUN 2018 NET SESSIONS  QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time WMTN C1 29 0 216 200 KD2JKV 146.91 10:00 Daily WMTN C2 20 8 137 116 N1YCW 146.91 13:00 Daily MARI 30 136 129 554 KW1U 3565 KHz 19:00 Daily EM2MN 30 176 224 747 KC1CIC 145.23 20:00 Daily CM2MN 24 8 154 198 KK1X 146.97 21:00 Daily MARIPN 13 38 48 180 N1LAH 3978 KHz 18:00 Tu,Th,Sa CITN 22 12 80 324 AC7RB 147.375 19:30 M,T,T, F,Sa HHTN 17 21 62 185 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 22:00 Su,M,W,F WMEN 4 0 92 4 W1JWN 3944 KHz …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR MAY

Greetings all traffic handlers, Attached is the May traffic report for the combined sections  of East and West Mass.  Thanks to all for your support, and as always a special thanks to Greg KC1CIC for compiling the report and to all who make the deliveries, whether by phone, email, USPS or bicycle.  As some of you know Dan N1AXR is back on the nets and hand-delivering messages by travelling around the area on his bike. As you can see, there is no end of possibilities in message handling. Just a reminder that Field Day is this coming weekend June 23-24.  …

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TRAFFIC HANDLERS PICNIC DATE CHANGED TO AUGUST 12

As previously announced and following a long standing tradition, the annual traffic handlers picnic was to have taken place the first Sunday in August, this year on August 5. However your host, Marcia KW1U was invited to join a cruise to Alaska, a part of the world I have long wished to visit, and I could not turn down this exciting opportunity. I will not however be returning to the lower 48 until Friday August 3 and will then have to get from the west coast back to Boston. Therefore I am rescheduling the picnic to be held Sunday August …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR APRIL 2018

Below is the April traffic report for the combined sections of East and West Mass.  As always we are indebted to Greg KC1CIC for compiling these reports.  Thanks also to all those who submitted their reports.  Our sections are doing very well. Anyone is welcome to submit a Station Activity Report (SAR) and/or a Public Service Honor Roll report (PSHR) but remember to be counted on the Honor Roll you must have attained 70 points or higher.  Information is on the website ema.arrl.org/national-traffic-system.  Note that points are given for various aspects of public service, not just traffic related functions. It is …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR MARCH 2018

Attached here is the section traffic report for both East and West Mass. It is good to know that the nets are not dependent on any one person and function very well such as when your STM was off the air. As many of you know my station has had its problems for the past few months and I have had to replace various pieces of equipment. Many improvements including a new antenna are now in place thanks to Greg KC1CIC (and the N1OTC bow and arrow), to whom I am greatly indebted. I am now back and hopefully with …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 2018

As I look out at the rapidly falling snow during this third nor’easter in the past two weeks, I’m happy to report my antenna is still in the air although I can’t say the same for some of the other tree limbs now in my yard. For those who have had power outages and downed antennas, I heard spring may actually arrive in the next few weeks. Thanks to all of you, the nets continue to operate and the traffic continues to flow in spite of our March New England weather. You all are great! Below is the traffic report …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JANUARY 2018

The big news of the day is our new section website which Phil K9HI has spent many hours getting ready for us.  Many thanks to Phil and to Tom K1TW, our section manager for his inspiration in bringing this project to fruition.  It is bringing all the section activities together in one place and I hope you will find it interesting, helpful and easy to use.  Any suggestions on topics for the NTS page can be addressed to kw1u@arrl.net. This is your page for training and news in the world of message handling. To those in the West Mass section …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC SUMMARY FOR 2017

Massachusetts traffic handlers were busy at work in 2017. These dedicated folks regularly check into traffic nets and handle message traffic, not only as a fun aspect of the hobby where friends are made, but for learning and practicing the skills of handling record message traffic and net operation. These folks have shown to be a valuable asset in the event of a disaster situation. Those interested in emergency communications are welcome and encouraged to learn from these traffic nets. Below is a summary of the activity of these message handlers in 2017.  Note 14,986 check-ins handling 3,733 messages over …

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