Massachusetts Traffic Report for December 2021

The Massachusetts Traffic Report for December 2021 can now be found at the following link:

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 

 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.

Time Change for Daytime First Region Net (SSB)

With the time change to Standard Time, effective Sunday November 7, the daytime First Region Net (FRN) of the National Traffic System will meet at 1400 and 1530 Local time on 3950 Khz.  This coincides with the change for Eastern Area Net (EAN) to 1430 Local on 7222 Khz.  These changes will be in effect until the return to Daylight Savings Time in the spring.  FRN is open primarily to liaison stations from the sections of New England and other stations with traffic, for the exchange of traffic within New England and through liaison to the Eastern Area Net.  Message traffic brought to the earlier region net at 1400 can be relayed through EAN to all parts of the US and Canada.

Massachusetts Traffic Report for September 2021

The September Massachusetts traffic report is now available at the following link:

Special note: reminder to vote for New England ARRL Director plus new sound card mode (VARA HF) available for connects to KW1U MBO for relay via the national Digital Traffic Network (DTN).  Also one new net manager and one new ORS.

Cape and Islands Net (CITN) – New Manager and Schedule Effective Oct 1, 2021

Mark Pereira, AC7RB, has served as CITN manager for several years but has decided to step down effective September 30, 2021.  We thank Mark very much for his years of faithful service to the net,  Effective October 1, 2021 the new manager will be Tim Doyle, W1TCD.  A big thank you to Tim for stepping up.   I know the net will be in good hands.  There will be a slight change in the schedule.  The net will now convene on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  A big thank you also to Jon McCombie, N1ILZ, for his help in assisting as NCS.  For more information about the net see


Eastern Mass 2 Meter Traffic Net (EM2MTN) Accepting Radiograms via APRS Text

The EM2MTN is a premier amateur radio activity in the Eastern Massachusetts ARRL section.  With numerous Official Relay Stations processing hundreds of Radiograms every month.

The Net will now be offering our messaging services to stations capable of sending APRS (Automatic Position Reporting System) text messages. 

Some of the Official Relay Stations involved with the Net have received training and are ready to process your Radiograms sent to them by the APRS network.  Please follow the example explained in the APRS Protocol Reference, Chapter 14 NTS Radiograms (pg.75) APRS Radiograms can be forwarded to the APRS stations of Bob KC1KVY-5, Loren N1IQI or Peter KC1HHO-9.  

You will receive a confirmation of receipt message via APRS and an APRS message letting you know that your radiogram was processed.  You can check your APRS callsign for messages by going online to and searching your APRS callsign.  

Radiograms can be sent for confirming QSOs, special occasions, holiday or birthday greetings and announcements related to the amateur radio hobby.  These types of messages are common place and sending them by APRS is an innovative and unique way to utilize your APRS asset more often. 

The Radiograms processed by the EM2MTN relay stations keep them prepared for potential Emergency and Welfare messages. Please consider incorporating your APRS activities into the important function of NTS. 

For more information you can check into the net on the Boston repeater 145.230 MHz PL 88.5 – 2000 hrs daily or email Peter


MARISN Slow Speed CW Net de-activated effective immediately

MARISN, the Massachusetts Rhode Island Slow Speed CW Net is now de-activated until further notice.  Net Manager Rob Zarges K2MZ has relocated and now has a job which keeps him out many evenings making it impossible for him to continue as net manager.  This and lack of net control stations as well as low participation has led to this decision.  If in the future an interest is expressed we will consider activating this net again.  We thank Rob for his efforts in organizing this net for the purpose of practicing CW while at the same time learning CW traffic net procedures.  Meanwhile all are welcome to join us on MARI CW net nightly at 7 PM on 3565 Khz.  Training will be provided as needed.  Check in at the speed you can copy and net control will match your speed.

73, Marcia KW1U, STM EMA / WMA

Heavy Hitters Traffic Net (HHTN) expanding to six nights per week

Thanks to the efforts of net manager Joe Weisse W1HAI, and in agreement with the Minuteman Repeater Association (MMRA)and the trustees of the Mt Greylock K1FFK repeater, the Heavy Hitters Traffic Net (HHTN) will expand its operation to six nights a week, Sunday through Friday, effective Sunday August 1. Many thanks to all involved. We hope these additional late evening nets will provide greater opportunity for the clearing of message traffic. Unfortunately the Plymouth repeater which had been linked is off-line for the foreseeable future. The net can also be accessed via Echolink, New-Eng2 Conference and IRLP node 9127.

Eastern Area Net Changes effective August 1, 2021

The Eastern Area Net or EAN has been part of the ARRL’s National Traffic System since its inception 70+ years ago. However in 2015 as many are aware there was a split with the creation of Radio Relay International or RRI. Much of what was considered NTS above the section level, including all of the Central and Pacific or Western areas affiliated with RRI while Eastern Area was split, operating two area level nets both meeting nightly. Effective August 1, 2021, NTS’s EAN will merge with RRI’s RRIE nets, consolidating resources. This net will be called EAN, will be reporting to both ARRL and RRI, and will continue to meet at 2030 Local time but will change frequency to 3552 kHz with backup at NCS discretion of 7052 kHz. Net manager will be Phil “Pip” Sager WB4FDT.


Want an opportunity to practice your newly acquired CW skills or brush up on old skills once learned but not used for many years? Learn and practice the art and skill of handling written messages, and have some fun along the way. You’ve asked for it and now we are reviving a slow speed CW traffic net. It is called MARISN or Massachusetts Rhode Island Slow Net and it will be meeting four evenings a week on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 8:30 PM local time on 3598 kHz.  Rob, K2MZ, has offered to organize and manage this net. He has been a successful teacher of CW and has been active on our various traffic nets. He is welcoming all comers. Come join us beginning Monday, March 22, 2021. Looking forward to seeing you there.

73, Marcia KW1U

Eastern Massachusetts 2 Meter Traffic Net announces New Traffic Handler training program

The Eastern Massachusetts 2 Meter Traffic Net (EM2MN) an official net of the ARRL/National Traffic System (NTS) is actively seeking additional stations to become involved with traffic handling. For those of you not familiar with the EM2MN we meet on the 145.230 MHz pl 88.5 W1BOS Repeater every day at 2000 hrs local.  We pass formal written traffic into and out of the Eastern Massachusetts coverage area of the Repeater.

My name is Peter Doherty KC1HHO and I am the manager of this Net. Traffic Net is open to all licensed amateur radio stations and is a great opportunity to operate on a regular or daily basis.

A proactive approach to getting new licensees and established stations involved has recently been implemented.

The creation of training radiograms for new traffic relay stations that want to learn about the correct procedures and practices involved with traffic handling is now integrated into the normal passing of official traffic during every Net. This is something that has never really been done in the past and in its infancy has attracted a few new stations already.

The training radiograms are simply trivia questions that a new relay station would copy and eventually answer via radiogram to the station they received it from during the Net a day or 2 later. They are simple, fun and most are very short. Using this process you will be able to understand and use the important procedures, phrases and technics that are essential to proper handling of radiogram traffic. Reciting the written contents of a radiogram is a serious endeavor.  Radiograms are to be delivered to the recipients exactly as they are written and recited. The fine nuances of the proper way to copy and create and read radiograms over the air can often be intimidating and not something that at first appearance seems to be enjoyable. But if you learn to understand and appreciate the practices and methods involved you will realize that having this skill will make your amateur radio hobby experience more enjoyable and rewarding. Using trivia for these training radiograms the student traffic handler will be able to learn about and experience the actual methods without fear of making mistakes that could be detrimental. This training program is intended to attract operators that want to utilize their stations for public service and at the same time get an enjoyable experience from the hobby.

Traffic handling of course is not for everyone but the person who decides that is you. We are here for all amateur stations and are committed to teaching this important service of amateur radio to any operator that wants to get involved.  The first step you can take is tune in and listen for a few days, then check in and introduce yourself to the group.  If you want to get involved you’ll be advised as to what websites can give you reading material that further explains the program and soon after that you’ll be able to check in “requesting training”.  If you determine traffic handling isn’t for you, no matter, you are still welcome to check in and participate.

To become proficient and adequately knowledgeable about the NTS takes a few months of regular attendance and upon the recommendations of the Net manager the Section Traffic Manager will appoint you as an Official Relay Station.  The future could also hold Net Control Station duties.  Again, only you can decide.

With all the things you can do with ham radio; contesting, aprs, rtty, ft8, hf, cw, ragchewing, wires-x, dmr, I’m certain to have missed a lot of modes, NTS traffic handling has stiff competition for your allotted radio time.  With the new training program underway getting involved with NTS is easier and more understandable than ever before. Please join us. For more information contact Peter KC1HHO at

First Region Net Time Change

If anyone is looking for the afternoon sessions of the First Region Net, it is now meeting daily at 1445 and 1615 local time, effective March 9.  It continues to meet on 3948 Khz.  The time change allows for the interface with the Eastern Area Net which now meets on 7222 Khz at 1515 Monday, Wednesday and Friday and at 1530 all other days.  This change will remain in effect until the return to Eastern Standard Time in November.  (per K1EIC, FRN Manager).



With many thanks to all participants for all your great efforts and support!!

Section Nets   Sessions Traffic CheckIns Time
MARI CW Daily 1900 3565 Khz 364 1185 1436 5387
MARIPN TuThSa 1700 3978 Khz 152 168 503 1340
EMA Local Nets          
CITN TuThFSa 1930 147.375 Mhz 195 83 799 2457
EM2MN Daily 2000 145.230 Mhz 365 1195 2669 7351
HHTN SuMWF 2200 MMRA Network 207 425 1583 3403
WARPSN Su 0830 147.225 Mhz 52 104 826 NA
WMA Nets          
WMN C1 Daily 1000 146.91 Mhz 335 33 3119 2336
WMN C2 Daily 1300 146.91 Mhz 296 54 2307 1832
CM2MN Daily 2100 146.97 Mhz 222 155 1233 1688
WMEN Su 0830 3944 Khz 48 0 1186 NA
TOTALS     2236 3402 15661 25794


We were saddened to lose the services of Greg Bennett KC1CIC as net manager of the Eastern Mass 2 Meter Traffic Net.  Greg did a terrific job over the past few years and is certainly missed.  Notice of his passing with link to his obituary can be found elsewhere on this website.

We now welcome the services of Peter Doherty KC1HHO as new net manager effective August 1, 2019.  Peter has been a regular participant as Net Control and handler of many messages.  I know Peter will do a fantastic job as Greg did welcoming all who wish to participate in message handling and net operation.  Our thanks to Peter for taking on this important job.  Join us on EM2MN at 8:00 PM daily on the Boston 145.230 repeater PL 88.5.

73, Marcia KW1U Section Traffic Manager


The annual traffic handlers picnic will be held Sunday August 4 beginning at noon at the home of KW1U in Concord MA.  All traffic handlers and anyone interested in message handling is welcome to attend.  As usual hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided.  Bring your beverage of choice, a lawn chair if you have one (I do have some if you don’t), and anything you might want to share with the group although this is a suggestion and not required.  I have requested no rain on that date and for the most part the weatherman has come through :-).  I look forward to seeing you here at 44 Raymond Rd, Concord MA.  Please let me know if you plan on coming so I can have an approximate head count  for planning food.  Thanks and 73,

Marcia KW1U STM