Spring is definitely here, although the past few days have felt more like summer, and Massachusetts is now in full bloom. This is one of my favorite times of the year as we watch new life spring up all over the landscape. Perhaps new antennas are springing up as well?
The nets too continue to blossom with new growth. Net managers have been reporting not only new participants but also new net control stations, learning new skills and gaining valuable experience. KC1MSN, KC1NBI, AB1ZS and K2MZ are new NCS’s on EM2MN and HHTN. Thanks to the net managers for their encouragement. All the net managers are reporting good activity on their respective nets as they welcome all new participants.
Have you tried the new MARISN (Mass RhodeIsland Slow Net). This net is operated at 10 WPM and presents an opportunity to practice CW skills as well as learn CW net procedures. Listen in on 3598 Khz at 8:30 Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and don’t be afraid to check in. It’s a learning net and welcomes all regardless of CW skill.
Field Day is coming up June 26 and NTS will be ready to handle the 10 NTS messages each from FD participants wanting those 100 extra points. Messages may be sent on any of the nets listed on the website, via HF pactor or VHF packet or via Winlink to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information contact email@example.com.
As Covid restrictions begin to be lifted, I’m wondering if it is time to resume the annual traffic handlers picnic this summer. It has always been great to see everyone in person. If anyone is interested send me an email and I will work on coordinating one.
Below is the April traffic report. Thanks to all for your participation and support.
73, Marcia KW1U
EMA and WMA STM
|MASSACHUSETTS STM REPORTS 2021||Apr-21|
|WMTN C1||29||2||142||101||N1YCW||146.91||1300 Daily|
|WMTN C2||16||6||236||47||KD2JKV||146.91||1630 Daily|
|MARIPN||26||65||189||416||N1LAH||3978 KHz||1700 M-Sa|
|MARI||30||183||160||681||KW1U||3565 KHz||1900 Daily|
|CITN||18||19||83||233||AC7RB||147.375||1930 Tu,Th,F, Sa|
|MARISN||16||19||64||83||K2MZ||3598 Khz||2030 M,Tu,F,Sa|
|HHTN||17||32||203||393||W1HAI||MMRA Rptrs||2200 Su,M,W,F|
|WMEN/HF||4||0||101||80||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|
|Min 70 pts|