Spring is right around the corner and we have just “sprung ahead” to Daylight Savings Time. I was surprised last night to look outside finding it still daylight and 6:30 pm already. I for one welcome the opportunity for evening walks after dinner. This is also affecting propagation on some of our nets which continue to meet at the same local time but are effectively meeting an hour earlier UTC time. All our local and section nets continue to meet at the same local time. However First Region Net (FRN) (the afternoon SSB sessions) has moved to 2:45 and 4:30 to accommodate the change for Eastern Area net.
From the net managers: Peter KC1HHO reports graduates of his training program are handling traffic quite professionally. Jack KB1SYL has been visiting the Cape and participating in the Cape and Islands Traffic Net. Ethan KC1OIP has upgraded to General class and has attempted to check into the MARIPN net on HF. However with antenna restrictions at his home location he was unable to be heard at the time. Hopefully propagation will allow him to do so from time to time. Thanks to Ethan for his efforts. Alex KC1NBT another graduate of Peter’s program has moved to Chicago but has been exchanging radiograms with the EM2MN folks.
My traffic tip for this month is to report on various opportunities for originating messages.
Some have asked about the Traffic Trivia and Traffic Thursday messages which have been absent recently. It seems Aaron K8AMH has moved to a new location and unable to keep the website updated with his questions. We assume these will be back once he is settled. Meanwhile several in our section have been taking part in a previously mentioned radiogram Pen Pal program with KA9IKK from Katy TX. For more information contact Bill KA9IKK directly or KW1U.
Fred AB1OC our new Director is sending out thank you radiograms to the 185 or so attendees at his Town Hall in February. I have a list and am distributing this to the various sections in New England for traffic handlers to send out as originations. These will give folks practice in originating and handling traffic, and incidentally adding Originations to their monthly Station Activity Report (SAR).
Phil K9HI our Vice Director has also suggested sending a congratulatory radiogram to Al Shuman K1AKS (email@example.com), for his recent appointment as SEC of New Hampshire to replace Silent Key N1CKM. Wayne N1CKM became a Silent Key quite suddenly as the Amateur community mourns another great loss. Wayne, who was formerly a resident of MA, was SEC in NH for a number of years, and was also a supporter of NTS traffic nets. Thanks to both our director and vice director for helping to generate traffic.
Bob KC1KVY has been generating a number of thanks for QSO radiograms to stations he has worked particularly in Parks on the Air (POTA). Many of these have been going to hams in other countries as well. Peter DL4FN has been accepting these and forwarding them on. Peter, who lives in Germany, recently informed me he has turned his beam toward Eastern Europe to potentially aid those involved in the Ukrainian situation. We are still able to get traffic through to Peter however using AX/IP as needed.
Charlie Rocheleau W1CPR of MA Task Force has been utilizing NTS with Test messages to their members. They are testing their various alternatives to alerting members in times of emergencies. You have probably heard these being passed on the nets. I suggest you look up MATF on the internet. They are an organization providing search and rescue.
Enough for now. Keep up the great work you all are doing and thanks for your support. The February report is below.
73, Marcia KW1U
STM EMA / WMA
|MASSACHUSETTS STM REPORTS 2021||Feb-22|
|MARIPN||24||98||172||481||N1LAH||3978 KHz||1700 M-Sa|
|MARI||28||115||128||449||KW1U||3565 KHz||1900 Daily|
|HHTN||24||76||165||582||W1HAI||MMRA Rptrs||2200 Su-F|
|WMEN/HF||4||0||125||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|
|PSHR (Min 70 Points)|
|Marcia KW1U, STM|