March saw the beginning of spring and was a busy month on the traffic nets. Our section phone net, Massachusetts Rhode Island Phone Net (MARIPN) expanded to six evenings per week and has continued to average around 8 check-ins per session. They now meet Monday through Saturday at 1700 (5PM) on 3978 Khz and all are welcome.
The section CW net MARI continues to do well and consistently sends liaisons to both sessions of the evening CW region nets to handle traffic going to and from the rest of the country. Also on the CW scene, we now have a slower speed CW training net, MARISN thanks to Rob K2MZ. This net is run at 10 words per minute for the purpose of training in CW net and traffic protocol. This is a good opportunity to practice your CW skills as well. No one is expected to be perfect so don’t wait until you think you can do it perfectly. Join us on this net Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 2030 or 8:30PM on 3598 Khz. See information about how to participate on our section website under MARISN net.
The Eastern Mass 2 Meter Net (EM2MN) training program has been producing new traffic handlers and as a result we just announced two new Official Relay Station (ORS) appointments, Jack KB1SYL and Ethan KC1OIP, giving the net added outlets for message traffic. Peter KC1HHO, net manager says two more trainees are near to receiving the ORS appointment as well, and hopefully next month we will be announcing those as well. Peter is also training new net control stations and welcomes Bernie KC1MSN as a net control on Sundays.
Heavy Hitters Traffic Net (HHTN) has been working through some technical issues, but manager Joe W1HAI has been diligently making improvements so that the net has expanding and improved coverage throughout Massachusetts. There are several ways to access this net, via the MMRA repeater network, Mt Greylock repeater, Plymouth repeater, and Echolink.
The Cape and Islands Traffic Net (CITN) meets four nights a week and three of their participants also represent that area on the section phone and CW nets giving us reliable outlets to that part of the state. CITN meets Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays on the 147.375 Falmouth repeater at 1930 (7:30PM). Anyone vacationing on the Cape do check them out.
Net information and other information about traffic handling can be found on our section website ema.arrl.org, superbly maintained by Phil K9HI. Many thanks to Phil for all his help with our NTS page. Also note our group forum on groups.io. Search for MA-NTS group and request to join.
See you on the nets. 73, Marcia KW1U STM
|MASSACHUSETTS STM REPORTS 2021|
|WMTN C1||18||3||200||148||N1YCW||146.91||1300 Daily|
|WMTN C2||24||5||102||71||KD2JKV||146.91||1630 Daily|
|MARIPN||27||68||202||407||N1LAH||3978 KHz||1700 M-Sa|
|MARI||31||168||176||702||KW1U||3565 KHz||1900 Daily|
|CITN||17||15||96||279||AC7RB||147.375||1930 Tu,Th,F, Sa|
|MARISN||6||12||38||145||K2MZ||3598 Khz||2030 M,Tu,Fr,Sa|
|HHTN||18||48||222||526||W1HAI||MMRA Rptrs||2200 Su,M,W,F|
|WMEN/HF||4||0||117||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||1||2||3||4||5||6||TOTAL|