MASS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JANUARY 2016

It’s hard to believe February is almost over already.  My apologies for being so late with this report.  It is always nice to see new folks checking into the nets.  I suspect there may be others out there listening to see what it is all about.  We can encourage those to check in and join us even if they are not yet ready to take traffic.  However for those who have been checking in but lack the courage to take a formal message for delivery, here are a few points to remember to ensure accuracy.

First of all, it is advisable when new to have a radiogram form in front of you and become familiar with it so you can fill in the blanks.  If you need forms they are available online at arrl.org, or I can send you a template you can print them or send some copies in the mail if you prefer.  Before letting the transmitting station know you are ready to copy you might want to remind him/her you are new so please go slowly.

Accuracy is important so here are some points to remember to assure accuracy.  If you miss words or groups of words, listen for the transmitting station to say “break”, which should be done immediately before and immediately after the text.  Use the following prowords to request the fills you need:

“Say again word after (blank)”, where blank is the word immediately before the one you missed.

“Say again word before (blank)”, where blank is the word immediately after the one you missed.

If you missed a group of words, “Say again between (blank) and (blank)” where the blanks are the words immediately before and immediately after the group you missed.

If you are not sure you copied a word or word group correctly, say “Confirm (blank)”, and transmitting station can confirm or correct as needed.

At the end of the message check to see if the word count in the text agrees with the check count in the preamble.  If it does not you might ask the transmitting station to read through the message again to see where you disagree.  Or you might have him/her go five word groups at a time.

If you are confident you have the message correctly, say “Roger”.

If you have questons, feel free to ask the transmitting station, the Net Control or the Net Manager

Having the message in hand you are ready to deliver it.  Note the article in the left column of this page, “Traffic Tips: Message Delivery”.

Being able to handle record trafic is an important skill, and our nets are a good place to learn and practice.  Next I will talk about originating and sending a message.  Meanwhile below is the traffic report for both East and West Mass for the month of January.  Thanks to all for your support.  73, Marcia KW1U

 

MASS STM REPORT Jan-16
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM
EM2MN 31 95 172 586 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 13 17 63 181 N1LAH 3978 Khz 6 PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 4 8 75 NA N1IQI

HHTN 13 13 71 190 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM M,W,F
CITN No Report


N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 31 146 112 609 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 31 28 233 345 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 29 5 261 464 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 23 3 164 212 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 5 2 166 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report


N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
N1IQI 0 253 481 4 738 X
KW1U 3 319 267 7 596 X
N1TF 0 115 147 10 272
KB1WXC 3 50 55 4 112
KC1CIC 1 33 28 7 69
AC7RB 0 26 30 1 57
N1LKJ 0 27 27 0 54
W1PLK 0 9 6 4 19
N1LAH 0 8 10 0 18





PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
KC1CIC 40 40 30 10 0 0 120
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
KB1WXC 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
N1LKJ 40 40 10 0 0 0 90
AC7RB 33 40 0 0 0 0 73
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED








N1XTB BBS: RECEIVED 547 FORWARDED 543 TOTAL 1090






MARCIA FORDE STM MA
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MASS RHODE ISLAND PHONE NET REPORT

 

Summary report of the Massachusetts Rhode Island Phone Net

From October through December 2015 the net had:

  • Sessions: 38

  • Messages: 32

  • Total check-ins: 140

  • Different stations checking in: 22

Thank you for your participation and support, especially the support from section leadership and those hams who are personally unable to participate in the net.

73,

Ralph N1LAH, Net Manager

 

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MASS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR NOVEMBER, DECEMBER 2015

Winter finally made its way into New England and without all those outdoor chores set aside for now its a good time to stay indoors and play radio.  Anyone get new ham radio toys for Christmas?  Try them out and join us on one of the traffic nets, or try some digital message handling using Packet radio with several message boards serving Eastern Mass, including KW1U, N1XTB or K1CKK (Cape Cod).  See KW1U or KC1CIC for more information on how to get involved.  K1HEJ has compiled a traffic report for the VHF BBS at N1XTB-4 for the month of December.  This BBS handled 397 incoming and 397 outgoing messages.  More will follow on the digital scene in future months.

The Mass Rhode Island Phone Net has been picking up activity since its inception in the fall, thanks to the efforts of Manager Ralph N1LAH.  While this is a traffic net, there is also an informal component for socialization and discussion of subjects of interest to amateur radio.  Check it out at 6PM Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays on 3978 Khz plus or minus for QRM.  Remember to look around that frequency as the net is sometimes forced to move due to interference.

Heavy Hitters Traffic Net has also been picking up new check-ins, especially folks new to traffic handling who are looking for information.  While HHTN meets only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday on the Minuteman Repeater Network at 10 PM, manager Joe W1HAI has decided to have informal sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the purpose of helping new and prospective traffic handlers with information on nets, message handling and NTS.  He has encouraged more “seasoned” traffic handlers to check in as well to help answer questions.  The first of these sessions has met already as of this writing and was well attended.  A good discussion followed and many questions were answered.  All are welcome to check in.  Bring your questions.

Below is the traffic report for the combined sections of East and West Mass for both November and December.  My apologies for not getting the November report on the website last month.  Many of you did see that report sent out via email.  Thanks to all for your support of the nets.

 

 

MASS STM REPORT

Dec – 15











NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM

EM2MN 31 85 178 586 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 14 7 51 129 N1LAH 3978 Khz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 4 8 69 NA N1IQI

HHTN 13 3 60 142 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM M,W,F
CITN No Report


N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 31 205 115 734 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 27 21 183 266 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 25 6 225 372 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 22 3 175 173 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 3 0 90 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report


N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
















SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
N1IQI 0 198 438 4 640 X
KW1U 0 316 280 5 601 X
N1TF 0 116 147 16 279

KB1WXC 3 51 67 0 121

KC1CIC 6 29 31 13 79

AC7RB 0 35 71 3 109

N1LKJ 0 22 15 0 37

N1LAH 0 9 4 4 17

W1PLK 0 8 2 7 17











PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KC1CIC 40 40 30 25 0 0 135
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1IQI 40 40 10 15 10 10 125
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
KB1WXC 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
N1LAH 40 17 20 0 0 0 77
AC7RB 36 40 0 0 0 0 76
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED








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MASS STM REPORT

Nov-15











NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM

EM2MN 29 81 165 551 N1SYC 145.23 ** 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 12 20 45 140 N1LAH 3978 Khz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 5 10 72 NA N1IQI

HHTN 13 9 56 135 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM M,W,F
CITN No Report


N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 30 189 131 749 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 25 6 144 189 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 26 4 208 312 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 19 3 115 114 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 5 0 158 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report


N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su








**Note due to problems with Boston repeater EM2MN meeting on 146.67 PL 146.2 except






Tuesdays on 146.865 PL 103.5














SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
KW1U 0 356 316 4 676 X
N1IQI 0 174 299 4 477

N1TF 1 96 131 8 236

AC7RB 0 47 85 2 134

KC1CIC 1 39 43 11 94

KB1WXC 1 34 41 1 77

N1LKJ 0 20 23 3 46

N1LAH 0 12 12 4 28

W1PLK 0 1 0 1 2











PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
KC1CIC 40 40 30 20 0 0 130
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
KB1WXC 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
N1LAH 28 38 20 0 0 0 86
AC7RB 40 40 0 0 0 0 80
N1LKJ 24 40 10 0 0 0 74
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED








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MASS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR OCTOBER 2015

Summer has wound down and leaves have mostly fallen.  I hope everyone has those antennas ready for winter.  With the change of seasons band conditions have also improved on HF.  The newly reactivated MARIPN is finding they are hearing more distant stations, which unfortunately has made it more difficult to find a nitch for the net.  Net manager Ralph N1LAH has suggested folks tune up and down at least 5 Khz either way from the published frequency to look for the net.  The afternoon region net on the other hand is finding folks around the region can now hear one another, so hopefully participation will pick up again.

The Boston repeater has been having problems again.  The folks at BARC are aware and plan to make repairs when they are able to do so.  Meanwhile, until further notice and thanks to the effort of ASTM Greg KC1CIC, we have permission to use the Quincy repeater, 146.67 Mhz, PL 146.2 every evening except Tuesday.  Tuesdays the net will run on the Sharon repeater, 146.865 Mhz PL 103.5.  After polling our regular checkins Greg found that most folks are able to get into the Quincy repeater.

To those Friday evening visitors to the EM2MN you have no doubt noticed the absence of Joe O’Brien K1LCQ.  Joe has been Friday NCS for many years and always very dependable.  Unfortunately Joe ran into some health complications and has been off the air.  We have been informed he is on the mend and hopes to be back soon.  We wish Joe the very best.

Follows the October report for both East and West Mass.  Thanks to all for your support. 


 

MASS STM REPORT

Oct-15











NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM

EM2MN 31 41 153 464 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 12 5 44 104 N1LAH 3978 Khz 6PM Tu, Th, Sa
WARPSN 4 8 76 NA N1IQI

HHTN 12 20 65 188 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM M,W,F
CITN No Report


N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 31 155 127 611 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 19 10 131 148 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 28 4 252 392 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 20 5 149 168 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 4 0 103 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report


N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
















SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
N1IQI 0 186 589 4 779 X
KW1U 0 238 209 0 447

N1TF 0 90 132 4 226

AC7RB 0 30 75 5 110

KB1WXC 0 47 57 0 104

N1LKJ 0 30 45 2 77

KC1CIC 0 36 21 13 70

N1LAH 0 10 8 3 21

W1PLK 0 2 2 0 4











PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KB1WXC 40 40 20 105 0 0 205
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1IQI 40 40 10 15 10 10 125
KC1CIC 40 40 30 5 0 0 115
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
N1LKJ 40 40 10 0 0 0 90
N1LAH 40 21 20 0 0 0 81
AC7RB 37 40 0 0 0 0 77
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED








MARCIA FORDE STM MA














 



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MASS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 2015

It is October already and the leaves are turning bright colors.  Temperatures are beginning to fall and we are seeing changes in propagation, generally for the better, at least we hope that trend continues.  September saw the return of Bob N1SYC to his radio and we are very happy to hear him again and hear of his recovery.  Welcome back Bob.

October 6 saw the re-activation of the Mass Rhode Island Phone Net under the managership of Ralph N1LAH.  This net is meeting Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6 PM on 3978 +/- qrm.  As mentioned previously NTS traffic will be handled at the beginning of the net after which time will be given to round table conversation.  We hope to attract folks from all of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, a good opportunity to get to know hams from outside your local area.

Also note the September 2015 issue of QNI Newsletter is available on the web.  Check out k6jt.com and scroll down to the QNI Archives.  Jim Wades WB8SIW puts together a very interesting quarterly newsletter with many articles on NTS.

The September traffic report for East and West Mass is below.  Thanks to all for your support of the nets.

 

MASS STM REPORT

Sep-15











NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM

EM2MN 29 60 166 506 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN See note * N1LAH 3978 Khz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 4 8 62 NA N1IQI

HHTN 13 11 59 158 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM M,W,F
CITN No Report


N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 30 136 119 615 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 24 19 141 192 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 28 6 224 336 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 20 4 145 69 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 4 0 96 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report


N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
















SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
KW1U 0 232 213 0 445

N1IQI 0 129 250 4 383

N1TF 1 74 105 9 189

KB1WXC 0 53 58 1 112

KC1CIC 0 38 26 8 72

AC7RB 0 14 50 2 66

N1LKJ 0 19 37 0 56

KC1DAB 3 4 14 1 22

W1PLK 1 8 5 5 19

N1LAH 0 3 4 0 7











PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
KC1CIC 40 40 30 5 0 0 115
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
KB1WXC 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
N1LAH 29 7 10 45 0 0 91
N1LKJ 40 40 10 0 0 0 90
AC7RB 37 40 0 0 0 0 77
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED








MARCIA FORDE STM MA














Note* MARIPN now operating on 3978 Khz T-Th-Sa at 6:00 PM effective 10/6/15














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MASS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR AUGUST 2015

Greetings all.  August was a busy month.  August 2 the weather was perfect for a traffic handlers picnic held in Concord.  It was good to see some familiar faces and to meet new folks.  Hamburgers, hot dogs and corn-on-the-cob was enjoyed by all.  Thanks to those who brought all the little “extras”.  If you missed it we hope you can attend next summer.

In mid August we enjoyed the ARRL New England Division Convention at Boxboro, where we were invited to have a booth dedicated to NTS.  Several of our traffic handlers helped to man the booth and make information available about NTS and local traffic nets to those who stopped by.  Thanks to those who helped out.  This convention will again take place at Boxboro next August, and if you missed this year, hopefully you can make it next year.

Traffic was down in August.  The KW1U MBO underwent a change in software and was also plagued with equipment failure.  It is back up now and we are beginning to see more traffic this month.  We have had some new folks chedking into the nets and this is always good to see.  Below is the traffic report for both East and West Mass for August.  Thanks to all who participated.  73, Marcia KW1U

 

 

MASS STM REPORT

Aug-15











NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM

EM2MN 31 60 171 508 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN Stay tuned


WARPSN 5 10 91 NA N1IQI

HHTN 13 21 68 177 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM M,W,F
CITN No Report


N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 31 111 117 513 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 30 11 216 234 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 27 8 308 448 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 No Report


N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 4 0 79 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report


N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
















SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
N1IQI 0 149 235 4 388

KW1U 0 189 162 0 351

N1TF 0 57 95 1 153

KB1WXC 1 28 47 1 77

KC1CIC 3 24 16 10 53

AC7RB 0 18 25 3 46

N1LKJ 0 18 18 0 36

N1LAH 0 2 3 1 6

W1PLK 0 2 2 2 6











PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
KC1CIC 40 40 30 10 0 0 120
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
KB1WXC 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
N1LKJ 40 40 0 0 0 0 80
AC7RB 31 40 0 0 0 0 71
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED








MARCIA FORDE STM MA














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NEW APPOINTMENT AS ASSISTANT SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER

i am pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Bennett KC1CIC as Assistant Section Traffic Manager, effective September 1, 2015.  The ARRL recently created this new official position to provide for assistance with the many duties of the Section Traffic Manager as needed.  I believe Greg is well qualified and I look forward to working with him.  Thanks to Greg for his willingness to help.  73, Marcia KW1U, STM

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MASS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JULY 2015

Hope everyone is having a good summer.  One of our own is not, however.  Bob N1SYC, manager of EM2MN is still on the disabled list.  Recovery from his surgery has been very slow and he is unable to get on his radio.  Hope you will keep Bob in your thoughts and prayers.  Cards would be appreciated I’m sure.  Many thanks to Greg KC1CIC for assuming the job as interim manager in Bob’s absence

The Traffic Handler’s picnic was held August 2 in Concord.  Good food and fellowship was had by all who attended.  To those who couldn’t make it, we hope to see you next summer.

Heavy Hitters Traffic Net has seen a resurgence in checkins thanks to new manager Joe W1HAI.  Thank you Joe for your efforts.

Also thanks to Ralph N1LAH who has done a great job with the help of Joe W1HAI, of listening for times and frequencies for a Mass Rhode Island Phone Net.  We hope to have more definite information soon.  This net would begin with any listed traffic, followed by a social get together.  It will likely run on 75 meters either at 6 or 6:30 PM to allow for some to get to the CW net (MARI) by 7:00.  Stay tuned.

Boxboro convention is coming up August 21 through 23.  We hope to have an NTS table in the exhibition hall.  If all comes together, look for us there.  Any help would be much appreciated.

Below are the stats for July.  Thanks to all for your support.

 

MASS STM REPORT

Jul-15











NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM

EM2MN 29 50 117 410 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN Inactive


WARPSN 4 8 60 NA N1IQI

HHTN 14 31 75 198 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM M,W,F
CITN No Report


N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 31 77 114 455 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 20 18 143 193 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 29 6 290 406 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 24 3 181 219 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 4 0 105 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report


N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
















SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
N1IQI 0 177 286 4 467

KW1U 0 148 122 0 270

N1TF 1 66 98 6 171

KB1WXC 1 60 67 2 130

KC1CIC 1 38 36 13 88

N1LKJ 0 15 31 0 46

AC7RB 0 9 14 5 28

N1LAH 0 0 0 0 0




PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
KC1CIC 40 40 20 15 0 0 115
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
KB1WXC 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
N1LKJ 27 40 10 0 0 0 77
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED








MARCIA FORDE STM MA






 

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MASS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JUNE 2015

Thanks to all for your support of the traffic nets.  We especially welcome Joe Weisse W1HAI as manager of HHTN, and our new ORS appointee Bob Holland N1SYC who has been admirably serving as EM2MN manager.  Bob underwent surgery and is currently in rehab, but looking forward to getting back to his radio and to the net.  Thanks especially to Greg KC1CIC for helping out with the extra NCS slots.  Anyone want to try NCS?  It’s good training, doing so in a relaxed setting where help is always available.  Contact Marcia KW1U or Bob N1SYC if interested.  HHTN is also looking for Net Control stations.  Contact W1HAI for more information.

We’re also looking into re-activating the Mass Rhode Island Phone net, but looking for interested hams.  While this would primarily be a traffic net, it could also be an opportunity to keep up with ham friends in the area as well as an opportunity for training in message handling and net operation. Contact Marcia if interesed.

73, Marcia KW1U

 

MASS STM REPORT

Jun-15











NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM

EM2MN 30 75 141 513 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN Inactive


WARPSN 4 8 67 NA N1IQI

HHTN 4 3 13 45 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM M,W,F
CITN No Report


N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 31 100 108 509 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 27 19 177 233 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 26 6 286 390 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 20 1 122 120 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 4 23 100 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report


N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
















SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
KW1U 0 335 278 7 620 X
N1IQI 0 150 345 4 499

N1TF 1 68 84 23 176

KB1WXC 4 39 47 2 92

N1LKJ 0 17 36 0 53

W1PLK 0 4 1 4 9

AC7RB 0 2 6 1 9











PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 10 0 20 140
KB1WXC 40 40 20 20 0 0 120
N1IQI 40 40 10 20 0 0 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
N1LKJ 24 40 10 0 0 0 74
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED








MARCIA FORDE STM MA














 

 


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Getting Started with NTS Digital

NTS Digital, or NTSD, is a digital network operating parallel to the NTS.  It operates 24/7 on both HF Pactor and VHF Packet.  Using  autoforwarding, messages are relayed throughout the US and Canada and now also between the US and Germany and Great Britain with potential outlets to other European countries.  Note however that due to FCC regulations, messages between the US and Great Britain and European countries can only be from one amateur to another amateurStation KW1U operates on both HF and VHF and amateurs are invited to use the station via either HF or VHF for relaying message traffic.

Greg KC1CIC has recently become a digital relay station (DRS) for this area, and now has experience in setting up a digital station for this type of relay.  Greg has written a great article on his experience and this can be found by clicking
http://nts.ema.arrl.org/misc/Getting_Started_with_NTS_Digital.pdf

Many thanks to Greg.  Check it out and join us on NTSD.

73, Marcia KW1U

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TRAFFIC HANDLERS PICNIC AUGUST 2, 2015

The annual traffic handlers’ picnic will again be held on the first Sunday in August.  Set aside the date August 2 and join us at the QTH of KW1U in Concord MA between 12 noon and 4 PM.  Since the Senior Center in Raynham saw fit to cut down the trees eliminating the lovely shade, I have decided to return the picnic to Concord where we used to gather in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. Bring your own beverages and anything else you would like to share.  I suggest also bring folding lawn chairs.  I have a few for those who don’t. I would appreciate hearing from you if you plan to attend so I can have an approximate idea of numbers.  All traffic handlers and anyone interested in traffic handling are invited.  It’s a great opportunity to meet in person the folks you hear on the air each night.  The address is 44 Raymond Rd, off Plainfield Rd which is off Route 117 which runs between Routes I 95 and I 495Hope to see you there.

73, Marcia KW1U

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NEW MANAGER FOR HEAVY HITTERS TRAFFIC NET

The Heavy Hitters Traffic Net (HHTN) has a long history dating back to at least the 1970s.  It has seen many changes over the years, and last spring it lost it’s most recent manager Dave Spalding N1LUM.  The net has continued since then meeting only on Friday evenings, thanks to the persistence of Scott N1SGB.  We are grateful to Scott for keeping the net operating during this transition time.

I am pleased to announce that Joe Weisse W1HAI of Natick has offered to take on the job as manager of HHTN effective July 1.  Joe has been involved in traffic nets for a number of years and I feel fortunate that he is willing to take on the rebuilding of HHTN.  The net will again meet three nights a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 PM on the Minuteman Repeater Association linked network.  This net has an excellent coverage area and Joe hopes to expand that as well as improve the participation.  If participation is there we will look at increasing to five nights a week.  I hope folks will give Joe their support.  For information on locations and frequencies of the MMRA repeaters see mmra.org.

73, Marcia KW1U

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MASS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR MAY 2015

 

MASS STM REPORT May-15











NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM

EM2MN 31 40 149 466 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN Inactive


WARPSN 5 10 91 NA N1IQI

HHTN 5 0 6 44
MMRA Rptrs 10PM M-F
CITN No Report


N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 31 87 117 462 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 28 6 170 209 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 29 8 424 522 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 20 2 135 181 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 5 0 150 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report


N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
















SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
KW1U 0 343 313 1 657 X
N1IQI 0 173 393 4 570 X
N1TF 0 63 97 4 164

KB1WXC 0 41 43 0 84

N1LKJ 0 17 30 6 53

KC1CIC 0 14 12 7 33

AC7RB 0 5 13 3 21

W1PLK 0 7 2 6 15











PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
KB1WXC 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
KC1CIC 39 33 20 5 0 0 97
N1LKJ 24 40 10 0 0 0 74
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED








MARCIA FORDE STM MA






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GETTING STARTED WITH NTS DIGITAL

NTS Digital, or NTSD, is a digital network operating parallel to the NTS.  It operates 24/7 on both HF Pactor and VHF Packet.  Using  autoforwarding, messages are relayed throughout the US and Canada and now also between the US and Germany and Great Britain with potential outlets to other European countries.  Note however that due to FCC regulations, messages between the US and Great Britain and European countries can only be from one amateur to another amateurStation KW1U operates on both HF and VHF and amateurs are invited to use the station via either HF or VHF for relaying message traffic.

Greg KC1CIC has recently become a digital relay station (DRS) for this area, and now has experience in setting up a digital station for this type of relay.  Greg has written a great article on his experience and this can be found by clicking
http://nts.ema.arrl.org/misc/Getting_Started_with_NTS_Digital.pdf

Many thanks to Greg.  Check it out and join us on NTSD.

73, Marcia KW1U

 

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TRAFFIC REPORT FOR EAST AND WEST MASS APRIL 2015

Below is the traffic report for April.  Many thanks to all for your support of the nets.  For anyone new to the SAR and PSHR, you can find information in the left hand column of this page under “SAR/PSHR Requirements”.  Note that the PSHR is not only for NTS traffic handlers, but for all who are involved in public service.  The requirement to be included on this honor roll is 70 points or more for the month but there are a variety of ways to receive points including participation in public service events.  Even those not active on the traffic nets can qualify and be listed in QST.  Send a radiogram with your points by category your section traffic manager KW1U.  Hope all are having an enjoyable spring after a rough winter.  73, Marcia KW1U

 

MASS STM REPORT Apr-15
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM
EM2MN 30 53 125 464 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN Inactive
WARPSN 4 8 80 NA N1IQI
HHTN 4 0 7 39 MMRA Rptrs 10PM M-F
CITN No Report N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 30 83 105 448 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 28 27 187 283 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 28 5 420 448 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 19 3 140 199 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 4 3 116 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
N1IQI 0 176 311 4 491
KW1U 0 200 172 0 372
N1TF 0 118 159 6 283
KB1WXC 2 72 86 0 160
KC1CIC 0 52 55 22 129
N1LKJ 0 13 29 0 42
AC7RB 0 15 13 13 41
W1PLK 0 4 3 3 10
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KB1WXC 40 40 20 75 0 0 175
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
KC1CIC 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
N1LKJ 24 40 10 0 0 0 74
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM MA
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TRAFFIC REPORT FOR EAST AND WEST MASS MARCH 2015

With apologies for being so late with this report.  We had a great vacation in Naples FL with a visit in Raleigh NC to see NC traffic handlers.  It is good to be back however and glad to see daffodils and forsythia blooming.  Hope all are having a good early spring and getting those antennas in order.  Thanks to all for your participation in the traffic nets.  73, Marcia KW1U

 

MASS STM REPORT Mar-15
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM
EM2MN 31 67 149 578 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN Inactive
WARPSN 4 8 74 NA N1IQI
HHTN 4 0 7 33 ** MMRA Rptrs 10PM M-F
CITN No Report N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 31 93 111 471 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 30 19 180 309 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 28 5 336 420 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 22 4 155 238 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 5 0 146 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
KW1U 0 527 467 6 1000 X
N1IQI 0 164 360 4 528 X
N1TF 0 111 137 8 256
KB1WXC 1 39 47 1 88
N1LKJ 0 29 45 0 74
KC1CIC 1 25 25 20 71
W1PLK 0 3 3 2 8
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
KB1WXC 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
KC1CIC 40 40 10 5 0 0 95
N1LKJ 24 40 10 0 0 0 74
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
***HHTN Manager N1LUM became an SK March 3, 2015. The net will operate once a week on
Friday evenings until further notice
MARCIA FORDE STM MA


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HEAVY HITTERS TRAFFIC NET (HHTN)

Due to the passing of Dave Spalding N1LUM, HHTN currently has no manager and only one NCS who has been running the net on Friday evenings. Scott, N1SGB has faithfully been covering Friday evenings for some time and would like to see the net continue and hopefully rebuild.  Until further notice, this net will run only on Friday evenings on the MinuteMan Repeater Association linked repeaters at 10 PM.  If we can rebuild the net, we will increase the sessions accordingly.  HHTN has been in existance for longer than I can remember (and that is a long time).  It would be a shame to see it disappear altogether.  Please support Scott and check in on Fridays.  Hope to see you there.

73, Marcia KW1U, STM

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TRAFFIC REPORT FOR EAST AND WEST MASS FEBRUARY 2015

 

MASS STM REPORT Feb-15
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM
EM2MN 28 94 163 573 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN Inactive
WARPSN 4 8 88 NA N1IQI
HHTN 15 0 23 102 N1LUM MMRA Rptrs 10PM M-F
CITN No Report N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 28 97 112 489 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 26 14 130 244 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 26 6 265 390 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 19 4 160 177 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 4 0 120 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
KW1U 0 515 464 2 981 X
N1IQI 0 150 235 4 389
N1TF 1 103 120 9 233
KB1WXC 7 47 51 7 112
N1UMJ 3 60 5 2 70
KC1CIC 1 15 20 13 49
W1PLK 0 5 1 3 9
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
N1UMJ 40 40 20 40 0 10 150
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
KB1WXC 40 40 10 0 5 0 95
KC1CIC 24 28 10 15 0 0 77
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM MA
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TRAFFIC REPORT FOR EAST AND WEST MASS JANUARY 2015

 

MASS STM REPORT Jan-15
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM
EM2MN 31 111 196 656 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN Inactive
WARPSN 4 8 79 na N1IQI
HHTN 20 0 41 169 N1LUM MMRA Rptrs 10PM M-F
CITN No Report N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 31 94 135 585 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 28 14 95 225 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 28 7 310 476 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 18 3 152 184 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 4 0 132 na W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
KW1U 0 484 426 6 916 X
N1IQI 0 140 332 4 476
N1TF 1 82 104 7 194
KB1WXC 1 30 34 7 72
N1LKJ 0 31 13 0 44
KC1CIC 2 11 13 10 36
AC7RB 0 5 10 5 20
W1PLK 0 6 3 2 11
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
KB1WXC 40 40 0 0 0 0 80
KC1CIC 21 24 0 25 0 0 70
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM MA
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TRAFFIC REPORT FOR EAST AND WEST MASS DECEMBER 2014

 

MASS STM REPORT Dec – 14
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM
EM2MN 31 80 158 576 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN Inactive
WARPSN 3 6 51 NA N1IQI
HHTN 21 6 35 154 N1LUM MMRA Rptrs 10PM MWF
CITN No Report N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 31 169 138 778 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 24 14 101 227 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 29 6 406 480 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 16 1 82 104 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 4 0 116 na W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
KW1U 1 452 426 6 885 X
N1IQI 0 149 220 4 373
N1TF 0 100 117 15 232
KB1WXC 2 57 58 4 121
N1LKJ 0 64 30 0 94
N1UMJ 3 65 12 4 84
AC7RB 0 16 14 11 41
W1PLK 0 14 4 9 27
KC1CIC 0 10 6 10 26
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
N1UMJ 40 40 20 30 0 10 140
KW1U 40 40 30 10 0 20 140
KB1WXC 40 40 0 35 0 0 115
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
AC7RB 25 40 0 15 0 0 80
N1LKJ 24 40 10 0 0 0 74
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM MA
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