MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR MARCH 2018

Attached here is the section traffic report for both East and West Mass. It is good to know that the nets are not dependent on any one person and function very well such as when your STM was off the air. As many of you know my station has had its problems for the past few months and I have had to replace various pieces of equipment. Many improvements including a new antenna are now in place thanks to Greg KC1CIC (and the N1OTC bow and arrow), to whom I am greatly indebted. I am now back and hopefully with …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 2018

As I look out at the rapidly falling snow during this third nor’easter in the past two weeks, I’m happy to report my antenna is still in the air although I can’t say the same for some of the other tree limbs now in my yard. For those who have had power outages and downed antennas, I heard spring may actually arrive in the next few weeks. Thanks to all of you, the nets continue to operate and the traffic continues to flow in spite of our March New England weather. You all are great! Below is the traffic report …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JANUARY 2018

The big news of the day is our new section website which Phil K9HI has spent many hours getting ready for us.  Many thanks to Phil and to Tom K1TW, our section manager for his inspiration in bringing this project to fruition.  It is bringing all the section activities together in one place and I hope you will find it interesting, helpful and easy to use.  Any suggestions on topics for the NTS page can be addressed to kw1u@arrl.net. This is your page for training and news in the world of message handling. To those in the West Mass section …

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February 3, 2018 Eastern MA Hospital Net

Good Evening Everyone,

 

Net Control for the February 3,2018 Eastern MA Hospital Net will be W1SSH The South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club. The net will commence at the usual time of 10:AM using the following repeaters in the order listed.


1. Bridgewater 147.180 tone 67.0

2. Danvers 145.47 tone 136.5

3. Falmouth 147.375 tone 110.9

 

Simplex 147.42

 

The Net will than return to the Bridgewater Repeater for final comments and Net closing.

 

NET Protocol: Please wait for Net Control to ask for Check-ins. When asked to check in please use the standard net check in procedure which is:   Here is.., un-key, wait 3 seconds to check for doubling, then give your or your facilities call sign, your first name, and your facility’s name.

We extend an invitation to the EOC of any city or town that is served by one of the participating hospitals to join the Net. We also extend an invitation to any RACES or ARES member to check in during the NET.

Any hospital wishing to join the net that needs assistance with equipment or personnel should contact us at ssharc@gmail.com. We can assist you with getting your location on the air.

We are always looking for groups or organizations to try their hand at Net Control duties. If you are interested please let us know. Our goal is to rotate Net Control practice and the experience among as many groups as possible.

We thank the repeater trustees for their generosity in allowing us to conduct the monthly nets and the use of their systems in an actual event. The following list of repeaters are available for our use. Only a few systems are used each month with the selection of those used made by Net Control for that month.  More systems are being added to the list on a regular basis.


Attleboro 147.195 tone 127.3 (Sturdy Memorial Hospital)
Belmont 145.430 tone 146.2

Boston 145.230 tone encode 88.5 tone decode 100.0

Bridgewater 147.180 tone 67.0
Danvers 145.47 tone 136.5
Dartmouth 147.000 tone 67.0  
Fall River 146.805. tone 67.0
Falmouth 147.375 tone 110.9  

Mansfield EMA  446.925 tone 100.0

Mansfield 147.015 tone 67.0

Marshfield 145.390 tone 67.0      
Norwood 147.210 tone 100.00
Plymouth 146.685 tone 82.5
Salem 146.88 tone 118.8        
Sharon 146.865 tone 103.5    
Weymouth 147.345 tone 110.9 (South Shore Hospital)

W. Bridgewater 146.775 dcs 244 
Wrentham 147.09 tone 146.2

We look forward to hearing you all on the Net.

Respectfully,
John O’
K1JRO



South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club – W1SSH
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TRAFFIC AND TRAINING SYMPOSIUM SATURDAY FEBRUARY 10

Here is an opportunity to learn more about basic traffic handling techniques, net operation with an introduction to the use of Winlink in Emergency Comms.  It is presented by the New Hampshire traffic folks, but anyone interested is invited to register.  This is a half day event in Concord NH.  I plan to be there and hope I can see some folks from Massachusetts there as well.  Note the information below.

73, Marcia KW1U STM EMA/WMA

 

The 2018 NH Traffic and Training Symposium will be  held Saturday, February 10 from 9a until noon at Concord Bible Fellowship 25 Rockingham St. in Concord, NH. This year’s symposium will focus on basic traffic handling techniques, net operation and an introduction in the use of Winlink in Emergency Communications.  Registration is requested. Simply send an email to peter@k1pjs.com with “I would like to attend” in the subject line.

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National Traffic System

Contact Marcia Forde, KW1U Section Traffic Manager 44 Raymond Rd Concord, MA 01742 kw1u@arrl.net NTS Leadership Introduction The National Traffic System (NTS) is an organized network of amateur radio operators sponsored by the American Radio Relay League for the purpose of relaying messages throughout the U.S. and Canada. During normal times, these messages are routine greetings (“Happy birthday Aunt Mary”) and keep the system well oiled and the operators trained so that everything works when needed. When there is an emergency or disaster NTS works closely with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service to provide emergency communications. The most common type of disaster-related messages are “health and …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR DECEMBER 2017

I hope everyone is enjoying a good start to the new year despite the cold and low number of sun spots.  December turned out to be a good month traffic-wise. It seemed holiday messages increased over the past few years and that was nice to see.   This station continues to have issues with 80 meters and therefore not able to make evening HF nets but efforts continue to find a solution.  Thanks to all who are covering.  We in Eastern Mass are seeing some new folks checking into our local nets and handling traffic.  This is always most welcome and …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR DECEMBER 2017

I hope everyone is enjoying a good start to the new year despite the cold and low number of sun spots.  December turned out to be a good month traffic-wise. It seemed holiday messages increased over the past few years and that was nice to see.   This station continues to have issues with 80 meters and therefore not able to make evening HF nets but efforts continue to find a solution.  Thanks to all who are covering.  We in Eastern Mass are seeing some new folks checking into our local nets and handling traffic.  This is always most welcome and …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 2017

Holiday greetings to all. It has been a busy time on the nets in December.  There has been a lot of activity and the nets and the digital network have been bustling.  It has been fun to see all the activity, and I wish to thank each one of you for your participation and support. I hope the new year brings good things and good times to all. Just an FYI to those CW folks.  The MARI CW net has an alternate frequency on 160 meters of 1810 Khz.  Conditions on 80 meters have often made communication within the section …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR OCTOBER 2017

Hard to believe Thanksgiving is almost here.  After a rather summer-like fall we are finally seeing some wintry weather but the holidays have stealthily crept up on us.  It would sure be nice to see some holiday greeting radiograms on our traffic nets.  I hope folks will consider this unique way of letting families and friends know you are thinking of them. It is always nice to see newcomers handling messages on the nets and we welcome Peter KC1HHO to those ranks of traffic handlers.  Peter is in Quincy and I’m sure he would like to see some messages coming …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 2017

Greetings all, Below is the September traffic report for the combined sections of East and West Mass.  While participation and traffic numbers have been down, hopefully with cooler weather and holidays coming up we will see an increase. I was invited and gave a presentation on message handling to the members of the PART Club in Westford in September. Members had little to no knowledge about traffic nets and message handling in general and the information was well received.  I would like to encourage your clubs to also learn about the very vital skills of accurate and efficient message handling …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR AUGUST 2017

MA STM REPORT       AUGUST 2017                                     NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time EM2MN 31 103 189 579 KC1CIC 145.23 8 PM Daily MARIPN 14 29 58 186 N1LAH 3978 KHz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa WARPSN 4 8 60 NA N1IQI 147.225 8:30AM Su HHTN 17 31 75 220 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM Su,M,W,F CITN 22 2 58 283 N1SYC 147.375 7:30PM M,T,T, F,Sa MARI 31 119 123 526 KW1U 3565 KHz 7PM Daily CM2MN 27 12 134 195 KK1X …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JULY 2017

MA STM REPORT JULY 2017
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time
EM2MN 30 86 173 541 KC1CIC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 13 6 41 101 N1LAH 3978 KHz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 5 10 88 NA N1IQI 147.225 8:30AM Su
HHTN 18 25 55 177 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM Su,M,W,F
CITN 20 5 57 222 N1SYC 147.375 7:30PM M,T,T, F,Sa
MARI 31 86 109 430 KW1U 3565 KHz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 24 9 122 240 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 29 3 319 464 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 27 6 179 160 N1YCW 146.91 1PM Daily
WMEN 5 2 112 NA W1JWN 3944 KHz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report N2JWW 3945 KHz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
KW1U 0 237 232 2 471
N1IQI 0 48 222 4 274
N1LKJ 0 37 53 2 92
KC1CIC 0 57 23 7 87
N1TF 1 30 38 9 78
W1RVY 1 22 29 1 53
N1LAH 0 27 17 5 49
AB1UF 0 11 32 2 45
N1SYC 5 9 20 4 38
W1PLK 0 4 3 3 10
PSHR  (Min 70 Points) 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
KC1CIC 40 40 30 10 0 0 120
N1TF 40 40 30 5 0 0 115
N1SYC 40 30 20 15 0 0 105
W1RVY 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
N1LAH 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
N1IQI 40 40 0 10 0 10 100
N1LKJ 40 26 10 0 0 0 76
AB1UF 33 40 0 0 0 0 73
DRS RCV FWD TOTAL
KW1U 727 787 1514
N1IQI 48 222 270
KC1CIC 19 7 26
W1RVY 0 6 6
KC1EGK 0 4 4
KC1ETB 0 0 0
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM MA
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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JUNE 2017

I hope everyone had a successful and enjoyable Field Day.  I enjoyed visiting the Whitman Club in East Bridgewater and the Boston Club in Hingham. Between nets and my MBO we saw a fair number of NTS messages.  I hope your club was able to participate in this aspect of FD and get the extra points.  We hope to expand on this next year with more instruction on how to go about it. Traffic was down in June as well as the number of check-ins and perhaps this was due to vacations and other outdoor activities.  However a good job …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JUNE 2017

I hope everyone had a successful and enjoyable Field Day.  I enjoyed visiting the Whitman Club in East Bridgewater and the Boston Club in Hingham. Between nets and my MBO we saw a fair number of NTS messages.  I hope your club was able to participate in this aspect of FD and get the extra points.  We hope to expand on this next year with more instruction on how to go about it. Traffic was down in June as well as the number of check-ins and perhaps this was due to vacations and other outdoor activities.  However a good job …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR MAY 2017

Your STM needs a vacation from vacations in order to catch up.  Sorry this is delayed getting on the website.  Greg was right on time, but I’m the guilty party. Traffic and check-ins have been somewhat slow the past month, but many thanks to the regulars who have kept things going during my absense.  One more trip in July and that will be it for my travel for awhile. We are looking forward to Field Day coming up this weekend (June 24-25).  We hope to see lots of NTS traffic coming out of the Field Day sites.  I will be …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR APRIL 2017

Greetings all Massachusetts traffic handlers.  Below you will find the April traffic report for the combined sections of East and West Mass.  Thanks to all for your support. We welcome a new ORS. AB1UF of Framingham. Fred is a regular on the MARI CW net and has recently accepted a liaison position to 1RN.  As you can see from our list below we have a growing number of stations reporting station activity (SAR) and Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR).  Anyone can send in a report to Greg KC1CIC at the end of the month and be listed here.  Information on …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR MARCH 2017

Spring is finally coming to New England. Life springs anew. The buds are opening up on the trees, flowers are starting to bloom and folks are perhaps thinking about checking on those antennas and how they survived the winter.  Some may be thinking about new equipment.  I know one who will be showing off a new HF radio.  (Hope you enjoy it Greg.) As we head into spring, flea markets and hamfests are springing up as well.  May 5 and 6 is NearFest in Deerfield New Hampshire.  Pete K1PJS, NH SM has announced a traffic handlers’ meeting ‘over coffee’ on …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 2017

Spring is almost here, although it is hard to tell some days.  My bulbs and shrubs are all confused.  The calendar does say however that it’s almost time for yard and antenna work so we can start making those plans. The nets have been doing well, lots of check-ins, handling lots of traffic.  I was invited to give a presentation on NTS to the Framingham Club, which was most enjoyable. They were a very attentive group and asked lots of good questions.  If anyone else belongs to a club in the section and would like a presentation on NTS and …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JANUARY 2017

While winter has taken it’s toll on HF with poor to deploable band conditions, the hardy traffic handlers of Massachusetts have persisted and the nets have performed well in spite of propagation.  Thanks to all who have kept the nets flowing with traffic.  While VHF does not suffer the same vagaries of HF, the New England cold has probably helped to keep some indoors and on the radio, keeping these nets very active as well. I am pleased to announce that the Cape and Island Traffic Net has expanded to include a fourth weekly session and now operates on Monday, …

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