"...The National Traffic System plan is a means for systematizing amateur traffic handling facilities by making a structure available for an integrated traffic facility designed to achieve the utmost in two principal objectives: rapid movement of traffic from origin to destination, and training amateur operators to handle written traffic and participate in directed nets. These two objectives, which sometimes conflict with each other, are the underlying foundations of the National Traffic System.

NTS operates daily, even continuously with the advent of the advanced digital links of today.

The personnel consists of operators who participate for one or two periods a week, and some who are active daily. The National Traffic System is an organized effort to handle traffic in accordance with a plan which is easily understood, is basically sound, and which employs modern methods of network traffic handling in general acceptance today..." —ARRL Public Service Communications Manual

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

MMRA LINKED REPEATERS AND ECHOLINK/IRLP NODES FOR HHTN

Many thanks to the Minuteman Repeater Association for the use of their linked repeater network and Echolink/IRLP nodes for Heavy Hitters Traffic Net.  The following information should be helpful in checking into the net.  Perhaps we may even get check-ins from far distant places! See you on HHTN.


Here is the list of repeaters and the  explanation on the best way to get into Echolink.
Marlborough 449.925
Mendon 146.61
Boston 146.82
Lowell 442.250
Burlington 446.775

At 9:55, the following systems link automatically into the above five and
remain that way until 11PM:

Burlington 146.715
Marlborough 147.270
Quincy 146.670
Marshfield 145.390
UHF PL is 88.5
2m PL is 146.2

New England Reflector Echolink: *NEW-ENG2*, IRLP node 9127

People who want to join via Echolink or IRLP need to connect to the reflector.
They will not be able to connect directly as our node will be busy since it is
already connected to the reflector.

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

JUNE 2015 PACKET MEETING

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JUNE 2015 PACKET MEETING

On Saturday June 13 a meeting was held in Farmnington CT hosted by Larry K1HEJ and conducted by Brian N1URO.  Many issues were discussed regarding Packet Radio and it's use for NTS/NTSD, specifically as it applies to southern New England.  Brian is working to establish a backbone which will allow for better more efficient exchange of trafficThis backbone would also extend into more far reaching areas.  Present from Eastern Mass were KW1U, KC1CIC, N1IQI, W1JT and N1OTC.


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






JUNE 2015 ISSUE OF QNI NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE

The latest issue of QNI Newsletter is now available.  This is an independant newsletter published quarterly by James Wades WB8SIW and dedicated to promoting NTS and emergency communicationsThere are many interesting articles and I encourage all interested in traffic handling and emergency communications to check it out.  Go to k6jt.com and scroll down to the QNI archives.

73, Marcia KW1U

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

 

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

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

APRIL 2015 ISSUE OF QNI NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE

The latest issue (April 2015) of QNI newsletter is now available at Texas NTS Net Home Page http://www.k6jt.com/.  As noted in article below this is an independant newsletter published quarterly by Jim Wades WB8SIW and is dedicated to NTS and message handling.  There are many interesting articles and I'm sure you will enjoy reading it.  At the above website scroll down to find the link to issues of QNI.

73, Marcia KW1U

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