"...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

QNI NEWSLETTER MAY 2016 EDITION

The May 2016 edition of QNI Newsletter is now available at http://qni-newsletter.net/.  There are many interesting articles including an update on the FEMA exercise "Cascadia Rising" which will take place in June 2016.  While there will likely be little if any traffic at the local level outside the states of WA, OR and ID, there will be activity on HF into the Eastern Area which will involve TCC (Transcontinental Corps) and NTSD (NTS Digital)  it is noteworthy that FEMA is interested in NTS involvement and this is an opportunity to show what NTS can do.

Marcia KW1U

MASS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR MARCH 2016

Spring is finally showing up in New England and it's time to get outdoors, get those yards going, the grass mowed, the plants planted, and oh yes, get those antennas checked.  It was a good month in March for traffic and we have been seeing new hams checking into the nets which is always good to see.  Just a reminder we have a variety of traffic nets and all are good training grounds for message handling and net operation.

EM2MN meets currently on the Quincy repeater 146.67 Mhz PL 146.2 at 8 PM except for Tuesday when it meets on the Sharon repeater 146.865 Mhz PL 103.5

HHTN meets Monday Wednesday and Friday on the Minuteman linked repeater network (check MMRA.org for frequencies) at 10 PM


CM2MN meets daily on the Paxton repeater 146.97 Mhz PL 114.8 at 9 PM

MARIPN meets Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on 3978 Khz at 6 PM

MARI CW meets daily 3565 Khz at 7 PM

 

MASS STM REPORT

Mar-16
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time
EM2MN 31 70 199 603 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 14 15 55 171 N1LAH 3978 Khz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 4 8 62 NA N1IQI
HHTN 13 17 78 194 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM M,W,F
CITN No Report N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 31 80 93 413 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 24 19 173 267 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 28 5 319 464 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 2 6 196 212 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 0 169 387 4 560 X
KW1U 0 224 180 4 408
N1TF 0 98 131 9 238
KB1WXC 1 38 48 2 89
KC1CIC 1 23 45 12 81
N1LKJ 0 12 32 0 44
N1LAH 1 3 15 2 21
W1PLK 0 5 3 3 11
AC7RB No Activity 0
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 40 21 20 5 0 0 86
N1LKJ 24 40 10 0 0 0 74
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM MA

 

 

MASS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 2016

Last month I talked about copying a message on a net.  After delivering the message you might need to send a message back to the originator.  Anytime a message is undeliverable a service message is required.  If the message you delivered had a handling instruction HXC the originator requests a message back with date and time of delivery. If a handling instruction is HXE the originator requests a reply from the recipient.  Or you might just want to send a message to a family member, a friend or another ham. How do you go about it?

First, have your radiogram form in front of you and fill it out appropriately, including the boxes in the preamble, the full address and phone number if available, the text and signature.  If sending a service message, ARRL Numbered radiograms can be used, ie ARL FORTY SEVEN if a message was successfully delivered, or ARL SIXTY SEVEN if you were unable to make a delivery.  A list of ARRL numbered radiograms can be found on our website. When using one of these texts don't forget to fill in the blanks.  For example:
ARL FORTY SEVEN 123 K1ABC MARCH 10 2300, or ARL SIXTY SEVEN 456 PHONE 555 321 4566 DISCONNECTED.
When using these ARRL numbered radiograms add ARL to the check in the preamble, ie ARL 8, and spell out the ARL numbers in the text, ie ARL FORTY SEVEN, not ARL 47.  10 digit phone numbers in the text are sent in three word groups, ie 555 321 4566 is three word groups in the check.

When you check into a net, list traffic, and are directed by NCS to send your traffic, remember to read the message at a speed the recipient can copy.  Imagine writing the words yourself as you read.  Read all parts in the order of your radiogram form, using proper prowords where appropriate.  Prowords introduce certain parts of your message and are used for clarity and to help assure accuracy in copying.

In the preamble the only proword we use is the word "NUMBER" at the very beginning.  It is not necessary to say "station of origin is", "check is", etc. as the station copying the message is already anticipating the order of the preamble. Following the preamble go immediately into the name, address and phone number, spelling uncommon proper names using proper phonetics as listed on our website. Prior to reading the text, say "BREAK" and pause a few seconds to give the receiving station an opportunity to ask for fills.  If no response, continue on to the text.  NO need to say "how copy", "text follows" etc.  If the receiving station isn't copying, he/she will ask for fills as needed.

When reading the texts, spell uncommon words or letter groups, introducing with "I SPELL".  Introduce number groups with "FIGURES" to distinguish from numbers spelled out. ie "FIGURES 678".  Introduce an alphanumeric group with "MIXED GROUP", ie 0230Z", or for callsigns, "AMATEUR CALL", ie AMATEUR CALL KW1U".  At the end of the text, say "BREAK" again, pausing a few seconds to listen for any fills.  If no response, continue to signature followed by "END NO MORE", or "END MORE" if appropriate.  Again, NO need to say "how copy".  Receiving station will ask for fills if needed, or say "ROGER". 

That's it.  Sound complicated?  Not really.  Just remember we have all made mistakes, including your section traffic manager, and we're all
here to learn to do better.  We follow these guidelines since this has proven to lead to better accuracy and efficienty.

 

 

MASS STM REPORT

Feb-16













NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM


EM2MN 29 54 167 542 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 11 7 40 133 N1LAH 3978 Khz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 4 8 75 NA N1IQI


HHTN 12 9 74 199 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM M,W,F
CITN No Report


N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 29 73 98 412 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 26 17 176 236 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 26 6 286 390 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 16 4 121 129 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 4 124 1 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report


N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su


















SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL

KW1U 0 219 193 4 416


N1IQI 0 163 209 0 372


N1TF 2 82 98 14 196


KB1WXC 1 32 42 1 76


N1LKJ 1 27 36 0 64


KC1CIC 0 15 33 11 59


W1PLK 0 5 3 3 11


N1LAH 0 0 0 0 0


AC7RB Inactive


0














PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 10 0 20 140
KC1CIC 40 40 30 15 0 0 125
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 28 40 10 5 0 0 83

BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED











N1XTB BBS: RECEIVED 250 FORWARDED 250 TOTAL 500















MARCIA FORDE STM MA
















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
















FEBRUARY 2016 ISSUE OF QNI NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE

The latest issue of QNI, a newsletter for traffic handlers, is now available on its new website http://qni-newsletter.net/.  This newsletter is always a good read.  Of special note in this issue is information about a FEMA exercise in June 2016 involving NTS. Check it out!

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

 

MASS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR 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








MARCIA FORDE STM MA






 

 

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








MARCIA FORDE STM MA







***TEMPORARY FREQUENCY CHANGE***

As noted below, until further notice the EM2MN is currently operating on the Quincy repeater, 146.67 Mhz PL 146.2 every evening at 8 PM except Tuesdays.  On Tuesdays it will operate on the Sharon repeater 146.865 Mhz PL 103.5.

EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS FOR NTS

For those who are not yet signed up for the NTS-OPS Yahoo group (and all traffic handlers are invited to do so) the following was received from the Eastern Area NTS Staff Chair W3JY.  It appears NTS is regaining its relevance and respect in the Amateur Radio world thanks to the great efforts of the three area staff chairs and others.  Let's show them how much we support their efforts by our particpation and diligence in net participation and handling of message traffic.  If anyone would like information on joining the above Yahoo group, contact Marcia kw1u@arrl.net or Joe w3jy@arrl.org.

 

 

"My apologies for the lateness of this update – it’s  been a very hectic few weeks in EPA, what with preparation for the arrival of a Pope Francis and Joaquin, not to mention the start of another Cub Scouting year in a family with two Cub Scouts!  We’re glad Joaquin stood us up!

Having said that, I want to relate the gist of recent developments regarding NTS and ARRL’s board of directors.  The call took place while I was on the road, and while I found a convenient parking spot I had no way to make a written record of the details.  Please forgive any errors of omission or degree and understand the important thing is this: essential concord is achieved.

Last week, I had a long but productive phone call with the ARRL’s Programs and Services Committee chairperson Brian Mileshosky N5ZGT, director from the Rocky Mt division.  Relatively new to his current job, he didn’t know very much about the history of NTS and its relationship with HQ over the last number of years.  I imagine some of the details communicated to him were unexpected but illuminating, especially how the loss of the Forward and Introduction to the Public Service Communications handbook left NTS without an official mission statement.

Brian reaffirmed NTS is a core program of the ARRL.  He made an emphatic point NTS is of direct interest to the Board of Directors by way of his committee.  He wanted to find a way to achieve reconciliation if possible.

To that end, NTS once again will be represented at the ARRL Board with a short but formal presentation to the P&SC at its semi-annual meetings in Newington.  We both acknowledged the tireless work done on NTS’ behalf by the irreplaceable Steve Ewald.  After talking a bit about the work NTS has done with our digital systems, the NCERT Concept, operator training, and European expansion,  Brian agreed ARRL leadership has been remiss in reaching out to NTS Area Staff at all levels.  He said he and his committee will make every effort to meet Staff leaders personally in the coming months.  (Given budget and finance realities, I should mention these meetings certainly would be by electronic means.)

FEMA’s interest in NTS also was discussed, and since NTS is not specifically mentioned in any documentation describing the ARRL-FEMA relationship except by inference, we both agreed to be sure to tip off and consult HQ staff as a professional courtesy, while retaining NTS’s traditional self-governance.  We hope the interest shown by FEMA’s Disaster Emergency Communications Division will grow into a model of citizen-cooperation.

These are very welcome developments, indeed.  NTS has always wanted to regain our place at the ARRL table and now we are there.

In the immediate future, we have much internal marketing to undertake, to tell our own colleagues about our professional management, the universal applicability of the proven radiogram format, how our “RF Only” digital system spans the U.S. and Europe and how FEMA prizes our not-so-old-fashioned phone and cw nets for their absolute reliability in a catastrophic “grid down” scenario.

President Dave Sumner invited NTS to submit an article to QST and work on that is underway as we speak.  Jim Wades and Kate Hutton’s excellent QNI newsletter has also been recognized as a valuable source of information on the NTS and traffic handling in general.

NTS has much to be proud about and now we have the opportunity to reintegrate ourselves into the larger ARRL community.  I personally look forward to the day when NTS activity is, as it once was, the sine qua non of membership in our American Radio Relay League.

If you have questions, please send them to me via return email at w3jy@arrl.org and I’ll do my best to answer them for you.

This note is authorized for distribution.

VY 73 DE W3JY

Joe"

MARIPN NET ANNOUNCEMENT

We are very happy to announce, that, beginning next Tuesday, October 6, we will be reinstating the Massachusetts Rhode Island Phone Net, MARIPN.  The net will meet on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1800 hours local time.  The net frequency will be 3978 KHz, plus or minus to avoid QRM. The primary purpose of the net is NTS traffic.  Once any traffic has been disposed time will be set aside for general round table and information sharing.  Please spread the word. We hope that there will be enough interest to warrant continuation of this net.


Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
1800 local time
3978 KHz, plus or minus

Ralph Devlin N1LAH has put a lot of effort, assisted by KC1CIC and W1HAI, into organizing this net and I am happy to announce that Ralph has agreed to be Net Manager.  Many thanks to all those guys.  Please give Ralph your support.


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