"...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" - AN INDEPENDENT NEWSLETTER DEDICATED TO PROMOTING NTS AND GENUINE EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS PREPAREDNESS

"QNI" is an independent newsletter published by James Wades WB8SIW, who has worked as a professional telegrapher, and who has had a wealth of experience in message handling and emergency communications.  He has dedicated many years to NTS.  In September 2012 he began the "QNI" newsletter at the request of a group of traffic handlers and has published it approximately quarterly ever since.  This newsletter is dedicated to promoting NTS and genuine emergency communications preparedness.  In addition to NTS he has included very informative articles on NTSD, the digital side of NTS as well as "radio email", a valuable tool for emergency communication.

I am including here a link to the Texas NTS Net Home Page http://www.k6jt.com/ which contains archives of all these newsletters.  When accessing this website just scroll down a short ways to find links to all the issues.  I encourage all readers to check out this very interesting and informative newsletter.  You may also find other articles of interest on this website which is maintained by W6JT the Central Area Staff Chair. If you wish to receive "QNI" as it is published, contact the editor James Wades at jameswades@gmail.com.

Happy New Year and happy reading.  See you on the nets.

Marcia KW1U

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

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

TRAFFIC REPORT FOR EAST AND WEST MASS NOVEMBER 2014

 

NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM
EM2MN 30 91 163 553 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN Inactive N1LKJ 3918 Khz 5:30 PM M-F
WARPSN 5 10 100 NA N1IQI
HHTN 14 5 29 140 N1LUM MMRA Rptrs 10PM MWF
CITN No Report N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 30 172 131 737 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 22 7 75 155 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 28 6 321 415 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 18 0 131 155 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 3 0 97 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
KW1U 0 489 456 1 946 X
N1IQI 0 271 554 4 829 X
N1TF 0 169 144 8 321
N1UMJ 3 60 40 7 110
KB1WXC 7 43 48 6 104
N1LKJ 0 23 23 0 46
AC7RB 0 12 21 9 42
W1PLK 0 14 1 10 25
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
N1UMJ 40 40 20 20 0 10 130
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 4 10 114
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
KB1WXC 40 40 0 0 0 0 80
AC7RB 26 40 0 10 0 0 76
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM MA

Good Food, Good Conversation: 2014 NTS Traffic Handlers Picnic

Marcia Forde, KW1U writes:

The rain held off, at least until 3 PM and the cloud cover kept the temperatures comfortable as a good group enjoyed good food and good conversation at the 2014 Traffic Handlers picnic at the Senior Center in Raynham MA Sunday August 3. The day was only dampened by the news that one of our most regular attendees was and will be greatly missed as we learned that Byron, K1YCQ became a Silent Key. A moment of silence was held in honor of Byron.

Those present included KW1U, N1OTC, N1TF, KB1WXC, W1HL, WA1LPM, N1LKJ, N1UMJ, N1IQI, N1WCO, K9HI, KA1OCF, KB1ZWZ plus a few harmonics. We were sorry to miss Dan, KC1AXR who arrived shortly after we had all left due to the arrival of raindrops. I want to especially thank Jim, N1LKJ for obtaining permission to use this fine facility, and Jack N1OTC who was again the master grill chef and did a superb job. Thanks also to all the others who brought all kinds of goodies. Jack was also the winner of the drawing for the new Amateur Radio Handbook, and Bob, N1SYC won the new Public Service Handbook, both donated by our Section Manager Phil, K9HI. Many thanks to Phil. Those of you who were unable to attend missed a good time. We hope to see you next year.

Photo (left-right): KW1U, N1SYC, N1LKJ, WA1LPM, N1TF, N1IQI, N1OTC, N1UMJ

 

BYRON PIETTE K1YCQ SK

It is with great sadness that I pass along the news that Byron Piette K1YCQ became a Silent Key this morning (August 3).  Byron had been quite ill for several weeks.  He was a very active traffic handler in addition to his work with ARES/RACES and the Hospital Nets and was a friend to all and a mentor to many.  He will be greatly missed.  May he rest in peace.  73 Byron  from KW1U and all your many friends.

Following are arrangements for wake and funeral:


Arrangements are:
Sullivan Waring Funeral Home
833 County St., Somerset, MA
Wednesday Aug. 6th, 4-7pm

http://www.dignitymemorial.com/waring-sullivan-home-of-memorial-tribute/en-us/index.page

Mass will be at St. Patricks Church, Thursday 10AM.

*** MASS RHODE ISLAND CW NET UPDATE ***

The MARI CW Net has now expanded to seven evenings a week, all on 3565 Khz at 7:00 PM.  The net has been gaining in participation and it is hoped this will allow those who work during the week to be able to check in on the weekends, in addition to providing additional outlets for traffic.  The net continues to run at slow speeds, but if anyone needs NCS to slow down, the appropriate "Q" signal is QRS.  Anyone wishing information or help with CW net operation can contact Marcia KW1U@arrl.net.  Also for help with CW skills, check out the CWOPS (http://www.cwops.org/cwacademy.html).  It's a lot of fun!

RESOURCE FOR TRAFFIC HANDLING AND NET OPERATION

Looking for information on message handling and net operation?  We are fortunate to have a very comprehensive resource document on the ARRL's website called "Methods and Practices Guidelines" or "MPG".  It was compiled with the help of very experienced traffic handlers and contains many examples of the best operating practices.  While it is lengthy and not designed as a training course,  it is well indexed for finding what information you may be looking for. 
Chapter 6 on digital messaging has been updated and contains information on "radio email", a valuable tool for emergency communications and one that can be used by NTS and ARES alike. This updated chapter is not yet found on the ARRL website, but can be found on a link given below.  I encourage all traffic handlers to refer to and use the information on both sites.

For MPG Table of Contents Click here or search for PSCM (Public Service Communications Manual) Appendix B on arrl.org

For information on MPG revised Chapter 6 including Digital and Radio Email click here

PRODUCTS WITH NTS LOGO

Hello folks,  These products used to be available and now are available once again.  Want to help others to hear about NTS?  The notice below is from Steve Ewald at ARRL HQ.   73 from Marcia KW1U

 

Hello, everyone.

The ARRL National Traffic System supply items are now ready and available via the ARRL Store at ARRL Headquarters.

You’ll find the items listed as a group in the “What’s New” section on the homepage of the ARRL Store,

http://www.arrl.org/shop/National-Traffic-System-NTS-Supplies, as well as listed individually in the “Pins, Patches, Supplies” category.

Here are the specific product order numbers for each item and the cost of each item.

NTS Pin -- ARRL Order No. 2606, $5

NTS Patch -- ARRL Order No. 3170, $3

NTS Sticker -- ARRL Order No. 3850, $2

NTS Mug -- ARRL Order No. 4445, $10

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73,

Steve Ewald, WV1X

Supervisor, Field Organization Team

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio™

860-594-0265

sewald@arrl.org

NTS Traffic Handlers Picnic Photos

Shown here: Photos from the August 5, 2012 annual Traffic Handlers Picnic for EMA at the Raynham Senior Center picnic area in Raynham MA. Photos courtesy KW1U. (Click on thumbnails to enlarge.)

 

The East Mass traffic handlers picnic was enjoyed by all. Weather was great, food was great thanks to master grill chef Jack N1OTC. My thanks to all who attended and to those who contributed goodies for all present. For those who couldn't attend we missed you and hope to see you next year.
73, Marcia KW1U

K1YCQ K1YCQ
KB1WWC_KB1WWE KB1WWC and KB1WWE
N1IQI, N1TF and N1LKJ N1IQI, N1TF and N1LKJ
N1OTC N1OTC
N1UMJ with James and Jessica N1UMJ with James and Jessica
N1WCO and N1UMJ N1WCO and N1UMJ
N2JWW N2JWW

 

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