"...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

JOE O'BRIEN K1LCQ SK

It saddens us to hear of the passing of Joe O'Brien K1LCQ last January 9, 2017.  Joe was for many years an icon of the East Mass Two Meter Traffic Net, holding the position of Friday night NCS for at least 30 years before becoming ill last year.  When I first upgraded to General class from a Novice in 1982 Joe was on the Boston repeater reliably every Friday and always signed off with "88s to the ladies".  We will surely miss him.  RIP Joe and 73 from the gang on EM2MN

The follow article was posted on this website in 2008:

MEET JOE O'BRIEN K1LCQ

Born June 28, 1926 in Jamaica Plain. Graduated from St. Ann's School Neponset June 1939. Graduated from Mechanic Arts High School (now Boston Tech) June 1943. Served US Army Air Corps as a bandsman and also a broadcaster on the base Armed Forces Radio Station at Fort Pepperell Newfoundland, August 1945 to December 1946. Played the trombone in the Army and also locally with American Legion Bands, but I was a lousy trombone player.

Upon return to civilian life I worked for phone company 1947 - 1949. Joined the City of Boston Public Works Dept. in 1950 and later the Boston Water and Sewer Dept. until retirement in 1996. The last 15 years of which I served as their Radio Dispatcher and was responsible for keeping their repeaters in operating condition, working with FCC licensed contractors.

Joined the ranks of amateur radio June 10, 1959 as a tech and operated six meter AM. Upgraded to General Glass and Advance class a few years later. At that time Hams took their exams in the FCC Office at the Custom House Building in downtown Boston. Joined EM2MN back in the days when it was on 145.800 using AM emission before we had FM and repeaters. Had to use Beam Antennas to communicate and pass traffic. That was back in 1978. Have been NCS on EM2MN on Friday nights for 25 years.

The following is a link to Joe's obituary.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/joseph-o%27brien-obituary?pid=1000000183534980&view=guestbook


JOIN US AT THE ARRL CONVENTION - BOXBORO MA SEPTEMBER 8 - 10

The ARRL New England convention will be held Friday through Sunday September 8 - 10 in Boxboro MA.

While we have not planned a table this year, there will be a "Meet and Greet" get-together at 1:00 PM Saturday September 9 in the Board Room for all traffic handlers and anyone interested in the handling of formal message traffic.  Meet traffic handlers from all over New England and have an opportunity to talk about your questions and concerns regarding NTS, traffic nets and message handling in general.  Hope to see you there.

73, Marcia KW1U, STM East and West Mass

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

2017 Traffic Handlers Picnic

2017 Traffic Handlers Picnic

Click on the image for a full size view

A great time was had by all at the 2017 Traffic Handlers Picnic. Attending were (from L to R):

Marcia KW1U, Bob N1SYC, Craig KC1ETB, John KK1X, Loren N1IQI, John K1UAF, Laurie KA1OCF, John WA1LPM, Fred AB1UF, Ralph N1LAH, Peter K1PJS, Greg KC1CIC

In front is James N1PZP and wife Sara. Next to KW1U is grandson Tom. Also attending but not pictured was Eric W1RVY and children Eli and Audrey.


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 was done by all and we thank those who helped for their support.

The traffic handlers picnic will be held Sunday August 6 in Concord at 44 Raymond Road from Noon to 4PM.  Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided.  Bring your beverage of choice and if you wish, anything you might want to share.  If you have any folding chairs for outdoors you might throw those in the car as well as I have a limited number of them here.  Most can find my QTH with GPS, but if you need directions contact me at kw1u@comcast.net.  If you plan to attend or are considering attending I would appreciate hearing from you so I can anticipate amount of hamburgers and hot dogs to provide.  All traffic handlers and would-be traffic handlers are invited whether from Massachusetts or not.  Hope to see you there.

Below is the June traffic report with thanks to Greg KC1CIC.

73, Marcia KW1U

MA STM REPORT JUNE 2017
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time
EM2MN 30 84 159 509 KC1CIC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 13 15 43 141 N1LAH 3978 KHz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 4 8 71 NA N1IQI 147.225 8:30AM Su
HHTN 17 18 54 166 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM Su,M,W,F
CITN 22 5 53 216 N1SYC 147.375 7:30PM M,T,T, F,Sa
MARI 30 65 105 400 KW1U 3565 KHz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 24 17 149 226 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 27 7 243 432 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 23 6 137 128 N1YCW 146.91 1PM Daily
WMEN 3 0 73 NA W1JWN 3944 KHz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report N2JWW 3945 KHz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
KW1U 0 297 255 12 564 X
N1IQI 0 46 144 4 194
KC1CIC 0 73 35 17 125
N1TF 1 35 55 6 97
N1LKJ 0 20 38 2 60
N1SYC 7 17 18 11 53
AB1UF 0 14 22 6 42
W1RVY 1 16 22 1 40
N1LAH 0 16 17 4 37
W1PLK 0 15 1 12 28
AC7RB 0 0 5 0 5
K1BML 0 2 0 2 4
PSHR (Min 70 Points) 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 15 0 20 145
KC1CIC 40 40 30 25 0 0 135
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1SYC 40 36 20 10 0 0 106
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
W1RVY 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
N1LAH 40 37 20 0 0 0 97
N1LKJ 26 40 10 0 0 0 76
DRS RCV FWD TOTAL
KW1U 820 706 1526
N1IQI 22 310 332
KC1CIC 39 16 55
KC1ETB 5 4 9
W1RVY 1 6 7
KC1EGK 0 3 3
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM MA



 

JACK LOGAN N1TPU SK

Old timers to the Boston area nets will remember Jack Logan N1TPU of Needham MA.  He was at one time manager of  the Eastern Mass 2 Meter Net (EM2MN).  I was informed that Jack passed away on April 13, 2017 at the age of 86.  His obituary can be found at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/john-logan-obituary?pid=1000000185073098&view=guestbook&page=2.  Rest in peace Jack and 73 old friend.

Marcia KW1U

FILLABLE RADIOGRAM FORM IN PDF

I was asked about a fillable radiogram form in PDF format, and was pointed to the following link.  It's pretty cool.  Check it out.

http://www.idahoarrl.info/needed_files/Fillable%20Radiogram%20Form.pdf

Marcia KW1U

JACK BOWLES N1OTC SK

It is with great sadness that I inform those traffic handlers who worked with him over many years that Jack N1OTC became a silent key this morning, Monday September 19, 2016.  He had been plagued with multiple health issues over the past months and was not up to getting on the air, but he missed his traffic handling friends, the traffic and all the nets and TCC skeds he was involved with.  He was very special to me and he had wanted me to thank all of you for your good wishes and prayers.  We, and especially I, will miss him as well as that musical bug.  Rest in Peace Jack and 88,

Marcia KW1U

 

A gravesite service will be held at the National Cemetery in Bourne MA on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 11:15 AM.  Obituary can be found at http://concordfuneral.tributes.com/obituary/read/John-J.-Jack-Bowles-103965685

NTS PRESENCE AT BOXBORO CONVENTION SEPTEMBER 10-11

The 2016 New England Division ARRL convention is being held September 9-11 at the Sheraton Boxboro in Boxboro MA.  In 2015 NTS had a table in the exhibit hall where folks could stop by and greet friends or get information on message handling and traffic nets in the area.  We will again have a table this year and you are invited to stop by and say hello.  If any traffic handlers have some time we would welcome you to help man this table during Saturday and Sunday.

This year we will also have an NTS forum scheduled at 11 AM Saturday morning.  Check the schedule for room location and come join us to meet friends, ask questions, learn more about NTS and message handling.

Marcia KW1U

CAPE AND ISLANDS TRAFFIC NET REACTIVATED

Thanks to Bob N1SYC, the Cape and Islands 2 Meter Traffic Net has been reactivated.  Bob says the net will meet Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM on the Falmouth 147.375 repeater, PL 110.9.  The net will be expanded to more evenings as net control stations become available.  We're happy to once again see this outlet to Cape Cod and the Islands made available especially to folks who can't reach the Boston area repeaters. Check it out and check in.  When your STM lived on Martha's Vineyard there was an active group of folks and good friends were made.

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