"...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 REPORT FOR EAST AND WEST MASS OCTOBER 2014

Greetings all traffic handlers and potential traffic handlers.  I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.  The holiday season is upon us and traditionally this has been a time of increased activity on the nets. Sadly, as you know, the internet, instant messaging, etc. have changed the activity on the traffic nets.  We used to see many radiograms containing holiday greetings to family and friends. In recent times this activity has dropped off significantly.  What an opportunity however to introduce amateur radio to those friends and family members in a unique manner. Let's keep the nets busy during December by spreading some holiday cheer and helping friends and family to know about this great hobby of ours. It can be a simple "arl sixty one" to a more personal greeting. See you on the nets.
73, Marcia KW1U

 

MASS STM REPORT Oct-14
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM
EM2MN 30 83 128 472 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN INACTIVE
WARPSN 3 6 54 NA N1IQI
HHTN 20 6 38 148 N1LUM MMRA Rptrs 10PM M-F
CITN NO REPORT N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 31 146 131 679 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 28 15 114 221 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 27 3 305 236 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 17 1 146 194 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 3 0 79 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN NO REPORT N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
KW1U 1 409 345 3 758 X
N1IQI 0 167 329 4 500 X
N1TF 0 72 83 13 168
KB1WXC 7 47 54 4 112
N1UMJ 5 62 30 5 102
W1PLK 0 26 7 20 53
AC7RB 0 11 24 5 40
N1LKJ 0 8 20 0 28
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
N1UMJ 40 40 20 50 0 10 160
KB1WXC 40 40 0 55 0 0 135
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 4 10 114
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
AC7RB 35 40 0 0 0 0 75
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED 0
MARCIA FORDE STM MA

TRAFFIC REPORT FOR EAST AND WEST MASS SEPTEMBER 2014

 

MASS STM REPORT Sep-14
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM
EM2MN 30 119 146 551 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN Not Active N1LKJ 3918 Khz 5:30 PM M-F
WARPSN 4 14 71 na N1IQI
HHTN 18 10 39 172 N1LUM MMRA Rptrs 10PM MWF
CITN No Report N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 30 97 119 517 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 15 9 64 131 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 26 3 192 307 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 19 1 110 157 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN No Report W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
KW1U 0 357 294 5 656 X
N1IQI 0 216 350 4 570 X
N1TF 0 82 97 8 187
N1UMJ 4 63 31 3 101
KB1WXC 4 34 35 2 75
W1PLK 0 17 4 15 36
AC7RB 0 4 9 1 14
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
N1UMJ 40 40 20 90 0 10 200
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
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.

TRAFFIC REPORT FOR EAST AND WEST MASS JUNE 2014

Below is the June traffic report for the combined sections of East and West Mass. I regret to report that the Mass Rhode Island Phone Net has been de-activated for the time being due to lack of participation. If in the future there is sufficient interest in resuming a voice net on HF for Massachusetts and Rhode Island I would be happy to re-activate the net.  Anyone interested please get in touch with me (kw1u@arrl.net).

At this writing, one of our most active traffic handlers, Byron K1YCQ has been hospitalized and been in and out of intensive care for several weeks. Our thoughts and prayers are with Byron and his family for his recovery.  We hope to hear him back on the air as soon as he is able.

73, Marcia KW1U

 

 

MASS STM REPORT Jun-14
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM
EM2MN 30 76 165 598 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 15 0 14 56 N1LKJ 3918 Khz 5:30 PM M-F
WARPSN 5 11 83 NA N1IQI
HHTN 21 13 42 202 N1LUM MMRA Rptrs 10PM MWF
CITN No Report N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 30 106 132 641 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 22 4 63 149 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 25 3 288 307 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 21 3 179 169 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 5 5 126 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
N1IQI 0 315 693 4 1012 X
KW1U 0 314 259 14 587 X
N1TF 0 85 110 4 199
N1UMJ 4 104 47 5 160
N1LKJ 0 51 49 2 102
KB1WXC 1 36 36 4 77
AC7RB 1 17 37 7 62
W1PLK 0 6 4 6 16
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
N1UMJ 40 40 20 110 0 10 220
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 4 10 114
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
N1LKJ 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
AC7RB 40 40 0 5 0 0 85
KB1WXC 40 40 0 0 0 0 80
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM MA

TRAFFIC REPORT FOR EAST AND WEST MASS MAY 2014

 

NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM
EM2MN 31 103 153 581 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 10 1 10 20 N1LKJ 3918 Khz 5:30 PM M-F
WARPSN 3 6 47 NA N1IQI
HHTN 20 16 51 217 N1LUM MMRA Rptrs 10PM MWF
CITN No Report N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 27 120 119 595 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 16 14 54 119 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 28 4 267 321 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 23 6 198 187 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 3 0 81 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
N1IQI 0 123 440 4 567 X
KW1U 0 236 189 1 426
K1YCQ 0 125 138 30 293
N1TF 0 93 120 8 221
KB1WXC 10 58 73 5 146
N1UMJ 5 68 24 4 101
N1LKJ 0 64 16 0 80
AC7RB 2 14 40 4 60
W1PLK 0 4 6 2 12
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
N1UMJ 40 40 20 100 0 10 210
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 4 10 114
K1YCQ 40 40 10 20 0 0 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
N1LKJ 20 40 20 0 0 0 80
KB1WXC 40 40 0 0 0 0 80
AC7RB 40 40 0 0 0 0 80
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM -MA

*** 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

============================

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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