"...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

CLYDE RAMSDELL N1BHH SK

It is with great sadness that I must inform you that per KA1BBU, Clyde Ramsdell N1BHH became a Silent Key August 14, 2016.  Clyde had been a long time traffic handler whom I first met in the 1970s through my ham son Dale K1WU before I even became licensed.  Clyde was very active on EMRI CW net as well as various other nets.  He was an A-1 CW operator and an all around nice guy.  No details about arrangements are known at this time.  Clyde will be greatly missed.  RIP Clyde and 73/88 my friend.

Marcia KW1U

MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JULY 2016

I hope all are having a good summer, keeping cool and hydrated.  A lot has been going on within NTS over the summer.  Here in Massachusetts traffic handlers have been busy keeping the traffic flowing.  We've had some newbies to message handling which is always a welcome sight.  New folks are starting to learn and actually handle messages on the nets and through the packet system as well.  Training is available and we welcome and encourage more to get involved.  See Marcia KW1U or Greg KC1CIC for more information.

I've been informed the Western Mass Cycle 2 net which meets on the Mt Greylock repeater has increased it's activity from five to seven days a week.  Great work Bruce N1YCW.  The Cycle 1 net has been operational daily for some time now thanks to Obie N1QOV.  Both nets are found on 146.91 Mt Greylock repeater, Cycle 1 at 10 AM and Cycle 2 at 1 PM.  Both have also seen an increase in traffic handled and are seeing new traffic handlers as well.  Hopefully some can be encouraged to also check into the Mass Rhode Island Phone Net which serves the whole state and meets on 3978 Khz at 6 PM Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  Anyone interested in CW is also welcome on the MARI CW net 3565 Khz daily at 7 PM.

As mentioned elsewhere on this page, the Cape and Islands 2 Meter Net should soon see a revival thanks to Bob N1SYC.  This net has met on the Falmouth 147.375 repeater at 7:30 PM.  Look for more information in the near future.

Below are the stats for July.  Thanks to all for your support.

 

MASS STM REPORT Jul-16
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time
EM2MN 31 70 195 593 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 13 17 36 144 N1LAH 3978 KHz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 4 8 67 NA N1IQI
HHTN 13 19 55 173 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM M,W,F
CITN No Report N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 31 114 120 559 KW1U 3565 KHz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 25 22 159 232 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 28 4 308 476 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 35 10 281 277 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 5 0 105 NA W1JWN 3944 KHz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report N2JWW 3945 KHz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
N1IQI 0 301 536 4 841 X
KW1U 0 318 321 3 642 X
N1TF 0 88 113 2 203
N1LKJ 0 49 61 0 110
W1RVY (KB1WXC) 1 34 42 2 79
KC1CIC 0 30 37 7 74
AC7RB 0 24 44 2 70
N1LAH 3 14 14 3 34
K1BML 1 9 4 7 21
W1PLK 0 2 4 0 6
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KC1CIC 40 40 30 20 0 0 130
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 0 100
W1RVY (KB1WXC) 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
N1LAH 40 34 20 0 0 0 94
N1LKJ 40 40 10 0 0 0 90
AC7RB 39 40 0 0 0 0 79
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM MA

TRAFFIC HANDLERS PICNIC 2016

TRAFFIC HANDLERS PICNIC 2016

Fifteen people attended the 2016 Traffic Handlers picnic in Concord this past Sunday.  The weather couldn't have been more perfect.  Good friends and good food was enjoyed by all.  We were honored to have our Section Manager Tom K1TW and our Vice Director Mike K1TWF in attendance.  An ARRL DIY book, contributed by the SM was awarded to our newest traffic handler Scott KO4W.  Discussion was also held concerning the reactivation of the Cape and Islands 2 Meter Net.  Bob N1SYC volunteered to take on that project.  More details to follow on that.  Many thanks to Bob.

Picnic attendees in the picture include from left to right:

Marcia KW1U, Jack N1OTC, Bob N1SYC, Mike K1TWF, Ralph N1LAH, Sam KC1ENA, Joe W1HAI, John K1UAF, Scott KO4W, Tom K1TW, Eric W1RVY (ex KB1WXC), Loren N1IQI and Greg KC1CIC.  Not pictured were the two youngest attendees, Audrey and Eli Wilhelm, harmonics of W1RVY.

We plan to have a repeat next year, so if you couldn't make it this year, we hope to see you next summer.

73, Marcia KW1U

MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JUNE 2016

Apologies to all for the late posting.  I hope all had an enjoyable and successful Field Day.  We enjoyed visiting both the Plymouth and Boston Clubs.  What a beautiful day!

Here is the traffic report for June.  Thanks to all for your support of the nets.  Hope to see many of you at the traffic handlers' picnic in Concord Sunday August 7, noon to 4 PM.

 

 

MASS STM REPORT Jun-16
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time
EM2MN 30 119 179 653 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 14 23 44 125 N1LAH 3978 KHz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 4 8 67 NA N1IQI
HHTN 31 17 48 174 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM M,W,F
CITN No Report N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 30 139 122 537 KW1U 3565 KHz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 29 23 204 262 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 28 7 336 504 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 26 15 211 212 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 3 2 81 NA W1JWN 3944 KHz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report N2JWW 3945 KHz 8:45 Su
Totals
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
N1IQI 0 233 421 4 658 X
KW1U 0 317 279 12 608 X
N1TF 0 87 104 8 199
KC1CIC 0 47 66 23 136
AC7RB 0 34 47 12 93
KB1WXC 0 22 31 0 53
N1LKJ 0 18 18 2 38
N1LAH 0 17 15 1 33
K1BML 1 6 3 4 14
W1PLK 0 7 1 6 14
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 10 0 20 140
KC1CIC 40 40 30 25 0 0 135
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 37 33 20 0 0 0 90
AC7RB 40 40 0 0 0 0 80
N1LKJ 30 38 10 0 0 0 78
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM MA

*** TRAFFIC HANDLERS PICNIC SUNDAY AUGUST 7 ***

The annual traffic handlers' picnic will again be held on the first Sunday in August.  Join us Sunday August 7 at the QTH of KW1U in Concord MA between 12 noon and 4 PM.   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 if you have them.  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 495.  We had a good group here last year.  Hope to see you this year.

73, Marcia KW1U

ATTENTION FIELD DAY PARTICIPANTS

While we have beautiful weather for Field Day this year, Murphy has been busy giving us more challenges.

The Quincy repeater is currently down (as of Saturday morning).  Therefore the Eastern Mass 2 Meter Net will be operating on the Sharon repeater 146.865 Mhz PL 103.5 at 8 PM Saturday evening for passing your FD NTS traffic.

For those operating VHF Pactor, N1XTB-4 is also down (as of Saturday morning).  KW1U-1 can be reached on 145.09 via BROCK and NTS traffic can be placed there directly.  It can also be accessed on HF Pactor on 3591.9 Khz center frequency.

Other net times and frequencies can be found on the left side of this web page.

73 and good luck with FD.

Marcia KW1U STM

PROGRAMS AND SERVICES COMMITTEE EXPRESSES APPRECIATION, SUPPORT OF NTS

Programs and Services Committee of the ARRL Board of Directors sent out this bulletin in appreciation and support of the National Traffic System.  I am very pleased to see the recognition of the efforts of all you traffic handlers who support the nets.  73, Marcia KW1U STM


SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX007
ARLX007 ARRL Programs and Services Committee Expresses Appreciation,
Support of NTS

ZCZC AX07
QST de W1AW  
Special Bulletin 7  ARLX007
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  June 20, 2016
To all radio amateurs

SB SPCL ARL ARLX007
ARLX007 ARRL Programs and Services Committee Expresses Appreciation,
Support of NTS

The ARRL Programs and Services Committee (PSC) will submit a motion
to the ARRL Board of Directors expressing appreciation for the work
and volunteer membership of the National Traffic System (NTS). The
PSC motion, submitted by ARRL Southeastern Director Doug Rehman,
K4AC, during a recent PSC meeting, thanked NTS members,
congratulated them for outstanding service, and assured them of an
ongoing ARRL public service communication role.

"As Field Day approaches, the ARRL Board's Programs and Services
Committee wanted to recognize the continued work of the National
Traffic System, especially the dedicated rank-and-file participants
who are the lifeblood of this important ARRL program," said Roanoke
Division Director and PSC Chair Dr Jim Boehner, N2ZZ, who seconded
Rehman's motion. "The ARRL is committed to the NTS as a key
component in the League's public service communications plans."

The PSC will submit its motion of NTS support to the full ARRL Board
of Directors for consideration at the Board's July meeting.

The resolution points out that the handling of message traffic by
early radio amateurs led to the founding and naming of the ARRL in
1914. The National Traffic Plan published in 1949 gave rise to the
NTS.

The Committee cited the "countless hours" NTS participants devote
"to operate CW, phone, and digital nets spanning both the clock and
the continent," and the more than 200 NTS members recognized with
Public Service Honor Roll status in the most recent monthly listing.

"NTS plays a vital role in providing a messaging component for
Amateur Radio's public service mission, including preparation and
training for emergency communications," the resolution asserted. It
also noted that the PSC has been working to create the League's
Second Century public service communications delivery plan, and,
while reviewing the League's current operations over the past
several years, "the PSC has seen and has greatly appreciated the
valuable contributions of NTS members."

MASS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR MAY 2016

Greetings all.  I hope spring has treated you well and summer brings lots of ham radio contacts. You will see below the May traffic report for both East and West Mass compiled by our ASTM Greg KC1CIC. You will also see an addition to the list of those reporting.  Welcome Brian K1BML who lives in Worcester County and is a regular on the CM2MN.
I want to remind folks who participate in Field Day about the extra points your group can earn by sending NTS messages. I hope many of you will be participating as it is a great experience.  Information about Field Day, including locations, can be found at
http://fd.ema.arrl.org.
Also don't forget to set aside Sunday August 7 for the annual traffic handlers picnic in Concord MA.  More information will be forthcoming in the next report.  Thanks to all for your support of the nets.

 

MASS STM REPORT May-16
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time
EM2MN 31 110 183 634 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 13 14 32 125 N1LAH 3978 KHz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 4 8 53 NA N1IQI
HHTN 13 13 66 190 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM M,W,F
CITN No Report N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 31 117 106 573 KW1U 3565 KHz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 28 30 202 288 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 26 6 364 494 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 22 19 224 221 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 4 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 2 311 278 13 604 X
N1IQI 0 233 312 4 549 X
N1TF 0 91 107 3 201
KC1CIC 0 48 52 20 120
KB1WXC 0 51 58 0 109
AC7RB 0 30 52 10 92
N1LKJ 0 20 28 0 48
N1LAH 2 18 21 2 43
K1BML 0 7 4 5 16
W1PLK 0 8 3 5 16
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1LAH 40 40 20 25 0 0 125
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
N1LKJ 40 40 10 0 0 0 90
K1BML 38 11 10 30 0 0 89
AC7RB 40 40 0 0 0 0 80
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM MA

PRESS RELEASE - NTS SUPPORTS FEMA'S "CASCADIA RISING" EXERCISE

National Traffic System Supports FEMA’s Cascadia Rising

The ARRL’s National Traffic System debuted its new National Response Plan this past week during FEMA’s Cascadia Rising exercise.  At the invitation of FEMA’s Disaster Emergency Communications Directorate, more than forty NTS members in the U.S. and Canada demonstrated the ability to relay situational awareness from a simulated disaster area covering the States of Alaska, Idaho, Northern California, Oregon and Washington to their National Response Coordinating Center at Washington, D.C.

Methods used during this proof-of-concept demonstration project included the NTSD digital network as well as traditional radiotelephone and radiotelegraph networks.  All message traffic was transmitted and delivered over RF-only circuits using the universal radiogram format, selected for its proven network management tools and enhanced accountability standards.

The exercise proved the value of consistent, internationally adopted, standard procedures, practiced through regular traffic handling assignments.  Some observers compared NTS radiotelegraph nets to the best of military and commercial operations.  Transcontinental Corps ops displayed professionalism and skill operating CW under poor propagation conditions.  An initial review of TCC traffic shows near perfect accuracy (>99%) with the random, five character groups used for message texts.  Coast-to-coast traverse time averaged less than fifteen minutes.  One message was relayed in less than one minute.

Cascadia Rising will be the first of many exercises with FEMA designed to enhance the ability of NTS to provide efficient and reliable disaster communications services, especially vital situational awareness in the early moments of a communications failure.  NTS enjoys a culture of continual improvement and lessons learned from Cascadia Rising will be used to improve the National Response Plan and provide a basis of comparison for system performance.

Radio Amateurs interested in participating in NTS should check-in to a Section or local NTS net or contact their ARRL Section Traffic Manager.  http://www.arrl.org/sections.

Additional information about NTS and Cascadia Rising may be found at     https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NTS-CR/info.

Contact:

Mr Joseph A Ames Jr, Chairman

ARRL NTS Eastern Area Staff

 

w3jy@arrl.org

NOTE: UPDATED EXPLANATION OF SAR AND PSHR

As there is often some confusion on how to get the numbers for Station Activity Reports (SAR) and Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) reports, a more detailed explanation has been added to the SAR/PSHR Requirements article listed on the left column of this page.  Anyone who handles message traffic is encouraged to submit a Station Activity Report and will be listed on this page.  Those qualifying for Public Service Honor Roll with 70 points or more will also be listed.  Anyone active in public service, not only in traffic nets, is encouraged to submit a report and be listed.

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