"...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

MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR MARCH 2017

Spring is finally coming to New England. Life springs anew. The buds are opening up on the trees, flowers are starting to bloom and folks are perhaps thinking about checking on those antennas and how they survived the winter.  Some may be thinking about new equipment.  I know one who will be showing off a new HF radio.  (Hope you enjoy it Greg.)

As we head into spring, flea markets and hamfests are springing up as well.  May 5 and 6 is NearFest in Deerfield New Hampshire.  Pete K1PJS, NH SM has announced a traffic handlers' meeting 'over coffee' on Saturday May 6 at 10 AM at the ARRL Booth. All traffic handlers are invited.  Meet fellow traffic handlers from NH and possibly around New England.  I plan to be there and hope to see some of you.

Below is the March traffic report thanks to the always fine efforts of Greg KC1CIC.  While I spent a week in Florida during March, you folks kept the nets running so smoothly.  Thanks to all for all your support.

73, Marcia KW1U, STM

 

MA STM REPORT March 2017
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time
EM2MN 31 134 189 613 KC1CIC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 13 35 39 178 N1LAH 3978 KHz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 4 8 63 NA N1IQI 147.225 8:30AM Su
HHTN 17 26 49 199 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM Su,M,W,F
CITN 17 3 44 188 N1SYC 147.375 7:30PM M,T,T, Sat
MARI 31 87 147 525 KW1U 3565 KHz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 29 24 219 269 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 27 6 378 567 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 28 7 241 215 N1YCW 146.91 1PM Daily
WMEN 4 0 111 NA W1JWN 3944 KHz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report N2JWW 3945 KHz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
N1IQI 0 179 566 4 749 X
KW1U 0 360 359 3 722 X
KC1CIC 0 122 84 21 227
N1TF 0 52 53 23 128
N1LAH 2 55 56 4 117
W1RVY 1 46 57 2 106
N1LKJ 0 34 48 0 82
N1SYC 0 4 16 4 24
W1PLK 0 11 4 6 21
AB1UF 0 7 4 0 11
K1BML 0 5 0 2 7
PSHR (Min 70 Points) 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 15 0 20 145
KC1CIC 40 40 30 20 0 0 130
W1RVY 40 40 20 15 0 0 115
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
N1SYC 40 24 20 20 0 0 104
N1LAH 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
N1LKJ 23 40 10 0 0 0 73
K1BML 29 5 10 0 0 0 44
AB1UF 22 19 0 0 0 0 41
DRS RCV FWD TOTAL
KW1U 1533 1500 3033
N1IQI 179 566 745
KC1CIC 69 26 95
KC1EGK 0 6 6
W1RVY 1 17 18
KC1ETB 4 0 4
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM MA

 


MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 2017

Spring is almost here, although it is hard to tell some days.  My bulbs and shrubs are all confused.  The calendar does say however that it's almost time for yard and antenna work so we can start making those plans.

The nets have been doing well, lots of check-ins, handling lots of traffic.  I was invited to give a presentation on NTS to the Framingham Club, which was most enjoyable. They were a very attentive group and asked lots of good questions.  If anyone else belongs to a club in the section and would like a presentation on NTS and traffic handling let me know.

Below is the February traffic report for East and West Mass, again thanks to the excellent work of Greg KC1CIC. See you all on the nets.

 

MA STM REPORT FEBRUARY 2017
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time
EM2MN 28 121 202 639 KC1CIC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 12 22 47 129 N1LAH 3978 KHz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 4 8 71 NA N1IQI 147.225
HHTN 16 23 59 204 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM Su,M,W,F
CITN 16 18 46 217 N1SYC 147.375 7:30PM M,T,T, Sat
MARI 28 134 159 728 KW1U 3565 KHz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 24 29 191 215 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 21 7 294 483 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 22 11 215 196 N1YCW 146.91 1PM Daily
WMEN 3 0 86 NA W1JWN 3944 KHz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report N2JWW 3945 KHz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
N1IQI 0 440 697 4 1141 X
KW1U 0 470 407 1 878 X
KC1CIC 0 63 54 10 127
N1TF 0 55 53 13 121
N1LKJ 0 32 47 2 81
N1LAH 1 36 32 4 73
W1RVY 2 24 37 3 66
AB1UF 0 10 43 0 53
N1SYC 4 14 23 6 47
W1PLK 0 5 4 3 12
K1BML 0 3 0 3 6
PSHR (Min 70 Points) 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
KC1CIC 40 40 30 15 0 0 125
N1SYC 40 40 20 15 0 0 115
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
N1LAH 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
W1RVY 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
AB1UF 38 40 0 0 0 0 78
N1LKJ 24 40 10 0 0 0 74
DRS RCV FWD TOTAL
KW1U 1201 928 2129
N1IQI 144 320 464
KC1CIC 17 15 32
KC1EGK 2 7 9
W1RVY 0 7 7
KC1ETB 4 0 4
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM MA

 


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.

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

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

*** 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


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

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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."

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