"...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 JANUARY 2017

While winter has taken it's toll on HF with poor to deploable band conditions, the hardy traffic handlers of Massachusetts have persisted and the nets have performed well in spite of propagation.  Thanks to all who have kept the nets flowing with traffic.  While VHF does not suffer the same vagaries of HF, the New England cold has probably helped to keep some indoors and on the radio, keeping these nets very active as well.

I am pleased to announce that the Cape and Island Traffic Net has expanded to include a fourth weekly session and now operates on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Welcome back to Mike N2JWW who is assuming NCS on Monday evenings.

Unfortunately Bob N1SYC, due to health reasons, has found it necessary to reduce his ham radio responsibilities and while continuing as manager of the Cape and Islands net, is resigning as manager of the Eastern Mass 2 Meter net.  Greg KC1CIC has agreed to take on that responsibility.  Many thanks to Greg and we wish Bob healthier days ahead.

The January section traffic report for the combined sections of East and West Mass is shown below.  Thanks again to Greg KC1CIC for his help in putting these reports together.  See you all on the nets.
73, Marcia KW1U

 

MA STM REPORT JANUARY 2017
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time
EM2MN 31 158 245 719 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 13 35 45 173 N1LAH 3978 KHz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 5 10 92 NA N1IQI 147.225
HHTN 18 74 35 264 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM Su,M,W,F
CITN 13 33 50 238 N1SYC 147.37 7:30P M,Tu,Th,Sa
MARI 31 96 138 587 KW1U 3565 KHz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 24 18 184 224 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 28 5 336 532 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 31 7 293 214 N1YCW 146.91 1PM Daily
WMEN 5 1 125 NA W1JWN 3944 KHz 8:30AM Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
N1IQI 0 440 697 4 1141 X
KW1U 0 310 289 1 600 X
N1TF 0 85 84 15 184
KC1CIC 0 81 80 22 183
N1LAH 1 68 61 4 134
W1RVY 1 42 45 2 90
N1LKJ 0 31 42 0 73
AB1UF 0 21 34 0 55
AC7RB 0 24 27 2 53
W1PLK 0 3 3 3 9
K1BML 0 2 0 0 2
PSHR (Min 70 Points) 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 10 0 20 140
KC1CIC 40 40 30 5 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
AC7RB 40 40 0 0 0 0 80
AB1UF 35 40 0 0 0 0 75
N1LKJ 20 40 10 0 0 0 70
DRS RCV FWD TOTAL
KW1U 1509 1157 2666
N1IQI 100 697 797
KC1CIC 25 17 42
KC1EGK 0 12 12
W1RVY 0 7 7
KC1ETB 1 4 5
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM MA

MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR DECEMBER 2016

2016 has come to a close and it has been a busy and eventful year.  We had a traffic handlers picnic on a picture perfect day, and a traffic handlers table at the New England ARRL convention in Boxboro.  The Cape and Islands 2 Meter Net was re-activated with N1SYC as Net Manager, and Heavy Hitters Traffic Net increased from three to four sessions a week, adding Sunday evening thanks to Net Manager W1HAI.  The Mass Rhode Island Phone Net celebrated it's one year anniversary under the leadership of N1LAH.  The East Mass 2 Meter Net moved to Quincy and Sharon repeaters until finally landing back home on the Boston repeater.  We lost several traffic handlers including Clyde N1BHH and Jack N1OTC who became Silent Keys, and Mike NA1XX who due to a physical condition had to discontinue his radio activities. Greg KC1CIC was officially appointed to the ARRL position of Assistant Section Traffic Manager.  K1BML was appointed a new Official Relay Station. KC1EGK and KC1ENA became new Net Control Stations.  KO4W became a new traffic handler. KC1EGK, KC1ETB and KO4W joined KC1CIC and N1IQI as digital traffic handlers
Included below is not only the December Section Traffic Report but a year end summary of all our traffic activity in 2016.  Thanks to Greg KC1CIC for compiling all the stats and thanks to all you great traffic handlers for a really good year.  73, Marcia KW1U

MASS STM REPORT DECEMBER 2016
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time
EM2MN 31 142 246 776 N1SYC 145.230 MHz 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 14 11 32 112 N1LAH 3978 KHz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 4 8 67 NA N1IQI 147.225 MHz
HHTN 17 17 56 195 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM Su,M,W,F
CITN 14 16 49 215 N1SYC 147.375 MHz 7:30PM Tu,Th,Sat
MARI 31 95 125 586 KW1U 3565 KHz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 30 28 178 252 KK1X 146.970 MHz 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 30 4 311 480 N1QOV 146.910 MHz 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 28 5 209 198 N1YCW 146.910 MHz 1PM Daily
WMEN 2 0 62 NA W1JWN 3944 KHz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report N2JWW 3945 KHz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
KW1U 0 545 496 6 1047 X
N1IQI 0 344 597 4 945 X
KC1CIC 0 100 89 27 216
N1LKJ 0 71 87 0 158
N1TF 1 63 67 14 145
W1RVY 1 36 43 3 83
N1LAH 1 23 29 3 56
AC7RB 0 10 31 0 41
W1PLK 0 8 5 6 19
K1BML 1 9 1 7 18
AB1UF 0 0 17 0 17
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 20 5 0 0 105
N1IQI 40 40 10 0 0 10 100
N1LAH 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
W1RVY 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
K1BML 28 9 10 50 0 0 97
AC7RB 40 40 0 0 0 0 80
N1LKJ 26 40 10 0 0 0 76
DRS RCV FWD TOTAL
KW1U 1,835 1,436 3,271
KC1CIC 54 33 87
KO4W 4 19 23
KC1EGK 4 13 17
W1RVY 2 8 10
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM MA

2016 MA NTS SUMMARY
DAILY NETS SESSIONS TRAFFIC CHECKINS TIME
MARI 365 1,257 1,388 6,309
EM2MN 365 1,216 2,259 7,480
CM2MN 332 268 2,330 3,189
WMTN C1 342 58 4,213 5,626
WMTN C2 288 84 2,469 2,518
SUB-TOTAL 1,692 2,883 12,659 25,122
INCREMENTAL NETS SESSIONS TRAFFIC CHECKINS TIME
HHTN 169 209 713 2,284
MARIPN 157 193 515 1,697
WARPSN 49 99 838 NA
CITN 53 61 170 780
WMEN 43 5 1,164 NA
SUB-TOTAL 471 567 3,400 4,761
2016 MA NTS GRAND TOTAL 2,163 3,450 16,059 29,883
SESSIONS TRAFFIC CHECKINS TIME
DIGITAL TRAFFIC (as of Sept 1.)
DRS RCV FWD TOTAL
KW1U 6,533 5,648 12,181
KC1CIC 222 196 418
KO4W 4 19 23
KC1EGK 12 38 50
W1RVY 19 47 66
TOTAL 6,790 5,948 12,738
RCV FWD TOTAL
SAR and PSHR N1IQI KW1U N1TF KC1CIC W1RVY
SAR PSHR SAR PSHR SAR PSHR SAR PSHR SAR PSHR
Jan 738 110 596 130 272 105 69 120 112 100
Feb 372 110 416 140 196 105 59 125 76 100
Mar 560 110 408 130 238 105 81 115 89 100
Apr 705 110 306 130 247 105 115 115 92 160
May 549 110 604 130 201 105 120 115 109 100
Jun 658 110 608 140 199 105 136 135 53 100
Jul 841 100 642 130 203 105 74 130 79 100
Aug 809 110 840 130 361 105 170 115 125 100
Sep 706 110 719 130 247 105 148 120 91 100
Oct 769 120 587 130 237 105 269 125 117 100
Nov 847 120 587 130 115 105 177 135 72 100
Dec 945 100 1047 130 145 105 216 120 83 100
8,499 1,320 7,360 1,580 2,661 1,260 1,634 1,470 1,098 1,260
N1LKJ AC7RB N1LAH K1BML W1PLK
SAR PSHR SAR PSHR SAR PSHR SAR PSHR SAR PSHR
Jan 54 90 57 73 18 0 0 0 19 0
Feb 64 83 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Mar 44 74 0 0 21 86 0 0 11 0
Apr 17 0 35 0 22 117 20 82 9 0
May 48 90 92 80 43 125 16 89 16 0
Jun 38 78 93 80 33 90 14 60 14 0
Jul 110 90 70 79 34 94 21 0 6 0
Aug 139 75 73 76 33 98 0 73 37 0
Sep 68 0 56 80 17 80 0 0 19 0
Oct 0 0 56 80 91 100 8 0 26 0
Nov 107 54 47 80 93 100 8 44 30 0
Dec 158 76 41 80 56 100 18 97 19 0
847 710 620 708 461 990 105 445 217 0

 


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


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

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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."

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