"...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 OCTOBER 2017

Hard to believe Thanksgiving is almost here.  After a rather summer-like fall we are finally seeing some wintry weather but the holidays have stealthily crept up on us.  It would sure be nice to see some holiday greeting radiograms on our traffic nets.  I hope folks will consider this unique way of letting families and friends know you are thinking of them.

It is always nice to see newcomers handling messages on the nets and we welcome Peter KC1HHO to those ranks of traffic handlers.  Peter is in Quincy and I'm sure he would like to see some messages coming his way.

Propagation on HF has hit a winter low again.  Our section nets have seen some difficult times at net time.  The CW net which normally meets on 3565 Khz at 7PM has occasionally moved to 1810 Khz on the 160 meter band.  We are fortunate to have several folks with capability on that band and we have had success in moving traffic there.  Keep tuned to 3565 however as we will always start there then move as necessary.

Below is the traffic report for October.  Thanks to all participants for your support.

Marcia KW1U STM and
Greg KC1CIC ASTM

 

MA STM REPORT OCTOBER 2017
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time
EM2MN 31 92 185 553 KC1CIC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 13 32 52 170 N1LAH 3978 KHz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 5 10 58 NA N1IQI 147.225 8:30AM Su
HHTN 18 23 72 202 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM Su,M,W,F
CITN 22 19 55 270 N1SYC 147.375 7:30PM M,T,T, F,Sa
MARI 31 133 128 618 KW1U 3565 KHz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 23 14 141 197 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 31 8 334 293 KD2JKV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 31 7 219 234 N1YCW 146.91 1PM Daily
WMEN 5 0 113 NA W1JWN 3944 KHz 8:30AM Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
KW1U 0 363 365 6 734 X
N1IQI 0 50 631 4 685 X
N1TF 1 62 88 4 155
KC1CIC 0 83 37 16 136
NV1N 0 18 67 3 88
W1RVY 3 23 29 3 58
N1LAH 1 25 22 6 54
N1LKJ 0 18 32 2 52
N1SYC 3 11 17 3 34
W1PLK 0 13 4 5 22
AC7RB 0 1 9 0 10
K1BML 0 5 0 3 8
PSHR (Min 70 Points) 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
N1LAH 40 40 20 45 0 0 145
KC1CIC 40 40 30 10 0 20 140
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 20 10 130
N1TF 40 40 30 5 0 0 115
N1SYC 40 34 20 10 0 0 104
W1RVY 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
NV1N 36 40 10 0 0 0 86
N1LKJ 21 40 10 0 0 0 71
K1BML 29 5 10 0 0 0 44
DRS RCV FWD TOTAL
KW1U 1195 1202 2397
N1IQI 50 631 681
KC1CIC 36 3 39
KC1EGK 8 0 8
W1RVY 1 4 5
KC1ETB 0 0 0
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM MA

 

 

MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 2017

Greetings all,

Below is the September traffic report for the combined sections of East and West Mass.  While participation and traffic numbers have been down, hopefully with cooler weather and holidays coming up we will see an increase.

I was invited and gave a presentation on message handling to the members of the PART Club in Westford in September. Members had little to no knowledge about traffic nets and message handling in general and the information was well received.  I would like to encourage your clubs to also learn about the very vital skills of accurate and efficient message handling and net operation.  If your club would like more information let me know.

Also in September I attended a very successful convention at Boxboro.  We held a Meet and Greet session for traffic handlers which was well attended by active traffic handlers from all over New England, and a good discussion on the status of nets and message handling was held.  Of course it is also good to see in person the folks we talk with regularly on the nets.

Traditional holidays are coming up so consider surprising a friend or relative with a unique holiday greeting via radiogram.  They may even learn a little something about amateur radio.

73 and thanks for your support.
Marcia KW1U STM

 

MA STM REPORT SEPTEMBER 2017
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time
EM2MN 30 121 172 649 KC1CIC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 12 22 46 164 N1LAH 3978 KHz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 4 8 65 NA N1IQI 147.225 8:30AM Su
HHTN 17 19 68 200 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM Su,M,W,F
CITN 22 13 65 309 N1SYC 147.375 7:30PM M,T,T, F,Sa
MARI 30 136 115 565 KW1U 3565 KHz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 28 29 143 230 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 15 * 4 109 142 KD2JKV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 29 9 147 173 N1YCW 146.91 1PM Daily
WMEN 2 0 45 NA W1JWN 3944 KHz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report N2JWW 3945 KHz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
KW1U 0 346 353 5 704 X
N1IQI 0 97 356 4 457
KC1CIC 1 95 44 18 158
N1TF 1 51 56 8 116
NV1N 2 28 74 3 107
W1RVY 1 38 37 4 80
N1LKJ 0 28 36 0 64
N1LAH 0 27 17 5 49
N1SYC 1 19 23 2 45
W1PLK 0 11 5 6 22
AC7RB 0 3 8 2 13
K1BML 0 6 0 2 8
PSHR (Min 70 Points) 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KC1CIC 40 40 30 25 0 20 155
KW1U 40 40 30 10 0 20 140
N1TF 40 40 30 5 0 0 115
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 4 10 114
W1RVY 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
N1SYC 40 30 20 10 0 0 100
N1LAH 38 40 20 0 0 0 98
N1LKJ 40 28 10 0 0 0 78
NV1N 27 40 10 0 0 0 77
DRS RCV FWD TOTAL
KW1U 894 1321 2215
N1IQI 97 356 453
KC1CIC 37 8 45
KC1EGK 6 0 6
W1RVY 0 0 0
KC1ETB 0 0 0
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
* Partial report due to change of managers
MARCIA FORDE STM MA

 


WELFARE INQUIRIES INTO PUERTO RICO

I have had requests to send welfare inquiries into Puerto Rico and have been sending these NTS messages via pactor to Florida where under normal conditions there has been regular contact with Puerto Rico for the relaying of messages.  Because of the extreme devastation however I was informed by a Florida operator that the following information provided by the Weather Channel is being used to inquire about status of residents of PR.  I suggest folks try either that or the Red Cross Safe and Well site, URL listed below. While we will try to get information via NTS, please understand that it may not be possible under the circumstances.

PR's Federal Affairs Administration:
Email:
maria1@prfaa.pr.gov
Call: 202-800-3133 or 202-778-0710
Please provide your contact info and share as many details as possible.
Please send only one email, no follow-ups

Red Cross Safe and Well site:
https://safeandwell.communityos.org/

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

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.


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

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