"...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 JUNE 2017

I hope everyone had a successful and enjoyable Field Day.  I enjoyed visiting the Whitman Club in East Bridgewater and the Boston Club in Hingham. Between nets and my MBO we saw a fair number of NTS messages.  I hope your club was able to participate in this aspect of FD and get the extra points.  We hope to expand on this next year with more instruction on how to go about it.

Traffic was down in June as well as the number of check-ins and perhaps this was due to vacations and other outdoor activities.  However a good job was done by all and we thank those who helped for their support.

The traffic handlers picnic will be held Sunday August 6 in Concord at 44 Raymond Road from Noon to 4PM.  Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided.  Bring your beverage of choice and if you wish, anything you might want to share.  If you have any folding chairs for outdoors you might throw those in the car as well as I have a limited number of them here.  Most can find my QTH with GPS, but if you need directions contact me at kw1u@comcast.net.  If you plan to attend or are considering attending I would appreciate hearing from you so I can anticipate amount of hamburgers and hot dogs to provide.  All traffic handlers and would-be traffic handlers are invited whether from Massachusetts or not.  Hope to see you there.

Below is the June traffic report with thanks to Greg KC1CIC.

73, Marcia KW1U

MA STM REPORT JUNE 2017
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time
EM2MN 30 84 159 509 KC1CIC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 13 15 43 141 N1LAH 3978 KHz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 4 8 71 NA N1IQI 147.225 8:30AM Su
HHTN 17 18 54 166 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM Su,M,W,F
CITN 22 5 53 216 N1SYC 147.375 7:30PM M,T,T, F,Sa
MARI 30 65 105 400 KW1U 3565 KHz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 24 17 149 226 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 27 7 243 432 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 23 6 137 128 N1YCW 146.91 1PM Daily
WMEN 3 0 73 NA W1JWN 3944 KHz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report N2JWW 3945 KHz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
KW1U 0 297 255 12 564 X
N1IQI 0 46 144 4 194
KC1CIC 0 73 35 17 125
N1TF 1 35 55 6 97
N1LKJ 0 20 38 2 60
N1SYC 7 17 18 11 53
AB1UF 0 14 22 6 42
W1RVY 1 16 22 1 40
N1LAH 0 16 17 4 37
W1PLK 0 15 1 12 28
AC7RB 0 0 5 0 5
K1BML 0 2 0 2 4
PSHR (Min 70 Points) 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 15 0 20 145
KC1CIC 40 40 30 25 0 0 135
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1SYC 40 36 20 10 0 0 106
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
W1RVY 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
N1LAH 40 37 20 0 0 0 97
N1LKJ 26 40 10 0 0 0 76
DRS RCV FWD TOTAL
KW1U 820 706 1526
N1IQI 22 310 332
KC1CIC 39 16 55
KC1ETB 5 4 9
W1RVY 1 6 7
KC1EGK 0 3 3
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM MA



 

MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR MAY 2017

Your STM needs a vacation from vacations in order to catch up.  Sorry this is delayed getting on the website.  Greg was right on time, but I'm the guilty party.

Traffic and check-ins have been somewhat slow the past month, but many thanks to the regulars who have kept things going during my absense.  One more trip in July and that will be it for my travel for awhile.

We are looking forward to Field Day coming up this weekend (June 24-25).  We hope to see lots of NTS traffic coming out of the Field Day sites.  I will be visiting several sites and hope to see some of you.

Don't forget the traffic handlers picnic currently planned for Sunday August 6 noon to 4 at my QTH in Concord MA.  All traffic handlers are invited.  Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided.  Bring yourselves, any beverage you prefer and if you wish you can bring something to share.  More details will follow in July.

Happy summer to all.
Marcia KW1U

 

MA STM REPORT May 2017
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time
EM2MN 31 75 163 506 KC1CIC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 13 22 36 140 N1LAH 3978 KHz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 4 8 58 NA N1IQI 147.225 8:30AM Su
HHTN 18 13 57 187 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM Su,M,W,F
CITN 19 17 55 278 N1SYC 147.375 7:30PM M,T,T, F,Sa
MARI 31 74 115 446 KW1U 3565 KHz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 25 20 144 196 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 29 4 435 580 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 31 2 264 281 N1YCW 146.91 1PM Daily
WMEN 4 0 89 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 71 369 4 444
KW1U 0 190 168 2 360
KC1CIC 0 90 44 25 159
N1TF 0 62 58 9 129
N1LKJ 0 48 66 5 119
N1LAH 2 38 40 3 83
W1RVY 1 27 32 1 61
AB1UF 0 19 36 1 56
N1SYC 0 13 17 0 30
AC7RB 0 5 12 6 23
W1PLK 0 8 5 6 19
PSHR (Min 70 Points) 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
KC1CIC 40 40 30 5 0 0 115
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
W1RVY 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
N1LAH 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
N1SYC 40 30 20 4 0 0 94
N1LKJ 40 26 10 0 0 0 76
AB1UF 33 40 0 0 0 0 73
DRS RCV FWD TOTAL
KW1U 858 831 1689
N1IQI 22 288 310
KC1CIC 43 14 57
W1RVY 8 9 17
KC1EGK 1 8 9
KC1ETB 5 4 9
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM MA

 

 

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

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

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