"...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

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.

QNI NEWSLETTER MAY 2016 EDITION

The May 2016 edition of QNI Newsletter is now available at http://qni-newsletter.net/.  There are many interesting articles including an update on the FEMA exercise "Cascadia Rising" which will take place in June 2016.  While there will likely be little if any traffic at the local level outside the states of WA, OR and ID, there will be activity on HF into the Eastern Area which will involve TCC (Transcontinental Corps) and NTSD (NTS Digital)  it is noteworthy that FEMA is interested in NTS involvement and this is an opportunity to show what NTS can do.

Marcia KW1U

MASS RHODE ISLAND PHONE NET REPORT

 

Summary report of the Massachusetts Rhode Island Phone Net

From October through December 2015 the net had:

  • Sessions: 38

  • Messages: 32

  • Total check-ins: 140

  • Different stations checking in: 22

Thank you for your participation and support, especially the support from section leadership and those hams who are personally unable to participate in the net.

73,

Ralph N1LAH, Net Manager

 

***TEMPORARY FREQUENCY CHANGE***

As noted below, until further notice the EM2MN is currently operating on the Quincy repeater, 146.67 Mhz PL 146.2 every evening at 8 PM except Tuesdays.  On Tuesdays it will operate on the Sharon repeater 146.865 Mhz PL 103.5.

EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS FOR NTS

For those who are not yet signed up for the NTS-OPS Yahoo group (and all traffic handlers are invited to do so) the following was received from the Eastern Area NTS Staff Chair W3JY.  It appears NTS is regaining its relevance and respect in the Amateur Radio world thanks to the great efforts of the three area staff chairs and others.  Let's show them how much we support their efforts by our particpation and diligence in net participation and handling of message traffic.  If anyone would like information on joining the above Yahoo group, contact Marcia kw1u@arrl.net or Joe w3jy@arrl.org.

 

 

"My apologies for the lateness of this update – it’s  been a very hectic few weeks in EPA, what with preparation for the arrival of a Pope Francis and Joaquin, not to mention the start of another Cub Scouting year in a family with two Cub Scouts!  We’re glad Joaquin stood us up!

Having said that, I want to relate the gist of recent developments regarding NTS and ARRL’s board of directors.  The call took place while I was on the road, and while I found a convenient parking spot I had no way to make a written record of the details.  Please forgive any errors of omission or degree and understand the important thing is this: essential concord is achieved.

Last week, I had a long but productive phone call with the ARRL’s Programs and Services Committee chairperson Brian Mileshosky N5ZGT, director from the Rocky Mt division.  Relatively new to his current job, he didn’t know very much about the history of NTS and its relationship with HQ over the last number of years.  I imagine some of the details communicated to him were unexpected but illuminating, especially how the loss of the Forward and Introduction to the Public Service Communications handbook left NTS without an official mission statement.

Brian reaffirmed NTS is a core program of the ARRL.  He made an emphatic point NTS is of direct interest to the Board of Directors by way of his committee.  He wanted to find a way to achieve reconciliation if possible.

To that end, NTS once again will be represented at the ARRL Board with a short but formal presentation to the P&SC at its semi-annual meetings in Newington.  We both acknowledged the tireless work done on NTS’ behalf by the irreplaceable Steve Ewald.  After talking a bit about the work NTS has done with our digital systems, the NCERT Concept, operator training, and European expansion,  Brian agreed ARRL leadership has been remiss in reaching out to NTS Area Staff at all levels.  He said he and his committee will make every effort to meet Staff leaders personally in the coming months.  (Given budget and finance realities, I should mention these meetings certainly would be by electronic means.)

FEMA’s interest in NTS also was discussed, and since NTS is not specifically mentioned in any documentation describing the ARRL-FEMA relationship except by inference, we both agreed to be sure to tip off and consult HQ staff as a professional courtesy, while retaining NTS’s traditional self-governance.  We hope the interest shown by FEMA’s Disaster Emergency Communications Division will grow into a model of citizen-cooperation.

These are very welcome developments, indeed.  NTS has always wanted to regain our place at the ARRL table and now we are there.

In the immediate future, we have much internal marketing to undertake, to tell our own colleagues about our professional management, the universal applicability of the proven radiogram format, how our “RF Only” digital system spans the U.S. and Europe and how FEMA prizes our not-so-old-fashioned phone and cw nets for their absolute reliability in a catastrophic “grid down” scenario.

President Dave Sumner invited NTS to submit an article to QST and work on that is underway as we speak.  Jim Wades and Kate Hutton’s excellent QNI newsletter has also been recognized as a valuable source of information on the NTS and traffic handling in general.

NTS has much to be proud about and now we have the opportunity to reintegrate ourselves into the larger ARRL community.  I personally look forward to the day when NTS activity is, as it once was, the sine qua non of membership in our American Radio Relay League.

If you have questions, please send them to me via return email at w3jy@arrl.org and I’ll do my best to answer them for you.

This note is authorized for distribution.

VY 73 DE W3JY

Joe"

MARIPN NET ANNOUNCEMENT

We are very happy to announce, that, beginning next Tuesday, October 6, we will be reinstating the Massachusetts Rhode Island Phone Net, MARIPN.  The net will meet on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1800 hours local time.  The net frequency will be 3978 KHz, plus or minus to avoid QRM. The primary purpose of the net is NTS traffic.  Once any traffic has been disposed time will be set aside for general round table and information sharing.  Please spread the word. We hope that there will be enough interest to warrant continuation of this net.


Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
1800 local time
3978 KHz, plus or minus

Ralph Devlin N1LAH has put a lot of effort, assisted by KC1CIC and W1HAI, into organizing this net and I am happy to announce that Ralph has agreed to be Net Manager.  Many thanks to all those guys.  Please give Ralph your support.


NEW APPOINTMENT AS ASSISTANT SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER

i am pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Bennett KC1CIC as Assistant Section Traffic Manager, effective September 1, 2015.  The ARRL recently created this new official position to provide for assistance with the many duties of the Section Traffic Manager as needed.  I believe Greg is well qualified and I look forward to working with him.  Thanks to Greg for his willingness to help.  73, Marcia KW1U, STM

MMRA LINKED REPEATERS AND ECHOLINK/IRLP NODES FOR HHTN

Many thanks to the Minuteman Repeater Association for the use of their linked repeater network and Echolink/IRLP nodes for Heavy Hitters Traffic Net.  The following information should be helpful in checking into the net.  Perhaps we may even get check-ins from far distant places! See you on HHTN.


Here is the list of repeaters and the  explanation on the best way to get into Echolink.
Marlborough 449.925
Mendon 146.61
Boston 146.82
Lowell 442.250
Burlington 446.775

At 9:55, the following systems link automatically into the above five and
remain that way until 11PM:

Burlington 146.715
Marlborough 147.270
Quincy 146.670
Marshfield 145.390
UHF PL is 88.5
2m PL is 146.2

New England Reflector Echolink: *NEW-ENG2*, IRLP node 9127

People who want to join via Echolink or IRLP need to connect to the reflector.
They will not be able to connect directly as our node will be busy since it is
already connected to the reflector.

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