"...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


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.


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.

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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.


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


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.


The annual traffic handlers' picnic will again be held on the first Sunday in August.  Set aside the date August 2 and join us at the QTH of KW1U in Concord MA between 12 noon and 4 PM.  Since the Senior Center in Raynham saw fit to cut down the trees eliminating the lovely shade, I have decided to return the picnic to Concord where we used to gather in the late 80's and early 90's.  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.  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 495Hope to see you there.

73, Marcia KW1U


The Heavy Hitters Traffic Net (HHTN) has a long history dating back to at least the 1970s.  It has seen many changes over the years, and last spring it lost it's most recent manager Dave Spalding N1LUM.  The net has continued since then meeting only on Friday evenings, thanks to the persistence of Scott N1SGB.  We are grateful to Scott for keeping the net operating during this transition time.

I am pleased to announce that Joe Weisse W1HAI of Natick has offered to take on the job as manager of HHTN effective July 1.  Joe has been involved in traffic nets for a number of years and I feel fortunate that he is willing to take on the rebuilding of HHTN.  The net will again meet three nights a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 PM on the Minuteman Repeater Association linked network.  This net has an excellent coverage area and Joe hopes to expand that as well as improve the participation.  If participation is there we will look at increasing to five nights a week.  I hope folks will give Joe their support.  For information on locations and frequencies of the MMRA repeaters see mmra.org.

73, Marcia KW1U



On Saturday June 13 a meeting was held in Farmnington CT hosted by Larry K1HEJ and conducted by Brian N1URO.  Many issues were discussed regarding Packet Radio and it's use for NTS/NTSD, specifically as it applies to southern New England.  Brian is working to establish a backbone which will allow for better more efficient exchange of trafficThis backbone would also extend into more far reaching areas.  Present from Eastern Mass were KW1U, KC1CIC, N1IQI, W1JT and N1OTC.


NTS Digital, or NTSD, is a digital network operating parallel to the NTS.  It operates 24/7 on both HF Pactor and VHF Packet.  Using  autoforwarding, messages are relayed throughout the US and Canada and now also between the US and Germany and Great Britain with potential outlets to other European countries.  Note however that due to FCC regulations, messages between the US and Great Britain and European countries can only be from one amateur to another amateurStation KW1U operates on both HF and VHF and amateurs are invited to use the station via either HF or VHF for relaying message traffic.

Greg KC1CIC has recently become a digital relay station (DRS) for this area, and now has experience in setting up a digital station for this type of relay.  Greg has written a great article on his experience and this can be found by clicking

Many thanks to Greg.  Check it out and join us on NTSD.

73, Marcia KW1U



Due to the passing of Dave Spalding N1LUM, HHTN currently has no manager and only one NCS who has been running the net on Friday evenings. Scott, N1SGB has faithfully been covering Friday evenings for some time and would like to see the net continue and hopefully rebuild.  Until further notice, this net will run only on Friday evenings on the MinuteMan Repeater Association linked repeaters at 10 PM.  If we can rebuild the net, we will increase the sessions accordingly.  HHTN has been in existance for longer than I can remember (and that is a long time).  It would be a shame to see it disappear altogether.  Please support Scott and check in on Fridays.  Hope to see you there.

73, Marcia KW1U, STM

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