Amateur Radio Station -- K1TMA
Alvah Buckmore, Jr., 18 Tannery Road, Westfield, Massachusetts 01084-4822
The National Traffic
| As the Net Manager for
the First Region Net I think I am in an unique position to discuss nets;
their nature, in respect to traffic nets particularly for New England;
and the entire makeup of these Nets for both New England in general and
Western Massachusetts in particular.
The National Traffic System was designed by the American Radio Relay League, http://www.arrl.org/, with a managerial infrastructure to handle traffic in an orderly and systematic fashion.
There are two objectives in this design: People who can use the system to operate periodically with or without a schedule and people who can operate almost every day several hours a day. It is designed to operate daily and sometimes continuously with the recent introduction of certain digital modes of communications.
It is a system which uses all modes of communications common among the amateur radio community, including Packet, RTTY, CW, SSB and AMTOR.
Since this web-site was
not designed to cover this subject exhaustively, we suggest you consult
the ARRL at http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/pscm/sec2-ch1.html
Our purpose of this web-page is to list all of the activity, for the National Traffic System, in Western Massachusetts, an area from the New York border to Route 495 east of Boston.
This activity has been found from 160 meters to 70 cm on simplex, duplex, FM repeaters and full-automatic robotic systems in the AMTOR digital mode, and others.
Nets for the National Traffic System start off at the local level; the section level; to the regional level and then to the transcontinental level in the United States.
Local levels represent city and sub-city nets, in the larger cities -- such as New York City or Los Angels -- and consist of smaller, informal nets which may not be traffic- handling nets, per se, but will handle traffic periodically when the occasion requires it. In Western Massachusetts there are many, many local level nets:
Central Mass. Two Meter Net on 146.970 MHz meets daily at 9:00
o'clock in the
Franklin County ARES Net on 146.985 MHz. KC5KKS is the Net Manager.
Massachusetts RACES Net, of South Worcester County, operates
on 146.970 MHz
Massachusetts RACES Net, of North Worcester County, also operates
Massachusetts RACES Net, of Berkshire County, is found on 146.910
Massachusetts RACES Net, of Franklin County, on 146.985 MHz,
has N1SR as the
Massachusetts RACES Net, in the Hampden and Hampshire Counties,
as N1SR as
Montachusett Emergency Net operates on 145.450 MHz and represents
Western Massachusetts ARES Net in Greenfield, on 146.985 MHz.
KC5KKS is the
Western Massachusetts ARES Net on Mt. Greylock operates on 146.910
Western Massachusetts ARES Net on Montachusett, representing
Western Massachusetts ARES Net on Mt. Tom, 146.940 MHz, represents
Western Massachusetts ARES Net, operating from Templeton (145.370
Western Massachusetts ARES Net (Warren) operates on 147.210
MHz and with
Western Massachusetts ARES Net (Worcester) operates on 146.970
In respect to Western Massachusetts, we have the local "Cycle Sessions." Cycle I is at 10 o'clock in the morning and held at Mt. Greylock. Cycle II is also held at Mt. Greylock but at 1:00 o'clock in the afternoon.
Mt.Tom has the responsibility
to hold Cycles III and IV which are held at 4:00 o'clock in the
afternoon and 7:00 o'clock in the evening respectively.
Cycle III is presently not in operation due to a lack of radio operators; however, Cycle IV has been very active for quite some time now.
Each of these Cycle Sessions run several minutes to a half hour every day, five days a week, from Monday to Friday.
KB1EPP is the Net Manager for the Cycle I on the Mt. Greylock machine.
N1RFQ, K1XU and N1RKY (K1REL) have served as the Regional Liaison on the
N1YCW serves as the Net Manager for the Cycle II on the same machine.
K1TMA is the Regional Liaison for the Cycle II and IV Sessions. Cycle III
K1TMA is the Net Manager for both the Cycle III and IV Sessions on the
On each Cycle Session there is a Regional Liaison who represents the connection between the Cycle Sessions and the First Region Net (the net for the regional level). We have 10 Regional Nets and there are three area nets: -- The Eastern Area Net; the Central Area Net and the Pacific Area Net.
For all of Western Massachusetts there is only two section representatives for the First Region Net. Then there is a section representative for Eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and, finally, Maine.
For the state of Maine we have W1KX, W1JX, N1JTH, WA1URS and KA2ZKM.
WA1URS also represents
Vermont and New Hampshire with WA1RKT. KB1DSB,
For Eastern Massachusetts
and Rhode Island, we have N1OTC, N1LKJ, NZ1D
For the state of
Connecticut we have WA4QXT (retired), K1UQE, KA1RMV,
WB1CHU and K1TMA
represent Western Massachusetts, occasionally W1WLS.
In Western Massachusetts, all of the local and Cycle Session nets forward traffic to the Section Representative for the First Region Net, who either sends it to another Section Representative in the First Region Net or to an Eastern Area Representative (as "through traffic") for outside of New England. N1LKJ, KW1U and K1WU are Eastern Area Representatives for the First Region Net. KK3F is the TCC (Trans-continental Corp) representative in Hyattsville, Maryland. Then the reverse order occurs when traffic from outside of New England goes through the TCC, the Eastern Area Repre- sentative into the First Region Net and into the hands of a Section Representative who forwards it to the appropriate local or Cycle Session for delivery.
Most of the traffic
for Western Massachusetts, as well as all of New England, is
These people are NM1K
(Enfield, Ct.), W1GMF (Abinton, Mass.), N1IQI (Bryant-
K1HEJ (New Britain, Ct.), the Section Traffic Manager for the state of Connecticut, generally generates an enormous amount of traffic, originating on 2 meter packet, in anticipation of the Eastern States Exposition in September of each year (which keeps me very busy during this period).
NM1K also originates his traffic on a local packet node in Connecticut, as does W1GMF and W1PEX in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, respectively.
KA1RMV (Colchester, CT.) has been generating a great deal of traffic in the last year.
KV1S, out of Keene, New Hampshire, generates
a great deal of highly individualized
Patricia Garvin, WB5NKD, of Oklahoma City,
OK, just started recently to generate
Then Bob, N1UAN, of Kingsport, TN, has been
busy doing the same thing recently.