Tuesday, May 2, 2017

WESCON NTS Net for May 2, 2017

WESCON 2017 May 02 Check-ins as recorded by N1DN

K1LYP JOHN, WALLINGFORD
KC1HHU ADDISON, MORRIS
KC1BXB MARIE, EAST HARTFORD
N1KHW BILLY, AVON
KB1NMO ETHYL, NEWINGTON
W1YSM ED, WALLINGFORD
N1URO BRIAN, UNIONVILLE
N1DN PHIL, WEST HARTFORD
W1AIU JOE, WATERBURY
KC1EER AMANDA, VERNON
KC1HGY STEVE, HOLYOAKE
N1KQG HERB, CHICOPEE

Monday, April 10, 2017

On experimentation and allocation of the radio spectrum

I'm catching up on stacks of print media and came across another great editorial by Tom Gallagher, NY2F, ARRL CEO.   While making the point for amateur experimentation in the 47 GHz band he states "...our best defense of spectrum has at its core vigorous and wide-ranging experimentation".    Mr. Gallagher continues with an interesting analogy defending the preservation of public microwave bands over doling out to commercial interests by asking "how much would the nation benefit from the sale of National Park Service land for commercial development?"

Nicely stated!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

WESCON Traffic Net

WESCON NTS Traffic Net checkins for 2017Apr06 as recorded by N1DN:

K1HEJ LARRY
K1XFC PHIL
KT1NG TAD
K1MTD MARY
N1TAA TRAVIS
KC1GQH RICK
N1URO BRIAN
N1DN PHIL
KC1HHU ADDISON
KB1AGB JOHN
KC1EER AMANDA
KB1NMO ETHYL
K1STM ANNE
K1EIC BETSY
W1SVC STEVE

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

N1DN Station Activity Report for March, 2017

N1DN - Station Activity Report

MO YR      Originated / Sent / Received / Delivered

Nov 16          0 / 6 / 18 / 4     Total 28
Dec 16          0 / 12 / 12 / 4   Total 28
Jan 17           0 / 9 / 21 / 3     Total 33
Feb 17          0 / 12 / 31 / 4    Total 47
Mar 17          0 / 32 / 24 / 6    Total 62

Public Service Honor Roll

MO YR         1          2          3          4          5          6          Total

Nov 16         33        28         0           0          0          10         71
Dec 16         40        28          0          0          0          10         78
Jan  17         19        33          0          0          0          10         62
Feb 17          24        40         0          0          0          10         74
Mar 17         32        40         0          0          0           10        82


Categories

1-Participation in a Service Net Check-in
2-Handling formal radiogram messages
3-Serving in an ARRL sponsored volunteer position
4-Participation in scheduled, short term, public service events
5-Participation in an unplanned emergency response
6-Develop and maintain a digital relay system, web page, or email list oriented toward amateur radio public service

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Eastnet / FlexNet Network Destination List

The following information on Packet Linked Nodes along the East Coast comes from the N1URO Packet site:

USA Eastnet/FlexNet Network Destinations
In the USA NorthEastern States Region:
In the USA State of Florida:

Rev. 05/24/08

  The following list of known destination calls are ax25 packet systems that
*may* be linked to the FlexNet network.  Most of these destinations calls are
nodes running PC/FlexNet-Digi or Xnet software. Others are non FlexNet systems
as indicated.
  Please note: Calls in this destination call list will *only* be included in
network destination tables if they are currently operational and a route to
them exist.

Destinations within the Northeastern States Region:

call    ssid   user    notes           area location
#
WMA Region:
N1URO          145.01                 WMA Ludlow, Hampden County, MA
 "      1-5    -1 Flexnet -2 DXNet -3 URONode/axMail-Fax -4 LinFBB -5 DXSpider
 "      6-9    3Net/xnet  P0 - 145.01 user, P1 - 9k6 link to K1YON-2
 "     11-11   WW Convers
 "     14-14   MFNOS Mail/Gateway/FlexIP router

CT Region:
K1YON   2-4    145.07  -4=BBS          CT   E Hartland, Hartford County, CT
KD1RY   2-4    145.03  -4=BBS          CT   Bethel, Fairfield County, CT
 "      0-0    ------ via KD1RY-2. F6FBB HF Pactor.
N4GAA   1-14   145.09  -4=BBS          CT   West Haven, New Haven County, NY
 "      3-3    URONode/axMail-Fax
 "     11-11   WW Convers
W1EDH   0-4    145.09  -4=BBS          CT   Glastonbury, Hartford Cty, CT
W1HAD   0-7    145.05  -4=BBS          CT   Shelton, Fairfield County, CT
W1WCG   2-5    145.05  -4=BBS          CT   North Haven, New Haven Cty, CT
W1WCG   0-0    ------ via W1WCG-2. Winlink Clasic  HF Pactor Gateway.

NJ Region:
K2UL    0-15   145.07  -4=BBS          CNJ  Hamilton Square, Mercer Cty, NJ
KB2SYD         ------via W2LV          NNJ  Wantage, Sussex County, NY
 "      5-5    DXSpider
 "      6-6    URONode/axMail-Fax
N2QAE   0-4    145.51  -4=BBS          NNJ  Schooleys Mtn, Morris County, NJ
NJ2AR   0-14   145.03  -4=BBS          CNJ  Lakehurst, Ocean County, NJ
W2LI    2-2    145.05  -4=BBS NetRom   NNJ  Murray Hill, Union County, NJ
W2LV    0-5    144.91  -4=BBS          NWJ  Culvers Lake, Sussex County, NJ
W2ZQ    0-4    145.05  -4=BBS          CNJ  W Trenton, Mercer County, NJ
WB2FTX  0-4    ------via WA2SNA -4=BBS NNJ  Butler, Morris County, NJ
 "      0-0    Winlink Clasic  HF Pactor NTS only. NTSNJ Eastern Area Net.
WB2ONA  1-1    MFNOS via WB2SNN IPGate CNJ  East Brunswick, Middlesex Cty, NJ
WA2SNA  0-4    145.01  -4=BBS          NNJ  Wanaque, Passaic County, NJ
WB2SNN  0-14   145.51  -4=BBS          CNJ  Sayreville, Middlesex Cty, NJ

EPA Region:
K3YTL   0-15   145.05  BBS=WA3LWR-4    EPA  Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne Cty, PA
WA3LWR  0-14   145.01  -4=BBS          EPA  Scranton, Lackawanna Cty, PA
WB3DTG  2-4    144.97  -4=BBS          EPA  Bethlehem, Northampton Cty, PA

NLI Region:
K1IMD   2-8    144.91  BBS=WA2PNU-4    LI   Jamesport, Suffolk Cty, NY
K2APL   12-12  145.05  -4=BBS          NYC  Queens County, NY
KB2VLX  0-4    145.05  -4=BBS          NYC  East Bronx County, NY
KC2COJ  0-15   145.05  -4=BBS          NYC  Far Rockaway, Queens County, NY
N2NEI   0-12   145.07  -4=BBS          LI   Wainscott, Suffolk Cty, NY
N2NSA   1-1    MFNOS via KC2COJ IPGate NYC  Far Rockaway, Queens County, NY
N2NSA   9-15   ------  BBS=KB2VLX-4    NYC  Manhattan, New York Cty, NY
N2RQ    0-7    145.01  -4=BBS          NLI  East Meadow, Nasssau County, NY
NY2LI   0-7    145.05  BBS=WA2PNU-4    LI   Yaphank, Suffolk Cty, NY
NY2LI   8-15   147.03  BBS=WA2PNU-4    LI   Hauppague, Suffolk Cty, NY
WA2GUG  10-10  Telpack node via KC2COJ LI   New Hyde Park, Nassau County, NY
WB2CIK  0-14   145.07  BBS=WA2PNU-4    LI   West Hills, Suffolk, Cty, NY
WA2FNQ  0-15   145.05  -4=BBS          LI   Northport, Suffolk, Cty, NY
WA2PNU  0-13   145.99  -4=BBS          LI   Huntington, Suffolk, Cty, NY

ENY Region:
K2PUT   0-4    145.61  -4=BBS          ENY  Mt Ninham, Carmel, Putnam Cty, NY
KC2CWT  1-1    MFNOS via K2PUT IPGate  ENY  Mt Ninham, Carmel, Putnam Cty, NY
N2SQW   0-4    145.07  BBS=N2TY-4      ENY  Athens, Greene County, NY
N2TY    0-4    144.91  -4=BBS          ENY  N Greenbush, Rensselear County, NY
 "      5-5    URONode/axMail          ENY  Albany, Albany County, NY
 "      6-6    DXSpider
W2DMC   0-4    145.51  -4=BBS          ENY  Pomona, Rockland County, NY
WA2UMX  0-8    145.01  BBS=N2TY-4      ENY  Lk Nancy, Saratoga County, NY
WB2QJA  0-8    145.05  -4=BBS          ENY  White Plains, Westchester Cty, NY
WB2ZII  2-6    145.05  BBS=WB2QJA-4    ENY  N Valhalla, Westchester, NY
WB2ZII  9-14   145.09  BBS=WB2QJA-4    ENY  S Valhalla, Westchester, NY

NNY Region:
K2CC   10_10   144.99                  NNY  Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, NY
K2SLC   0-4    145.03   -4=BBS         NNY  Canton, St. Lawrence County, NY
KA2JXI  0-4    145.01   -4=BBS         NNY  Ogdenburg, St. Lawrence County, NY
N2TB    0-2    145.01                  NNY  Russel, St. Lawrence County, NY
WA2NAN  0-4    145.63                  NNY  Fine, St. Lawrence County, NY
WE2A    0-0             -4=BBS         NNY  Chaumont, Jefferson County, NY

CNY Region:
K1YHR   0-5    144.77                  CNY  Hannibal, Oswego County, NY
K2IWR   4-4    via KB2FAF-0 BBS        CNY  Homer, Cortland County, NY
K2JFK   0-10   144.97   -9=BBS         CNY  Clay, Onondaga County, NY
K2QQY   0-5    145.09   BBS=KB2VMC     CNY  Oswego EMO, Fulton, Oswego Cty, NY
KA2AON  0-5    145.69                  CNY  Oswego Fire Ctrl, Oswego Cty, NY
KB2FAF  0-8    145.73  -4=BBS          CNY  Cortland, Cortland County, NY
 "     10-10   via KB2FAF-0 LinuxXNet  CNY  Homer, Cortland County, NY
 "     12-12    "   "       DX Cluster
KC2APG 10-10            Club           CNY  Liverpool, Onondaga County, NY
N2MKH   0-10   144.91   -9=BBS         CNY  Syracuse, Onondaga County, NY
N2PKB   0-15   no user port            CNY  Stamford, Delaware County, NY
NC2C    0-6    147.48                  CNY  Cherry Valley, Otsego, County, NY
W2QYT   0-2    145.07                  CNY  Auburn, Cayuga County, NY
WA2QYT  0-2    145.785                 CNY  Owasco, Cayuga County, NY
WB2QKO  0-6    144.95                  CNY  Brantling Hill, Wayne County, NY

WNY Region:
K2CAN   -2=DXC, -3=BPQ GW, -4=BBS      WNY  Bristol, Ontario County. NY
K2HE    0-8    145.05         Club     WNY  Stockton, Chautauqua County, NY
K2JD    0-5    145.01                  WNY  Rochester, Monroe, NY
K2LHM   0-10   144.97  axudp to K2CAN  WNY  Bristol, Ontario County. NY
KB2VZS  0-4    145.09                  WNY  Fairport, Monroe County, NY
KB2WRM  0-15   145.59                  WNY  Knapps Creek, Cattaraugus Cty, NY
KC2DND  0-6    145.01                  WNY  Aurora, Erie County, NY
KC2DU   0-6    xxx.xx  axudp to K2CAN  WNY  Webster, Monroe County. NY
KC2HFQ  0-6    145.05   -1=BBS         WNY  Wawsaw, Wyoming County, NY
N2UON   0=15                           WNY  Dayton, Cattaraugus County, NY
N2YDF   0-6                            WNY  Buffalo, Erie County, NY
WA2AAZ  0-5    144.95   -0=BBS         WNY  Newark, Wayne County, NY

Destinations within the State of Florida:

call    ssid   user    notes           area location
#
K2BJG          145.09  -4=BBS          ECFL  Palm Bay, Brevard County, FL
 "      1-1    LinFBB
 "      2-4    -2 Flexnet 145.09 User  -4 BBS
 "      5-5    LinuxXnet
 "      6-6    DXSpider
 "     10-10   MFNOS FlexIP router
 "     11-11   Convers
 "     12-12   URONode/axMail-Fax
KA1ZFO  1-1    145.09  JNOS bbs        SWFL  Englewood, Charlotte County, FL
 "     14-14   LinuxXnet
KD4YAL  1-1    LinFBB                  WCFL  Clearwater, Pinellas County, FL
 "     14-14   LinuxXnet
KI4URF         145.01 v N4LEM-2        ECFL  Cocoa, Brevard County, FL
 "      4-4    LinFBB
 "      5-5    URONode/axMail-Fax
 "      6-6    DXSpider
 "     12-12   Telpac
N4LEM   2-4    145.01  -4=BBS          ECFL  Cocoa, Brevard County, FL
W4AC    0-0    145.61  JNOS bbs        SWFL  Venice, Sarasota County, FL
W4MLB   2-4    145.09  -4=BBS          ECFL  Melbourne, Brevard County, FL
W4OT    2-4    144.91  -4=BBS          ECFL  Vero Beach, Indian River Cty, FL
W4SLC   2-4    145.53  -4-BBS          ECFL  Ft. Pierce, St. Lucie Cty, FL
WA2UPK  2-4    145.07  -4-BBS          CFL   Orlando, Orange County, FL
WD4NKZ  1-1    145.07  JNOS bbs        SWFL  Venice, Sarasota County, FL
  "    14-14   LinuxXnet
WN3DHI  2-4    144.99  -4=BBS          ECFL  Mims, Brevard County, FL
-----

  On a FlexNet network, each FlexNet or Xnet node uses regular polling of its
linked neighbors to verify that these links are currently available for
network routing.  An autorouter at each FlexNet or Xnet node exchanges network
wide routing data with its FlexNet or Xnet node neighbors.  Whenever link
conditions change anywhere within the network, routing data is updated network
wide very quickly.  Other systems such as URONode obtain for their own use,
destination and routing data from linked FlexNet or Xnet neighbor nodes.

  A destination table with current network status info is maintained by each
FlexNet or Xnet node. It can be displayed by use of the <D>estination command.
In this table all destinations, where the autorouter knows a way to, are
shown.

  This destination list can usually be found by use of the <A> command on any
FlexNet-Digi node or within the FBB BBS Users directory of an associated bbs.

  This list is distributed via the Packet Network whenever it has been updated
with new information.  Look for a Bulletin, FLXDST @ NESBBS

  This list is maintained by Bob, K2BJG.  Please forward: additions,
corrections, etc to:  Packet:  K2BJG@K2BJG.#ECFL.FL.USA.NOAM
                      Internet: k2bjg@cfl.rr.com

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Radiogram Signature



"The place of Origin relates to the signature, and should make sense to the addressee as the place the signing party is located.  It stays with the message to the point of delivery.  ...  The Place of Origin given in the Preamble is the location of this individual."

Words of good will, such as "Best Wishes" or "Sincerely" are placed in the text of the message.

Of note, full information about the person for whom the message is originated should be included in the signature to allow them to be contacted if needed.  For example,

(SIG) PHIL N1DN IN CONNECTUCT SKCC 6482




Sunday, March 26, 2017

C.E.R.T. Teams in Connecticut

Connecticut Statewide Citizen Corps Council Advisory Committee

83 Certified CERT teams &1 Fire Corps Unit
(effective 4 June 2014)

DEMHS Region 1 – Bridgeport; CTSART; Fairfield; Greenwich; Monroe; New Canaan; Stamford; Stratford; Weston; Westport; and Wilton (11)


DEMHS Region 2 - Ansonia; Bethany; Branford; CTSART; Durham; East Haven; Hamden; Killingworth/VSEMA; Milford; New Haven; Orange; Seymour; University of New Haven; West Haven (14)


DEMHS Region 3 - Andover; Avon Fire Corps; Bolton; Bristol; Burlington; Canton; CTSART; East Haddam; East Hartford; East Hampton; Ellington; Enfield; ESPN; Farmington; Granby; Hartford; Manchester; Middletown; New Britain; Newington; Portland; RHAM Video Unit - Somers; South Windsor; Southington; Stafford; Vernon; Wesleyan Univ; West Hartford and Windsor Locks (30)


DEMHS Region 4 - Canterbury; Chaplin/Hampton; Coventry; CTSART; Eastern CSU; East Lyme/Waterford; Groton; Scotland, Windham; and Willington (10)


DEMHS Region 5 - Bethel; CTSART; Danbury; Danbury Ham; Goshen; Litchfield; Litchfield Hills (regional team sponsored by Goshen); Naugatuck; New Milford;  Newtown; Prospect; Redding; Ridgefield; Southbury; Thomaston; Torrington; Walcott; Winchester/Winsted; and Woodbury (19)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Station of Origin versus Place of Origin



I had a nice phone chat today with Bob, KB4RGB.   Bob pointed out 2 items in the Preamble that can be confused.  He prompted me to perform a review of Station versus Place of Origin.  (Material Courtesy of ARRL Publication):

Station of Origin
"The call sign of the amatuer station originating (creating) the message for the first introduction into the system is the station of origin.  This call sign must stay with the message to the point of delivery."

Place of Origin
"The Place of Origin is the location (city and state) of the party for  whom the message is created, not necessarily the location of the station of origin.  The Place of origin relates to the signature and should make sense to the addressee as the place the the signing party is location.  It must stay with the message to the point of delivery."

Example: N1DN in West Hartford creates a message for a Bob in Wallingford.  The Station of Origin would be N1DN.  The Place of Origin would be Wallingford.    The Signature would be Bob (the name of the person for whom the message was created).

Source:  NTS Methods and Practices Guidelines.  Traffic Net and Message handling Procedures.  ARRL.









Friday, March 24, 2017

WESCON 2017MAR24

WESCON NTS Net Check-in List as Recorded by N1DN

K1LYP JOHN
W1YSM ED 2 THRU
KC1HEE TRAVIS 1 THRU
KX1BXB MARIE
K1STM ANNE
N1URO BRIAN
K1KQG HERB
KB1NMO ETHEL
K1MTD MARY
N1DN PHIL
K1KHW BILLY
KC1EER AMANDA
KC1HEB

Monday, March 20, 2017

Sunspot Low Reported on Space Weather News

Space Weather News for March 19, 2017
http://spaceweather.com


SUNSPOT COUNTS HIT 7-YEAR LOW: The face of the sun has been blank (no sunspots) for 13 consecutive days. The last time this happened was in April of 2010, near the end of an historically deep Solar Minimum.  The current stretch of blank suns heralds a new Solar Minimum expected to arrive in 2019-2020.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

KFF - Stratton Brook State Park CT



There was a break in the winter weather this weekend to activate KFF - 1721, Stratton Brook State Park in Connecticut.

The access road was plowed allowing stationary mobile operation.  There were several State QSO Parties in progressed that helped with contacts.  I also self-spotted on the SKCC Sked Page and County Hunters spot page.

Snow and rain were nearby but thankfully never really materialized.

I was able to make the 10 contacts to qualify for a WWFF / KFF State Park Activation:

N5IR, ON4VT, IT9MUO, SN7Q , K4EEI, K4YFH, K0DEQ, WB9EAO, KK4WA, NC4QP, W4BOH, and HA8IB.  Thanks to all for the contacts.

73 Phil







Saturday, March 18, 2017

10 meter MUF

Posted on the 10 meter Beacon mail reflector by Dieter, VK3FFP.   Dieter notes how this MUF graph illustrates an increase in frequency before local sunset:















Data provided by: 
http://giro.uml.edu/didbase/scaled.php


WESCON NTS Net Checkins for 3/18/17

K1LYP JOHN
K1XFC PHIL
K1STM ANNE
N1DN PHIL
KC1HEE TRAVIS
KB1FQS EDDIE
N1URO BRYAN
K1MTD MARY
W1FAY BEN
KC1BWN JOHN
W1YSM ED
KC1BXB MARIE 1 THROUGH
KD1XH/M STEVE





Saturday, March 11, 2017

19 Degrees but Sunny

HBSN HBSN QNI....

Hit and Bounce Slow Net 7.112 Check-ins for 2017 Mar 11 1230 UTC as Recorded by N1DN
W4SU NCS
K4ZXM
AF4NC
KC4PGN
K4ZXM
WB4ZDU
W1RVY
N1DN
KZEE
K2IFG
W8IM


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Newington Amateur Radio League Information Net

44 degrees, 1017 millibars, mostly clear

W1AW Repeater on 145.450
Checkins as recorded by N1DN

WV1X Steve
AB1GL George
N1DN Phil
K1SCI Stewart
KA1CCY Fred
K0BOG Chuck


Check-ins Newington, Manchester, West Hartford, Somewhere Mobile, and Berlin CT.

Comments: "In the fine tradition of every teacher who has tried to using mnemonics to help remember...on Saturday Spring Ahead and Fall Back.    State treating the roads for the coming snow, it's still winter!  Out and about mobile, doing errands before the snow comes.  Had the radio on and good to hear activity on the net."


Western Connecticut Traffic Net
K1HEJ net control station holding Preston Brookfield Danbury
WA1TNR
K1MTD
KB1NMO
KB1FQS
N1KHW
N1URO
N1DN
KC1HEE - TRAVIS through traffic Bluefield, WV
K1AH
N1MOB/m
















Friday, March 3, 2017

Winter is Back

24 degrees, light snow earlier, 39%, 1028 mb

WESCON NTS Net Check-ins Recorded by N1DN

K1LYP JOHN NCS
K1XFC PHIL 2 K1STM
N1DN PHIL BOOK 2 K1STM
W1YSM ED 1 THROUGH
K1STM ANN SOUTHINGTON
KC1BX MARIE EAST HARTFORD
KB1SST SCOTT CORRAINE MASS
N1URO BRIAN
K1MTD MARY ANDOVER
K1HEJ LARRY NEW BRITAIN

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Net Activity Reports for February 2017

Station Activity Report

NR 43 R     N1DN     12     West Hartford CT     Mar 1
K1STM CT STM
<BT>
SAR  February Originate  0  Received  31 Sent  12  Delivered  4  Total  47
<BT>
Phil N1DN


Public Service Honor Roll

NR 44 R  N1DN  10  West Hartford CT  Mar 1
K1STM  CT STM
<BT>
PSHR  February 1/24  2/47  3/0  4/0  5/0  6/10  Total  81
<BT>
Phil N1DN


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

WESCON NTS

Check-in List Recorded by N1DN

K1LYP JOHN (NCS)
K1XFC PHIL
KB1FFT SCOTT
K1STM ANNE 1 KB1NMO
K1HEJ LARRY
N1KHW BILLY
KB1IPX JEFF
N1DN PHIL
K1PNR KARCHER
W1GKS GEORGE
N1URO BRIAN

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

36 degrees, Clear, Windy

This was a relative warm day after a weekend snow storm.  Current conditions include 36 degrees, dew point 30, Barometer 982 mb, trace precip.

Calling CQ 40m and 80m without reply.   NWS Boston twitter reports snow thunder in the area.

WESCON 145.410 W1HDN repeater

K1LYP John NCS
K1XFC Phil Liaison CPN
N1KHW Billy
N1DN Phil
N1URO Brian
KC1BXB Marie 1 through
AG1YK Steve 1 through
K1HEJ  Larry
KB1NMO Ethyl
K1MTD Marie




Monday, February 13, 2017

CT ARES Region 3 Net

CT ARES Region 3 Net
147.345 on KB1AEV Repeater System

AB1LZ BILL
K1HEJ LARRY
KC1BXB MARIE
K1PAI ROGER
W1RWP BOB
KB1VIP RICH
KB1QQI PAUL
K1AH VINCE
N1DN PHIL
K1SCI STEWART

WESCON NTS Net on 145.410 W1HDN Repeater
K1HEJ Larry NCS
K1XFC Phil CPN Liaison

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Winter Storm

25 degrees, 13.1 inches snow fall today over 7 hours

WESCON NTS Net tonight
K1HEJ NCS
KB1BSK
N1DN
N1KHW
K1MTD
KC1EER NCS
N1URO

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Radiogram Precedent

The PREAMBLE, the first part of the radiogram, consists of 8 parts:  Number, Precedence, Handling Instructions, Station of Origin, Check, Place of Origin, and Month/Day Filed.

The 2nd item in the Preamble is the PRECEDENCE.  This indicates how the message should be handled:

EMERGENCY - always spelled out.  This is for any message "having life and death urgency".
Priority (P) - an important message or official message
Welfare (W) - an inquiry as to the health and welfare of an individual.
Routine (R)  - the most common type of message (and the only type of message I have ever passed)
Exercise Messages (TEST) - a message passed for test or exercise purposes
Service (SVC) - indicates a service message "sent between stations" regarding message handling.  According to ARRL literature, SVC is not a precedence.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Station Activity Report N1DN January 2017

Originate 0 / Sent 9 / Received 21 / Delivered 3    Total 33

Saturday, January 28, 2017

NTS Message Number

All radiograms have a preamble, consisting of the following parts:

Number
Precedent
HX - Handling Instructions
Station Origin
Check
Place of Origin
Time Filed
Month / Day

The message number is assigned by the station originating the message.  This number is permanently assigned to the message through to the point of delivery.   Understand that with a Service Message, the letters SVC can be placed in front o fthe message number.  However, this appears to not be used frequenlty these days.

Numbers are assigned by the operator of the station originating the message at their discretion.

Monday, January 23, 2017

First Nor' Easter for 2017

Winter Storm in progress
Moderate frozen precipitation
33 degrees, 0.4 in frozen precipitation
Report to Hartford Tolland Co SkyWarn


WESCON Regional NTS Net Check-in List as Recorded by N1DN

K1HEJ NCS LARRY NEW BRITAIN
K1XFC PHIL SOUTH WINDSOR
KT1NG TAD BROOKLYN
KD1FFT SCOTT CORRAINE
K1AH VINCE ENFIELD
N1KHW
N1DN PHIL WEST HARTFORD
N1KQG HERB CHICOPEE
KB1VVB THOMAS TORRINGTON
K1MTD MARY ANDOVER
KB1NAL LEE NORWICH 

Monday, January 16, 2017

CT ARES Region 3 Net

CT ARES Region 3 Net - check in list as recorded by N1DN

AB1GL           George (NCS)   Manchester

AB1LZ            Bill                   Wheatoque
W1RWP          Bob                   Newington
NC1J               Dan                   Wheatogue
K1XFC            Phil                   South Windsor
K1PAI             Roger                Wethersfield
KB1QQI         Paul                   New Britian
W1FTE           Skip                   Granby
N1DN             Phil                    West Hartford
K1AUG          Mark                  Burlington
K1HEJ            Larry                  New Britian

KB1AEV        Dana                  Enfield
KC1ERO        Jason                  Southington
K1AH             Vince                  Enfield
K9JMK           John                    South Windsor


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Retro Journey to Packet Radio

I was a big user of computer BBS in the late 1980s (NOMUG - New Orleans Mac User Group).  The command line prompt and simple format of packet radio is quite appealing.  I'm working to get my Kenwood TM-D710 to connect with some local packet stations:

Kenwood Radio Modem
AX.25 Level 2 Version 2.0
Release 09/Mar/11 3Chip ver 1.02
Checksum $1859

MYCALL   N1DN
cmd:C W1EDH

cmd:*** CONNECTED to W1EDH
PC/FlexNet V3.3g - Welcome to the W1EDH FlexNet-Digi. This node is located at
Glastonbury, Hartford County, Connecticut [FN31sr]. This version of pc/FlexNet
and all related services are hosted under the Linux operation system and is
part of the EastNet Packet Network. http://www.eastnetpacket.org
Basic commands are:
<A>rea destinations file        <C>onnect <desti>
<D>estinations list             <H>elp (more detailed command list)
<L>inks list                    <M>ailBox (BBSEDH:W1EDH-4)
<Q>uit this node                <T>alk <callsign>

=>MH (Log of Stations Recently Heard - PR)

      4s P0  N1DN           10s P3  W1EDH-13       16s P2  K1YON-2
     24s P3  W1EDH-1     2m,33s P3  W1EDH-14    2m,40s P3  W1EDH-4
  9m,12s P0  W1VCM      17m, 5s P0  K1HEJ      30m,55s P0  BROCK
 40m,30s P0  K1IKE-3    48m,19s P2  K1YON-4     1h,39m P0  W1MV-7
  1h,48m P0  K1HEJ-14    1h,50m P0  K1HEJ-15    2h,30m P0  KA1YZC
  2h,37m P0  WA1ARC      2h,45m P0  WA1ARC-7    3h,46m P0  N1YKH
  7h,11m P0  K1HEJ-7     7h,12m P2  K1YON-5     7h,41m P0  NOCALL
 10h,32m P0  WM1P-15    12h, 4m P0  KB1NAL-14  12h, 5m P0  KB1NAL-15
 17h,58m P0  K1HEJ-1    19h,24m P0  FALM1      23h,39m P0  KB1NAL
  1d, 8h P0  WM1P-14     1d, 9h P0  KC1CIC      1d, 9h P0  KC1CIC-15

=>D (nodes linked to W1EDH and time it takes to make the round trip in milliseconds PR)

K1YON   1-1    34   K1YON   2-14   28   K2DLL   0-6   346   K2JFK   0-10  207
K2PUT   0-4   327   KA2AON  0-10  156   KB2FAF  0-0    51   KB2FAF 10-10   91
KB2FAF 12-12   91   KB2VZS  0-7    45   KB2VZS  8-8    51   KB2VZS 12-12   51
KC2FTD  1-1   471   KD2DOE  0-7   405   N1URO   1-14   42   N2KGC   1-14   43
N2NOV   4-4    49   N2PKB   0-15  420   NC2C    2-14  182   NJ2AR   0-4   365
W2GSA   2-4   271   W2LI    2-4   149   W2QYT   0-4    57   W2QYT   5-5    55
W2ZQ    0-4  1335   WA2EMO  0-5    66   WA2IMS  0-4  2080   WA2SNA  0-4   433
WB2FTX  0-0   585   WB2FTX  2-4   510   WB2ONA  1-1    48   WB2ONA  2-14   45
WB2SNN  0-14   59   WB2ZII  9-14  389
=>Q

73! *** DISCONNECTED
cmd:KWXIMON  was 0