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Author Topic: How do I create a message to be sent on NTS?  (Read 321 times)
K9CF
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« on: October 15, 2001, 11:31:22 PM »

Greetings,
This might have been more on-topic in the emergency communications forum but this forum encompasses this question too (and carries a lot more traffic).
Post September 11--everyone's more sensitive to emergency communications.  I've signed up for Races and Ares and learn that the NTS system is an essential building block for RACES and that I should learn how to use and participate in the NTS if I’m going to be of much use in handling traffic.  How do I go about doing that?
Do I create a message and then check in to the local 2m traffic net, and then read it verbatim into the net when net control asks?
I’m thinking that would preclude sending myself a test message.  They would simply read it back to me.
Is there an email or web gateway into the NTS?
How about software--is there a software program for formatting the messages?
Thanks!
73 De K9CF
Best Regards, Mark L. Martin



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W4EOE
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2001, 05:22:17 AM »

Info at
http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/pscm/sec2-ch1.html
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2001, 11:02:45 AM »

Mark,

There are a number of good computer programs which will autoformat an NTS message to be sent on packet.  One of the better ones is WinPack.  

The Virginia Digital Emergency Net (VDEN) page, which is linked off the Virginia RACES page http://www.racesva.org should have some links to suitable freeware programs.

The recommended procedure for formatting a message for voice or CW transmission is described in detail in Unit 4 of the Virginia RACES Basic Operator Course which can be downloaded for FREE by anyone from our training page at http://www.racesva.org/Training/training.html

All of the training units have been revised and upgraded and are now in Adobe Acrobat 5.0  You do need to have the free Acrobat 5.0 reader to view them, but this change was necessary because of the huge number of people nationwide accessing the site.  There is a link on the page to download Acrobat 5.0 from our server if you prefer to do so without answering all of the probing questions which Adobe asks when you get it from their site.

73 de KE4SKY
Virginia State RACES Training Officer
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KE4SKY
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2001, 11:08:08 AM »

Mark,

The best way to learn how to send NTS traffic in the Washington, D.C. area is to check into either the Northern Virginia Traffic Net, which meets nightly at 7:30 p.m. local time on the 147.300+ Bluemont, VA repeater, or in Maryland, the Baltimore Traffic Net, which meets nightly at 6:30 p.m. on the 146.67-(107.2) repeater.

Both of these are local training nets.  Any of the duty net controls can "walk you through" the process of sending a message on the air, if you have never done so before.  That's their job, and they enjoy doing it.

The NVTN has a web site with useful information located at http://www.qsl.net/kc8nds/nvtn

73 de KE4SKY
Virginia State RACES Training Officer
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K9CF
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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2001, 12:16:24 PM »

Thanks Ed,

I was betting that you were going to answer that question.

I don't think I'm unique in this that new hams are not brought into the fold of emergency communications very well.  I've known of the NTS for a while now and only reciently (as you know) started getting involved with ecomms.

The pages on the arrl describe what the NTS is but dosen't tell you where to start or what to do.  I've been a ham now for all of two years and have just now decided that I need to know how to initiate and receive traffic but didn't know where or how to start.

By the way Ed, your training packages are top drawer material.  Very very nice.

Folks, do download the training material and even if you may not be into ARES/RACES you should skim through it.  There is lots of valuable information there that every ham should at least know of.

http://va-ares.org/Training/training.html

73 DE K9CF
Best Regards Mark L. Martin
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