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Author Topic: How do I create a message to be sent on NTS?  (Read 730 times)
K9CF
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« on: October 15, 2001, 11:33:46 PM »

I've posted a question about this in the Elmer forum but didn't want to miss those of you who would know the answer from this forum.
Please read/respond if you would the posting in the Elmer forum.
Thanks!
73 De K9CF
Best Regards, Mark L. Martin

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KE4SKY
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2001, 11:12:16 AM »

Mark,

I responded to your questions in the Elmer forum.

If you'd like to try sending some traffic and need a little coaching, check into the NVTN any evening at 7:30 p.m. on the 147.300+ Bluemont repeater and any of the net controls should be anxious to walk you through.
This is a training net and exactly what the net is for.

For more information please visit the NVTN web page at http://www.qsl.net/kc8nds/nvtn

73 de KE4SKY
Virginia State RACES Training Officer
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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2002, 08:58:20 AM »

Mark, K9CF posed a good question to me in an email, so I thought I might reply here, so that we could generate some discussion.

It is true that "recommended practice" for NTS messages is to at least try to limit amateur radiograms to 25 words. This is what "fits" on the standard ARRL message form.

While message length is a consideration for the person originating the traffic to follow recommended practice, changing message format or editing message length is NOT an option for the relaying station. If you agree to relay a piece of NTS traffic from any source the rule is to:

MOVE THE MESSAGE FORWARD EXACTLY AS RECEIVED.

It is true that 25 words is the recommended practice for amateur radiograms in the NTS, but appropriate exceptions may include, but are not limited to:

Messages relayed through NTS which originate from another service, such as MARSGRAMS, are relayed as received.  MARSGRAMS normally contain up to 50 words.

Official messages from a served agency, originating on the agency's form, such as local situation reports, resource requests, etc. are always sent as received.

Reports listing net statistics, lists of participating stations, traffic handled, etc., may contain more than 25 words.  

As a message originator, the ARRL Public Service Communication Manual recommends that you limit amateur radiograms to 25 words. You should whenever practical to do so.  When operationally necessary the message may indeed be longer, but keep in mind that any radio message should conform to accepted standards of ACCURACY, BREVITY, CLARITY.

Avoid unnecessary words, but once the message is in the system, your duty is to MOVE THE MESSAGE FORWARD, AS SENT.

73 de KE4SKY
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2002, 02:59:56 PM »

Virginia RACES has two .pdf documents which describe the fundamentals of traffic handling, as well as RACES procedures and document control in an EOC.  I'd be happy to send them to anyone who would like copies.

73 de KE4SKY
Virginia RACES State Training Officer
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