Alamo Area Traffic Net
PLEASE NOTE EFFECTIVE 05/21/2018:
Backup Repeater is 443.025 +5 offset and a PL tone of 82.5.
This net meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1930 local on the 145.350 repeater which has a negative offset and a PL tone of 82.5
This net is part of the National Traffic System and is available for formal NTS Traffic using the Radiogram Format.
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Week Five Review
The following was found by Mary KG5GJP on http://KL7KC.com
Verbally passing traffic on a net.
When net control gives permission for you to pass your traffic to another station, the receiving station of your message contacts you and says “ready to copy”.
Your message would go like this, just read it exactly like this and fill in the blanks with your info. Remember when reading the message that someone is writing it on the other end, so read at writing speed.
“Please copy my number: 1, Routine, HX Golf, (your call sign), 25, (your location), (time if applicable), December two zero.
Going to (your addressee) and (amateur call sign if any), figures 1234 Brushy Creek Drive, Bandera TX, zip figures 99877, phone figures 919 555 1234, break for text.”
*Now wait for the receiving station to say “go with text”, plus this allows them any fills they might need of the preamble information or any needed fills of information of the addressee.
When they say, “go with text,” read your message word for word at writing speed, any tough words use phonetics. The number of words should match the (check) in the preamble. ARL Message codes are always phonetically spelled out. One number character per box. Ex. ARL Fifty-Six would be 3 words. When done delivering your text to receiving station say, “Break for Signature”.
*Wait for receiving station to ask for fills, or say, “go with signature”.
Give signature of message sender, amateur call sign if applicable and say “end message number one, how copy”.
The receiving station will acknowledge your message number one and say “thanks for the traffic” ending with their call sign.
You can reply by saying “thank you for taking it” and end with your call sign so net control knows the message has been passed and you both are finished.
That’s all there is to passing a message. Pretty easy isn't it. Not much to it, this is how we do it on the DFW traffic net, some nets are different, you just have to listen to see what their format is like.
Delivering a radiogram is even easier. Call the person with phone number provided, read the text part of the message, explain ARL message codes if there are any and they don’t know what they mean, and tell them who it is from. That’s it.
Just a brief mention of how I present myself when calling someone.
1) When someone answers, I say "Hi, my name is Bob and I am a ham radio operator with the DFW traffic net". Usually this gets their attention so they don't think I am a "telemarketer".
2) I have found the use of the word "ham" to be better than "amateur". You just have to find what works for you.
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Week Four Review
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Week Three Review
1. ARRL MESSAGE EXAMPLE
2. 1 R HXG W1AW 8 NEWINGTON CT 1830 JUL 1 a b c d e f g h
3. DONALD SMITH 164 EAST SIXTH AVE NORTH RIVER CITY MD 21201 410 555 1234 OP NOTE DELIVER WEEKDAY BT
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Week Two Review
ARRL RADIOGRAM HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS ("HX-CODES")
(Followed by number.) Collect landline delivery authorized by addressee within ____ miles, (if no number in blank, authorization is unlimited). This means that the originating station has obtained authorization from the addressee, through the party originating the message, to call collect when delivering the message.
(Followed by number.) Cancel message if not delivered within ____ hours of filing time; service message back to originating station. NOTE: filing time must be included in preamble.
Report date and time of delivery of the message back to the originating station by service message.
Report to originating station the identity of station from which received, plus date and time. Report identity of station to which relayed, plus date and time, or if delivered, report date and time and method of delivery (this information is sent by service message to the originating station).
Delivering station get reply from addressee, originate message back. This reply is sent to the person from whom the original message was received, at the "place of origin", using a full address obtained from the addressee. If an address is not available, a reply can often be successfully routed back to the station of origin since a record is kept of originator's info.
(Followed by a number.) Hold delivery until ____ (date). This blank contains the number of the day on which the message should be delivered (even if it is in the following month).
Delivery by mail or landline toll call not required. If toll call or other expense involved, cancel message and send service message back to originating station.
Compliance with these instructions is mandatory. MORE THAN ONE HX__ CODE MAY BE USED. If more than one code is used, they may be combined provided no numbers are to be inserted; otherwise the HX should be repeated, thus: HXCE, HXAC, or HXA50 HXC
Ed. note: The numbers following eligible HX_ codes are expected. In this example the HXA in the first case has the range number intentionally omitted, thus the “C” may be appended. In the second case, where the optional 50 mile range is included, the figures force the separation of the full “HXC.”
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Week One Review:
ARRL RADIOGRAM PRECEDENCES
These precedence’s are not meant to prohibit handling lower level traffic until all higher levels are passed. Handle higher precedence traffic before lower as outlets are available.
EMERGENCY (Spelled out on form.) * - Any message having life and death urgency to any person or group of persons, which is transmitted by Amateur Radio in the absence of regular commercial facilities. This includes official messages of welfare agencies during emergencies requesting supplies, materials or instructions vital to relief of stricken populace in emergency areas. During normal times, it will be very rare. On CW/RTTY, this designation will always be spelled out. When in doubt, do not use it.
PRIORITY (P) - Use abbreviation P on CW/RTTY. This classification is for a) important messages having a specific time limit, b) official messages not covered in the emergency category, c) press dispatches and emergency related traffic not of the utmost urgency, d) notice of death or injury in a disaster area, personal or official.
WELFARE (W) - This classification, abbreviated as W on CW/RTTY, refers to either an inquiry as to the health and welfare of an individual in the disaster area or an advisory from the disaster area that indicates all is well. Welfare traffic is handled only after all emergency and priority traffic is cleared. The Red Cross equivalent to an incoming Welfare message is DWI (Disaster Welfare Inquiry).
ROUTINE (R) - Most traffic in normal times will bear this designation. In disaster situations, traffic labeled Routine (R on CW/RTTY) should be handled last, or not at all when circuits are busy with higher precedence traffic.
* EMERGENCY: Emergency is always spelled out in the preamble. Means other than Amateur Radio should be included in the delivery options. EMERGENCY messages have immediate urgency. They should take priority over any other activity and should be passed by the best means available with the cooperation of all stations.
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