Last December I was handling a lot of traffic on the National Traffic System nets. I was the liaison between Virginia and 4RN, between 4RN and EAN, and was filling in on an open TCC slot. Come to think of it, I was also handling quite a bit of traffic as a Digital Relay Station as well. By the end of the month I had handled 546 messages using almost every mode known to NTS. I knew the days of handling lots of traffic were coming to an end, at least in the short run, as my first little harmonic was born at the beginning of December. Luckily for me, he enjoyed listening to the radio; it seemed to soothe him. But as January came around I had to let it all drop. I’ve just recently gotten back active in NTS and, while I probably won’t be able to get the numbers I was getting before, I’m hoping I can start making some time to move traffic around.
Last week I was looking at my records and remembered that I had finally qualified for the Brass Pounders’ League but never officially asked for the certificate. A quick e-mail to Steve WV1X solved that problem and I received my certificate in the mail today (thanks Steve!). It will be displayed promonately next to my DXCC as I feel it was just as difficult a challenge and I’m proud of both.
December was a busy month for me. Not only did I have a new harmonic join the family (callsign will be forthcoming in the next few years, I hope) but I also took some TCC shifts as well. The NTS message numbers speak for themselves:
Total Message Count: 546
This also means that I finally made the Brass Pounders League since I handled over 500 messages! Whew! It was a lot of fun and I hope I can continue the trend into 2012.
My PSHR came out to be 1/40, 2/40, 3/20, 4/0, 5/0, 6/10, T/110. Nothing earth shattering there.
About half way through the month of October I realized that I might have a chance to hit the five hundred message mark to qualify for the ARRL’s Brass Pounder’s League. As the liaison from Virginia to 4RN and sometimes from 4RN to EAN I have the potential to move some traffic. Add in my NTSD station and we’re talking message central here. And since new ra-day started a few hours ago here’s how I faired:
For those that don’t know O stands for messages originated, R stands for messages received, S stands for messages sent, and D stands for messages delivered. T is just the total of all messages handled. Unfortunately I was twelve messages short of the required 500.
I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t make the 500 message mark but 488 is a lot of messages! And I’m not giving up, either. I effectively have this entire month to try to do it all over again! Hopefully I’ll have more trips to EAN with more traffic and hopefully band conditions will improve from my station to the rest of fourth region (VA to FL).