Articles with tag “National Traffic System (NTS)”

Brass Pounders' League

W4OTN's BPL CertificateLast 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 …

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2011 NTS Summary

A recent discussion on the Radiogram listserv got me wondering about my traffic handling numbers since I started working in NTS in 2010.  Here's what I came up with:

In 2010 I handled 960 messages, sending 250 of my own.  In 2011, however, I handled 1658, creating 365 myself.  That's …

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December NTS Numbers

NTS LogoDecember 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:

Originated: 3
Received: 212
Sent …

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Leave your Internet out of my Amateur Radio

I don't understand the use of the Internet in conjunction with Amateur Radio.  Echolink, Winlink 2000, and IRLP all setup a false sense of security for users.  Creating a dependency on something you cannot control means that resource won't be there when you need it.  Most recently the American Radio …

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Temporary TCC Lima/Victor

A while back I had told Marcia KW1U that I'd like to try a TCC slot one day to see what it's all about.  Yesterday was that day.  The Lima schedule goes from the second cycle of the Eastern Area Net (EAN) to the Central Area Net (CAN) and the …

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Brass Pounder's League - so close...

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 …

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XFBB and NTS Message Routing

NTS traffic is addressed very simply:@NTS.  So if I was going to send an NTS message to the ARRL I would use 06111@NTSCT.  Simple, right?  And I'm assuming that most BBSs would allow you to route traffic based on the @NTSportion of the address but not FBB.  FBB …

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Things to do: NTS and NTSd list

There needs to be a comprehensive list of all NTS nets and NTSD stations. This list needs to be in text format and a "pretty" graphical format and should be available on the ARRL website under NTS.

This would make it easier for those of us on the road to …

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