NTS – Handling written messages via radio

ARRL WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER – Doug Williams N2DW

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THE NATIONAL TRAFFIC SYSTEM –  Its purpose

The National Traffic System is a means for systematizing amateur traffic-handling facilities by making a structure available for an integrated traffic facility designed to achieve the utmost in two principle objectives: Rapid Movement of traffic from origin to destination and training amateur operators to handle written traffic and participate in directed nets.

Traffic activities in a section are coordinated and overseen by the Section Traffic Manager who is appointed by the Section Manager.

You can reach Doug by email at n2dw@arrl.net , or call him at 727-725-3345 . And of course, you send traffic to him through the NTS.

Amateur Operators from the three Florida ARRL Sections participate in several unified State wide traffic nets on 40 and 80 meters on a daily basis.  This has been done by mutual agreements going back over 50 years ago.


FOR THOSE NEW TO THE NATIONAL TRAFFIC SYSTEM

ARRL WEBSITE TUTORIAL

This is an excellent tutorial on the ARRL website about the NTS System and how it operates:

http://www.arrl.org/chapter-one-national-traffic-system

ARRL POWERPOINT TUTORIAL

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/NTS%20Presentation%206-2012.ppt

 


 EAGLE NET – ARRL WCF SECTION TRAFFIC NET

The West Central Florida Section daily traffic net is the Eagle Net held daily at 8:30 PM (2030) Eastern Time on the NI4CE repeater system.  Click on the link just given for a list of repeaters and a coverage map.

If you wish to be a Net Control Station, little experience is required and it is a great way to learn more about traffic as well as sharpening your operating skills.   Contact Dave W4PXE at w4pxe@arrl.net for more information and qualifications to be a Net Control Station.


OFFICIAL RELAY STATIONS

Stations who handle traffic are encouraged to apply for the Official Relay Station (ORS) Appointment.  Contact the Section Traffic Manager or Section Manager for more information on becoming an ORS. You can apply for an ORS online using the Online Station Appointment Application Form.


RESOURCES FOR TRAFFIC HANDLERS

 
THIRD PARTY TRAFFIC AGREEMENT LIST

The current Third Party Traffic Operating Agreements.  NTS Traffic can only be sent to third parties (not a licensed amateur radio operator) in countries which we have these operating agreements.  The countries on this list do change from time to time so be sure to have the most current list available  You may download this list at:

http://www.arrl.org/third-party-operating-agreements

ARRL NTS WEBSITE

http://www.arrl.org/nts

 


FLORIDA NTS NET LIST

Florida NTS Nets on HF:
Time
EST/EDT (Local Time)

Net Name

Frequency/Mode

0655  Florida Phone Traffic Net (FPTN)
3940 LSB
0730 – Saturday Only ARRL Information Net (AIN) 3940 LSB
0900 – Mon-Sat Northern Florida ARES Net (NFAN) 3950 LSB (ALT 7242 LSB)
1200  Florida Mid-Day Traffic Net (Mid-Day) 7242 LSB
1745 Tropical Phone Traffic Net / FAST  (TPTN/FAST) 3940 or 7242 LSB
1830 Florida Medium Speed Net   3651 or 7051 CW
1830 (Winter)
1930 (Summer)
Northern Florida Phone Net 3950 LSB
1900 All Florida CW Net (QFN) 3547 or 7051 CW
2200 All Florida CW Net (QFN) 3547 CW
2230 Florida Amateur Sideband Net – Late
3940 SSB
VHF/UHF Nets affiliated with NTS in the WCF Section
Time
EST/EDT (Local Time)

Net Name – Location

Frequency

1830  SPARC Daily Net
St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay Area
147.060 (+) 
2030 Eagle Net
ARRL WCF Section Traffic Net
NI4CE/R System