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 (NTS), which a part of the ARRL Field Organization, is a structure that allows for rapid movement of traffic from origin to destination and training amateur operators to handle written traffic and participate in directed nets.  Traffic are written messages sent my by amateur radio operator to another operator or even a third party (someone who is not a licensed radio amateur), with some restrictions.

Traffic activities in a section are coordinated and overseen by the Section Traffic Manager who is appointed by the Section Manager.  Our Section Traffic Manager is Doug Williams N2DW and you may reach Doug by email at n2dw@arrl.net , or by telephone 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, 75, and 80 meters on a daily basis.  This has been by mutual agreement for over 50 years., going all the way back to when Florida was only one ARRL Section.


FOR THOSE NEW TO THE NATIONAL TRAFFIC SYSTEM

ARRL NTS PURPOSE AND BASIC EXPLANATION

This page, which is Chapter One of the ARRL NTS Manual, has an excellent explanation of the National Traffic System, its basic purposes, and basic principles of operation.:  http://www.arrl.org/chapter-one-national-traffic-system

ARRL NTS MANUAL

For the full ARRL NTS Manual:  http://www.arrl.org/nts-manual

ARRL NTS FORMS
For all the ARRL NTS Forms:  http://www.arrl.org/public-service-field-services-forms
ARRL POWERPOINT TUTORIAL

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

ARRL NTS WEBSITE

http://www.arrl.org/nts


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