NTS – Handling written messages via radio
ARRL WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER – Doug Williams N2DW
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 firstname.lastname@example.org , 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:
ARRL POWERPOINT TUTORIAL
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 email@example.com 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:
ARRL NTS WEBSITE
FLORIDA NTS NET LIST
Florida NTS Nets on HF:
EST/EDT (Local Time)
|0655||Florida Phone Traffic Net (FPTN)
|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|
|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
VHF/UHF Nets affiliated with NTS in the WCF Section
EST/EDT (Local Time)
Net Name – Location
|1830||SPARC Daily Net
St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay Area
ARRL WCF Section Traffic Net