Official Relay Station Reports
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Traffic Net Reports
Welcome to June! Here’s what’s happening with traffic in our Section.
But before we jump in, my thanks to all of our section Official Relay Stations for submitting your monthly reports via the traffic system!
Traffic levels continue to increase
I am excited to report that Section initiatives to provide new opportunities for traffic training and handling are driving a continued increase in traffic levels. Traffic net volume is up over 240% from February, and SAR totals have tripled from February’s 326 to May’s 1,002, levels that haven’t been seen since June of 2019.
We achieved this through:
- NTS Pen Pal traffic (https://www.ntspenpal.com): 18 participants across the US and Canada, including 7 here in the North Texas Section, and one in Ontario Canada!
- NTS Trivia (https://www.ntstrivia.com): Over 50 trivia responses from stations in Texas, New Jersey, Florida, and more!
- Increased participation: With over 150 hams and hams-to-be in the US and Canada attending our NTS training sessions, we are seeing an increase in new traffic handlers jumping in here in the Section. Check-ins are up from 752 in February to 1,103 in May. In fact, if you look at the 12-month chart above, you can see we’ve been averaging about 800 check-ins a month up until March’s increase to 961.
Send your congratulations to astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley
Did you know astronaut Bob Behnken is a ham? He (KE5GGX) and Doug Hurley made history when they blasted off from Kennedy Space Center last Saturday, May 30. It’s the first time astronauts have launched from American soil since the final Space Shuttle flight in 2011.
I would very much like to send both of them your ham radio greetings, which is where I need your help. You can send each of them a unique piece of traffic, or send them both one piece of traffic. When you route your traffic to my station, I will print it out and Priority Mail it and everyone else’s traffic to NASA on the first of July to try and get it there before the July 4 holiday.
And, while my intent is to have everything come in via the traffic system, if I do receive something by email or Winlink or such, I will also include them as I do not want to exclude those without the ability to reach a traffic net. Radiogram traffic is preferred, please, but you can email your messages to email@example.com if you can’t make it to a traffic net.
You can check if I received your traffic by going to my website https://www.k8amh.com/NASA and/or if you use HXC I will send you a confirmation.
Here’s how you can address your radiograms:
To send traffic to Bob Behnken
BOB BEHNKEN KE5GGX C/O K8AMH
PO BOX 479
LITTLE ELM TX 75068
To send traffic to Doug Hurley
DOUG HURLEY C/O K8AMH
PO BOX 479
LITTLE ELM TX 75068
To send traffic to both Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley in one piece of traffic instead of two separate ones
BOB BEHNKEN KE5GGX AND DOUG HURLEY C/O K8AMH
PO BOX 479
LITTLE ELM TX 75068
Next NTS training Session Saturday June 20 at 2 pm Central time
If you missed the two previous traffic handling training sessions, I have another one coming up on Saturday June 20 at 2 pm Central time. Are you going to participate in Field Day? You can send traffic to earn points, but you gotta know how!
Right now I’m at about half of the 100-attendee capacity I can host, so be sure to register now to get a spot!
First radiogram awards
You already know I am passionate about the traffic system and traffic handling. I am especially excited by our new amateur radio operators jumping in and starting their traffic handling journeys.
I want to commemorate those authoring their first radiogram and relaying it over the air by issuing award certificates. As much as I would like to provide these for everyone, given I am self-funding this, I am only issuing these for stations in the North Texas Section and only during my time as Section Traffic Manager, meaning any date on or after April 23, 2019.
To request a certificate, you or someone on your behalf can submit an online request, and I will work to issue and send your certificate as soon as possible. Your certificate will be mailed to the address on file for the Station of Origin, to make sure your address on file with the FCC is up to date.
DFW Metroplex Traffic Net videos
Working with Sean Peoples (KC5FAZ), net manager for the DFW Metroplex Traffic Net, we put together two training videos: one covering how a traffic net can be logged by its net control station, the other detailing how the net report is put together.
DFW Metroplex Traffic Net is looking for Field Day net control stations
Sean is also looking for stations interested in serving as net control during the Field Day traffic net, which takes place during the last two hours of Field Day. Interested stations can find out more and sign up by visiting the DFW Metroplex website.
|NTX Section News and Information|
ARRL Field Day is June 27-28, the 4th full weekend in June. You can find more information at https://www.arrl.org/field-day, and remember, you can earn traffic-related points ! Check out rules 7.3.5 and 7.3.6 in the Field Day rules at http://www.arrl.org/field-day-rules.
|ARRL North Texas YouTube channel
Be sure to subscribe to our new YouTube channel.
Practice your Winlink skills by participating in this weekly net taking place each Wednesday. For more information visit http://bitly.com/winlinkwednesday
|Would your club/org like an NTS presentation?
Given current safer-at-home orders I have suspended in-person presentations, but if your group is holding meetings online, I am happy to join remotely. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
My continued to thanks to all of you for helping keep traffic moving. I am excited to see the increase in traffic handling in the section and I hope this trend continues.
Aaron | K8AMH