Official Relay Station Reports
(Station Activity Report)
(Public Service Honor Roll)
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Traffic Net Reports
Hard to believe it’s already August. I hope you had a good July 4th holiday!
New Official Relay Stations
Please welcome our Section’s newest Official Relay Stations! Melissa (KI5GRH), Justin (KF5IVJ), Ron (KF5OMH), and David (KG5VSR) have been highly involved with traffic handling and continually demonstrate quality traffic handling skills to help ensure we’re ready to go should we be called to serve during an incident. My thanks and congratulations!
John (KF5IOU) qualifies for PSHR certificate
Stations that qualify for ARRL’s Public Service Honor Roll for either 12 consecutive months or 18 out of a 24-month period are eligible for a one-time certificate from ARRL headquarters. The PSHR recognizes the efforts of amateur radio operators that are active in many aspects of public service, including net operations, traffic handling, emergency operations, and public service communication support.
Back in April’s report I mentioned I would be tracking qualifications much more closely going forward. John (KF5IOU) has served our community for many years and likely qualified before, but upon receiving his July SAR/PSHR report and seeing he hasn’t been recognized, I am very exited to announce he has qualified!
Traffic levels begin to stabilize after Field Day
With Field Day traffic come and gone, we expected traffic levels to come down. The good news is volume remains up compared to last year. In June NTS-affiliated traffic nets moved 570 pieces of traffic, and now in July that number is still a respectable 453, over 74% higher compared to July 2019’s 259 pieces of traffic. It’s a little early to comment on whether these increased levels will become the new average, but I’m very much monitoring and hope this increased traffic continues
ARRL Learning Network kicks off with NTS presentation
Interested in learning more about amateur radio? ARRL members can sign up for and attend free 30-minute webinars about many facets of the amateur radio hobby. Last month I had the honor of kicking off the webinar program with an overview of the art of traffic handling. Missed a webinar? Recordings are also available at the ARRL website. And if you’d like to help by presenting an area of amateur radio you’re passionate about, consider submitting your topic via the ARRL Learning Network Request to Speak form at http://www.arrl.org/ARRL-Learning-Network-Speakers-Form
Find out more about the ARRL Learning Network, including an upcoming webinar from our very own Section Manager Steve Lott Smith (KG5VK) about computer logging at the ARRL website.
Traffic handling discussion on WTBR-FM’s Ham On! radio program
On July 15th I had the pleasure of talking about traffic handling on the Ham On! radio program hosted by Peter (KD2JKV) and Jessica Mattice. For the second half of the program I dive into some of the traffic-generating projects I kicked off, including the online trainings we’ve been holding here in the section, and the NASA astronaut traffic, NTS Trivia, and NTS Pen Pal projects. I also talk about the NTS Groups.io discussion group, and some general thoughts on the types of traffic that move through the system. Some exceptionally good questions from Jessica and Peter, and I hope you find the discussion interesting and insightful into the traffic system and what’s going on here in North Texas.
Next NTS training Session Saturday August 15 at 2 pm Central time
I have another training session coming up on Saturday August 15 at 2 pm Central time. Right now I’m at 52 of the 100-attendee capacity I can host, so be sure to register now to get a spot!
|NTX Section News and Information|
I am holding another online NTS training session on Saturday August 15 at 2:00 pm Central Daylight Time. There are only 100 slots available. You can find out more info and register using this Eventbrite link.
Jo Ann Keith (KA5AZK) is holding on-the-air traffic training on the first Wednesday and the following Saturday of every month at 9:30 am (before the 7290 Traffic Net starts) and 12:00 pm (after the net). The first part goes over the header and address, and at noon she reviews the text and signature. You can find information about the 7290 Traffic Net at https://www.7290trafficnet.org/
Mentorfest has been rescheduled for Saturday October 17, 2020 and will still take place at the Hella Shrine Temple in Garland. I am scheduled to give an in-person NTS training from 10:00 am to 11:45 am. Monitor https://www.arrrlntx.org for details.
|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 email@example.com if you are interested.
My continued thanks to all of you for helping move traffic through the section and for your commitment to traffic handling. If I don’t see you at the upcoming training, catch you in September!
Aaron | K8AMH