Official Relay Station Reports
(Station Activity Report)
(Public Service Honor Roll)
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Traffic Net Reports
Hello and happy November!
Last month I mentioned that I was sending test traffic throughout the system, and I’m continuing this at the moment with follow-up traffic to retest some areas where I didn’t receive anything back. I’m hopeful to have some data to report next month. Until then, here’s what else has been going on.
Hurricane Delta prompts traffic system response
This has certainly been an active hurricane year, and for the second time this season the traffic system stood up extended sessions in case there was storm-related traffic. While we did not experience any storm-related traffic, I am very thankful for our Official Relay Stations, Net Managers, and traffic net participants for stepping up to help.
As with Laura, the NTS Status Dashboard provided real-time weather information and updates from the National Hurricane Center. This has proven to be a very useful resource not only for traffic handlers and others in our Section, but for others across the country to monitor the latest information, including radar, forecast cones, and National Weather Service warnings. While I hope the tropics are done sending storms for the season, if we need to stand up again for a hurricane or other event, the Dashboard will be the primary resource for the latest information.
Now issuing service awards
Traffic handlers are the backbone of the system. For those that have stepped up as Official Relay Stations, Net Managers, and Net Control Stations, I value their ongoing dedication and contributions and I feel it is important to recognize them when incidents activating the traffic system do occur.
I have started something new here in the North Texas Section and sent our Official Relay Stations, Net Managers, and Net Control Stations a service award certificate with 8 placeholders. As incidents occur and the traffic system steps up, I will issue service award stickers that can be placed on the certificate as a way to show my appreciation and to commemorate their contributions. The sample image shows two service awards, one for Hurricane Laura, the other for Hurricane Delta.
We wouldn’t have a quality traffic system without amateur radio operators like our Official Relay Stations, Net Managers, and Net Control Stations, along with many others that volunteer to help relay traffic every single day. Thank you.
Public Service Honor Roll for October 2020
Congratulations to these amateur radio operators that qualify for Public Service Honor Roll!
Steven Phillips (K6JT)
Aaron Hulett (K8AMH)
Jo Ann Keith (KA5AZK)
Roger Elkinton (KE5YTA)
John Hazelton (KF5IOU)
Ron Ford (KF5OMH)
Korky Kathman (KG5NNA)
Melissa Tanner (KI5GRH)
DFW Metroplex NTS Functional Exercise held Saturday November 7
The DFW Metroplex Traffic Net managers and I collaborated on an exercise to test the system during a simulated cell network outage. We had 34 pieces of exercise traffic including test emergency traffic which was relayed between participating stations and a simulation emergency operations center. We are currently reviewing feedback and working to develop an After Action Report/Improvement Plan. Stay tuned for updates.
We also provided real-time information online via an exercise dashboard. As traffic came in to the simulation EOC, the dashboard provided a central location to see where reports were coming from along with the status of cellular connectivity in those areas. This real-time visualization helps show how your participation has significant impact during incidents, and I hope you found it helpful to see this in action during a simulated incident.
Next NTS training Session Saturday November 21 at 2 pm Central time
With the holiday season approaching, this will be the last traffic handling training for the year before picking things back up in January. If you would like to attend, please be sure to sign up!
My continued thanks for helping with the traffic system and keeping traffic moving. Please know you are very much appreciated.
Aaron | K8AMH