Official Relay Station Reports
(Station Activity Report)
(Public Service Honor Roll)
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Traffic Net Reports
Have some important things to talk about this month:
- Traffic Thursday launches, providing a new way for traffic handlers to get to know each other!
- DFW Metroplex Traffic Net management update
- Texas Slow Net moving to 40 meters starting April 1st
- ARES/RACES liaison statistics
- Public Service Honor Roll for February 2021
- Next NTS training Session Saturday April 17 at 2 pm Central time
Traffic Thursday launches, providing a new way for traffic handlers to get to know each other!
I hinted at this last month, and I’m excited to announce Traffic Thursday is now live! This is another personal project that I’ve stood up to help inject additional traffic into the system and also gather statistics on how the system is doing. Plus, it gives us traffic handlers a fun way to get to know each other!
Each Thursday at 0000Z check-ins for this “virtual net” open, and there’s an optional question of the week you an answer. Responses are compiled and available on the statistics page, along with information including transit times and other details. Check out https://www.trafficthursday.com/ for more information on how to check in!
DFW Metroplex Traffic Net management update
I am sad to say that Sean Peoples, AA5SA, has stepped back from his role as Net Manager for the DFW Metroplex Traffic Net to focus on other priorities. He has helped numerous amateur radio operators, including me, to not only build our traffic handling skills, but also our on-air skills and become better hams. I’m very happy that he will remain active on the traffic nets, and I believe I reflect what numerous others feel when I say thank you for all your help, and I very much wish you my best.
At the same time, I am pleased to announce that Korky Kathman, KG5NNA, has graciously accepted appointment from Assistant Net Manager to Net Manager for the DFW Metroplex Traffic Net. He has been highly active on the traffic system and is a key resource in helping drive traffic handling improvements, including helping prepare and evaluate the November functional exercise. Additionally, I’m excited that Justin Lentz, KF5IVJ, has accepted appointment as Assistant Net Manager. As an appointed Official Relay Station, he has several years of experience, and has helped others understand traffic handling by presenting the radiogram and how the system works. My thanks to both Korky and Justin for stepping up and further serving the traffic system.
Texas Slow Net moving to 40 meters starting April 1st
Jason Patterson, KD5RQB, is the Net Manager for the Texas Slow Net, a CW traffic net that helps hams not only learn about traffic handling, but also build their Morse code skills. After asking other area operators, Jason is moving the net, which I fully support, from 80 meters to 40 meters to help reach more hams and drive more participation.
Starting on April 1st, the Texas Slow Net will operate at 7.050 MHz (+/- 3) at 7:45 pm Central time daily.
ARES/RACES liaison statistics
The National Traffic System (NTS) and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) are sister ARRL public service programs working to serve communities when the need arises for our communications expertise. Other teams, like the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), can also leverage the NTS for medium and long range communications.
In the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, several ARES and RACES teams have worked to encourage and maintain regular engagement with the NTS, and statistics have been logged as part of regular net operations. Starting this month, I will be publishing these statistics which outline how many DFW Metroplex Traffic Net sessions had an ARES or RACES liaison from each team. This will help area ARES and RACES teams understand the level of engagement we’re seeing and
These statistics are now available on the NTS Traffic Statistics page on the section website, and I will include them in the monthly reports going forward. Here are the statistics from the last 6 months along with sparklines to show trending:
If your ARES or RACES team is interested in participating in the traffic system, including upcoming traffic system exercises, please reach out to me and I am happy to help with questions and training requests.
Public Service Honor Roll for February 2021
Congratulations to these amateur radio operators that qualify for Public Service Honor Roll recognition with 70 or more points for the month!
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)
My thanks to all of you for helping relay traffic and keeping the system running daily!
Aaron | K8AMH