Each month data is collected from NTS net managers and from Official Relay Stations to help track traffic movement and volume through the Section. Below are some of these traffic statistics and details on what each item tracks.
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Traffic net reports
Here are statistics from the previous month and year, along with a 12-month chart to help show trends, and definitions on what each of these data points are.
Last 12 months
When an amateur radio operator (a station) participates in a traffic net, the station needs to let the net operator know by checking in. These check-ins are tracked to understand how many stations are participating in traffic nets each month.
We track how much traffic (in our case messages sent using the radiogram format) moves through our traffic nets. Even when there are no ongoing disasters or emergencies, traffic moves around the world to help new stations learn about traffic handling and to help ongoing traffic handlers to practice their skills.
Traffic nets have official starting and ending times. We track how much time the traffic nets are on the air in minutes.
Each time a traffic net takes place, we refer to it as a session. We track how many sessions take place each month.
Official Relay Station reports
Here are statistics from our Official Relay Stations for the previous month, along with a 12-month chart to help show trends, and definitions on what each of these data points are.
Last 12 months
ARRL Section leadership is interested in activity reports from stations participating in the national traffic system, and those stations holding the Official Relay Station (ORS) appointment regularly send Station Activity Reports to let us know about traffic activity. The SAR points are made up of these four categories:
(An off-the-air function) Any ARRL standard format message traffic prepared by you (the first party) for someone other than yourself (a third party), and filed at your amateur radio station for initial transmission over the air. Count one point. In other words, this is a radiogram which you created for another per-son using your station’s message number and call sign.
Note: A message that you create for yourself does not qualify as an Origination, but will be covered later under the SENT category.
(An on-the-air function) Any message traffic to be sent by your station to another amateur station (a second party), whether such a message is initially transmitted from your station as your Originated message for a third party, a message for your-self, or one that was received from another amateur station. Count one point.
Note: Messages sent by means of telephone, postal, E-mail, etc. do not count as Sent, however they may qualify for counting as Delivered.
(An on-the-air function) Any ARRL standard format radiogram received over amateur radio by your station. This will include message traffic received, whether for yourself, for relay to another amateur station (the second party), or received for delivery to the message addressee (a third party). Count one point.
Note: Messages received by other means, such as telephone, postal, E-mail, MARS, in-person, etc., are not counted as Received, however they may cause you to Originate a message for later transmission.
(An off-the-air function) Any message traffic that is delivered by you to the message addressee (a third party), provided that the message was received at your station by amateur radio and that the addressee is someone other than yourself. This delivery is done by telephone, postal, E-mail, in-person, etc. Count one point.
Note: A message sent by amateur radio to the final addressee at another amateur station is counted as a sent message, not as a delivered message.
Amateur operators are encouraged to report their public service activities to their Section Manager, or as they may delegate to either the Section Traffic Manager (which is how they are reported in the North Texas Section) or the Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC), in the categories below.
Amateur Radio stations that qualify for PSHR 12 consecutive months, or 18 out of a 24 month period, will be awarded a certificate from Headquarters upon written notification of qualifying months to the Public Service Branch of Field and Educational Services at ARRL HQ.
Participating in a public service net, using any mode.
1 point per net session; maximum 40.
Handling formal messages (radiograms) via any mode.
1 point for each message handled; maximum 40.
Serving in an ARRL-sponsored volunteer position: ARRL Field Organization appointee or Section Manager, NTS Net Manager, TCC Director, TCC member, NTS official or appointee above the Section level.
10 points for each position; maximum 30.
Participation in scheduled, short-term public service events such as walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons, parades, simulated emergency tests and related practice events. This includes off-the-air meetings and coordination efforts with related emergency groups and served agencies.
5 points per hour (or any portion thereof) of time spent in either coordinating and/or operating in the public service event; no limit.
Participation in an unplanned emergency response when the Amateur Radio operator is on the scene. This also includes unplanned incident requests by public or served agencies for Amateur Radio participation.
5 points per hour (or any portion thereof) of time spent directly involved in the emergency operation; no limit.
Providing and maintaining a) an automated digital system that handles ARRL radiogram-formatted messages; b) a Web page or e-mail list server oriented toward Amateur Radio public service.
10 points per item.