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TRAINING
ARRL NTS Home Page
ARRL NTS Manual
ARRL NTS Manual (PDF 48 pgs)
ARRL NTS Methods and Practices
Guidelines
ARRL NTS "MPG" (PDF 484 pgs)
Common Message Tutorial
Common Message Texts (PDF)
"NTS 101" Presentation - K7ILA
NTS Net Training Tips - ATEN
Radiogram Instructions - MCARS

DOWNLOADS
ARL Numbered Texts - FSD3
Calif Traffic Net Comm Txt (.doc)
Disaster Welfare Msg - FSD244
ICS 213 Form (Fillable)
Operator Aids - FSD220
Blank Radiogram (PDF) - K7ILA
Fillable Radiogram Form (PDF)
Parts of a Radiogram - FSD218
Radio Relay Intnat'l Radiogram (PDF)

MORE LINKS
Amer. Radio Relay League (ARRL)
ARRL Arizona Section
ARRL LAX Section NTS
ATEN - AZ Traffic & Emer Net
California Traffic Net
QRZ Call Sign Database (QRZ)
Sending International Traffic

  Updated 09/11/20 by:
  KI7TIG & K7ILA

  ATEN Start Time: 7 P.M. (MST)
  HF Frequency: 3986 kHz
  
  Site Created: 4/22/10
 
Net Mgr: Max Presnell, KI7TIG
Asst Mgr: Byron McCabe, AA7BM
Webmaster: Pink Foster, K7ILA
 
Net Control Schedule:
Monday - Max, KI7TIG
Tuesday - Jim, KJ7BHO
Wednesday - Rosie, KG7QWR
Thursday - Annika, KE7JOY
Friday - Max, KI7TIG
Saturday - Dick, W0PZD
Sunday - Rosie, KG7QWR,
or Max, KI7TIG
Fill-in - Greg, W9GRG

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Saguaro National
Traffic System (NTS)
Nightly Net


SAGUARO NTS NIGHTLY NET:
The Saguaro NTS Net meets EVERY NIGHT on ham radio at 6:30 P.M. (1830 hrs MST). Due to issues with the EAARS Mt. Lemmon repeater, on June 1, 2020, the net moved to N7OEM at 146.880 with a PL Tone of 110.9 (Pima County OEM COMM). If the 146.88 is being used at NET time, we will move to 145.250, PL Tone of 156.7. Join us and learn and participate in NTS messaging. Training tidbits are offered nightly and we are happy to help. Our purpose is to relay radiogram message traffic within the United States (and outside the U.S. wherever Third Party Traffic is permitted). The Saguaro NTS Net meets to enable hams with any level of amateur radio license to participate.

WHAT IS THE NATIONAL TRAFFIC SYSTEM?
The National Traffic System of messaging began over 100 years ago with the formation of the American Radio Relay League in 1915, a proud tradition that continues today. Our intention is for this site to be a helpful resource to all ham radio operators interested in handling message traffic.

Radiogram pic from bclingan.org

WHAT IS A RADIOGRAM MESSAGE?
Radiogram messages are the heart of the National Traffic System (NTS). Remember the telegraph messages of old? Radiogram messages are 25 words or less, and range from birthday and holiday greetings to simple messages to keep in touch. These messages can go to anyone, whether or not they are a ham (amateur radio operator). Radiogram messages are relayed on radio nets and sent digitally by hams all over the United States and can be sent to other countries (wherever Third Party Traffic is permitted). In times of an emergency, hams handle Health & Welfare message traffic to and from disaster areas.

SAGUARO NATIONAL TRAFFIC SYSTEM NET MONTHLY NUMBERS:

Month Sessions Check-ins Messages Origs
August 31 245 175 133
July 31 214 115 94
June 33 261 245 218
Field Day 4 32 103 103
May 31 235 72 57
April 30 253 148 127
March 31 231 120 95
February 29 216 105 84
January 31 222 76 58

2019 Saguaro NTS Net Stats
2018 Saguaro NTS Net Stats

ARIZONA TRAFFIC & EMERGENCY NET (ATEN):
The Saguaro NTS Net is an affiliate of the Arizona Traffic & Emergency Net (ATEN), an HF voice net which meets nightly on 3986 kHz (80 meters) at 7 P.M. (MST) as of April 15. Saguaro NTS members relay traffic to and from the ATEN, and also connect with other wide-area HF nets. Saguaro participants also utilize CW, Pactor and other modes to relay traffic into and out of Arizona.

SAGUARO NTS NET HISTORY:
Max, KI7TIG, is net manager since April 2019. Past net managers include: Byron, AA7BM; Pink, K7ILA; Bill, KC7ZZ; and Greg, W9GRG (former KC5ZGG). Pink, K7ILA, and Bill, KC7ZZ, started the Saguaro NTS Net in June 2009 during Field Day (a national ham radio weekend). Many thanks to the Radio Society of Tucson (Randy, KF0X, in particular) for encouraging us to start the net on the K7RST repeater atop Mt. Lemmon. We moved to the EAARS network in 2010 to reach a wider geographic area. Due to issues with the EAARS repeater on Mt. Lemmon, the net moved to N7OEM on June 1, 2020. Alternate is -145.250 (156.7).
 
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