ARRL Field Day Weekend (June 22-23)Field Day Weekend is upon us! Earn 200 bonus points!
Look at our sample messages... learn the Field Day rules applying to NTS... and check-out our net schedule.
EARNING 200 BONUS POINTS:
Earn those 200 bonus points by handling NTS traffic. Sending a properly formatted NTS message to your ARRL Section Manager (or to the Section Emergency Coordinator) will get you the first 100 points. Handle 10 more NTS messages and you get the second 100 points. These messages are to be written and formatted at your Field Day site, and only transmitted off-site by amateur radio RF.
Keep a visitor log of all participants and visitors on your site, including their name, call sign (if a ham), Member of Your Club?, ARRL Member?, ARES/RACES?, Phone, E-mail Address, etc. This is good to have anyway for Field Day follow-up, and you need some of the data to generate the Section Manager message.
SECTION MANAGER MESSAGE:
Make it your first message, on Saturday! At the minimum, include: club name (if applicable), number of participants, field day location, and number of ARES/RACES operators involved. Here is an example for Geeksters Club (fictional), operating "2A" at Prickly Pear Park in Tucson:
101 R - K7ILA 19 TUCSON AZ JUN 22
ROBERT SPENCER KE8DM
ARRL ARIZONA SECTION MGR
1831 S MCKINLEY AVE
YUMA AZ 85364
GEEKSTERS CLUB OPERATING 2A AT
PRICKLY PEAR PARK XRAY FIVE
VISITORS AND TEN MEMBERS INCLUDING
SEVEN ARES XRAY 73
WILD BULL CODY K7ILA
OP NOTE: DELIVER BY EMAIL
The only punctuation used in the example is "XRAY" denoting the end of a sentence. Use "QUERY" if you are ending a sentence with a question mark (i.e., ARE YOU COMING TO SEE US QUERY"). This 100-pointer message may be sent to the Arizona ARRL Section Manager (Robert Spencer, KE8DM, as in above example) or to the Arizona ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator:
Dennis Bietry, KE7EJF
PO Box 16885
Phoenix AZ 85011
The Section Message must leave your Field Day site via radio during Field Day. Keep a copy for submission, noting the name and call of the ham off-site who received it, and time, date, and frequency. Due to the large volume, Section Manager Spencer requests final delivery be made by email (ref OP NOTE).
HANDLE TEN MORE MESSAGES:
Generate more messages to earn the second 100 points. If you send seven, for example, and receive three, you made it. These can go to anyone (a ham or not). Be sure to include the complete address (if not local) and phone number with area code. The signature does NOT count as part of your word count for the body. Keep to five words per line, five lines maximum, plus signature. If the message is from a ham, include their call sign in the signature. The originator call sign will be the club call where it is sent from. Here is a sample:
102 R - K7ILA 15 SHOW LOW AZ JUN 22
UNCLE PERRY BOLAND
123 FIRST ST
SHOW LOW AZ 85902
HAVING FUN AT FIELD DAY
AT FOOLS HOLLOW XRAY COME
VISIT XRAY BBQ AT SIX
If you send/receive more than ten additional messages, that is great, though you only get 10 points each for the first ten! Be sure and note the receive and/or send time on each message, as well as who you gave it to on the air, or whom you received it on the air from, and your name and call sign. Copies of each message will have to be submitted to ARRL to claim the points. Try to deliver all incoming messages during Field Day, if possible.
KNOW THE RULES:
Paragraphs 7.3.5 and 7.3.6 detail the rules that apply to NTS:
7.3.5. Message Origination to Section Manager: 100 bonus points for origination of a National Traffic System (NTS) style formal message to the ARRL Section Manager or Section Emergency Coordinator by your group from its site. You should include the club name, number of participants, Field Day location, and number of ARES operators involved with your station. The message must be transmitted during the Field Day period and a fully serviced copy of it must be included in your submission, in standard ARRL NTS format, or no credit will be given. The Section Manager message is separate from the messages handled in Rule 7.3.6. and may not be claimed for bonus points under that rule. Available to all Classes.
7.3.6. Message Handling: 10 points for each formal NTS style originated, relayed or received and delivered during the Field Day period, up to a maximum of 100 points (ten messages). Properly serviced copies of each message must be included with the Field Day report. The message to the ARRL SM or SEC under Rule 7.3.5. does not count towards the total of 10 for this bonus. Available to all Classes. All NTS messages claimed for bonus points must leave or enter the site via amateur radio RF.
Review the full ARRL Field Day 2013 Rules document to make the most of your points. See below for more helpful links, and HAVE FUN!
SAGUARO NET FIELD DAY SCHEDULE:
Saguaro NTS Net is holding regular daily nets at 1830 plus two additional on the EAARS Repeater Network to handle Field Day message traffic:
1830 hrs MST (6:30 P.M. Regular Net)
2000 hrs MST (8:00 P.M.)
0800 hrs MST (8:00 A.M.)
1830 hrs MST (6:30 P.M. Regular Net, AFTER Field Day)
ARRL Field Day Web Site
ARRL 2013 Field Day Flyer (PDF)
ARRL Field Day Station Locator
K7ILA's Radiogram Form (PDF)
Parts of a Radiogram - FSD218
Operator Aids - FSD220
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