Did you ever consider why the ARRL Section is organized the way it
Yes, the head "honcho" is the Section Manger (SM) but behind him are
the folks that help coordinate the work of the Section. These
include the Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC), the Section Traffic
Manager (STM), the Public Information Coordinator (PIC), Official
Observer Coordinator (OOC), and others that have a reporting
function to the SM. Yes, it is much like a military hierarchy, but
it does serve a purpose.
Just remember you are licensed by a US government agency, the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), that allocates
communications spectrum space to interested parties. You are an
"interested" party. The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is
considered to be amateur radio's lobby that is defending your
operating frequency spectrum; the organization that is looking out
for your continued operating future as an amateur radio operator.
However, as with all things relegated to government control,
reporting is an essential function.
This is where you come in. Reporting is developed from data and
statistics. The monthly data compiled by the ARRL from Section
reports is used in support of comments on petitions for proposed
rule making and other regulatory functions of the FCC and the
legislative side of the US Government. The only way the data and
statistics get built is from monthly traffic and participation
reports. These are reports captured by the STM and SEC and reported
to the SM. The SM files those reports monthly with the ARRL Field
Organization group. Normally, the more reports received, the better
for the Section.
Why? The reports reflect the health, vibrancy and diligence of the
Section, especially when the reports reflect 12,000 message traffic
transactions and 10000 hours of emergency communications training
and operations in just one month. Those are the kind of data that
"pop out" at you when you are reading or presenting a report or
delivering testimony before an FCC panel. They are also used a
measure for allocation of funds from the ARRL to support the
Section's operating costs.
So, if you are involved in net operations with ARES training and
operation and net or NTS traffic handling, I suggest that you get on
the bandwagon and regularly file a monthly station activity report.
You will be the one that ultimately benefits from it. Reports need
to be filed with your STM, EC, DEC, or SEC. File your reports
over-the-air, via email, or even with a telephone call. It really
doesn't matter how the report gets to where it needs to be, just get
it there by the very first week of every month..
If you are going to do it over-the-air, then just send a quick and
simple NTS message to whomever needs your data.
If your station operations meet the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR)
criteria as listed at the URL above, then file a PSHR report in
addition to the traffic report....Generally, in our case, more
reporting will always be better than none.....