Section Traffic Manager (STM)
    
David Maynard, WA3EZN
     4815 Midland Drive

Hilliard, Ohio 43026

     Home Phone: 614-527-4897
     E-mail:
wa3ezn(at)att.net

 

OHIO SECTION TRAFFIC REPORT

 

 

2014 Reports

 

January February March April
May June July August
September      

  

 

2013 Reports

 

January February March April
May June July August
September October November December

 

 

Some Quick Tips On Traffic Handling On Voice Nets:

 

Making a written list of traffic you need to transmit by destination, e.g. Michigan, West Virginia, or 9th Region, 4th Region etc., prior to checking into a net; have the traffic readily available in an orderly manner so as not to require a frantic search for it when the time comes to send it. Example: MI 2, NY 1, 5RN 3 - Manila file folders work well for sorting by REGION destination.

If using push-to-talk operation when transmitting a message, un-key the microphone often so the receiving station may break in if necessary.

 

Remember to send your message slow enough for the receiving station to copy your message on paper.

Use the NATO International Phonetic Alphabet. The phonetics have been used and tested over the past 50 years so as to preclude any ambiguity in their meaning.

 

The number ZERO (0) is not the letter "O". It is pronounced as ZERO and not as OH or OWE. The letter "O" phonetically is OSCAR.

 

Example:

Amateur call sign KB0ABC is Kilo Bravo Zero Alfa Bravo Charlie and not Kay Bee Owe Aay Bee Cee. Think of the foregoing example when seeing the number ZERO in a message.

 

Use pro-words to identify what is coming next in a message being transmitted:

FIGURE or FIGURES identifies the next piece of information as a number or group of numbers.

 

INITIAL (s) or LETTERS-GROUP identifies the next item as a single letter group or group of letters (e.g. an acronym such as ARES) spelled out using the NATO International Phonetic Alphabet.

 

(word) I SPELL identifies the next word as having a unique spelling or is a proper name, Chrysteen I SPELL, Charlie Hotel Romeo Yankee Sierra Tango Echo Echo November, Chrysteen.

 

Breaks in text identified by the letter "X" are always sent as INITIAL X-RAY.  */__/*

 

The net control station's operating frequency is always the correct frequency for all members of the net, regardless if it is not the normal net frequency.

 

The net control station will always direct the station receiving traffic to call the station sending the traffic.

 

 

 

 

* Radiograms - and how to write them

 

 

Net

Time of Operation

Frequency

Buckeye (early)

18:45

3.577

Buckeye (late)

22:00

3.577

Ohio Slow Net

18:00

3.53535

 

Ohio HF Emergency Preparedness Net

 

19:00 every Tuesday evening

3.850 - 3.870 &

7.240 - 7.244

+/- QRM

Ohio Digital Emergency Net (OHDEN) 20:00 every Tuesday evening

7.072 USB

+/- QRM

Ohio Single Side-Band Net

10:30 16:15 18:45

3.9725

 

Net Managers

 

Buckeye Net (early)

Larry G Mittman, N9AUG
16040 Murphy Road
Sunbury, OH 43074

740-965-5945

Email: n9aug(at)arrl.net

 

Buckeye Net (late)

William Fraedrich, WB9LBI

9245 Flora Drive

Streetsboro, OH 44241

330-626-2038

Email: wfraedrich(at)aol.com

 

Ohio Slow Net

Henry Koenig, WD8Q

1858 Leiter Road

Lucus, OH 44843

419-892-3232

Email: wd8q(at)arrl.net

 

Ohio Single Side-Band Net

Donald L Zickefoose, WB8SIQ
733 Washington St
Vermilion, OH 44089

440-967-7822

Email:  wb8siq(at)centurytel.net

 

OSSBN Website >>

 

 

 

 


Did you ever consider why the ARRL Section is organized the way it is?


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. Examples of reports are found at: http://www.oharts.org/sar.html

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.....

 

 

 

 

Each month the hams of Ohio are given the opportunity to send a report to the Section Traffic Manager. The report can be a monthly traffic report, a PSHR (Public Service Honor Role) report or both.

Some hams will say, I only handle one or two pieces of traffic a month and it is not worth reporting. It is important to send in a report regardless on how much traffic you handle. When you take all those stations that handle 1, 2, 5, 10 or more pieces of traffic and add them together, they add up.

Why is it important to submit these reports? The totals of these reports are an indication of the activity in Ohio. When only a handful of hams submit reports, it gives the appearance we are not doing as much as we could be. There are far more stations active in Ohio than these reports indicate.

What is PSHR? Public Service Honor Role is recognition of amateur station activity. The PSHR reports are printed in QST each month in the public service section.

 

How do you qualify for PSHR? You must have a total of 70 points in any of 6 categories. These are;
 

1. Participating in a public service net (max. 40)


2. Handling formal messages (max. 40)


3. Serving in an ARRL-sponsored volunteer position (max. 30)


4. Participating in a scheduled, short-term public service event, including off-the-air meetings

    (5 points per hour - no limit)
 

5. Participating in an unplanned emergency response (5 points per hour - no limit)
 

6.Providing and maintaining an automated digital system handling ARRL radiogram-formatted

   messages or a web page e-mail list server oriented toward Amateur Radio public service.

   (10 points per item)
 

1) Participation in a public service net -- 1 point, maximum 40.

A public service net is one that is regularly scheduled and handles Amateur Radio formal messages. Here are examples of public service nets: Local and section nets that are affiliated with the National Traffic System (NTS); NTS region, NTS area, and independent nets that handle traffic; ARES, RACES, SKYWARN nets that meet on a regular basis; net sessions that are activated during emergencies and threats of potential emergencies; public service and safety nets; nets that are established for training radio amateurs in public service and emergency communications.

 

2) Handling formal messages (radiograms) via any mode -- 1 point for each message handled; maximum 40.

A "handled" message is defined as a message that is originated or sent or received or delivered. PSHR will follow the same method as Brass Pounders' League to count an individual operator's traffic total (also known as station activity report) to reach the figure for the new PSHR Category 2. There is one point granted for each message handled; maximum 40 points per calendar month.

Here is a reference from the Public Service Communications Manual on how to count messages. [Section 2, NTS Chapter 10.2]  http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/pscm/sec2-ch10.html#2 

 

Originated--One point for each message from a third party for sending via your station. This "extra" credit is given for an off-the-air function because of the value of contact with the general public.

 

Sent--Every message sent over the air from your station to another amateur receives a point in this category. Thus, a message that is eligible for an Originated point as above receives another point when it is sent on the air.

 

Likewise, a message that is received on the air conveys a Sent point when it is relayed to another station. A message that you initiate yourself, while it gets no Originated point, gets a Sent point when cleared. All Sent points require on-the-air sending.

 

Received--A message received over the air gets a Received point, whether received for relaying (sending) or for delivery to the addressee. Any message received which is not eligible for a Delivery point (such as one addressed to yourself) is nevertheless eligible for a Received point.

 

Delivered--The act of delivery of a message to a third party receives a point in this category, in addition to a Received point. This is strictly an off-the-air function and must be coupled with receipt of the message at your station. Thus you can't get a Delivered point unless you first get a Received point.

 

Further example for clarification: If I send a message originated on behalf of myself, I know I get only one point for a message SENT. However, if I originate a message on behalf of a third party, and then send it, I get TWO points, (origination and sending), even though ONE message was handled.

 

3) 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.

ARRL Field Organization appointees (in alphabetical order) include the following: Assistant Section Managers, District Emergency Coordinators, Emergency Coordinators, Local Government Liaisons, Net Managers, Official Bulletin Stations, Official Emergency Stations, Official Observers, Official Observer Coordinators, Official Relay Stations, Public Information Coordinators, Public Information Officers, Section Emergency Coordinators, Section Managers, Section Traffic Managers, State Government Liaisons, Technical Specialists.

 

The Section Manager is the ARRL-member elected League official the section. NTS Net Managers would include the following nets: NTS Region and NTS Area. TCC (Transcontinental Corps) Director is in charge of organizing his/her TCC membership roster of operators that comprise the corps. TCC members are those operators that are assigned to relay traffic from one NTS area to another, conducting liaison with NTS nets to do so. NTS official or appointee above the Section level includes NTS Area Staff Chairs, NTS Area Digital Coordinators and NTS Digital Stations.

 

More information about the structure of the NTS and the positions and nets that are mentioned in this article may be found in the ARRL's Public Service Communications Manual. It is on the ARRLWeb.

 

4) 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.

 

This category recognizes the value of public safety communication events that Amateur Radio is often called to participate in. Simulated emergency tests, exercises, and drills are covered by this category. Points are gained by the amount of time that an Amateur Radio operator spends directly involved in operating the event. This also recognizes the value of off-the-air time it takes to meet with the organization or public service agency to plan and coordinate Amateur Radio involvement.

 

5) 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.

 

This category recognizes an Amateur Radio operator who is directly involved in an actual emergency operation. This includes the operator who is on the scene or out in the field, in the shelter, at the emergency operations center, at the hospital, or other served agency's headquarters or their temporary command center.

 

The second sentence of Category 5 invites the Amateur Radio operator who is an active participant in an unplanned incident -- or in other words, an emergency operation-- to take credit for his/her participation even though he/she is not physically at the emergency scene.

 

The intent behind Category 5 is to also include the Amateur Radio operators -- like net controllers, net operation and other radio amateurs that support communications in unplanned incidents-- that are not actually on the emergency scene or at the shelter, etc, but are spending time and efforts for supporting the same emergency communication efforts.

 

As an example, if the National Weather Service activates SKYWARN, Amateur Radio operators serve as weather spotters from their home (or car, or work, or other locations) during the weather event. Then, a tornado strikes and the Red Cross calls out the ARES members to serve in shelters and to provide support for damage assessment communications. These operators would be among those to qualify for points under Category 5.

 

There would likely be several net control operators, net liaison operators, traffic handlers, etc, who are away from the disaster scene, but are spending time to support the Amateur Radio emergency communication effort on behalf of the served agencies (Red Cross and National Weather Service, in this example). They, too, would qualify for points under Category 5.

 

6.) Providing and maintaining a) an automated digital system that handles ARRL radiogram-formatted messages; b) a Web page e-mail list server oriented toward Amateur Radio public service -- 10 points per item.

 

The portion, "a," is a carry-over from the previous PSHR criteria as this sub category recognizes the efforts it takes to provide and maintain an automated digital system (like a packet bulletin board or a PACTOR system) that handles ARRL radiogram-formatted messages.

 

The portion "b," is a new item. Since the last time PSHR criteria were revised, newer technologies like Web pages and e-mail list servers have become popular and effective ways to communicate news and information to the community of radio amateurs that are involved in emergency and public service communication operations and preparedness.

 

Check the ARRL web site for full details.

Why submit a PSHR report? Again to show how active Ohio hams are. This lets the ARRL see how hams are serving their community and section.

I would encourage all hams to submit both of these reports to out to our Section Traffic Manager.


Don't have time to get on the traffic nets to give your report.. We have the answer for you. Just fill out the on-line PSHR form and it will email it directly to the STM for you.    Here's the form.  
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