This website is meant to be a resource for all amateur radio operators in the Western New York Section of the ARRL, which encompasses the following New York Counties: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Erie, Genesee, Herkimer, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates. Resources related to the National Traffic System (NTS), traffic handling guidance and procedures and eventually NTS nets (including schedules) as well as additional new ham resources will be added to this site as time allows. If you have any questions, comments or wish to suggest additions, updates or changes of any kind, please email email@example.com and allow up to 48 hours for a reply. Thank you!
NTS Methods & Practices Guide
NTS Methods & Practices: http://www.arrl.org/table-of-contents-nts-methods-and-practices-guidelines
RTC – Software for Traffic Handling
A Windows program has been available FREE of charge by Lane Kendall WK4WC. It helps you track your handling of messages and your monthly station activity reports…
Watch Your Words!
When sending traffic, be mindful that certain words may sound the same but have two totally different meanings. In some contexts, the wrong word doesn’t fit, but in some, they can change the meaning. For example: Would/Wood, For/Four, To/Too/Two, etc. When coming across those words, it may be best to spell them to make it clear which word applies to the message being sent.
It’s that time of year again for the RRI Christmas messages. The RRI 1801 Christmas form can be found HERE. The new RRC numbered radiogram definitions can be found HERE.
Traffic Tips #7
When checking into any formal net, which most traffic nets are… It is important to determine if you are going to be there a while. If for some reason you are unable to stay or pick up traffic and you simply want to ID yourself to the net controller, it is okay to check in as “in and out” or “short time” which signals the net controller to either move critical items your way, release you from the net or find an alternate route for traffic. Keeping in that same spirit, if you check in and then decide that you must leave, it is best practice to notify the net controller that you are checking out of the net. This helps the net controller keep track of who is still available and who is not.
S E T Weekend
Simulated Emergency Test (SET) weekend is upon us. Time to dust off your HT radios, spare batteries, generators and other off-grid methods for powering communications equipment. Test your emergency regularly and remember to follow safety protocols when operating equipment with off-gas or emissions.
The hurricane net was operational as the storm ranged in Florida, operating on 40M by night and 20M by daylight hours.
OCTEN looking for NCS
OCTEN is currently looking for a Tuesday night NCS station. Inquire by email at OCTEN @ WNYHAM.COM and get started today!
If you’re looking for a way to listen to some HF activity, but don’t currently have an HF radio or maybe you’re lacking an antenna or live in an area with a heavy noise level – you can try using WebSDR to receive. http://www.websdr.org has a bunch of receivers on air that are broadcast over the internet, including one in Northern PA that’s great to listen to NY State/Section and Regional nets with. Examples being the New York Public Operations Net at 5PM daily on 3925 kHz or Second Region Net (2RN) at 6:30PM daily on 3926 kHz.
Traffic Tips #6
How do I use a period/dot in a radiogram? That depends! How do you want to use it? When finishing a thought or changing subjects in a radiogram message, use “X” to end the statement or thought as in Example1. When referring to a decimal point, use “R” in place of the period/dot as in Example2. When referring to an email or website, use “DOT” written out as in Example3.
Example1: WE HAD A GREAT TIME X WHY IS IT THAT WE ONLY VISIT IN FALL QUERY
Example2: 146R52 IS THE CALLING FREQUENCY
Example3: WWW DOT GOOGLE DOT COM