From: Jim Kutsch KY2D NNJ STM, NJVN Net Manager NJVN MONTHLY REPORT OCTOBER 2018 SESSIONS 31 CHECK INS 304 TRAFFIC 50 (brought) / 50 (passed) IN 327 MINUTES 39 DIFFERENT STATIONS
NJVN is still in need of more net control stations. If you would like to give it a try, please let me know. I have an NCS instruction document I can send you. Volunteering to be an alternate NCS to fill in when a regular NCS is unavailable is a great way to start. Please consider it and let me know if you are interested.
We have several new members who may be just starting out in traffic handling. Accepting a message and delivering it is a great next step for newcomers. Please volunteer to take a message on the net. Practice by writing down a message that someone else is receiving. Or, if you want to receive a practice message, let me know and I’ll send one to you. When you are ready, the next step is to send a message. It can be to anyone else on the net, to me as Net Manager, or to a friend or relative.
To help those less familiar with the proper radiogram format, below is a radiogram with explanations of all the parts. If you have any questions, please ask on a net or, you could send me your question in a radiogram of your own. If you haven’t passed a message yet, please join in. It’s very rewarding when serious messages come through and your ham radio interest makes a meaningful difference for someone.
Remember, as W8YS, the Net Manager of the Eastern Area Net always says “Ham radio is a hobby; traffic handling is a commitment.” Is it time for you to notch up your commitment by receiving or sending a radiogram? By becoming an alternate NCS? Jump in. NJVN is a “training net” and we take that seriously. All questions are welcome and we all started on a training net somewhere.
The phrases in square brackets are explanations. Radiograms are always written in upper case with no punctuation.
NR 351 R HXC K3RXK 20 WALKER MD FEB 21
[In the above, 351 is the message number as set by the sending station;
R is the precedence for the message, in this case "routine" (as opposed to emergency or priority);
HXC is the "handling instructions" which is optional. handling instruction "C" requests that the delivering station report back to the originating station the date and time the message was delivered;
K3RXK is the station that originated the message;
20 is the "check", the number of letter groups in the message body between the two "BT" prosigns;
WALKER MD is the place of origin; and
FEB 21 is the date the message was originated. Optionally a time of origination can be included before the date]
[the addressee (full address and phone number are preferred when possible)]
AL BAROLET KJ3E 108 ELLIOTT CT CALIFORNIA MD 20619 301 862 3201 BT
[this pro sign, read as "break" indicates the end of the preamble and the beginning of the actual message body]
[message text is usually written in lines of five or ten words to make the "check" easier to confirm]
CAN YOU ATTEND THE JUNE MEETING OF THE FREDERICK AMATEUR RADIO CLUB QUERY YOUR TRAFFIC HANDLING EXPERIENCES ARE INTERESTING 73
[Note the question mark was spelled out and the "X" (read as X-RAY) is used for a period]
[This "break" indicates end of message body]