Sample Connections

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Example to view the list of traffic for Louisiana - NTSLA

*** CONNECTED to K5MC
[WinLink-2.9-B1FHIMR2T$]
Welcome AE5V NTSD VHF Packet Port
K5MC de AE5V QTC 6 Msgs 2445 bytes>
l@ NTSLA                                          (this means list the traffic for Louisiana)

                                                            (this is the response from the MBO)
NUMBER TS SIZE TO FROM AT FILED(Z) SUBJECT
1287 TN 472 71353 KA5KLU  NTSLA 0902/1955 MELVILLE LA
1286 TN 405 71295 WB5NKC NTSLA 0902/2143 WINNSBORO
1285 TN 371 71203 WB5NKC NTSLA 0902/2143 MONROE
1284 TN 406 70001 WB5NKC NTSLA 0902/2143 METAIRIE
1283 TN 424 70443 WB5NKC NTSLA 0902/2142 INDEPENDENCE
1282 TN 367 70056 WB5NKC NTSLA 0902/2142 GRETNA
K5MC de AE5V>


Example keyboard type connection on VHF port

*** CONNECTED to K5MC
[WinLink-2.9-B1FHIMR2T$]
Welcome AE5V NTSD VHF Packet Port
K5MC de AE5V QTC 6 Msgs 2445 bytes>
lt                                                     (this means list the traffic)
NUMBER TS SIZE TO FROM AT FILED(Z) SUBJECT
1287 TN 472 71353 KA5KLU NTSLA 0902/1955 MELVILLE LA
1286 TN 405 71295 WB5NKC NTSLA 0902/2143 WINNSBORO
1285 TN 371 71203 WB5NKC NTSLA 0902/2143 MONROE
1284 TN 406 70001 WB5NKC NTSLA 0902/2143 METAIRIE
1283 TN 424 70443 WB5NKC NTSLA 0902/2142 INDEPENDENCE
1282 TN 367 70056 WB5NKC NTSLA 0902/2142 GRETNA
K5MC de AE5V>
r 1282                                           (this means read message 1282)
Nr: 1282 To: 70056 From: WB5NKC Filed: 09/02 21:42 UTC
GRETNA
53 R HXG WB5NKD 18 OKLAHOMA CITY OK SEP 2
Full Name
Street address
City State Zip
phone number
BT
HELLO BY RADIOGRAM  x TO HELP YOURSELF AND OTHERS THROUGH THE YEARS PARTICIPATE IN A CW NET 73
BT
PAT WB5NKD
AR
Accept NTS Message (YES, NO, CANCEL)?
yes                                           (this means K5MC will accept and deliver 1282)
NTS Message Accepted
K5MC de AE5V>
*** DISCONNECTED


Example automated type connection between Airmail or Winlink

[WinLink-3.0-B1FHIMR2TU$]
W4ZJY NTS Rgn5/CentreArea MBO QRG=#3905
AE5V de W4ZJY>
[WinLink-2.9-FHIMR2T$]
W4ZJY de AE5V QTC 1 Msgs 281 bytes>
FB T AE5V NTSAL 35601 1288_AE5V 281
F> E7                                                   (one computer asking to send)
FS +                                                     (one computer agreeing to accept)
Decatur
R:030904/0059z @:AE5V.#NELA.LA.USA.NA [West Monroe] Z:71291 #:1288

1288 R AE5V 21 West Monroe LA September 3
Dave W4ZJY
505 Street
City State AL 35601

BT
corrected NTSD report from AE5V for August x
NTSD received 78 x
NTSD sent 48 x
NTSD total 126 x
73
BT
Benson
zip code
area code phone number
/EX
FF                                                   (one computer requesting messages)
FQ                                                   (one computer saying nothing else)
; W4ZJY de AE5V SK


How to Deliver a Message

Below is a sample message from my local club that includes all of the information required for the message:

NR 1  R  W5EA  17  WEST MONROE  LA  JUN 26

ALAN LEVINE WA5LQZ
LA  SEC
1402 MATILDA ST
WESTLAKE LA 70669

TWIN CITY HAM CLUB ACTIVE FIELD DAY AT KIROLI PARK WITH 40 PARTICIPANTS
AND 20 ARES OPERATORS

DAVID GORE KC5LFB
FIELD DAY LEADER


The message is divided into four parts: preamble, address, text, and signature.  If you are not an experienced traffic handler, the preamble may look rather strange to you.  The preamble for the message above includes the message number (number 1), the precedence of the message (routine/R), the station of origin (the club's call, W5EA), the check (the number of words in the text, 17 in this case), the place of origin, and the date of origin (the date the message is sent).

One of the operators at W5EA will check in on the Louisiana Traffic Net (LTN) on 3910 kHz and tell the net control station (NCS) that he has one message for Westlake/WA5LQZ.  After being instructed by the NCS to send his message, the W5EA operator will call the receiving station and send the above message by saying the following words:

Number One  Routine  W5EA   One Seven  West Monroe  Louisiana   June Two Six

Alan  Levine  WA5LQZ
Louisiana   Letter Group  S  E  C 
Figures  One  Four  Zero  Two    Matilda  Street
Westlake  Louisiana   Figures  Seven  Zero  Six  Six  Niner

Break

Twin City Ham Club Active Field Day At Kiroli Park With  Figures Four Zero  Participants and  Figures Two Zero  Letter Group A  R  E  S  Operators

Break

David Gore  KC5LFB
Field Day Leader

End of message   no more


W5EA will then stand by to see if the receiving operator (who just might be WA5LQZ himself!) needs any fills on the message.  Once the receiving operator is satisfied, he will acknowledge the message.  W5EA will then wait quietly for the NCS to excuse him from the net.

Be sure to speak the words slowly and distinctly as given above.  Remember that the receiving operator is copying the message by writing it down one word (or letter) at a time!  Several special "prowords" (Break, Figures, Letter Group) are also used by the sending operator to aid the receiving operator.

By the way, if you are intrigued by the details of how to send and receive formal messages by voice, I encourage you to check in whenever you can on LTN.  It meets every evening at 6:30 on 3910 kHz for the purpose of handling formal written traffic.  Our section's CW traffic net, LCW, also meets every evening at 7:00 on 3673 kHz.  Participating on one or both of these traffic nets is good training for emergencies.  In addition, traffic handling is a lot of fun for those of us who do it on a regular basis.

 by Mickey Cox, K5MC


 
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