Field Day Traffic Tips

Field Day 2017

You can earn up to 100 extra points by sending traffic from your Field Day site via NTS. Messages can be sent via voice, CW or digital. The folks in NTS welcome these messages, but a few notes here will help move this traffic along more smoothly.

 

Properly format messages with the following:

 

Preamble including 1)message number, 2) precedence = Routine, 3) callsign of station of origin, 4) check count = number word groups in text, 5) place of origin including city and state code, and 6) date = month and date (year not required).

Name and address as complete as possible including 1) first and last name; 2) street address or post office box; 3) city, state and zipcode; and 4) telephone number with area code. Remember the more information provided gives better chance of delivery.

Text should preferably be 25 words or less. No punctuation unless necessary for clarity; then use “x” (read “xray” on voice) for period and “query” for question mark. Text is separated from the address and signature by “BT” or on voice read “break”.

Signature: Is not counted in check count and does not include 73 etc, which belongs in text.

 

Message Format Example:

 

NR 1 R KW1U 11 CONCORD MA JUN 24
CAROL KIRBY
1234 MAIN ST
PITTSBURG PA 15111
412 555 4321
BT
GREETINGS ON FIELD DAY FROM
BOSTON HAVING A GREAT TIME
LOVE
BT
MARCIA

 

NTS Nets on Saturday June 24:

 

2:30 p.m. 1RN (First Region Net) 3948 KHz LSB Voice
4:00 p.m. 1RN (First Region Net) 3948 KHz LSB Voice
6:00 p.m. MARIPN (MA RI Phone Net) 3978 KHz LSB Voice
7:00 p.m. MARICW (MA RI CW Net) 3565 KHz CW
7:30 p.m. CITN (Cape and Islands Traffic Net) Falmouth Repeater 147.375 PL 110.9
8:00 p.m. EM2MTN (Eastern MA 2 Meter Traffic Net) Boston BARC Repeater 145.230 PL 88.5
9:00 p.m. CM2MTN (Central MA 2 Meter Traffic Net) Paxton Repeater 146.970 PL 114.8

 

NTS Digital (NTSD)Traffic:

 

NTSD Traffic can be sent on 145.090 MHz (simplex) via Packet.

Traffic can also be sent via HF Pactor on KW1U MBO. I scan 3591.9, 3593.9, and 7100.4 which are all center frequencies.

 

NTSD Traffic requires the addition of a routing header and end-of-message syntax to the normal message. The format:

ST zipcode@NTSXX where XX = state code; Subject line = city of destination and three digit telephone area code. After message add /EX on separate line immediately following plus a carriage return.

 

NTSD Message Format Example:

ST 15111@NTSPA
PITTSBURG 412 555
NR 1 R KW1U 11 CONCORD MA JUN 24
CAROL KIRBY
1234 MAIN ST
PITTSBURG PA 15111
412 555 4321
BT
GREETINGS ON FIELD DAY FROM
BOSTON HAVING A GREAT TIME
LOVE
BT
MARCIA
AR
/EX

 

Winlink 2000 can also be used via VHF packet by connecting to a WL2K station such as N1XTB-10. Address traffic to KW1U@winlink.org and I will move it into the NTS or NTSD system.

 

Field Day Tip:

Using Notepad you can create all your messages and print out the file ahead of Field Day. It is much easier than trying to compose them during the event!

 

Good luck in Field Day.

Marcia KW1U, STM EM and WM