SARC Emergency Communications and ARES Net--2003/03/06

Dear SARC Members and Friends:

The Emergency Communications Committee invites all amateurs interested in emergency and public service communications to join us for the monthly SARC Emergency Communications and ARES Net on Thursday, March 6, at 2020 CST. The net will be conducted on the SARC Repeater (145.23 MHz, -600 KHz offset, 107.2 Hz CTCSS).

To participate, please monitor the frequency at 8:20 PM and listen for instructions. Please do not check in unless the Net Control Station so requests. All amateurs with 2m priveleges and an interest in emergency and public service communications are welcome. You need not be a member of SARC, the ARRL, or ARES to participate.

We encourage you to exercise your emergency communications capabilities for this monthly net. In particular, if you have batteries, other emergency power capabilities, or equipment you expect to use in an emergency, please use them for this net.

This net is intended to provide an education and training component. The topic for this month is formal traffic in ARRL/NTS radiogram format. The net will (hopefully) include a demonstration of how to send a message in the radiogram format. We will not have time to explain the format in detail, so you may wish to review the following materials before or after the net. To follow along, it will be helpful to print the ARRL radiogram form and FSD-3 before the net, if you don't already have these.


   --neil ormos N9NL

Reference Materials

  • "ARRL Radiograms/Procedures Explained"
  • "Traffic Handling Tutorial" includes non-ARRL format
  • "Creating a Radiogram"
  • ARRL Radiogram Form
  • ARRL FSD-3: Relief Emergency Use / Routine Messages / Recommended Precedence ARRL Numbered Radiograms
  • ARRL FSD-218: Relief Emergency / Routine Messages Recommended Precedences
  • ARRL FSD-220: Communications Procedures / ITU Phonetic Alphabet R-S-T System / Time Conversion Chart

    For further reading:

  • Article: "Massaging your Message", from Wisconsin ARES/RACES Emergency Coordinator newsletter. See page 3.
  • Tools for Traffic Handling