MDC NTS NETS

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MDC NTS AND EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS REGIONS

JURISDICTIONS

NTS NETS

NET TABLE

NTS DAILY OPERATIONS

TRAFFIC FLOW

APPOINTMENTS

PROTOCOLS

WL2K - NTSD NOTES

NET MANAGERS - MONTHLY DATA REPORT FORMAT

STATIONS - MONTHLY SAR/PSHR REPORT FORMAT

SAR/PSHR CRITERIA AND TRAFFIC COUNTING EXTRACT

COUNTING TRAFFIC

PUBLIC SERVICE HONOR ROLL CRITERIA - SUMMARY

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MDC NTS AND EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS REGIONS

Figure 1: MDC SECTION ORGANIZATION

 

JURISDICTIONS

Figure 2: Jurisdiction Tactical Call Signs

 

 

NTS NETS

NET TABLE

NET

TIME

FREQUENCY

DESCRIPTION

MEPN

1800L

3820 kHz, LSB

(3821 kHz)

(1920 kHz)

(7243 kHz)

The Maryland Emergency Phone Net meets daily with liaisons from 3RN/C2, NTSD/WL2K; and liaisons to DE, WVA (ARES®), MDD and BTN*, Echolink WASH-DC conf.

BTN

1830L

146.67/R, FM
(145.33/R Alt.)

The Baltimore Traffic Net meets daily with liaisons from MEPN and NTSD/WL2K; and to MDD. This is a Local NTS net handling traffic in the repeater coverage area*, Echolink WASH-DC conf.

MDD

1900L
2200L

3557 kHz, CW
3557 kHz
, CW

The Maryland-DC-Delaware combined Section net meets twice daily with liaisons from MEPN, DTN/DEPN, NTSD/WL2K; and liaisons to MSN and 3RN/C4*, Echolink WASH-DC conf.

MSN

1930L

3563 kHz, CW

The Maryland Slow Net meets daily with liaisons from the early MDD and to the late MDD. This is a wide area traffic handling and net operation training net with individual student instructors.*

WRN
CRN
ERN

(ERP)

(See Fig. 1)

These two meter FM EMCOMM nets are activated as needed under the MDC Emergency Response Plan including liaisons stipulated in that plan.*

* See the links to MEPN, MDD, BTN, MSN and the MDC Emergency Response Plan information on the SM home page.

 

NTS DAILY OPERATIONS

Figure 3: MDC Daily NTS Net Diagram

 

TRAFFIC FLOW

The MDC Section and Local NTS nets meet daily to handle traffic to and from the national NTS/NTSD and to distribute traffic to local stations for delivery. Messages in the standard ARRL format for anywhere in the US may be posted on these nets and will be distributed nationally by the NTS/NTSD.


All stations are welcome to participate in the MDC NTS nets. As can be seen from the NTS structure in Figure 3 above the net system is responsible for moving messages about the country but the individual amateurs checking into Section and Local NTS nets provide the “roots” for the system. Without such stations participating on a regular basis a public or amateur’s radiogram may not be delivered in a timely fashion or may be serviced back as undeliverable. Participate in your Section and Local NTS nets regularly.


Traffic coming into MDC from the afternoon Area and Region nets arrives at the MEPN at 1800L for distribution and delivery via stations in all our jurisdictions. Those stations attending may also inject outbound traffic for anywhere in the NTS which is then passed to our MDD CW net at 1900L. Traffic which may be distributed via the Baltimore wide-area repeater(s) may be sent to the BTN two meter net meeting at 1830L which also has an outbound link to MDD. Traffic for other parts of the NTS leaves the early session of MDD, moves up to the Third Region net (3RN) at 1945L and may continue up to the Eastern Area Net (EAN) for national distribution. The Eastern, Central and Pacific NTS Areas are linked by stations in the Transcontinental Corps (TCC). Traffic from the EAN at 2030L headed for MDC passes down through the late session of 3RN to the late session of MDD at 2200L, thus completing the Cycle 4 (C/4) depicted in the diagram above. The Maryland Slow Net (CW training net) meets at 1930L daily with liaisons to and from the MDD net.


Additional services are provided by stations at all levels connected for radio-email to the Winlink 2000 (WL2K) system and AirMail Direct Transfer messaging. All MDC stations are encouraged to deploy WL2K resources for use in ARES® and NTS/NTSD operations. (See the link to WL2K information on the SM home page, General Information section, and the WL2K-NTSD Notes below.)


Stations also connect via regular packet radio, repeaters accessed via Echolink, amateur TV and the APRS network. All these stations may liaise with the jurisdiction, Region and Section nets as required.


In addition to the MDC NTS nets the MDC Region nets (WRN, CRN, and ERN) and local jurisdiction ARES®/RACES nets may be activated under the MDC Emergency Response Plan. The NTS nets play in integral role in the Section’s emergency communications. (See the MDC ERP summary on the SM home page.)

 

APPOINTMENTS

Affiliated ARRL NTS Section and Local nets are maintained by Net Managers appointed by the Section Traffic Manager (STM). Liaisons between nets must be assigned in advance by the Net Manager or assigned ad-hoc by the Net Control Station for a particular session. Customarily liaisons are assigned by the “lower” net in the NTS structure, the exception being liaisons between parallel levels in different cycles which are assigned by mutual agreement between Net Managers.


The Official Relay Station (ORS) appointment is available for stations wishing to become regular participants in the NTS system. The ORS is expected to use best operating and engineering practices, participate in the nets on a regular basis, and report activity to their STM monthly. See the ORS requirements and the on-line application on the ARRL web page at ORS Appointment Description.

 

PROTOCOLS

The Basic Traffic Handling Voice and CW tutorials (BTH) on the SM home page (General Information section) provide protocol guidance for traffic handling. They also contain listings of the ARRL Precedences, Handling Instructions (HX codes) and the ARRL Numbered Radiograms.


See the ARRL PSCM, Appendix B, NTS Methods and Practices Guidelines (MPG) for the complete presentation of the NTS guidelines used for traffic handling and net operations in MDC for both the NTS and ARES® functions. (The MPG is available on the ARRL web site at Methods and Practices Guidelines.)

 

 

WL2K - NTSD NOTES

Figure 4: Winlink 2000 (WL2K) and NTSD Diagram

 

The global Winlink 2000 (WL2K) network is used by NTS/NTSD and ARES® for transporting radio-email formatted messaging including Batch-Files of NTS Radiograms. WL2K permits sending messages (with multiple addressees, copies, and binary attachments) to and from the public internet as well as to clients at [call sign]@winlink.org, or [Tactical Address]@winlink.org (for Paclink clients only). WL2K is a radio-email forwarding system, not a BBS system.


Airmail and Paclink clients can connect to WL2K via telnet-internet, packet radio via RMS-Packet Gateway stations, and HF PacTor via RMS-HF Gateway stations. AirMail stations can exchange radio-email directly between client stations by radio. Paclink clients can host multiple locally assigned Tactical Addresses to facilitate official’s use. RMS-Packet Gateways may include the RMS-Relay module which passes client packets through to the CMS when internet is available, but when the internet fails, the RMS-Relay becomes an automatic radio-email server for all its radio clients. WL2K radio-email can carry ICS-213 and similar formatted messaging in body text or as attachments. Thus officials linked to local client stations can send and receive radio-email over amateur radio from their own computers or networks - a major advance in amateur radio relevance in today’s information-technology world.


The NTSD maintains a network of MBO stations at Area and Region levels, and in some Sections, for posting of NTS Radiogram traffic for downloading by connecting liaisons. These stations operate the Winlink Classic software and may scan multiple HF bands and/or operate packet TNCs. NTS messages are routed to the NTSD MBO closest to the point of delivery or at the convenience of liaisons. ARES® and NTS stations can transfer bulk Radiogram traffic to Target NTSD MBOs in Batch File format via radio-email.

 

Deploying WL2K clients throughout the Section permits the exchange of radio-email between all ARES®/NTS and served agency clients thus ensuring total agency interoperability.

 

See the tutorial on basic WL2K topics on the SM home page, General Information section, for an overview of the WL2K system, installing AirMail, messaging formats and the Batch File format for NTSD bulk transfers.

 

 

NET MANAGERS - MONTHLY DATA REPORT FORMAT

The MDC NTS Affiliated Nets Reporting: MEPN, BTN, MDD, MSN

(example)
601 R W3YVQ 9 BALTIMORE MD FEB 3

(STM)

=

MEPN 0601 W3YVQ QND/28 QNI/180

QTC/37 MINS/463 X 73

=

AL

 

(text)

MEPN: [net name]

0601:  [yymm]

W3YVQ: [Net Manager]

QND: [/ number of sessions]

QNI: [/ total check-ins]

QTC: [/ total traffic]

MINS: [/ total time in session]

1. For automated data processing please enter items in the order shown.

2. Send monthly net data to the STM by midnight on the 6th of the month following the reporting month. Thank you.

 

 

STATIONS - MONTHLY SAR/PSHR REPORT FORMAT

(Combined report example.)
18 R AA3GV 15 HYATTSVILLE MD FEB 2

(STM)

=

AA3GV 0601 SAR 1/53/51/9/114 X

AA3GV 0601 PSHR 1/39 2/40

3/10 TOTAL 89 X 73

=

ERNIE


(For the PSHR part of the report you may omit any category for which your entry is zero.)

(text -  also see note 3)

AA3GV: Reporting station.

0601: [yymm] report period

SAR: [ ORIG / RCVD / SENT / DLVD / TOTAL ]

PSHR:

1/# public service net QNI (1, max 40)

2/# msgs handled (1, max 40)

3/# appointments (10, max 30)

4/# scheduled P.S. (5/hr)

5/# unscheduled P.S. (5/hr)

6/# BBS/Web Page (10 each)

TOTAL: [sum for 1 through 6]

1. For automated data processing please enter items in the order shown, particularly for the SAR data which is assumed to be ORIG, RCVD, SENT, DLVD, TOTAL. The PSHR data is reported to ARRL HQ for all stations with a PSHR total of 70 or greater, but the STM would like to see your SAR and PSHR reports even if your total is less than 70.

2. Send monthly SAR/PSHR data to the STM by midnight on the 6th of the month following the reporting month. Thank you.

3. See the SAR and PSHR extract below or the ARRL web page for category details and definitions.

 

 

SAR/PSHR CRITERIA AND TRAFFIC COUNTING EXTRACT

-----Extract from ARRL:  http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/pshr/

 

A New Season for Public Service Honor Roll

 

Starting May 1, 2002, a new season for the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) begins! It has been eleven years since the qualification criteria were last revised. The idea behind updating the PSHR program was initiated largely by the comments and opinions of Amateur Radio operators who are active in all areas of public service communications.

 

Under the guidance of the ARRL Volunteer Resources Committee, a study was conducted and a survey was taken. (See March, 2001, QST's Public Service Column, p. 96). Many ideas and suggestions that covered everything from generalities to specifics about the program were received and incorporated into the thought and discussion process.

 

An ongoing challenge with PSHR is how to effectively balance the many different facets of Amateur Radio public service communications. It seemed that areas such as traffic handling, net operations, on-the-scene emergency response, public safety and support communications all needed to be covered. Leadership and management roles within Amateur Radio public service communications and the ARRL Field Organization also needed recognition. The assignment of point values was a delicate task, too. The resulting criterion attempts to present a balanced program without being too complicated.

 

What does it all mean?

 

1) Participation in a public service net -- 1 point, maximum 40.

 

A public service net is one that is regularly scheduled and handles Amateur Radio formal messages. Here are examples of public service nets: Local and section nets that are affiliated with the National Traffic System (NTS); NTS region, NTS area, and independent nets that handle traffic; ARES, RACES, SKYWARN nets that meet on a regular basis; net sessions that are activated during emergencies and threats of potential emergencies; public service and safety nets; nets that are established for training radio amateurs in public service and emergency communications.

 

 

2) Handling formal messages (radiograms) via any mode -- 1 point for each message handled; maximum 40.

 

A "handled" message is defined as a message that is originated or sent or received or delivered. PSHR will follow the same method as Brass Pounders' League to count an individual operator's traffic total (also known as station activity report) to reach the figure for the new PSHR Category 2. There is one point granted for each message handled; maximum 40 points per calendar month.

 

 

COUNTING TRAFFIC


Here is a reference from the Public Service Communications Manual on how to count messages. [Section 2, NTS Chapter 10.2]

http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/pscm/sec2-ch10.html#2

 

Originated--One point for each message from a third party for sending via your station. This "extra" credit is given for an off-the-air function because of the value of contact with the general public.

 

Received--A message received over the air gets a Received point, whether received for relaying (sending) or for delivery to the addressee. Any message received which is not eligible for a Delivery point (such as one addressed to yourself) is nevertheless eligible for a Received point.

 

Sent--Every message sent over the air from your station to another amateur receives a point in this category. Thus, a message that is eligible for an Originated point as above receives another point when it is sent on the air.

 

Likewise, a message that is received on the air conveys a Sent point when it is relayed to another station. A message that you initiate yourself, while it gets no Originated point, gets a Sent point when cleared. All Sent points require on-the-air sending.

 

Delivered--The act of delivery of a message to a third party receives a point in this category, in addition to a Received point. This is strictly an off-the-air function and must be coupled with receipt of the message at your station. Thus you can't get a Delivered point unless you first get a Received point.

 

Further example for clarification: If I send a message originated on behalf of myself, I know I get only one point for a message SENT. However, if I originate a message on behalf of a third party, and then send it, I get TWO points, (origination and sending), even though ONE message was handled.

 

 

3) Serving in an ARRL-sponsored volunteer position: ARRL Field Organization appointee or Section Manager, NTS Net Manager, TCC Director, TCC member, NTS official or appointee above the Section level. -- 10 points for each position; maximum 30.

 

ARRL Field Organization appointees (in alphabetical order) include the following: Assistant Section Managers, District Emergency Coordinators, Emergency Coordinators, Local Government Liaisons, Net Managers, Official Bulletin Stations, Official Emergency Stations, Official Observers, Official Observer Coordinators, Official Relay Stations, Public Information Coordinators, Public Information Officers, Section Emergency Coordinators, Section Managers, Section Traffic Managers, State Government Liaisons, Technical Specialists.

 

The Section Manager is the ARRL-member elected League official the section. NTS Net Managers would include the following nets: NTS Region and NTS Area. TCC (Transcontinental Corps) Director is in charge of organizing his/her TCC membership roster of operators that comprise the corps. TCC members are those operators that are assigned to relay traffic from one NTS area to another, conducting liaison with NTS nets to do so. NTS official or appointee above the Section level includes NTS Area Staff Chairs, NTS Area Digital Coordinators and NTS Digital Stations.

 

More information about the structure of the NTS and the positions and nets that are mentioned in this article may be found in the ARRL's Public Service Communications Manual. It is on the ARRLWeb.

 

 

4) Participation in scheduled, short-term public service events such as walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons, parades, simulated emergency tests and related practice events. This includes off-the-air meetings and coordination efforts with related emergency groups and served agencies.

-- 5 points per hour (or any portion thereof) of time spent in either coordinating and/or operating in the public service event; no limit.

 

This category recognizes the value of public safety communication events that Amateur Radio is often called to participate in. Simulated emergency tests, exercises, and drills are covered by this category. Points are gained by the amount of time that an Amateur Radio operator spends directly involved in operating the event. This also recognizes the value of off-the-air time it takes to meet with the organization or public service agency to plan and coordinate Amateur Radio involvement.

 

 

5) Participation in an unplanned emergency response when the Amateur Radio operator is on the scene. This also includes unplanned incident requests by public or served agencies for Amateur Radio participation.

--5 points per hour (or any portion thereof) of time spent directly involved in the emergency operation; no limit.

 

This category recognizes an Amateur Radio operator who is directly involved in an actual emergency operation. This includes the operator who is on the scene or out in the field, in the shelter, at the emergency operations center, at the hospital, or other served agency's headquarters or their temporary command center.

 

The second sentence of Category 5 invites the Amateur Radio operator who is an active participant in an unplanned incident -- or in other words, an emergency operation-- to take credit for his/her participation even though he/she is not physically at the emergency scene.

 

The intent behind Category 5 is to also include the Amateur Radio operators -- like net controllers, net operation and other radio amateurs that support communications in unplanned incidents-- that are not actually on the emergency scene or at the shelter, etc, but are spending time and efforts for supporting the same emergency communication efforts.

 

As an example, if the National Weather Service activates SKYWARN, Amateur Radio operators serve as weather spotters from their home (or car, or work, or other locations) during the weather event. Then, a tornado strikes and the Red Cross calls out the ARES members to serve in shelters and to provide support for damage assessment communications. These operators would be among those to qualify for points under Category 5.

 

There would likely be several net control operators, net liaison operators, traffic handlers, etc, who are away from the disaster scene, but are spending time to support the Amateur Radio emergency communication effort on behalf of the served agencies (Red Cross and National Weather Service, in this example). They, too, would qualify for points under Category 5.

 

 

6.) Providing and maintaining a) an automated digital system that handles ARRL radiogram-formatted messages; b) a Web page e-mail list server oriented toward Amateur Radio public service -- 10 points per item.

 

The portion, "a," is a carry-over from the previous PSHR criteria as this sub category recognizes the efforts it takes to provide and maintain an automated digital system (like a packet bulletin board or a PACTOR system) that handles ARRL radiogram-formatted messages.

 

The portion "b," is a new item. Since the last time PSHR criteria were revised, newer technologies like Web pages and e-mail list servers have become popular and effective ways to communicate news and information to the community of radio amateurs that are involved in emergency and public service communication operations and preparedness.

 

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Starting May 1, 2002

 

The new PSHR qualification criteria goes into effect on May 1, 2002. Therefore, the August, 2002, QST will be the first month to report the results under the new criteria. If an Amateur Radio operator is presently in the middle of his/her quest for qualifying for the PSHR certificate under the old criteria, those months will continue to count toward the certificate.

 

If you qualify for PSHR during a given month, send your results to either your Section Traffic Manager or Section Manager. These leaders, in turn, will forward the PSHR qualifiers to ARRL Headquarters for notation in the monthly PSHR listing in QST. Further questions about the program may be sent to Steve Ewald, WV1X, at ARRL Headquarters (sewald@arrl.org).

 

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PUBLIC SERVICE HONOR ROLL CRITERIA - SUMMARY

 

Effective May 1, 2002

 

This listing is to recognize radio amateurs whose public service performance during the month indicted qualifies for 70 or more total points in the following 6 categories (as reported to their Section Managers). Please note the maximum points for each category:

 

1.) Participating in a public service net, using any mode. --1 point per net session; maximum 40.

 

2.) Handling formal messages (radiograms) via any mode. --1 point for each message handled; maximum 40.

 

3.) Serving in an ARRL-sponsored volunteer position: ARRL Field Organization appointee or Section Manager, NTS Net Manager, TCC Director, TCC member, NTS official or appointee above the Section level. -- 10 points for each position; maximum 30.

 

4.) Participation in scheduled, short-term public service events such as walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons, parades, simulated emergency tests and related practice events. This includes off-the-air meetings and coordination efforts with related emergency groups and served agencies.-- 5 points per hour (or any portion thereof) of time spent in either coordinating and/or operating in the public service event; no limit.

 

5.) Participation in an unplanned emergency response when the Amateur Radio operator is on the scene. This also includes unplanned incident requests by public or served agencies for Amateur Radio participation. -- 5 points per hour (or any portion thereof) of time spent directly involved in the emergency operation; no limit.

 

6.) Providing and maintaining a) an automated digital system that handles ARRL radiogram-formatted messages; b) a Web page e-mail list server oriented toward Amateur Radio public service -- 10 points per item.

 

 

Amateur Radio stations that qualify for PSHR 12 consecutive months, or 18 out of a 24 month period, will be awarded a certificate from Headquarters upon written notification of qualifying months to the Public Service Branch of Field and Educational Services at ARRL HQ.

 

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(See the WL2K tutorial on the SM home page, General Information section, for details regarding the radio-email format and how to transport NTS Radiograms via Batch-Files.)

 

 

 

 

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