It’s hard to believe February is almost over already. My apologies for being so late with this report. It is always nice to see new folks checking into the nets. I suspect there may be others out there listening to see what it is all about. We can encourage those to check in and join us even if they are not yet ready to take traffic. However for those who have been checking in but lack the courage to take a formal message for delivery, here are a few points to remember to ensure accuracy.
First of all, it is advisable when new to have a radiogram form in front of you and become familiar with it so you can fill in the blanks. If you need forms they are available online at arrl.org, or I can send you a template you can print them or send some copies in the mail if you prefer. Before letting the transmitting station know you are ready to copy you might want to remind him/her you are new so please go slowly.
Accuracy is important so here are some points to remember to assure accuracy. If you miss words or groups of words, listen for the transmitting station to say “break”, which should be done immediately before and immediately after the text. Use the following prowords to request the fills you need:
“Say again word after (blank)”, where blank is the word immediately before the one you missed.
“Say again word before (blank)”, where blank is the word immediately after the one you missed.
If you missed a group of words, “Say again between (blank) and (blank)” where the blanks are the words immediately before and immediately after the group you missed.
If you are not sure you copied a word or word group correctly, say “Confirm (blank)”, and transmitting station can confirm or correct as needed.
At the end of the message check to see if the word count in the text agrees with the check count in the preamble. If it does not you might ask the transmitting station to read through the message again to see where you disagree. Or you might have him/her go five word groups at a time.
If you are confident you have the message correctly, say “Roger”.
If you have questons, feel free to ask the transmitting station, the Net Control or the Net Manager
Having the message in hand you are ready to deliver it. Note the article in the left column of this page, “Traffic Tips: Message Delivery”.
Being able to handle record trafic is an important skill, and our nets are a good place to learn and practice. Next I will talk about originating and sending a message. Meanwhile below is the traffic report for both East and West Mass for the month of January. Thanks to all for your support. 73, Marcia KW1U
|MASS STM REPORT||Jan-16|
|EM2MN||31||95||172||586||N1SYC||145.23||8 PM Daily|
|MARIPN||13||17||63||181||N1LAH||3978 Khz||6 PM Tu,Th,Sa|
|HHTN||13||13||71||190||W1HAI||MMRA Rptrs||10PM M,W,F|
|CITN||No Report||N2JWW||147.375||7:30PM Daily|
|MARI||31||146||112||609||KW1U||3565 Khz||7PM Daily|
|WMTN C1||29||5||261||464||N1QOV||146.91||10AM Daily|
|WMTN C2||23||3||164||212||N1YCW||146.91||1PM M-F|
|WMEN||5||2||166||NA||W1JWN||3944 Khz||8:30AM Su|
|NEPN||No Report||N2JWW||3945 Khz||8:45 Su|
|BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED|
|N1XTB BBS: RECEIVED 547 FORWARDED 543 TOTAL 1090|
|MARCIA FORDE STM MA|