Greetings All. Below is the February Traffic Report, just in time before we start on the March reports. Your STM was distracted by a vacation, a computer hack while on vacation and a period of post vacation catch-up. This traffic report was submitted to ARRL March 15 but due to an early QST deadline it will have to wait to make the next QST.
Just a word about the use of pro-words and non pro-words. Here is a link to our section website where you will find a list of common prowords and introductory words/phrases: https://ema.arrl.org/prowords-and-introductory-words-phrases/. You will notice it is introduced with a quote from the “Methods and Practices Guidelines (MPG) available on the ARRL website.
“Do what the trained receiving operator expects and confusion and errors will be minimized.” As our local and section nets are for training, let me stress that we are all learning and do not expect perfection. Remember the goal is to learn how to do things better, more accurately and more efficiently. I encourage all to refer to the information in this article.
Also in the interest of good practice and efficiency we strive to eliminate extraneous and unnecessary words or phrases, such as “check of”, “going to”, “break for text”, “and the signature is” , and perhaps most widely used “how copy”. We should know the order of the format and shouldn’t need to introduce each part of the radiogram. At the end we say “end no more” or “end more”. If the receiving station needs fills he/she will ask. If no fills are needed, he/she will respond with “roger”.
All on our nets are doing a great job and it is much appreciated. These are just a few tips that can help us to do even better.
Thanks for your support and 73,
Marcia KW1U STM