Blank Radiogram Instructions
The ARRL NTS system provides a standard form for all radiograms
transmitted via the NTS. This uniformity ensures that NTS operators
can quickly and efficiently handle traffic.
This form provides the same fields as an ARRL Radiogram form
would, but is not in any way associated, approved, or affiliated with
the NTS, ARRL, or any other agency. If you are interested in becoming
an NTS operator or being involved with their efforts, you should
contact a local NTS operator and work with them. This form is for
those in ARES which need to use the NTS to send H&W traffic
during an event, when they may not have a stack of the official ARRL
In addition to use for NTS, you may want to consider using these
forms as an alternate for the Tactical Message
Log Sheet, as the information required by the NTS is a superset
of what is used on the TMLS. Whichever you select, pick one and
remain consistent during the duration of an event, so that others can
follow your records.
The information you need to supply for the form is as follows:
- The number of the message at the originating station.
Most traffic handlers begin with the number 1 on 1 January of any
given year, but some stations may begin renumbering more often.
ARES operators might want to consider starting with the number 1
for the first message from a specific event.
- The precedence of the message. This indicates the
relative importance of the message. Most messages are of Routine
(R) precendence in the NTS; odds are that ARES operators will be
transmitting messages of Welfare (W) precendence. Other
precedences are as follows:
- R - Routine
- W - Welfare, for incoming our outgoing health and welfare
- P - Priority, for messages having a specific time limit,
official messages not in the emergency category, press
dispatches and emergency traffic not of the utmost in urgency,
and notice of death or injury in a disaster area
- EMERGENCY - (always spelled out) - indicates a message
having life-or-death urgency to any person or group of persons
which is transmitted by Amateur Radio in the absence of regular
- Handling Instructions. Optional cues to handle a
message in a specific way. Most messages do not contain handling
instructions. They are as follows:
- HXA number - Collect landline delivery authorized by
adressee within number miles. If no number,
authorization is unlimited.
- HXB number - Cancel message if not delivered within
number hours of filing time; service originating
- HXC - Report day and time of delivery to originating
- HXD - Report to originating station the identity of station
from which received, plus date, time, and method of delivery.
- HXE - Delivering station get reply from addressee,
originate message back.
- HXF number - Hold delivery until number
- HXG - Delivery by mail or landline toll call not required.
If toll or other expense involved, cancel message and service
The HX prosign will be inserted in the message preamble before
the station of origin, i.e.:
NR 207 R HXA50 W1AW 12...
If more than one HX prosign is used, they may be combined if
no numbers are to be inserted; otherwise the HX should be
repeated. On phone, be sure to use phonetics for the letter or
letters following the HX prosign, to ensure accuracy.
- Station of Origin - Your call sign.
- Check - the word count of the text of the message. The
signature is not counted in the check, but X, Query, and the
initial group counts as a word. Note that the "ARL" you may see
placed in this field is not an ARRL message abbreviation!
- Place of Origin - Either the location of the
originating station or the originating party of the message.
- Filing Time - is the time at which the message was
filed in UTC.
- Date - the date at which the message was filed.
- Address - the destination address for the message. At
best, this should be the recipient's name, full address (street,
city, state, zip) and telephone number, as the more detail that
can be provided the more likely the message can reach its
- Message - the message itself. You may want to review
the ARRL standard message
abbreviations used in H&W traffic.
Hint: If you place one word in each box on the radiogram, you can
quickly count the number of words for the check count.
- Signature - the signature. Note that closing words like
"sincerely" belong in the text of the message.
- Sent - the call sign of the transmitting station,
logged for bookkeeping. This is not sent with the message.
- Received - the call sign of the receiving station at
the message's point of entry into the NTS net. This is not sent
with the message.
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paint program in landscape mode.
Copies are available at SLVARC meetings from the AEC for training
You may print as many copies as you wish.
You may also get more
information regarding the NTS' relationship with ARES, and
information on formatting traffic for NTS.
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This page was last updated on March 21, 1998 at 8:30 am PST.