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Every Monday night, the Arizona Emergency Net – Maricopa meets on 2 meters FM for training and exercise in the public service communication arts. We focus on preparation and readiness for public service – be it scheduled events like bike races or drills, or emergencies such as storm damage or terrorist attacks. Someone has to be ready. This net is dedicated to addressing that challenge. The Arizona Emergency Net – Maricopa also activates during threats or emergencies affecting Maricopa County

3-15-2010 - Formal Message Traffic Part - II - KE7EJF



23 stations participated in the net. We passed 10 pieces of message traffic. Two hams had listened to or checked in to the ATEN net in the week preceding.
We accomplished our dual objectives of formatting and transmitting our own messages.

The key learnings were..

1.It's easy to speak too fast -- at reading speed, not writing speed.

2."X-RAY" is a pause in the text and is included in the word count. "BREAK" is a prosign meaning the end of the the Address or the end of the Text section. It's not written or part of the word count.

3.Some other protocol words that aren't written are FIGURES, INITIALS, AMATEUR CALL SIGN, END, and NO MORE.

4.Listening is nice, but real learning happens when we are in the hot seat sending or receiving a message.

Three stations, Andrew, KF7CCC, Kevin, KE7VIN, and Bill, K7WWM, led our sub-nets on alternate repeaters. Our thanks to these guys!

Also, thanks to Skip, K7OAH, for demonstrating good technique and then coaching us.
Dennis, KE7EJF, was our Net Control.

For practical, hands-on experience in traffic nets, look at the Arizona Traffic and Emergency Net (ATEN) website at They're looking for a few good people to help handle the message traffic load into and out of Phoenix. It requires 75m HF capabilities.

Here are some useful links --
ARRL Handling Instructions :

Routing Message Procedures:
ATEN Radiogram Form:

ARRL Radiogram Form:

Other Radiogram Form:

Special thanks to Kevin, AD5VG, for providing backup as Alternate Net Control on the main net.

Many of these weekly nets are recorded. The archives are at, thanks to Gary, KD7TXR.

Next Week's Topic: "BASE STATION OPERATIONS". Base stations bring value to a tactical net. Field stations need base stations to cover their backs. We'll exercise some of those base station strengths. Come prepared to take an assignment for the exercise.

Andrew, KF7CCC, volunteered as Alternate Net Control for next week.

Kevin, KE7VIN, will be our Net Control.

-- Mike

Categories | AEN-MAR Weekly Net


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