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dhbdhb 14 Jun 2017 21:07
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Thanks for the updates, Steve. Please check my edits and let me know if I missed anything.

73,

Dave KI6BHB

by dhbdhb, 14 Jun 2017 21:07
Steve Judd (guest) 14 Jun 2017 15:05
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Some corrections:

Northwest Ohio ARES traffic net is at 147.375 MHz FM, PL 103.5, at 1830 ET daily. Net Manager is N8TNV. I am a net member and frequent rep to OSSBN and Buckeye Net.

The Buckeye Net early session is at 3580.0 KHz, CW, at 1845 ET daily. I, WB8YLO, am the net Manager for the early session. The Buckeye Net late session is at 3590.0 KHz, CW, at 2200 ET daily. Net manager is WB9LBI. I also frequent this session.

The Eighth Region CW net is on 3533.0 KHZ. Net manager is WB9LBI. I am a frequent NCS and rep to EAN on the 8RN.

The Eastern Area Net, CW, is at 3575.0 KHz. I am 8RN rep to EAN frequently.

by Steve Judd (guest), 14 Jun 2017 15:05
Eric (guest) 26 Sep 2013 16:10
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On sharing trivia traffic: Here's an idea that I've been trying out — post a trivia traffic question at your workplace, a different one at random each week; coworkers can put their answers into an envelope. The trivia posting makes it clear that the answers will be sent to the trivia originator via amateur radio and includes info about NTS. Once a week, the answers are sent to the question originator. A point system and leaderboard can be set up and posted for the players, to add a competitive dimension. Actually it might be necessary to limit the number of players so not too much traffic is generated. Replies from the trivia originator are given to the players on Radiogram forms. Done in this way, trivia traffic can spread awareness of amateur radio and NTS in the public.

73 - Eric KB1WXC

by Eric (guest), 26 Sep 2013 16:10

Folks: I learned today that Roy "Hoppie" Hopkins W3TWV of Clarks Summit PA is retiring from NTS. Hoppie is 87 years old and has decided to slow down somewhat from his previous undertakings. Hoppie has been a mainstay on NTS circuits in Cycle 2 for a great many years and I doubt there are very many of you who have not had at least one message from him with either ARL Sixty Seven - No Outlet or ARL Forty Seven in the text.
Hoppie picked up his last message today, ironically from me destined for KB3BAA and then informed the net that he would be relinquishing the reins. Hoppie was also a regular on the 3RN.
My suggestion is for each and everyone of us to either draft an NTS message and/or send a card to this gentleman. He has been a tremendous asset to NTS for a long time and will be sorely missed. His unique voice on SSB was instantly recognizable.
As an aside, when I passed the message to him today, it was obvious to me that he was very emotional. he required 3 repeats of the text of an 8-word message, which normally would be gotten on the first try. It goes without saying that it is difficult to write when your glasses are fogged up.
Talk it up among your friends and acquaintances as well, and let the entire amateur NTS community tell Mr Hopkins how valuable he has been to the system.
73,
Glenn

Retiring NTS stalwart by Glenn Killam (guest), 28 Jan 2013 20:35

Currently I have the description for the "General" list as:

"Join this list if you would like to be a general recipient of radiograms. When receiving a radiogram you would simply log it and if receiving HXC handling instructions send a radiogram back reporting the date and time delivered."

I'm not sure if there is a better way for this list to work or if something like this should be sufficient. I'm also not sure if the person delivering the radiogram to it's final destination would respond to a HXC request or the amateur receiving it (as long as it wasn't a third-party non-amateur). Maybe this could be worked out between the last station relaying the message and the recipient when received.

Re: New List "General" Added by KD8RBPKD8RBP, 14 Aug 2012 21:34
dhbdhb 12 Aug 2012 19:51
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Thanks for the info, Bob. Can you confirm that these nets meet daily and that the net managers are WD9FLJ (BEN) and KB9KEG (WSN). There is conflicting info on various web pages.

Dave KI6BHB

by dhbdhb, 12 Aug 2012 19:51
Bob (guest) 12 Aug 2012 16:25
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Two Wisconsin traffic nets to add are;
Badger Emergency Net 1200 Central Time 3985Kc LSB
WI SSB Net 1700 Central Time 3985 Kc LSB

by Bob (guest), 12 Aug 2012 16:25

I submitted the same "Radiogram QSO" proposal on this site as an article on eHam.net about a month ago before I started to develop the Radiogram CQ website. I just got an e-mail yesterday on Friday (8/10/2012) saying that the article was approved and is now on the front page of the eHam.net website. I sent an e-mail to the articles manager to see if they could add an editor's note mentioning the radiogramcq.com website that had been created after the article had been submitted, but haven't heard anything back yet. I did add a comment to the article mentioning the website so it would at least be there.

(Sorry I can't add a link. When posting it says I don't have permissions to publish links on this site.)

eHam.net Article by KD8RBPKD8RBP, 12 Aug 2012 06:29
KD8RBPKD8RBP 12 Aug 2012 04:14
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Since submitting this proposal about a month ago, I decided to go ahead and create a website that does what this proposal describes. The website is called Radiogram CQ and can be found at www.radiogramcq.com if you would like to look at it or sign up. Other features of the site are currently under development, but the CQ lists are functional at a basic level.

Seth, KD8RBP

by KD8RBPKD8RBP, 12 Aug 2012 04:14

For now I have enabled account activation by an administrator to make the site open to all amateurs to register. New users will just have to click a link in an e-mail to confirm their e-mail address and then they will receive an e-mail once their account is reviewed and activated.

I think waiting on a radiogram as a default verification takes too much time, though it prompts the idea of a radiogram interface to the system :^). So I think administrator approval is best. If the registered email address is verifiable (on qrz.com or if its a ten.lrra|llac#ten.lrra|llac address), then that should be good enough. If not, then additional manual steps to confirm.

Dave KI6BHB

I have been considering a few different possibilities for activating user accounts.

One is to give new users access only to a special "Activation CQ List" and their account would be activated once someone on that list receives a radiogram from them and then activates their account. The list would be made up of trusted amateurs that have been given special roles on the site to do this.

The other is just to have an administrator approve new accounts (after perhaps checking to make sure basic things like their name and callsign match-up). This would make it easier for people to sign up, but wouldn't be as good at preventing fake accounts.

I didn't know if anyone had any other suggestions, or if one of these two seemed the better approach.

A new list "General" has been added to RadiogramCQ.com to be a general recipient of radiograms. I thought it would be good to have a generic list for if you just want to receive radiograms in general.

New List "General" Added by KD8RBPKD8RBP, 09 Aug 2012 04:53
KD8RBPKD8RBP 13 Jul 2012 03:20
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Thanks for the information. I didn't know that Yahoo group existed. I will check it out once my membership is approved there to look at some more ideas. I will also have to see how your database works there. I do have some experience programming with Ruby on Rails which makes it easy to develop a database driven website.

by KD8RBPKD8RBP, 13 Jul 2012 03:20
dhbdhb 09 Jul 2012 21:53
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Seth—-

Thanks for posting your thoughts on NTS Talk. As Kate mentioned, there is a database of operators interested in receiving radiograms on the Radiograms Yahoo group. The group has had discussions on various topics touching on several points in your proposal, such as international radiograms and contesting using the radiogram service. Scanning through the posting might be helpful for you.

On maintaining a point system, I had some experience with this for Trivia Traffic. Originally, the plan was to track sending and receiving of the radiograms and score them for accuracy. I wrote a simple system to enter and score things. But the scoring was too much to bother with. We went to tracking activity for a while, but just ended up listing the Trivia messages to promote traffic without the scoring or tracking aspect.. Perhaps an award system would work well for Radiogram QSOs.

73,

Dave KI6BHB

by dhbdhb, 09 Jul 2012 21:53

There already is such a site. It is moc.oohay.spuorg|smargoidar#moc.oohay.spuorg|smargoidar.

Join the group, then look in the Database section. You will find a Radiograms recipients data base. These are people looking for all sorts of contacts by radiogram - chess games, responses from grid squares, trivia questions, etc.

Kate K6HTN

Hi all just found this site, glad to see it. I am net manager of the Eastern Connecticut Traffic Net and we could use some fun. I am sending this address around to my NCS and such. 88,73 Peace Donna

Thanks, Kate, for checking out the themes and your feedback. For the most part I'm changing the theme due to the overbearing ad footprint for non-members. All the other themes have an ad footprint less than half of what's on this one.

Re: Help choose a new site layout by dhbdhb, 24 Sep 2010 03:09

No strong opinion, but considering the subject matter, I vote for "trivia".

We are going to be changing the NTS Talk web site layout and we would appreciate your ideas and feedback. Use the theme previewer on the home page to see other possible layouts and the let us know what you think here in the forum.

Thanks and 73,

Dave

Help choose a new site layout by dhbdhb, 23 Sep 2010 17:38
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