National Traffic System (NTS)
During normal times, these messages are routine greetings (“Happy birthday Aunt Mary”) and keep the system well oiled and the operators trained so that everything works when needed.
When there is an emergency or disaster NTS works closely with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service to provide emergency communications. The most common type of disaster-related messages are “health and welfare” inquiries and notifications into and out of the area affected by the disaster.
In time of disaster, it is easy to expand the system by simply creating additional meeting times for the nets with high volume, or by setting up a specific “trunk line” between two points.
During disasters or other emergencies, radiograms are used to communicate information critical to saving lives or property, or to inquire about the health or welfare of a disaster victim. To get involved with NTS, find your local NTS affiliate on the air via the ARRL on-line Net Directory.
ARRL National Traffic System Area Staff Chairs
Marcia Forde, KW1U, Chair of the NTS Eastern Area Staff firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Griffin, K6YR, Chair of the NTS Pacific Area Staff email@example.com
Richard Webb, NF5B, Chair of the NTS Central Area Staff firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.arrl.org/chapter-one-national-traffic-system link to chapters 1 thru 11 are here for your
review into learning exactly how the the NTS works and how to become involved with the National Traffic System.
The following forms can be used when sending or receiving traffic