Guide to filling out monthly NTS reports
Station Activity Report (SAR)
(Month/Year) SAR Report
Enter your Call Sign, then the number of messages handled in each of the four
highlighted groups, and finally the total of the four groups.
Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR)
(Month/Year) PSHR Report
Each month in QST's Field Organization Reports column, the Public Service Honor
Roll (PSHR) recognizes the efforts of Amateur Radio operators who are active in
many aspects of public service. This includes net operations, traffic
handling, emergency operations and public service communication support.
There are chances that you're already involved with some aspect of Amateur Radio
that would apply to the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR).
Take a look at these categories and descriptions to see where your Amateur Radio
activities fit in. At the end of each calendar month, just add up
your qualifying points. If it reaches the 70-point level (or more),
you've qualified for the Public Service Honor Roll! Report the good
news with your call sign and monthly PSHR point total to your ARRL Section Manager
or Section Traffic Manager. The ARRL section leaders, in turn, would
forward the report onto ARRL Headquarters so that Headquarters staff may prepare
these for listing in the Field Organization Reports segment of QST.
Public Service Honor Roll Categories:
Category 1: Participation in a public service
net -- 1 point, maximum 40.
One example of a public service net is one that is regularly scheduled and handles
Amateur Radio formal messages. There are many such public-service nets:
local and section nets that are affiliated with the National Traffic System (NTS);
NTS region, NTS area, and independent nets that handle messages. ARES,
RACES, SKYWARN nets that meet on a regular basis would also qualify.
Another example is when an NTS Digital Relay Station manually logs onto an automated
digital system. This action, too, qualifies under the intent of PSHR
Public service or emergency nets that are activated to support an actual emergency
or potential emergency or public-service event would be part of this first category.
How about the net that has been established for training radio amateurs
in public service and emergency communications? Why sure! Are
you looking for a public net to check into? Try the
on-line ARRL Net Directory.
Category 2: Handling formal messages
(radiograms) via any mode -- 1 point for each message handled; maximum 40.
The ARRL's Public Service Communications Manual explains how to count your individual
messages. Here is a reference from Section 2, NTS Chapter 10.2. (You may find
the entire manual at
this Web page.)
Originated--One point for each message from a third party for sending via your
station. This "extra" credit is given for an off-the-air function
because of the value of contact with the general public.
Sent--Every message sent over the air from your station to another amateur receives
a point in this category. Thus, a message that is eligible for an
Originated point as above receives another point when it is sent on the air.
Likewise, a message that is received on the air conveys a Sent point when it is
relayed to another station. A message that you initiate yourself,
while it gets no Originated point, gets a Sent point when cleared. All
Sent points require on-the-air sending.
Received--A message received over the air gets a Received point, whether received
for relaying (sending) or for delivery to the addressee. Any message
received which is not eligible for a Delivery point (such as one addressed to
yourself) is nevertheless eligible for a Received point.
Delivered--The act of delivery of a message to a third party receives a point in
this category, in addition to a Received point. This is strictly an
off-the-air function and must be coupled with receipt of the message at your
station. Thus you can't get a Delivered point unless you first get
a Received point.
For additional details on traffic handling and net operations and the National
Traffic System, the NTS Methods, Practices and Guidelines is a resource available
to you via the ARRL Web page.
Category 3: Serving in an ARRL-sponsored
volunteer position: ARRL Field Organization appointee or Section Manager,
NTS Net Manager, TCC Director, TCC member, NTS official or appointee above the
Section level. -- 10 points for each position; maximum 30.
ARRL Field Organization appointees (in alphabetical order) include the following:
Assistant District Emergency Coordinator, Assistant Section Emergency
Coordinator, Assistant Section Manager, District Emergency Coordinator, Emergency
Coordinator, Local Government Liaison, Net Manager, Official Emergency Station,
Official Observer, Official Observer Coordinator, Official Relay Station,
Public Information Coordinator, Public Information Officer, Section Emergency
Coordinator, Section Manager, Section Traffic Manager, State Government Liaison,
Technical Coordinator and Technical Specialist.
The Section Manager is the ARRL-member elected League official in the section.
An NTS official or appointee above the Section level would include
Region and Area Net Managers, and TCC (Transcontinental Corps) Directors who are
in charge of organizing TCC membership rosters of operators that comprise the
corps. TCC members are those operators that are assigned to relay traffic
from one NTS area to another, conducting liaison with NTS nets to do so.
NTS Members at Large, NTS Area Staff Chairs, NTS Area Digital Coordinators and
Digital Relay Stations would also be included in this category.
To read more about the ARRL Field Organization and these appointments, read the
article, "The ARRL Field Organization: Something for Everyone," by
Dave Hassler, K7CCC, in March, 2003, QST, pp. 50-54.
Category 4: Participation in scheduled,
short-term public service events such as walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons, parades,
simulated emergency tests and related practice events. This includes
off-the-air meetings and coordination efforts with related emergency groups and
-- 5 points per hour (or any portion thereof) of time spent in either coordinating
and/or operating in the public service event; no limit.
This category recognizes the value of public safety communication events that
Amateur Radio is often called to participate in. Simulated emergency
tests, exercises, and drills are covered by this category. Points are
gained by the amount of time that an Amateur Radio operator spends directly
involved in operating the event. This also recognizes the value of
off-the-air time it takes to meet with the organization or public service agency
to plan and coordinate Amateur Radio involvement.
PSHR Category 4 is set up to recognize Amateur Radio operators for what they do
in performance of public service events. Therefore, time spent in
group and one-on-one ARES/RACES meetings, phone calls, email, and group
administrative duties (processing and maintaining ARES/RACES member records and
planning/conducting member training, for example) all are part of the 'public
service communication event support' definition and would count.
Category 5: Participation in an unplanned
emergency response when the Amateur Radio operator is on the scene.
This also includes unplanned incident requests by public or served agencies for
Amateur Radio participation.
--5 points per hour (or any portion thereof) of time spent directly involved in
the emergency operation; no limit.
This category recognizes an Amateur Radio operator who is directly involved in
an actual emergency operation. This includes the operator who is on
the scene or out in the field, in the shelter, at the emergency operations center,
at the hospital, or other served agency's headquarters or their temporary command
If you are an active participant in an unplanned incident -- or in other words,
an emergency operation--you may take credit for this participation even though
you may not be physically at the emergency scene.
Category 5 covers all the Amateur Radio operator participants such as net
controllers, net liaison stations and other radio amateurs that support
communications in unplanned incidents. Even if you are not actually
on the emergency scene or at the shelter, etc, but are spending time and efforts
for supporting the same emergency communication effort, then this time would
count for points in Category 5.
As an example, if the National Weather Service activates SKYWARN, Amateur Radio
operators serve as weather spotters from their home (or car, or work, or other
locations) during the weather event. Then, a tornado strikes and the
American Red Cross calls out the ARES members to serve in shelters and to provide
support for damage assessment communications. These operators would
be able to qualify for Category 5 points.
There would likely be several net control operators, net liaison operators, traffic
handlers, etc, who are away from the disaster scene, but are spending time to
support the Amateur Radio emergency communication effort on behalf of the served
agencies (American Red Cross and National Weather Service, in this example).
They, too, would qualify for points under Category 5.
Category 6: Providing and maintaining a) an
automated digital system that handles ARRL radiogram-formatted messages;
Web page or e-mail list server oriented toward Amateur Radio public service --
10 points per item.
Category 6 (a) recognizes the efforts it takes to provide and maintain an automated
digital system (like a packet bulletin board or a PACTOR system) that handles ARRL
Category 6 (b) recognizes the Web pages and e-mail list servers have become popular
and effective ways to communicate news and information to the community of radio
amateurs that are involved in emergency and public service communication operations
and preparedness. If you are involved in any of these activities,
keep track of your efforts and the time involved and report your results accordingly.
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