STM Report
Wisconsin Section
September 2017

Who Needs It?

FAQ #194 -- Why should we bother to fight the static crashes, the fading, to accomplish the thankless task of relaying messages that appear to be of little or no consequence? Why should we offer to send messages for friends, work on our traffic-handling skills, or check into nets on a regular basis even though there may not be any traffic coming our way?

Today, there's the Internet, Email, cell phones, and easy access to long-distance. With the alleged decline in interest in CW operation (Listen to a contest lately?) I'm told there's also been a decline in interest in net operation and traffic handling. New operators enjoy DX, FM repeaters, digital modes, and plenty of other aspects of the hobby, but section traffic nets may struggle for outlets. Some states have eliminated some nets. Some sections aren't represented on NTS Area nets. So why bother? Why not let traffic handling die a normal death and just enjoy the other parts of Ham radio? Who needs it?

We do. We need the service component of traffic handling just as we need to support public service events with our local repeaters. We need the practice, the training, for getting the message through even under adverse conditions. We need to demonstrate that we can provide accurate and timely communications -- even when the Internet fails, when the telephone lines are down, when the location of an emergency is not within cellular coverage or towers are overloaded. Traffic handling is
an integral part of the emergency services we can provide.

So what should we do? Should we just let a few net nuts carry the load? Should we forget to tell new hams of the fun and value in traffic handling? Should we eliminate our section nets, or should we encourage participation at our local club meetings and licensing classes?

Maybe you're not able to check in to some of the section nets -- but if the weather net is too early, the noon net might be just right. If you can't have your traffic going out of state ready to be taken to daytime 9RN, you can send it to WIN from the evening side band net (WSBN) or check into the WSSN, or WIN/E yourself. Up late? Why not stop by at the late session of WIN at 10 pm. to check for traffic and say good night?

Traffic handling. Who needs it? We do. 73 - K9LGU/ STM-WI

WISCONSIN SECTION MONTHLY NET ACTIVITY - SEPTEMBER 2017

NET

QNI

CHECK-INS

QTC

TRAFFIC

QTR

TIME

SSNS

SESSIONS

NM

BWN

1516

1975

4111

30

W9IXG

BEN

343

562

747

30

NX9K

WSBN

456

331

871

30

KN9P

WSSN

153

53

393

30

KB9ROB

WIN/E

157

59

222

27

WB9ICH

WIN/L

175

76

325

30

W9RTP

WRACES HF

71

9

173

4

WB9WKO

WRACES VHF

27

1

32

1

W9REL

WRACES- DIGITAL

132

793

5760

4

KB9MMC

W DSTAR

82

5

152

8

AB9FT

Totals

3112

3864

12786

194


STATION ACTIVITY SUMMARY

September 2017

STATION

ORIG

RCVD

SENT

DLVD

TOTAL

NX9K

654

200

817

8

1679 -BPL

WB9WKO

0

526

540

3

1069 -BPL

N9VC

0

129

36

2

167

AG9G

0

48

104

1

152

K9LGU

0

70

80

1

151

KA9BAE

1

49

63

1

113

WD9FLJ

0

54

45

2

101

KB9ROB

0

41

9

5

55

KN9P

0

37

11

7

55

K9GU

0

0

23

0

32

N9KQ

0

0

31

0

31

W9UW

0

13

18

0

31

WB9WHG

0

13

6

5

24

K9IBM

1

0

22

0

23

K9ILJ

0

13

3

1

17

WB9ICH

0

12

2

0

14

K9GDF

0

3

1

0

4

P S H R SUMMARY

SEPTEMBER 2017

POSSIBLE POINTS >

40

nets

40

tfc

30

appt

5 /hr.

sked evnts

5 /hr.

emrg evnts

10ea

bbs/ web pg


CALL

1

2

3

4

5

6

T

N9VC

40

40

20

25

0

20

145

WB9WKO

40

40

30

30

0

0

140

K9LGU

40

40

30

30

0

0

140

AG9G

40

40

20

25

0

0

125

NX9K

40

40

20

25

0

0

125

KN9P

40

40

20

0

0

0

100

K9ILJ

19

17

0

35

0

20

91

 
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