STM Report

Wisconsin Section

December 2017

Finessing Format Forms

FAQ #197 – How do I handle ICS-213 formatted messages? Our served agencies often use formal messages for accuracy, accountability, and documentation. If you've attended an ARES/RACES conference, you've heard about the necessity of learning the ICS-213 format. Yes, it's used by many served agencies so we should be familiar with it. We should also know the NTS format well. In most respects, both forms have the same elements and both message forms are passed using the same sending methods, same procedural words, same ITU phonetics.

We're especially lucky to have the efforts of W9REL, Wisconsin RACES Chief Radio Officer, to assist us. How does the ICS213 form work? See this: http://www.wi-aresraces.org/Documents/ICS-213%20General%20Message%20form.pdf Do you need an ICS-213 message blank? You'll find a book of ten in easy-to-use spreadsheet format on the Wisconsin ARES/RACES web page. Just go to http://www.wi-aresraces.org/index.html. On the left, under “Resources,” click on ICS213 Gen. Msg Form Pkg. Have use for an easily-filled form for NTS messages? Download the Radiogram Format program from the same “Resources” section. Each of these spreadsheet programs lets you tab from part to part – from the preamble through the text to the signature. They even can fill in the current date, time, and other elements from drop-down menus and automatically calculate the check (group count).

If you're at an incident or event, storing the messages electronically is easy. Need hard copy? Not hard. Just print the message you need for hand delivery.

Good operators practice flexibility. They can smoothly shift from one form to another for formal messages and, if they choose, they have some excellent programs to help. Learn to easily shift. Don't be shiftless. 73 - K9LGU/ STM-WI

Here's how we did in 2017. Another year, another 2378 section nets. How did we do? What did we learn? How will we change?

QNI

(check-ins)

QTC

(traffic)

QTR

(time)

SSNS

39452

45471

154919 MIN

2378

Here’s a chart comparing check-ins and traffic for some previous years.

 

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

QNI

43083

41259

46976

49332

46319

45215

47426

47322

46582

44698

43579

43339

44976

39452

QTC

25966

25534

34570

36854

35846

32136

38023

40870

47421

47487

42099

44421

44527

45471
















CHANGE

1073

-1824

5717

2356

-3013

-1104

2211

-104

-740

-1884

-1119

-240

1637

-5524

 

2369

-432

9036

2284

-1008

-3710

5887

2847

6551

66

-5388

2322

106

944
















QNI

2.55%

-4.23%

13.86%

5.02%

-6.11%

-2.38%

4.89%

-0.22%

-0.02%

-0.04%

-2.50%

-0.55%

3.8%

12.00%

QTC

10.04%

-1.66%

35.39%

6.61%

-2.74%

-10.35%

18.32%

7.49%

0.16%

0.00%

-11.35%

5.50%

0.2%

2.00%

So why the drop in stations participating in nets? We eliminated the Wisconsin Novice Net this year. That accounted for 2556 check-ins fewer than the previous year. Propagation presented some extreme challenges. The Badger Weather Net changed due to NWS policies. So Check-ins were down. On the other hand (where we do more counting) traffic was up 2%. SIMCOM, the SET, and other exercises added traffic. The daily nets continued to handle plenty of routine messages (especially those sent and received nationally by NX9K and N9VC) for practice. Most importantly, we maintained our skills, equipment, and camaraderie. We stayed in practice. We're ready, if we're needed. Now we need to involve more of us. Tell your friends.

A new QNI Roster – showing those stations who check into our section nets --  will be posted soon on the Wisconsin page of the ARRL web site and the Wisconsin ARES/RACES web page. We'll also publish an updated Routing Guide so stations can be found in specific communities for traffic outlets.

Thanks to all those who made 2017 a successful year for the NTS in Wisconsin. 73– K9LGU/STM

WISCONSIN SECTION MONTHLY NET ACTIVITY
DECEMBER 2017
NET
QNI

CHECK-INS

QTC

TRAFFIC

QTR

TIME in minutes

SSNS

SESSIONS

NM
BWN
848
948
1567
31
W9IXG
BEN
431
355
821
31
NX9K
WSBN
541
263
775
31
KN9P
WSSN
170
88
458
31
KB9ROB
WIN/E
118
43
206
29
WB9ICH
WIN/L
143
53
289
31
W9RTP
WRACES HF
95
10
183
5
WB9WKO
WRACES VHF NOV
33
1
31
1
W9REL
WRACES VHF DEC
38
3
49
1
W9REL
WRACES
DIGITAL
109
515
5760
4
KB9MMC
W DSTAR
108
3
199
7
AB9FT
totals
2634
2282
10338
202

STATION ACTIVITY SUMMARY
December 2017

STATION

ORIG

RCVD

SENT

DLVD

TOTAL

WB9WKO

5

344

394

10

753 - BPL

NX9K

215

133

380

0

728 - BPL

N9VC

29

233

62

0

324

AG9G

0

122

85

0

207

K9LGU

0

67

80

0

147

WD9FLJ

1

40

40

5

86

KA9BAE

0

41

44

0

85

KB9ROB

0

57

11

8

76

KC9WWH

1

25

13

11

50

WB9WHG

0

22

17

7

46

KN9P

0

31

8

13

42

W9RTP

1

26

5

1

33

K9GU

0

0

26

0

26

WB9ICH

0

15

2

0

17

K9GDF

0

13

3

0

16

W9UW

0

6

10

0

16

K9ILJ

0

8

3

4

15

P S H R SUMMARY

POSSIBLE POINTS >

40

nets

40

tfc

30

appt

5 /hr.

sked evnts

5 /hr.

emrg evnts

10ea

bbs/ web pg

total

CALL

1

2

3

4

5

6

T

K9LGU

40

40

30

15

0

0

125

KC9WWH

40

40

10

15

0

20

125

WB9WKO

40

40

30

15

0

0

125

N9VC

40

40

20

0

0

20

120

AG9G

40

40

20

15

0

0

115

NX9K

40

40

20

0

0

0

100

K9ILJ

28

15

10

0

0

20

73

 

 
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