Report Formats


Net Report

Net Control Stations are required to submit a report to the Net Manager within 72 hours. Drafted in Radiogram message format, this is a summary of the activity and checkins for a given net session. The information collected is used to generate statistics for the DFW Metroplex Traffic Net and, when compiled and summarized, submitted to the Section Traffic Manager on a monthly basis. At the very least, this report adheres to the following basic content andf format.

DFW <session>1 MM2a/DD2b/<check-ins>2c/<traffic>2d/<minutes>2e <callsign>/NCS3 <callsign>/<liaison>4 ... <general_check-ins>5 ...

  1. designate whether the session pertains to Early or Late; whichever is relevant.
  2. number string
    1. the month is denoted by its numerical equivalent (e.g. "6" for June).
    2. the day is denoted by its numerical equivalent.
    3. the number of check-ins, including the NCS and all liaisons, who participated and were recognized by Net Control.
    4. the volume of message traffic passed during the net; include inbound and outbound traffic as well as net reports, SAR/PSHR, etc.)
    5. number of minutes during which the net was active.
  3. the Net Control Station includes themselves in the listing of participating stations
  4. a complete accounting of any and all liaisons followed by a forward stroke and the net or organization they represent
  5. the balance of the report contains a listing of all general check-ins, regardless of whether they bring traffic and/or announcements. Everyone who checks-in and is acknowledged should be listed.

Occasionally, unfamiliar stations will check-in to the net. If you encounter a check-in whom you do not recognize, inquire as to their name and home QTH. Include this information in the report following the pattern: "KE5HYW/Herman/Garland". Following this practice will document new and visiting participants for the benefit of the manager and your future reference.


The Station Activity Report and Public Service Honor Roll is the means by which active radio operators are able to apprise the ARRL of their traffic handling and public service activity during any given month. Though destined for the ARRL, one does not have to be a member of that organization in order to submit this information. Any licensed operator is welcome to submit these statistics to the Section Traffic Manager at the beginning of each month.

As with the Net Report, the SAR/PSHR should take the form of a Radiogram message and adhere to the following format:

SAR <month> O/nn1a S/nn1b R/nn1c D/nn1d T/nn1e
PSHR 1/nn2a 2/nn2b 3/nn2c 4/nn2d 5/nn2e 6/nn2f T/nn2g

  1. the Station Activity Report
    1. "Oscar" represents the number of messages originated by the station during a given month. Traffic under this category is limited to third party origination and does not include those messages created by the reporting station (e.g. personal messages, service replies, net reports, etc).
    2. "Sierra" represents the number of messages sent by the station during a given month.
    3. "Romeo" represents the number of messages received by the station during a given month.
    4. "Delta" represents the number of messages delivered by the station during a given month.
    5. "Tango" represents the total number of all messages denoted by the first four categories.
  2. the Public Service Honor Roll (the following information is taken from the ARRL website)
    1. 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.
    2. Category 2: Handling formal messages (radiograms) via any mode -- 1 point for each message handled; maximum 40.
      If submitting an SAR along with the PSHR, this number (up to a maximum of 40) can be taken from the "Tango" category.
    3. 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.
      This should be pretty self-explanatory, but visit the link above for additional information.
    4. 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 served agencies). -- 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 includes participation with an ARES or RACES Training Net provided actual training applicable to improving the knowledge and abilities of the participant is taking place. Simply gathering at an appointed time, checking-in and listening to announcements followed by net closure does not count.
    5. 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.
      Active participation with a SKYWARN spotter net where the operator actually deploys to the field ≬ whether or not a report of minimum criteria is submitted ≬ qualifies for this category.
    6. Category 6: Providing and maintaining a) an automated digital system that handles ARRL radiogram-formatted messages; b) a Web page e-mail list server oriented toward Amateur Radio public service -- 10 points per item.
    7. Total: As with the SAR, the sum of all preceding categories tallied as one number.

Submission of these reports is usually done in tandem. However, that is not a requirement. If a given operator only participates in public service events and never handles Radiogram messages, then it is acceptable to submit only a PSHR to the STM. Conversely, if one only handles traffic and infrequently participates with other Emergency Communications activities, then an SAR alone is appropriate.


last updated: 09 February 2017

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