Net Report Format

Thanks to Herman, KE5HYW, who originally authored these instructions.


Net Control Stations are required to submit a report to the Net Manager within 48 hours. Drafted in Radiogram message format, this is a summary of the activity and check-ins 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 and format.

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

  1. Designates 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.