Radiogram Portal Quick Start

The Radiogram Portal

There are two motivations for this project: The first is to provide a platform to explain to the general public what Amateur Radio messaging is all about — to give a basic introduction to this part of our public service capability, and then to provide an easy way for someone who’s not a ham to submit a message for origination. The second is to try to inject more true third-party traffic into our traffic system.

Start by taking a look at the main Radiogram page — this is the page where the general public can submit a new Radiogram.

Becoming a Portal Radiogrammer

A Radiogrammer is a licensed Amateur in the US or Canada who is familiar with formal traffic-handling procedures, and who would like to regularly check in to the Portal to pick up third-party messages for origination.

To be added to the Radiogrammer roster, please send an e-mail to Phil Temples, K9HI (phil@temples.com), and include your callsign and ZIP code (or postal code). A login username will be created for you, and you should soon receive an automated email from WordPress with a link that lets you set your permanent password.

Using the Portal

Once you’re signed up, you can log into the Portal at any time at this URL:

https://nts2.arrl.org/radiogram-messages/

After you’ve signed in, you will see the Submitted Radiograms page, similar to the view below.

By default, this list shows messages which have been submitted to the system (typically by non-hams), ready to be picked up for origination as formal traffic. Your task, as a Radiogrammer, is to check this list periodically for messages within your own NTS origin Region, pick them up, and originate them over Amateur Radio in the usual way as formal traffic, using voice, digital, or CW.

There are two choices at the top of the page:

Sort by

Origin Distance:
Displays submitted Radiograms in increasing order of distance from your postal code, based on the postal code of the person who submitted the message. This is a useful way to bubble messages from your own NTS Region to the top of the list. To maximize the benefit of Amateur Radio, the goal is to give priority to Radiogrammers who are in the same Region as the city of origin to pick up any such messages.

Time Filed:
Sorts submitted Radiograms in descending order of their filing time, irrespective of location. The most recently submitted messages appear at the top of the list.

Show

Status SUBMITTED:
Displays only those Radiograms which have been submitted to the system, but not yet picked up for origination.

My Originations:
Displays only those Radiograms which you have previously picked up for origination. (This view is useful if you need to go back and look up contact information for the submitter of a message for which you’ve received a reply.)

All Messages:
Displays all Radiograms in the system, including those which have already been picked up (or deleted).

Messages List

The Messages List shows all messages which match the selected criteria, along with key data such as the city and region of origin and destination. If a message has already been picked up for origination, the origin station and the message number is also shown. This list is scrollable if the list is long.

To see all details for a message, click the corresponding View button.

Message Actions

After Viewing a message, there are two action buttons below the message which might be displayed, depending on its disposition:

Pick Up
Click this button to pick up a message for origination by your station. (You must assign it a message number first.) This marks the message has having been retrieved, and inserts your callsign as the station of origin in the database. The Portal then displays to you the message in standard Radiogram format, from which you can Copy or Print. At this point, please originate the message as formal traffic in the usual way over Amateur Radio, using voice, digital, or CW.

Delete
Click this button to mark a message as “Deleted”, and provide a reason for having done so. This is typically used if you encounter a message with content that’s inappropriate for Amateur Radio messaging, and therefore can’t be originated. Our current policy is to simply delete any such message, rather than trying to edit it or contact the submitter. (The reason you provide is stored only in the database as a notation.)