Operator Task Book

Draft copy of Operator Task Book

Message Handling


  • Preamble
  • Addressee
  • Text
  • Signature
  • Operator Notes
  • Records

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Example Training Messages

View examples of properly formatted messages

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Raw Messages for Formatting

Practice creating messages from these unformatted (and humorous) seed messages (injects).

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ICS-213 Message Training

Using the NTS (National Traffic System) to pass ICS-213-formatted messages.

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ICS-213 Form

This is the ICS-213 Form blank

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ARRL Message Form

Use this form to format messages (It is very similar to the ARRL form)

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Useful Links

ARRL Message Format

ARRL Numbered Radiograms

ARRL Radiogram Form

ARRL Amateur Message Form Information Sheet

ARRL Operating Aid

Tactical Messages

Tactical messages are created by operators who are in a situation where they cannot create a formal, formatted message before relaying it over the radio.

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Outpost Packet Message Manager Procedures

Outpost is a Windows-based program that automates sending and receiving packet messages on most amateur-radio bulletin-board systems (BBS) and TNC personal mailboxes.  Kitsap County ACS/ARES/RACES/ACS uses Outpost to facilitate relaying messages between emergency-response agencies.

Download the Outpost Packet Message Manager Procedures

Outpost Send / Receive Time Slots

Our digital packet-radio network operates at the best efficiency when stations take turns accessing the two bulletin-board systems on our AX.25 network.  To this end we have created time slots for sending and receiving traffic on the busy channels.

Outpost Packet Message Manager automates the Send/Receive operation.  This provides a method of spreading network activity to maximize bandwidth efficiency.  We created predefined time slots so stations are assigned to a specific channel-use time.

The Time Slot Name consists of two values separated by an underscore; example: 03_02.  The first value identifies how often, in minutes, Outpost commands a Send/Receive operation.  In the 03_02 example, Outpost Sends/Receives every three minutes.

The second value identifies which minute after the hour the first Send/Receive occurs.  Outpost repeats the Send/Receive operation by the interval denoted by the number of minutes in the first value.

In the 03_02 example, the Send/Receive is performed two minutes after the hour, and every three minutes.

Download the entire document on Outpost Send/Receive Time Slots

Packet Setup Scripts

Packet setup scripts are being modified to incorporate lessons learned during the recent stress-test exercise.  New versions will be posted when available.