Eastern Area Guidelines

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Eastern Area DTN Operating Guidelines As of August 28, 2016


1. Digital Traffic Stations (DTS) should only poll their Regional Hub to receive or send traffic if using a manual system such as Airmail.If you cannot connect to your Regional Hub then connect to one of the Eastern Area hubs, WB2FTX, KW1U, or W3JY.

2. If you cannot connect to your local Regional MBO/hub , DTN digital stations may connect to the next Regions Hub to send outgoing traffic. This is only on a temporary basis and does not apply to "TELNET" over the WL2K System.

3. Digital Traffic Stations (DTS) may not connect to out of Area Digital Hubs/MBO's unless they are instructed to do so by a designated local, county, state or federal official or in an emergency or disaster. This also includes "TELNET" over the WL2K System.

4. Eastern Area DTN MBO/hubs will only initiate an automated connection to another MBO/hub if they have traffic for that station.

5. Digital Traffic Stations should normally connect to their assigned MBO/hub using the automatic handshaking mode in Airmail so that traffic for their stations will be automatically downloaded to them unless advised otherwise by the MBO/hub operator or the Eastern Digital Coordinator. If there is a valid reason for a manual connection to the assigned MBO/hub, only the NTS command should be used to list unspoken for traffic. This only applies to those systems running the Winlink Classic software. Digital Relay Stations should never use the LT command to list traffic since this will display both TY and TN messages. Under no circumstances should you take a message with a TY status because this will cause a duplication of the message somewhere in the relay/delivery process.

6. Heath and Welfare traffic for the affected area will be held for 48 hours before being sent to reduce interference and maintain clear frequencies for emergency traffic unless told otherwise by the Digital Coordinator (DC).

7. If a DTN Digital station goes down for any reason that station needs to advise the Eastern Digital Coordinator ASAP. The Eastern Digital Coordinator will then advise all other stations as required or needed.

8. Stations will send in a monthly report before the 8th of the following month, consisting of a traffic count of received, sent and total number handled for the past month.

9. All Eastern Area DTN Digital stations must read and be familiar with the New Chapter 6 of the MPG found at:

http://www.arrl.org/table-of-contents-nts-methods-and-practices-guidelines

10. If you have questions, please contact the the Eastern Digital Coordinator, WB2FTX

11. More information and many questions can be answered by reading the following:

            DTN Digital Operations (Note that this is specific to Central Area DTN but much also applies to all three DTN Areas)
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/73013707/NTS%20Digital%20Operations.pdf