Sending Traffic Using Airmail

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Sending Traffic Using Airmail- Sept 2015

The first is the automatic method:

Posting NTS traffic using Airmail when not connected to the MBO/hub.


From the main Airmail screen, click on "File" and then "new". The address book will pop up and you can maybe populate it later if you want but for now just click on "Cancel"

Back to the main Airmail screen; In the 'To" field enter the zip code and NTS XX where XX is the two letter abbreviation for the state or Canadian province, do not use any spaces between the sections..For my address here in Butler NJ zip 07405 you would enter

07405@NTSNJ and then hit the computer's enter key

Airmail will then change this to NTS:07405@NTSNJ Sometimes you might get an error message at this point. Just ignore it and continue

Next on the far right in the "Post via:" box change that to the callsign of the MBO/hub you want to use in uploading the message. For example W4DNA

The "subject" line consists of the town area code and first three digits of the telephone number (also known as the exchange number) If the message is a service, welfare, or the handling instructions are HXD you should also add the appropriate flag or combination of flags at the beginning of this line.

For me Butler 973-838-9093 you would enter

BUTLER 973 838 (all in caps, like any standard radiogram) or if it was a service message S BUTLER 973 838 In the event there is no phone number available you could enter

BUTLER NO PHONE or if it is going to a ham you could also put the callsign here. For example

BUTLER 973 838 WB2FTX

The actual radiogram goes into the main part of the message. For example

NR 101 R WB2FTX ARL 3 BUTLER NJ SEP 11

HARRY HAM

101 MAIN ST

BUTLER NJ 07405

973 838 9093

BT

ARL FORTY SIX

BT

DAVE

When you are finished with this use your mouse and click on the mailbox icon under the word "tools" in the main Airmail screen. Then the next time you connect to the MBO/hub indicated in the "Post Via:" box it will be automatically sent. You can also post the message by clicking on "message" and then "post"


The manual method is found in the Chapter 6 MPG.. It says packet but also applies to HF Pactor

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/MPG6A1V14ANTSD.pdf

Summarized here:

6A1.6 EXAMPLE, SENDING NTS TRAFFIC ON VHF PACKET Simulating N3DE as “YOU”, and N3QA as the DTN station.


  • YOU (N3DE as EXAMPLE):

C NEBALT {Connected to NEBALT.... C 1 N3QA


  • BBS Response (blank lines omitted):

[WinLink-2.9-BFHIMR2T$] 3RN NTS DIGITAL - NTS ONLY Accepting NTS messages for destinations outside of 3RN. Use command NTS to list NTS messages awaiting action. New HF pactor scan freqs effective 10 March 2000. Info on the web at: www.qsl.net/n3qa You have 359.5 of 360 daily BBS usage minutes left. N3DE de N3QA>


  • YOU:

ST 99999 @ NTSCA <enter>

NOTE: The spaces between the 99999 and the @, and between the @ and the NTSCA, are optional. Personally, I like to put them in simply because it is easier to read for the person typing them into the system.


  • BBS response:

Subj:

  • You:

[flags] SAN SOMEWHERE 415 555 <enter>

NOTE: For an NTS message the subject begins with any required Flags (see the section on Flags in 6A1.1.1) and then followed by the city of destination. The phone area code and exchange should be given in the listing if they are available. If there is no phone number it is best to include that information as “NO PHONE”. Messages should have a phone number for the addressee if it is at all possible. If there is an amateur call for the addressee, that should be listed. Note that on most BBS systems there is a limit of about 30 characters in the “subject” line. More will be truncated. (“QTC” is not required to begin this line.)


  • BBS Response:

Msg:

  • You:

1 R HXG N3DE 15 BALTIMORE MD MAR 13 <enter>

DAN ANYONE <enter>

123 SOME STREET <enter>

SAN SOMEWHERE CA 99999 <enter>

415 555 5555 <enter>

BT <enter>

ARL FIFTY ALL IS WELL <enter>

HERE X WE HOPE THE <enter>

SAME WITH YOU X LOVE <enter>

BT <enter>

MOM AND DAD <enter>

<enter>

/EX <enter>



NOTE: The BBS only stops accepting text when the /EX is received at the beginning of a new line. Otherwise, the actual NTS message preamble, address groups, body, and signature are all “text" to any BBS. A blank line before the “/EX” line helps to make the end of the signature section easier to read for the receiving operator. It is good form. SVC followed by a space is entered ahead of the message number for Service messages. (“NR” is not required ahead of the message number in the Preamble, although used by some operators.)


  • BBS Response:

Message Filed N3DE de N3QA>


  • You:

B (BYE, disconnect command)


NOTE: Letter case does not matter on the commands. In practice many hams use upper case all of the time to avoid the need to capitalize words. (Radiograms may contain only capital letters.) If you wish to post an additional message simply issue an additional “ST” command.