John Beckman - W4BTX HAM RADIO "A PAST TIME FOR A LIFETIME"
You youngsters probably don't know what-the "Relay" stands for in ARRL. In the days of spark transmitters, the range of the raspy signal wasn't great. So it to a number of station to "relay" a message across the nation. That tradition became the Traffic Network. I was in a CW traffic net some years ago. And in these days of smart phone and cellar service, believe it or not the traffic nets still survive. And I am glad they do.
A live presentation from ARRL North Texas Section Traffic Manager Aaron Hulett, K8AMH, inaugurated the new ARRL Learning Network on Tuesday, July 28. The webinar series features 30-minute presentations from experienced members covering a variety of amateur radio topics and interests. Hulett's webinar, "Relay Stations and the Art of Traffic Handling," introduced techniques and skills practiced by radio amateurs like himself who relay messages during emergencies, disasters, and other incidents that interrupt conventional telecommunications, including the internet. Through an overview of the ARRL National Traffic System, Hulett shared examples of preparing a radiogram and resources for finding traffic nets and other volunteers.
"Aaron hit a home run," said Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, ARRL Product Development Manager and moderator for Hulett's webinar. "His presentation was the perfect balance of knowledge-sharing and enthusiasm that will surely motivate other members to try their hand at traffic handling." A recording of the webinar is available for members to view.
The webinars are hosted using GoToWebinar. Members are invited to ask questions during each webinar, and a 15-minute Q&A period follows each presentation for those who can participate longer. A running list of upcoming live presentations is available below and on the ARRL LeInderbitzen encourages other members to be considered for future ARRL Learning Network webinars by inviting them to complete a Call for Speakers form. "It's all about members helping members. What better way to grow greater participation in amateur radio!" arning Network web page. Prospective attendees may register on that same page. ARRL members must first log into the ARRL website.
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