The NTSOK system routes traffic using the same radiogram format that has been in use since the start of the NTS. These radiograms allow the user to make sure the messages are transmitted exactly as the sender intended. The paper radiogram is shown here, and it correlates to the Winlink RRI Radiogram.txt template. This format allows the traffic handler to transcribe a paper radiogram to a Winlink template, or vice versa. Paper copies of the radiogram can be printed from the ARRL PDF file located at https://www.arrl.org/files/media/Group/Fillable%20Radiogram%20Form.pdf Preprinted radiograms in pads of 50 are available from the ARRL shop at http://www.arrl.org/shop/Message-Forms-Pad/
ARRL Numbered Radiograms (ARL Codes)
Since it is very critical to deliver each message exactly as the sender generated it, a number of shorthand codes have been created. These are to be used in the body of the message and the words are written out, as shown below, and NOT turned into a number. For example, to wish someone a “Happy Birthday”, the message would be sent as ARL FORTY SIX.
Some ARL messages require some additional information. For example, to send the message that you arrived safely at home, the message would be sent as ARL SIXTY FOUR HOME. The following is the list of standard ARRL numbered radiograms or commonly called ARL Codes:
|Everyone safe here. Please don’t worry.
|Coming home as soon as possible.
|Am in ____ hospital. Receiving excellent care and recovering fine.
|Only slight property damage here. Do not be concerned about disaster reports.
|Am moving to new location. Send no further mail. Will inform you of new address when relocated.
|Will contact you ASAP.
|Please reply by Amateur Radio through the amateur delivering this message. This is a free service.
|Need additional _____ mobile or portable equipment for immediate emergency use.
|Additional _____ radio operators needed to assist with emergency at this location.
|Please contact ______. Advise to standby and provide further emergency information, instructions or assistance.
|Establish Amateur Radio emergency communications with ______ on _____ MHz.
|Anxious to hear from you. No word in some time. Please contact me as soon as possible.
|Medical emergency situation exists here.
|Situation here becoming critical. Losses and damage from ____ increasing.
|Please advise your condition and what help is needed.
|Property damage very severe in this area.
|REACT communications services also available. Establish REACT communication with ______ on channel _____.
|Please contact me as soon as possible at _______.
|Request health and welfare report on ______(name, address, phone).
|Temporarily stranded. Will need some assistance. Please contact me at _____.
|Search and Rescue assistance is needed by local authorities here. Advise availability.
|Need accurate information on the extent and type of conditions now existing at your location. Please furnish this information and reply without delay.
|Report at once the accessibility and best way to reach your location.
|Evacuation of residents from this area urgently needed. Advise plans for help.
|Furnish as soon as possible the weather conditions at your location.
|Help and care for evacuation of sick and injured from this location needed at once.
|Greetings on your birthday and best wishes for many more to come.
|Reference your message number _____ to _____ delivered on _____ at _____ UTC.
|Greetings by Amateur Radio.
|Greetings by Amateur Radio. This message is sent as a free public service by ham radio operators at _____. Am having a wonderful time.
|Really enjoyed being with you. Looking forward to getting together again.
|Received your _____. It’s appreciated; many thanks.
|Many thanks for your good wishes.
|Good news is always welcome. Very delighted to hear about yours.
|Congratulations on your _____, a most worthy and deserved achievement.
|Wish we could be together.
|Have a wonderful time. Let us know when you return.
|Congratulations on the new arrival. Hope mother and child are well.
|Wishing you the best of everything on _____. (usually a holiday)
|Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
|Greetings and best wishes to you for a pleasant _____ holiday season.
|Victory or defeat, our best wishes are with you. Hope you win.
|Arrived safely at _____.
|Arriving _____ on _____. Please arrange to meet me there.
|DX QSLs are on hand for you at the _____ QSL Bureau. Send _____ self addressed envelopes.
|Your message number _____ undeliverable because of _____. Please advise.
|Sorry to hear you are ill. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
|Welcome to the _____. We are glad to have you with us and hope you will enjoy the fun and fellowship of the organization.