Tri-County Traffic Training Net
INTERACTIVE RADIOGRAM FORMS
traffic looks best printed on formal Radiogram forms. TCTTN offers
several versions of the Radiogram form in convenient PDF format. You
can print out the size and style that best suits your needs.
The forms are interactive,
which means you can type your Radiogram message directly into the form,
then print out a completely filled-in form. Simply press the Tab key to
move from one field to the next. It's really easy, and perfect for your
To use these forms, you'll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can downloaded here.
Need blank Radiogram forms? Simply print out as many copies of the Radiogram form as you like.
You should have
a copy of every message that you handle, whether it was accepted for
delivery, or simply relayed to another station. Messages should be
retained for one year, then discarded.
All of the Radiogram forms can be saved once they are filled out. This
can satisfy the need to keep a record of the messages you've handled,
without storing a years worth of paper. Don't forget to back up your
data files on a regular basis!
The Radiogram Form
prints on standard 11 x 8.5 inch paper. Two forms are printed on each
page. This form is identical to product offered by the American Radio
Relay League, with the exception of the black bar title accross the top of the page that consumes so much ink or toner.
Each word in the
message Text is a separate data field. When you type in the message
text, press the Tab key after each word. This allows you to quickly
count the words and compare them to the message Check Count.
Get the answering maching again? Try the 3 by 5 inch Postcard Radiogram Form.
The paper feed on most printers can be adjusted to accomodate off-sized
paper, like the 3x5 card. Depending on what type of printer you have,
this may or may not work for you. But you're a ham, so experiment and
see what you can accomplish!
Where to get paper:
Plain white 3 inch by 5 inch cards are available at anywhere office
supplies are sold for about $1 per hundred. These have been spotted at
drug stores and supermarkets, too. Avoid the cards with pre-printed blue lines.
If you're old fashioned, you can get pads of radiogram forms and radiogram postcards directly from the ARRL Products Catalog. Search the catalog for "Radiogram".
For Emergency Services operations, use this ICS-213
interactive form. This is the format typically used for formal message
handling during Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and Radio
Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) nets.