WELCOME TO THE NET
Did you know that ham radio operators send telegrams all over the continent? These non-commercial Radiograms, very much like telegrams, are a free public service provided by ham radio operators all over the globe. You don’t have to be a ham radio operator to send a Radiogram, and you don’t have to be a ham to receive one.
That’s the purpose of Tri-County Traffic Training Net.
IF YOU'RE A HAM, please join us. Traffic handling is rewarding, fun, and the oldest tradition in ham radio. We train people on all aspects of efficient traffic handling. In the next emergency, message traffic may be coming your way.
IF YOU'RE NOT A HAM, you can help us keep the machinery well-oiled by sending Radiograms to friends and family. It doesn’t have to be anything of great importance; see below for suggestions. And of course, if you ever worried about someone in a disaster area, that you just can’t reach, the hams of Tri-County Traffic Training Net will be standing by to make inquiries on your behalf.
We hope to hear from you soon!
-Gregg WB8YYS, Assistant Net Manager
About Tri-County Traffic Training Net
TCTTN is part of the Ohio Section of the National Traffic System. The messages that we handle, collectively known as traffic, are sent on to the Ohio Single Sideband Net, where hams all over the state meet three times daily on short wave. Traffic bound for other states goes to the Eighth Region Net, which covers Ohio, Michigan, and West Virginia. Other nets cover other regions and states in an interlocking system designed to ensure that the message always gets through. It’s sort of like the Pony Express, with radios.
The ham operators who staff the Tri-County Traffic Training Net are volunteers from Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, and surrounding counties. Thanks to the tremendous range of the Newbury repeater, hams from all over Northeast Ohio can check in to TCTTN, even with low-power hand-held radios.
TCTTN is a friendly place. People will be happy to help you get the hang of this traffic handling stuff. Nobody will criticize you if you make a mistake; we’ll just help you do it better. And, once official business is squared away, the net moves to a comment round where friends catch up on what’s new in their lives.
Suggested Radiogram Topics
Choose any combination of the topics below. Or, make up your own topic. Please limit the message to 25 words or less.
How to send a Radiogram
Contact a ham with the following information:
Don’t know any hams that handle Radiograms? No problem–contact the Tri-County Assistant Net Manager and we’ll ask a nearby ham to contact you. Or, simply email us the message and we’ll take it from there.
Common MessagesSeveral stations around the country are originating common messages, which are heard all the time on TCTTN and other nets. You can save time for yourself and the net if you have these printed and handy. If you're receiving traffic that you recognize, stop the sending station after the preamble and say that you already have the text. Here's a list of common texts that we frequently hear, courtesy of John W8UL.
Message orginators change the text periodically, just to keep us all on our toes. Check the date at the top of the page to see if you have the latest version.
by Gregg WB8YYS, Net Statistician
Our latest statistics for November 2021
5 Hours, 21 Minutes
66 Hours, 45 Minutes
LIKE THE MARINES, TCTTN is looking ror a few good people to move up to Net Control status. Maybe you've already had some experience in calling another net. This is an excellent opportunity for you to gain some experience in keeping everything organized and moving along. Download the NCS Training Package at right, and dig in. Contact Gregg WB8YYS and he will set you up for your first night calling TCTTN!
List of Jobs and the people who fill them along with NCS SCHEDULE and the Script we use on the net.
Sunday, Tuesday, Friday
147.015 PL 110.9 Hz
146.85 (-) PL 110.9 Hz
All stations should move to alternate frequency whenever the primary repeater is unavailable
Our Training Manual covers everything: how to check in, how to format a radiogram, how to send, how to deliver radiograms. Includes blank forms and many examples. If you’re new to the Tri-County Net, download it here.
If you’ve been participating in TCTTN on a regular basis, maybe you have what it takes to be a Net Control Station. First, review the NCS Training Package. Download the PDF file here.
Problems? Contact the Webmaster.
Our interactive Radiogram form lets you type perfectly formatted messages right into your Adobe PDF Reader! Now Just use the TAB key to move from one field to the next. Thanks to Eddie KD8FTS for the new version.
Try the 3x5 Post Card Radiogram form for those messages that can only be sent by mail.
Emergency nets like ARES and RACES use the ICS-213 form for traffic handling. We are pleased to offer the first-anywhere Interactive ICS-213 form, similar to our interactive Radiogram forms.
Single Sideband Net
Daily at 10:30 am, 4:15pm, 6:45pm Frequency: 3972.5 KHz
Net serving Cleveland and North
Daily at 9:30pm
Frequency:147.15 MHz (+)
Frequency:146.700 MHZ (+) Wed
Besides voice traffic nets like TCTTN, a parallel system of Morse Code traffic nets operates in conjunction with us. In Ohio, the Buckeye Net meets twice daily at 6:45pm on 3580 KHz and 10:00pm, on 3590 KHz.
If you’d like to explore the world of traffic handling in Morse code, the Ohio Slow Net is ideal. This training net operates at 10 words per minute, and meets daily at 6:00pm on 3535 KHz. Check it out!
If 6:00 is your dinner hour, Maryland Slow Net convenes at 7:30pm on 3563 KHz.
Both nets feature training messages designed to familiarized newcomers with the ins and outs of Morse Code message handling. Just ask net control for training.
Asst. Net Manager
Statistics Gregg WB8YYS
Webmaster Brian AC8RV
Web Hosting Steve K8SRR
Amateur Radio Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for amateur radio enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required. Anybody can ask a question; anybody can answers. Best answers are voted to the top.
Ham Radio Now videos. Watch them online.
The latest episode of Amateur Logic TV is available for download. Other recent episodes are linked on the same page, in case you've missed one or two.
Remember 73 Magazine? All of old issues can be viewed online.
A handy web site with band plans as well as net information for 160 thru 6 meters.
If you're a Tech looking to upgrade, check out NC4FB's web site study guides for General and Extra class licenses.
to spiff up your CW
skills? We recommend the following
Find your local Skywarn net on this list.
Big list of ham radio nets.
Ham station locator
(American Radio Relay League) the national organization of ham radio
Great Lakes Division
ARES District 10
National Traffic System
Net Directory search
Area ham radio clubs
The 147.015 repeater that we use is graciously provided by the folks at NORMA, who gladly accept your donations to keep the system up and running. Send your contribution to: