Re: Proposed Changes to DXCC for Remote Stations - Charge to DXAC


To paraphrase President Clinton during a difficult time in his life, "That depends on what your definition of 'well' is."  Traffic handling, in the sense of NTS in mid-20th century, is an anachronism.  NTS, as a functioning program of ARRL, was fractured a few years back by a nasty dispute between ARRL staff and an active emergency communications group attempting to answer a question from FEMA.  Much of the formal NTS disappeared, volunteers were fired [or banished?], the view from outside** was that ARRL was abandoning it, some of it was reconstituted by another organization, and other parts limp along independently.

I participate at the "section level" although that's a generic term now, ARRL Sections really have no meaning in this context.  The best I can say is that NTS [aka organized traffic handling], is alive but on life support and the nostalgia of a few OT's is all that's keeping the plug in the socket.

Incidentally, I thought the change from "American Radio Relay League" to "ARRL, The National Organization For Amateur Radio" was a fairly deft move that brought the name into the 21st century while preserving what has now become more of a logo and initialism.


Fred ["Skip"] K6DGW
Sparks NV DM09dn
Washoe County

**It's fairly irrelevant whether or not ARRL actually abandoned NTS or not.  From the outside looking into the murky depths of Newington, that's what it looks like and real news to the contrary has yet to escape.   If there really is any activity to reconstitute NTS, I hope it's at the bottom of the list of priorities ... ARRL has a host of far more important existential issues to be solved.

On 8/12/2020 9:13 AM, Ria, N2RJ wrote:

Now, there IS one function of the ARRL that is concentrated on message
handling and relaying - and that is the National Traffic System, or
NTS, which is still alive and well. There are plans in the works to
enhance and modernize NTS, and it is happening, albeit slowly but it
is happening.

Ria, N2RJ
Director, Hudson Division
ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio <--- that's what I tell people

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