Looking for information on message handling and net operation? We are fortunate to have a very comprehensive resource document on the ARRL’s website called “Methods and Practices Guidelines” or “MPG”. It was compiled with the help of very experienced traffic handlers and contains many examples of the best operating practices. While it is lengthy and not designed as a training course, it is well indexed for finding what information you may be looking for.
Chapter 6 on digital messaging has been updated and contains information on “radio email”, a valuable tool for emergency communications and one that can be used by NTS and ARES alike. This updated chapter, along with the entire MPG, can be found on the ARRL website and can be reached using the link below. I encourage all traffic handlers to reference and use this information as a guide.
For MPG Table of Contents Click here or search for PSCM (Public Service Communications Manual) Appendix B on arrl.org