Re: Custom FLMSG Red Cross form conforming to NTS standard
Hi Larry,toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
The proper radiogram format is described in, for example, the "pink
card" (cheat sheet) reference. This can be found at
Below is the example that is given. It is pure text. This is what flmsg
produces if you fill out the data entry window and then go to File -
View - Text. What flmsg produces is in this format.
1 R HXG W1NJM 8 NEWINGTON CT 1830 JUL 1
164 EAST SIXTH AVE
NORTH RIVER CITY MD 21201
410 555 1234
OP NOTE DELIVER WEEKDAY
HAPPY BIRTHDAY X SEE YOU
SOON X LOVE
OP NOTE SERVICE TO STATION OF ORIGIN
Traffic handlers know what each of the elements represents so there is
no need to add any other information when transmitting. All of the
content is compatible with cw, voice and digital. This is important as
the sender may not have any idea how the message is going to be
transported. For example, the manual inter-area nets are cw. A message
sent from NH to AK via the digital network might well make the hop from
the Pacific Northwest to AK via cw.
The flmsg html output is perfectly good as a way of presenting a
radiogram to someone who is not familiar with the format. It also
includes the translations of, for example, the ARL numbers. I use the
html form when presenting a radiogram in person or delivering it by
mail. In fact, the flmsg html form includes items that the ARRL printed
form (which hasn't been updated in ages) does not include.
On the Winlink side, the old (pre-July 2018) Winlink Express radiogram
template produced a nice html form but the text that shows in the
message panel was scrambled and contained extraneous information. The
result was that it was essentially worthless as far as the traffic
network was concerned. We changed the input template so that it looks
much like the flmsg input screen. It has helps and changes things like
periods to X, decimal points to R, etc. When one is finished, the
information in the template is transferred to the message panel in the
proper format and the html template disappears. I.e. it's only an input
The way that the Winlink system works is that the radiogram gets sent to
a regional liaison. This is done using tactical calls that are in a drop
down on the form. I handle Region 1 and handle about 100-200
radiograms/month that are submitted via Winlink. I input them to the
digital network in most cases. If coming into Maine I take them to
either the section NTS net or deliver myself.
For flmsg, the best way to send a radiogram to a traffic handler is to
send the text output.
Bottom line, flmsg as a tool is excellent. Dave has been very good at
providing updates as needed.
On 1/26/20 9:14 PM, Larry Levesque wrote:
Please explain what "compatible" is....