Re: Custom FLMSG Red Cross form conforming to NTS standard
Actually, flmsg's radiogram is very good.
If someone sends me an flmsg radiogram via, say, our local NBEMS
net I can open the text view and then inject it into the digital
network. Very simple process.
Now, when I get a radiogram for local delivery and I want to mail it in the html format (I like to do that with new ham messages. They get the flmsg html on the top of the page, a somewhat customized letter below and on the reverse side a FAQ about radiograms. (When I got my license I received a welcome radiogram on the ARRL postcard, had no idea what it was and then chucked it.....having some explanation lets new hams know what exactly this message is and how it got to them.)
That said, when I do that I have to take the text and then copy
it into flmsg's various fields. That takes a few minutes. There is
one program called the NTSD Parser which, while it was designed
for other primary purposes, can actually take the text and convert
it to a reasonably good html form similar to flmsg's form.
However, the Parser is rather awkward to use and the form
sometimes does funny things.
I think that the important thing to remember is that there's only one radiogram format (text) and there are many variations - some better than others - on the "pretty form." ARRL has theirs, RRI has several fillable pdfs (lined/unlined/with op data, without op data) e.g. http://radio-relay.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/RRI-Radiogram-form-1801-A-Final-Approved.pdf
I'm sure there are more.
On 1/27/2020 5:37 PM, Larry Levesque wrote:
Thanks for the detailed explanation Steve. Unfortunately my Custom Forms skill set will not help here. Custom forms presents the data to fldigi as field names and numbers along with the corresponding text values. This would have to be a form implemented in the base program. Although that is not beyond my abilities, it would require a lot of learning for me to get up to speed. Dave / All - is anyone willing to help out here. It would make perfect sense in this application to program another form so that the HTML and data sent to fldigi would just be a copy of the raw text form of the form data. Maybe call it NTS Raw Radiogram or something similar. On Mon, Jan 27, 2020 at 08:53:34AM -0500, Steve Hansen wrote:Hi Larry, The proper radiogram format is described in, for example, the "pink card" (cheat sheet) reference. This can be found at http://radio-relay.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/RRI-TRAFFIC-OPERATIONS-AID-1720r3.pdf 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 DONALD SMITH 164 EAST SIXTH AVE NORTH RIVER CITY MD 21201 410 555 1234 OP NOTE DELIVER WEEKDAY BT HAPPY BIRTHDAY X SEE YOU SOON X LOVE BT DIANA 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 thehtml 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 tool. 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. 73, Steve KB1TCE On 1/26/20 9:14 PM, Larry Levesque wrote:Please explain what "compatible" is.... Do you want an exact replica of the ARRL message form? Send me an HTML example of one that is compatible and I can create one for flmsg. On Sun, Jan 26, 2020 at 08:58:18PM -0500, Steve Hansen wrote:The text output of the flmsg Radiogram form is correctly formatted for transmission by voice, cw or digital. I use it routinely for injection into the Digital Traffic Network (DTN). The form itself is mainly meant for delivery since it explains the fields. It is not compatible within the traffic networks. 73, Steve KB1TCE RRI DTN Maine/Winlink-RRI Liaison On 1/26/2020 8:09 PM, Doug K7KY wrote:We want to pass FLMSG RadioGram traffic to an NTS net, but NTS doesn't work with the FLMSG form. We're hoping someone here has developed a custom FLMSG RadioGram form compatible with NTS. If so, we'd appreciate the opportunity to use your form. Thanks in advance for your assistance or advice. 'http://orcadigitalnet.com' Doug K7KY