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In some areas the National Traffic System has slowly declined in activity. Section Managers and Section Traffic Managers are encouraged to promote and oversee the NTS in each Section. Not all of the nets listed on this page are part of the NTS although they may pass formal traffic from time to time.

National Traffic System -- A Multi-tiered Communications Network

The National Traffic System (NTS) is the principal facility for medium to long range traffic. It is organized on the basis of daily operation, in consonance with the operating habits of the average radio amateur. In emergencies, NTS is geared to go into continuous operation in accordance with the needs and the extent of the particular emergency.

The National Traffic System consists of four levels of traffic nets which operate in an orderly time sequence to effect a definite traffic flow pattern from point of origin to point of destination. A message flows through the National Traffic System in a manner similar to an air line passenger who starts out in a small town with a destination across the continent in another small town. He has to change carriers several times in the process, starting with a small feeder air line, changing to a regional carrier, to a transcontinental carrier, back to a regional, and then to the feeder which lands at the destination town.

In a similar manner, the trans-continental message starts with the originating station, often right at the disaster site, is picked up on a local net, which transfers it to the regional and then trans-continental net and then back down to the destination for delivery by a local net. Throughout the process, the message is handled only by radio amateurs who are trained and practiced to professional standards in traffic-handling. The routing from end to end is a controlled process so that the message accuracy and integrity is maintained.

This is in distinct contrast to the potentially haphazard handling a message may receive if it is sent through uncontrolled amateur radio net routing, where it may be handled by well-meaning but untrained operators. The average radio amateur is simply not familiar enough with proper traffic net and traffic handling procedures to ensure accurate and consistent transmission.

Local nets are those which cover small areas such as a community, city, county or metropolitan area, smaller than a RAC Section. Many operate by VHF FM at times or on days most convenient to their members. Often these are designated as ARES nets, but they do not specialize in traffic handling. Local nets are intended mainly for local delivery of traffic when delivery can ordinarily be effected by non-toll telephone.

Some NTS local nets operate on a daily basis, just as do other nets in the NTS system. These put the traffic as close as possible to its actual destination before delivery. This provides regular practices for a procedure which might be essential in a real emergency, where other forms of telephone and cellular communication may not be available, due to damage or overload.

Listeners and check-ins are welcome on the Local traffic nets. You should listen sufficiently so that you know the net procedures before checking in. There are also Learning Nets in some locations.

National Traffic System activities in each RAC Section are under the direction of the Section Traffic Manager (STM), who is appointed by the Section Manager (SM). Each NTS net operates under a Net Manager (NM) who is appointed by the STM. Being officers of RAC, these appointments must be RAC members.

For more detailed information, visit our ARES/NTS Frequently Asked Questions page.

Please contact your Section Manager or the Section Traffic Manager (listed below) if you want to know more about how you can participate. (STMs may order Official Field Organization ID Badges using this order form.)

The RAC Field Organization now has a National Traffic System Coordinator (NTSC) in the person of Hew Lines, VA7HU. Hew is a traffic handler of long and extensive experience. As an Assistant to the VPFS, his function is to offer advice and support for existing NTS nets or to assist in creating new ones, as well as to advise the VPFS in NTS matters. He will also assist in an advisory capacity with non-NTS nets. .

Below are the names and addresses of some of the volunteers across the country who contribute their time and effort to making the RAC National Traffic System organization a success.  You, too, can be part of this useful and fun resource.

Complete listings of NTS digital nets may be seen at NTS Digital.

For further information about the NTS please see Section II of the Public Service Communications Manual. The PSCM is used by both the ARRL and RAC. Wherever "ARRL" or "the league" appear in the text, please read "RAC".

An additional quick reference guide has been drafted by VE7GN and can be adopted for use by all provinces and is available at the following link NTS Handbook.

If you have questions concerning a specific net that is listed below, please contact that net's Net Manager.

Those nets which are not formal traffic nets interoperating with the NTS, such as ARES nets, are local service or specialty nets and many are located across Canada. RAC has no input as to how those nets operate or who the Net Manager will be.

Other nets listed may not be formal traffic nets, but may have the ability to pass such traffic. They are listed here as a courtesy. For information on other non-NTS Canadian nets of which RAC is aware, please see Canadian Nets.


National Traffic System Coordinator

Hew Lines, VA7HU
9494 MARYLAND DR
SIDNEY, BC  V8L 2R6
Telephone: 250-656-6471
E-Mail:

Newfoundland and Labrador

Section Traffic Manager

Joe Earles, VO1BQ
162 Carrick dr.
St-John's, NL  A1A 4P8
Tel: 709-738-2437
E-mail:

Maritimes

Temporarily Vacant

Net Manager - Atlantic Provinces Net

Temporarily Vacant

Quebec

Temporarily Vacant

Ontario East

Temporarily Vacant

Net Manager - NTS Digital

Pierre Mainville, VA3PM
23 CHATSWORTH DR
BRAMPTON, ON  L6X 2L8
Tel: 905-453-6644
E-mail:

Ontario North

Temporarily Vacant

Net Manager - Section ARES Net

Allan Boyd, VE3AJB
27 RED MILL RD
BOX 208
LITTLE CURRENT, ON  P0P 1K0
Tel: 705-368-2779
Bus. Tel: 705-368-2200
E-mail:

Ontario South

Temporarily Vacant

Ontario GTA

Temporarily Vacant

Manitoba

Section Traffic Manager

Jan Schippers, VE4JS
202 Sadler Avenue
Winnipeg, MB  R2M 1P3
Tel: 204-417-3518
E-mail:

Net Manager - MEPN

Charles Allen Bailey,
205 - 2340 Ottawa Ave
Brandon, MB  R7B 2T4

Saskatchewan

Temporarily Vacant

Alberta

Section Traffic Manager

Jack Humphries, VE6JRH
4810 - 56 STREET
OLDS, AB  T4H 1G5
Tel: 403-556-3839
E-mail:

Net Manager - Alberta Traffic Net

Temporarily Vacant

British Columbia

Section Traffic Manager

Allan Ross, VE7CYY
790 WEST QUEENS RD
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC  V7N 2L6
Tel: 604-988-1030
E-mail:

Net Manager - British Columbia Emergency Net

Len C. Hooper, VE7XLH
5101 Island Highway West
QUALICUM BEACH, BC  V9K 1Z1
Tel: 250-752-9278
E-mail:
Packet:

Net Manager - British Columbia Public Service Net

DREW WATSON, VA7DR
131 CEDAR LANE
SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC  V8K 1R1
Tel: 250-537-9159
E-mail:

Net Manager - BC-Yukon Traffic Net

Allan Ross, VE7CYY
790 WEST QUEENS RD
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC  V7N 2L6
Tel: 604-988-1030
E-mail: