Effective July 10, 2006
listing is to recognize Canadian radio amateurs whose public service
performance during the month indicated qualifies for 70 or more total points in
any or all of the following six categories (as reported to their Section Managers).
In each Public Service
column published in The Canadian Amateur (TCA), the Public Service
Honour Roll (PSHR) recognizes the efforts of Amateur Radio operators who are
active in many aspects of public service. This includes net operations,
traffic handling, emergency operations and public service communication
support. It's likely that you're already involved with some aspect of
Amateur Radio that would apply to the Public Service Honour Roll (PSHR).
Take a look at the
categories and descriptions below to see where your Amateur Radio activities fit in.
At the end of each calendar month, just add up your qualifying points. If it
reaches the 70-point level (or more), you've qualified for the PSHR!
Simply report that news,
with your call sign and monthly PSHR point total, to your RAC Section Manager.
The RAC SM, in turn, will forward the report to RAC Headquarters so that it
can be prepared for listing in TCA. Section Managers are listed at
the RAC website at http://www.rac.ca/fieldorg/racfoo.htm.
Please note the maximum points for each category:
Participating in a public service net, using any mode. --1 point per net
session; maximum 40.
Handling formal messages (radiograms) via any mode. --1 point for each message
handled; maximum 40.
3.) Serving in
a RAC-sponsored volunteer position: RAC Field Organization appointee or
Section Manager, NTS Net Manager, TCC Director, TCC member, NTS official or
appointee above the Section level. -- 10 points for each position; maximum 30.
Participation in scheduled, short-term public service events such as
walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons, parades, simulated emergency tests and related
practice events. This includes off-the-air meetings and coordination efforts
with related emergency groups and served agencies. - 5 points per hour (or any
portion thereof) of time spent in either coordinating and/or operating in the
public service event; no limit.
Participation in an unplanned emergency response when the Amateur Radio
operator is on the scene. This also includes unplanned incident requests by
public or served agencies for Amateur Radio participation. - 5 points per hour
(or any portion thereof) of time spent directly involved in the emergency
operation; no limit.
Providing and maintaining: a) an automated digital system that handles RAC/ARRL
radiogram-formatted messages; b) a Web page e-mail list server oriented toward
Amateur Radio public service -- 10 points per item.
Radio stations that qualify for PSHR over twelve consecutive months, or 18
months out of a 24-month period, will be awarded a certificate from RAC Headquarters upon written
notification of qualifying months to the RAC Vice President for Field Services.
Further Explanation of PSHR Categories
1) Participation in a public service net -- 1 point, maximum 40.
An example of a public service net is one that is regularly scheduled and
handles Amateur Radio formal messages. There are many such public service
nets: local and section nets that are affiliated with the National Traffic
System (NTS); NTS region, NTS area, and independent nets that handle messages.
ARES and CANWARN nets that meet on a regular basis and pass formal traffic would also qualify.
Public service or emergency nets that are activated to support an actual
or potential emergency or a public service event would be part of this
first category. A net that has been established for training radio
amateurs in public service and emergency communications would qualify! Are you
looking for a public net to check into? Try the on-line ARRL Net Directory:
and the RAC listings of nets, found at
2) Handling formal messages (radiograms) via any mode -- 1 point for
each message handled; maximum 40.
The Public Service Communications Manual explains how to count
your individual messages. Here is a reference from Section 2, NTS Chapter
10.2. (You may find the entire manual at this Web page:
Originated--One point for each message from a third party for
sending via your station. This "extra" credit is given for an off-the-air
function because of the value of contact with the general public.
Sent--Every message sent over the air from your station to another
amateur receives a point in this category. Thus, a message that is eligible
for an Originated point as above receives another point when it is sent on the
Likewise, a message that is received on the air conveys a Sent point when
it is relayed to another station. A message that you initiate yourself, while
it gets no Originated point, gets a Sent point when cleared. All Sent points
require on-the-air sending.
Received--A message received over the air gets a Received point,
whether received for relaying (sending) or for delivery to the addressee. Any
message received which is not eligible for a Delivery point (such as one
addressed to yourself) is nevertheless eligible for a Received point.
Delivered--The act of delivery of a message to a third party
receives a point in this category, in addition to a Received point. This is
strictly an off-the-air function and must be coupled with receipt of the
message at your station. Thus you can't get a Delivered point unless you first
get a Received point.
For additional details on traffic handling and net operations and the
National Traffic System, the NTS Methods, Practices and Guidelines is a
resource available to you via the ARRL Web page:
3) Serving in a RAC-sponsored volunteer position: RAC Field Organization
appointee or Section Manager, NTS Net Manager, TCC Director, TCC member, NTS
official or appointee above the Section level. -- 10 points for each
position; maximum 30.
RAC Field Organization appointees (in alphabetical order) include the
following: Assistant Section Managers, District Emergency Coordinators,
Emergency Coordinators, Local Government Liaisons, Net Managers, Official
Bulletin Stations, Official Emergency Stations, Official Observers, Official
Observer Coordinators, Official Relay Stations, Public Information
Coordinators, Public Information Officers, Section Emergency Coordinators,
Section Managers, Section Traffic Managers, Provincial/Territorial Government
Liaisons, Technical Coordinators and Technical Specialists. Active
members of the newly-instituted RAC Regional Amateur Radio Alert Network
(RARAN), which acts in support of the AMBER Alert, may also claim points by
serving in this position.
The Section Manager is the RAC member-elected RAC official in the section.
An NTS official or appointee above the Section level would include Region and
Area Net Managers, and TCC (Transcontinental Corps) Directors who are in
charge of organizing TCC membership rosters of operators that comprise the
corps. TCC members are those operators that are assigned to relay traffic from
one NTS area to another, conducting liaison with NTS nets to do so. NTS
Members at Large, NTS Area Staff Chairs, NTS Area Digital Coordinators and
Digital Stations would also be included in this category.
4) Participation in scheduled, short-term public service events such as
walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons, parades, simulated emergency tests and related
practice events. This includes off-the-air meetings and coordination
efforts with related emergency groups and served agencies.
-- 5 points per hour (or any portion thereof) of time spent in either
coordinating and/or operating in the public service event; no limit.
This category recognizes the value of public safety communication events in
which Amateur Radio is often called to participate. Simulated emergency tests
(SETs), exercises and drills are covered by this category. Points are gained
by the amount of time that an Amateur Radio operator spends directly involved
in operating the event. This also recognizes the value of off-the-air time it
takes to meet with the organization or public service agency to plan and
coordinate Amateur Radio involvement.
5) Participation in an unplanned emergency response when the Amateur
Radio operator is on the scene. This also includes unplanned incident requests
by public or served agencies for Amateur Radio participation.
--5 points per hour (or any portion thereof) of time spent directly
involved in the emergency operation; no limit.
This category recognizes an Amateur Radio operator who is directly involved
in an actual emergency operation. This includes the operator who is on the
scene or out in the field, in the shelter, at the emergency operations center,
at the hospital, or other served agency's headquarters or their temporary
If you are an active participant in an unplanned incident -- or in other
words, an emergency operation--you may take credit for this participation even
though you may not be physically at the emergency scene.
Category 5 covers all the Amateur Radio operator participants such as net
controllers, net liaison stations and other radio amateurs who support
communications in unplanned incidents. Even if you are not actually on the
emergency scene or at the shelter, etc, but are spending time and efforts for
supporting the same emergency communication effort, this time would
count for points in Category 5.
As an example, Environment Canada activates CANWARN, Amateur Radio
operators serve as weather spotters from their home (or car, or work, or other
location) during the weather event. Then, a tornado strikes and the Red
Cross calls out the ARES members to serve in shelters and to provide support
for damage assessment communications. These operators would be able to qualify
for Category 5 points.
There would likely be several net control operators, net liaison operators,
traffic handlers, etc, who are away from the disaster scene, but are spending
time to support the Amateur Radio emergency communication effort on behalf of
the served agencies (Red Cross and Environment Canada, in this example). They, too, would qualify for points under Category 5.
6.) Providing and maintaining: a) an automated digital system that
handles RAC/ARRL radiogram-formatted messages; b) a Web page e-mail list
server oriented toward Amateur Radio public service -- 10 points per item.
Category 6 (a) recognizes the efforts it takes to provide and maintain an
automated digital system (like a packet bulletin board or a PACTOR system)
that handles RAC/ARRL radiogram-formatted messages.
Category 6 (b) recognizes that Web pages and e-mail list servers have become
popular and effective ways to communicate news and information to the
community of radio amateurs that are involved in emergency and public service
communication operations and preparedness.
If you are involved in any of these activities, keep track of your efforts
and the time involved and report your results accordingly. If you qualify for
PSHR over twelve (12) consecutive months, or 18 months out of a 24-month
total period, you are eligible for a one-time certificate from RAC Headquarters.
Please write (and include a list of qualifying months) to the Vice President
for Field Services, RAC HQ.
Further questions about the program may be sent to VPFS Doug Mercer,VO1DTM
at RAC HQ.
The Field Services in both the United States and Canada are virtually
identical in operation. In fact, it was the ARRL that originated the FS.
Today, the RAC and the ARRL act in cooperation and the RAC Honour Roll is
modeled after that of the ARRL. More information about the ARRL PSHR may
be seen at this Website.