EPTN Field Day

Good day fellow operators .

The National Traffic System, of which we are part of, will be accepting all West Virginia Field Day reports from group,club, and any other operators during our regular net at 6:45pm  on Saturday, June 27th on 147.255 pl123.0 recieve.

We expect a small break from operating and will let our liason stations know to get ready to accept them . If we have to hand them off to other nets, or compile them for later transfer of the reports, within 48 hours

I hope by then there are band openings on 6 and 10 meters, so we can introduce new potential hams to the fun of hf operating.

Its going to be a great time so please remember courtesy and giving our best on air practices because you know we never know who is listening.


Bob Rice, KG4RRN , EPTN net manager

Bob’s new mobile antenna..

This is a mobile Nagoya NL770S- 2m /440 Mhz

I saw this nice Nagoya stainless steel model antenna online, so I bought it.

When the package arrived it came in 2 parts.

The mount which is a trunk lip mount secured with set screws and the five pieces that made up the antenna. Then the antenna mount which was all one piece but needed to have a bit of configuring to be useful.

The interesting part is this antenna is only one foot tall.

It recieves on l44-148 mhz just fine and picks up 440-450 mhz just fine.

So when I attach this to the trunk lid there will be another post regarding its’ recieve and transmit performance.

Memorial Day… Coronavirus Year…

I don’t generally write about viruses, but I felt I needed to put in my two cents, after enduring the pandemic of my lifetime.

As a ham operator, its been easier to cope with this isolation, than most people have had, espe ially ones with families.

Let me rephrase that. I was in the midst of the public at work, yet when I got home from work I isolated.

2020 was not a good year and some people are no longer around to argue that fact.

If you ever need toilet paper go to Tony’s house. He’s got more than he needs….

I’ve learned a few things about sociology though.

1)Why people panic and buy up cleaning supplies.

2) Tomorrow is not guaranteed.

3) Collectively, all nations of the world have lost tax payers, and people who support the economy.

Freedom is not free.

So why am I still wearing a mask ?

Thank our veterans, and those who serve today, in our military, for keeping our country together during this trying year.

I will not get upset about stupid noises that happen on repeaters….

S.V.E.N. moves back to K4USS repeater

May 20 2021

The S.V.E.N. tried to hold it’s on air net on Tuesday at 7:00pm on 146.820- using its club repeater but had receive issues with the antenna system.

The net will move back to the 145.3900- K4USS repeater until its fixed.


Berryville Hamfest is On!

John,N4MM, of the Shenandoah Valley ARC has confirmed today that the hamfest will again take place this August at the Ruritan Fairgrounds off of business Rt.7 in Berryville, Virginia.

The hamfest is a major attraction to hams in the region and features tailgate selling of ham radio equipment, dealers, and great food, and contests. Please mark your calenders for the first Sunday in August and see you there for an eyeball QSO!


Tim, KD8QOR ,our Monday night net control for the net, now holds the all time record increase for amount of checkins, since I became net manager in 2013.

He has checked in 20 hams on yesterday’s net, May 3rd 2021. We had a tornado warning in Jefferson County at the time the traffic net was running and a report of a lumber building collapse in Ranson.

Great job Tim !

KC4RCR , Rousseau’s website : gethamradio.com has some interesting projects for hams of all different styles.

MARCH 2021 – Record Traffic Passed

The month of March 2021 was very impressive in the training of all net controls of the net and we were able to pass 10 pieces of Radiogram traffic this past month. I am of course not giving myself any credit, but to the helpful hands of Joe NE3R, (4) and then we passed some training messages to each net control and traffic liason.(6) PRACTICE MAKES BETTER COPY AND PERFECT COPY.

Bob Rice, KG4RRN EPTN Net Manager

Need more traffic so bring it to the net

EPTN March Update

Hello Hams and Welcome new hams!

This is the Official EPTN website. There is a lot going on in the ham world with advances in technology and our ability to communicate using a vast array of frequencies and modes.

This net is dedicated to traffic handling. What is traffic handling you say?

It is like having an old western union telegram delivered by ham radio.

One station originates the Radiogram and sends it off to a liason station which copies it down then gets on another net (usually on high frequency ) and resends it,then the operator on the hf net resends it back to a local vhf or uhf net in the home area of the person getting the message and then they contact them either one of four ways.

If the recipient is a ham radio operator they can try to call them over the air to copy the message.

If the person is not a ham but maybe a ham who is not on air several different methods may be used to deliver the radiogram.

The local recieving station can send a card in the mail to the recipient.

They can also call the recipient if a phone number is provided in the message address area.

Or if an email address is provided they can email the person.

The station delivering the radiogram cannot charge money for its delivery as its a free service provided by volunteer traffic handlers.

Just look up on google for the radiogram form called> RADIOGRAM

4 Parts to the Radio gram !

There are four parts to each message.

The first part is called the Preamble

Its where the message specific content goes such as the message number the handling instructions the callsign of the station of origin and the number of wordgroups as well as the date the message was sent.

The second part is called the Addressee . It is who is getting the radiogram.

Thats where the intended name address city state zipcode and phone number or email address of the recipient is placed.

The Third part contains the Message Body (or just the message part) which usually contains 25 or less wordgroups.

The Forth part contains a signature and callsign of the person who sent it.

Not all messages are sent by hams !

There are also message shortcuts which are referenced as ARL numbers.there is a whole list of those words on the web as well.

These radiograms can now be sent by voice or by data. There are networks of traffic nets which meet daily all around the country and some other countries where there is a third party agreement to handle these radiograms.

Please look up NTS on the arrl.org website for more information.

I will begin to breakdown these parts of wording a radiogram over the air soon.Tune in at 6:45pm on 147.255+pl 123 receive to learn how.

I have taught class on the formation and wording of the radiogram over the air to many hams.

Please join us for this fun activity and send your own radiogram to a friend or family member or even another ham radio operator.

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Eastern Panhandle Traffic Net (EPTN)

An ARRL Affiliated West Virginia VHF Net, supporting NTS message handling daily, on the 147.255+ PL 123.0 WB8YZV repeater.

Net Manager Bob Rice, KG4RRN Traffic Manager Frank Conard, N4SLR

Greeting fellow Amateurs, and Welcome to our Net
We meet 7 nights a week at 6:45PM, to pass formal written traffic as a public service into and out of the local area of Morgan, Berkeley, and Jefferson counties, in West Virginia.
Please contact me at kg4rrn@arrl.net if you would like to volunteer to be a Net Control.eptn logo 1

The EPTN supports several other nets and liaison with the West Virginia Phone Net. (HF) and the ARES nets on VHF and UHF.
Please join us to learn how to be a net control, or try your hand at making or delivering message traffic. It is a great way to learn how it has been done, for over 50 years, and it is still relevant today 73⤵
Bob, KG4RRN, EPTN Net Manager.

  • Frank, N4SLR, EPTN Traffic Manager