National Traffic System (NTS)

Other relevant pages:

  • QTC introduction for beginners and why you should be involved
  • CWB Communicators Without Borders (inter-regional traffic handling)


The National Traffic System advocated here would fill a need long ago recognized in USA and hitherto missing in Australia, for a network of skilled high-speed traffic (message) handling operators.

Other nations are encouraged to set up similar National Traffic Systems and associated message handling nets and can use this as an example. The elite most experienced and skilled CW operators who are well practiced in message handling procedures and format are encouraged to check in to the CWB nets which provide a regional and inter-regional backbone for communications. All newcomers are welcome to check in to the National and Zone Nets (see below).

Why CW?

Skilled CW ops can pass messages with accuracy in one third of the time it takes an SSB operator. In SSB names and places often have to be spelled out phonetically, not so in CW. CW is written down exacly as it is sent and vice versa, no ambiguity. Other advantages are listed on the CWB page.

NTS Zones in Australia

Australia would be divided up into five NTS zones to facilitate message routing, local and regional networks.

Z1: VK6
Z2: VK2
Z3: VK3/7
Z4: VK4
Z5: VK5/8

Traffic Net Levels

NTS traffic (message handling) nets may operate at 3 levels:

Zone Traffic Nets

One level is local and within any of the above mentioned NTS Zones. Each Zone has scheduled nets that will be published here. Those just starting out with traffic nets are welcome to check in. For anyone interested in NTS this is the place to start and become involved. Within the local zone there should also be inter-connection with other amateur emergency communication networks (such as WICEN) so that messages can be passed across each network. Operators which monitor other networks within the zone who are also CW operators should check into the NTS so they are aware and able to facilitate as required.

National Traffic Nets

A second level is handling messages between the Zones. This takes place on the National Nets. All are welcome and encouraged to check into the National Nets. In addition, if a Zone Net exists in your area, please check into those too, so that you can pass any messages between ZN and NN and vice versa.

International Traffic Nets

A third level, are the CWB Nets that include all those NTS National Net Controllers who have achieved the required standard of experience and competency in traffic handling. International Traffic Net is 0600Z on 14349 potentially daily but with emphasis on Saturday.

VK CW Traffic Nets

Current Schedule

(Also see Calendar in day/time order of all CW nets/activities for easy printing)

National Traffic Net (National Australian Traffic Net) [NAT]

  • PRIMARY NET [NAT1]: Fridays at 1000Z on 10119kHz and Saturdays at 0400Z on 14349kHz
  • SECONDARY NET [NAT2]: Monday-Friday at 0830Z on 7051.2kHz (Tuesday QRS, Thursday QRQ)
  • EMERGENCIES: Hourly at H+30-33 on 10118.5+/- and listen 24/7 or every 30 minutes on 7050kHz at H+15 to H+18 and H+45 to H+48. Other emergency frequencies include 3698, 7299, 14349kHz.

How to check in



Michigan Net, QMN CW (radiotelegraph) Net March 8, 1998 Part One

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