National Traffic System Status Survey
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In the first survey, a significant number or respondents indicated a desire for stronger national leadership for NTS but “national leadership” was not well defined. Do you agree that stronger national leadership (from NTS Management, ARRL staff, ARRL Board of Directors, or some future entity or position) is needed in these areas?
Strongly disagreeAgreeStrongly agree
Training standards
Training programs
Operational standards
Membership requirements
Participation requirements
Recognition and encouragement
Recruiting
Defining the mission
Organizational management
Network management
Promoting greater use of digital modes
Structural modernization
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Who do you feel is the most important “customer” to NTS?
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Do you feel that current NTS methods and participation fully meet the needs of the “customers” in the foreseeable future?
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Do you feel that current NTS methods and participation fully meet disaster welfare message needs of the public?
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Please rank the following issues facing NTS from 1-6, with 1 as the most important.
Please note: as you number the answers, they will change order
Lack of standardized training
Slowness of delivery
Low message accuracy
Too few members
Too few members active when really needed
Lack of national leadership
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If ARES and NTS were to be brought together in some fashion, how do you see this helping? Select all that apply
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With manual NTS, to what extent do you believe the following to be a problem?
Not significantSomewhat significantVery significant
Message accuracy
Delivery speed
Message delivery failure
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With digital NTS, to what extent do you believe the following to be a problem?
Not significantSomewhat significantVery significant
Message accuracy
Delivery speed
Message delivery failure
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Should manual NTS continue to focus on radio-only to point of delivery, or shift to a “short relay to outside the affected area for immediate delivery” model during disasters?
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Are you seeing enough new, younger, participants in NTS nets to offset older participants leaving?
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Are Official Relay Station appointments made to regular participants in your area?
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Would you like to see routine traffic supplemented by simulated disaster test messages?
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Do you feel that cooperative exercises including ARES and NTS are important?
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Please indicate your approximate age:
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The Public Service Communications Manual (PSCM) and Methods and Practices Guidelines (MPG) are posted on the ARRL website
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Do you feel that the PSCM and MPG provide an easy to understand explanation of NTS structure and operations?
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Do you feel that the PSCM and MPG provide adequate details and structure for local and Section level nets?
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Do you feel that the PSCM and MPG need to be simpler and easier to read and understand?
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Do you feel that NTS network structure needs to be simpler and easier to understand?
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The ARRL PSCM, App. B, MPG, Chapter 6 (NTS Digital) has been revised but not published by ARRL:
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In the last three years has your local NTS net participated in the annual ARRL® Simulated Emergency Test?
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Please share any additional comments you may have regarding the NTS or ARES® program at this time...

Rumor Control Note: This is not an idea or suggestion list. Although we are asking a wide range of questions here, it does not mean that any particular idea is under active consideration. Our goal is to permit a broad range of opinions and ideas to be gathered. The results will be used in discussions by the Emergency Communications Advisory Committee during development of guidance to the ARRL Board of Directors.

Your thoughtful answers will help us establish a baseline from which we can begin thinking about recommendations to strengthen NTS and ARES®.