National Traffic System Survey
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In the first survey, a significant number of respondents indicated a desire for stronger national leadership for NTS but “national leadership” was not well defined. Do you agree that stronger national guidance (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 procedures
Performance standards
Membership requirements
Participation requirements
Recognition and encouragement
Recruiting
Defining the mission
Organizational oversight
Network management
Promoting greater use of digital modes
Structural modernization
Area Staff/NTS traffic handler relations
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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 meet the needs of the “customers” in the foreseeable future?
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Do you feel that current NTS methods and participation meet disaster welfare message needs of the public?
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Please rank the following issues facing NTS from 1-7, 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
Lack of Section-level 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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Are you seeing enough incoming participants in NTS nets to offset participants leaving?
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Are Official Relay Station appointments made to regular traffic handlers in your ARRL Section?
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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) is posted on the ARRL website
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Do you feel that the PSCM provides an easy to understand explanation of NTS structure and operations?
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Is there a need for more guidance on how to organize and structure local or Section nets?
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Do you feel that NTS messaging layers 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®.