National Traffic System (NTS)

During disasters or other emergencies, radiograms are used to communicate information critical to saving lives or property, or to inquire about the health or welfare of a disaster victim.

To get involved with NTS, find your local NTS affiliate on the air: ARRL Net Directory Search.

Listing of MPG Chapter contents for reference

ARRL National Traffic System Area Staff Chairs 

Joe Ames, W3JY, Chair of the NTS Eastern Area Staff: Email
Robert Griffin, K6YR, Chair of the NTS Pacific Area Staff: Email

Steve Phillips, K6JT, NTS Central Area Staff, Chair: Email


  • NTS PowerPoint

    Check out this PowerPoint on the National Traffic System (NTS) including an intro. to National Traffic System Digital (NTSD). Go Now

  • NTS Manual

    Read more about the purpose, policies, and procedures of the NTS. Go Now

  • Net Directory

    See how public-service nets that support the NTS have been registered with the directory database. Go Now

  • NTS Forms

    Forms related to traffic handling and the National Traffic System: ARRL Radiogram, FSD-3, FSD-89, FSD-125, & FSD-218. Go Now

  • NTS Digital

    Visit this website about the National Traffic System Digital (NTSD). Go Now

  • Instructors Guide

    This guide is written for the volunteers who are willing to train Amateur Radio operators about traffic handling. Go Now

Third Party Traffic

Find out which countries share a third party traffic agreement with the United States with the Third Party Traffic List.


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