An ARRL Numbered Radiogram is a brevity code used in composing ARRL Radiograms during times of radio congestion. The code is used to transmit standard. ARRL Message Forms. Click on any section of this Message Form for information on how to use it. ARRL Radiogram. GENERAL. Follows a description of the. ARRL RADIOGRAM. A How To. EmComm East By John KB2SCS kb2scs @ With excerpts from the. W3YVQ.v/02 PSCM APP.-B NTS.

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The letter X is used as a period but never after the last group of the text and counts as a word when figuring the Check. They are primarily for use by the handling operators. Just for practice, you know. The three-letter abbreviation for the month followed by a number for the day. It is acceptable to specify local time as “L”, as in L.

Text and signature blocks: The letter R is used in place of a decimal in mixed figure groups example: Such punctuation words are separate groups and ARE counted for the check.

E-Mail will not be published required. Instead of counting every word, you can just count by fives for every row that is full.

Note that the amateur does not originate messages for a person without permission from that person! The fewer words the better, as long as it still makes sense. This is the name if the person sending the message.

ARRL Radiogram

Enter figures, street name spell out east, west, north and south for clarityand apartment or unit number. That was a sporadic effort, though, sometimes feast and sometimes famine. State name, address and telephone number. Words like “love” and “regards”, often associated with signatures in formal letters, are put in the text in amateur messages not in the signature.


If you do enter a time, enter the time you the originating station created the message.

You want to know precisely who should receive it. The delivering station may need to reply to the station of origin and refer to this number. Here are a few notes on this part of the radiogram:. This number is used by operators to verify that the text has been copied with the correct number of groups. In Amateur Radio, we use month and day. In most cases, this will be the same place. R, W, P, E. If no number, authorization is unlimited.

They do this by always having the message headers in a certain order, allowing operators to read and understand the headers without explicit verbal labels. Your message would go like this, just read it exactly like this and fill in the blanks with your info.

And second, I had to figure out just what formal traffic was. The headers’ purpose and order is logical and intuitive enough that many amateur radio operators have memorized it and in extremis can transmit and receive radiograms without referring to the form.

ARRL Numbered Radiogram

Once a message is numbered, that same number remains with the message until delivered. I crafted this week’s message more carefully. It should be short usually less than 25 words and in telegram style. First, I had to get my fledgling HF efforts moving along so that I could reach a traffic net.


The number of words or word groups rsdiogram the text of the message.

To avoid ambiguity, mark the time with a Z, time zone designator, or L. The number value to be entered in the “CHECK” in the preamble of the message is the total number of groups in the text between the start and end prosigns but not counting the prosigns. So I guess I will continue. REACT communications services also available. It also created standard formats for the data so that all traffic-handling operators know what everything means.

It is IMPORTANT for originating stations to get full information about persons for whom messages are originated in order to be able to re-contact them should a problem arise in the delivery of their message, or if a reply is received.

ARRL Message Format

It should be short usually less than 25 words and in telegram style. Remember when reading the message that someone is writing it on the other end, so read at writing speed. Hoffman says his column’s name — “The Amateur Amateur” — suggests the explorations of a rank amateur, not those of an experienced or knowledgeable ham.