From the Ontario Section Traffic Manager (STM)

I got the following in an email from Glenn VE3GNA who is the STM for Ontario.

I found it very interesting and asked for his permission to share it here.  Glenn agreed so todays posting is courtesy of our Section Traffic Manager for the Ontario Section.



Words of wisdom on traffic handling from Ben White W4PL (SK), for whom the Ben White Memorial Nets – HBN and HBSN are named.

On traffic handling (1960): (Responding to “Why do you handle traffic?”)

“An off hand answer would be, because I like it. But in more detail it would break down about as follows:

(A) You are doing someone a service. Especially is that so where armed forces overseas personnel is concerned.

(B) You meet the best operators on the traffic nets; and they are hams with ideas and ideals like your own.

(C)There is an additional reason for me. When you get to be 75 years old there is not much left that you can do as well as a much younger man. I like to think that handling traffic is one of them”`

Advice for new traffickers (1960):

“Dont send faster that you can receive. Your opposite number assumes that you can copy at the speed you are sending. Dont forget that your spacing has more to do with making your code intelligible than the dots and dashes put together. Dont be afraid to ask for a fill or a QRS… any traffic man worth the name is glad to do either.”

And finally, these two philosophical statements (1958 & 1959):

“Although amateur radio is usually referred to as a hobby, as a matter of pure law, no license is ever issued to any radio station except in the public interest, convenience, or necessity. Of all those who avail themselves of the privilege, the traffic man comes nearest to living up to his share of the bargain.. Disaster work is spectacular, and gets headlines; but amateur radios happiest contact with John Q Public is the steady day in and day out handling of messages —– free gratis, for nothing, on the house and with the compliments of amateur radio.” “We are building up for amateur radio an immense backlog of good will; and for those who take their obligations seriously, we are operating our stations in the public interest, convenience and necessity.”

And this from the EMCOMM Quarterly – The Traffic Handlers’ Mantra:

For want of a letter, a word was lost…
For want of a word, a message was lost…
For want of a message, a life was lost…

And now something I would like to share with all of you.

I recently received an e-mail from a couple in South Carolina, who were curious as to how, where and why I had sent a birthday greeting to the wife’s mother. You see, she had recently passed away. In addition, she had been incapacitated for several years prior. I replied with the background that I had taken over the sending of the greetings that Joe, VE3SCY, had done for so many years. I went on to apologize for any hardship that my greeting has created. Their reply follows, <Quote>

Thank you for your reply, Glenn.  On the contrary, you didn’t cause any untoward effects at all.  In fact, we took it as a sign from her that everything was alright.  We just wanted to confirm that it was real, and nobody was attempting to get information or anything else.  It seemed so strange, because it occurred shortly after her passing, it involved HAM (which she loved, but hadn’t been active in since her stroke),  the great distance your message came from, and last of all, your last name is so similar to our pet cat Killian.  All those things were such an overwhelming coincidence, that we figured it had to be a message from her.  Your confirming what happened makes us believe that even more.
Thank you again for your reply.  I know you wrote my father-in-law also.  Now that you know the rest of the story, you can see that you have been a messenger for an angel.  If you ever get to the Myrtle Beach, SC area, look us up.

73 and God Bless,
Duane and Sherry

I am sometimes asked why I do this. I reply that it only takes an occasional “Thank You” to make it all worthwhile. The hours of research and creation are worth it all for a reply such as the one above.

Amateurs are part of a fraternity known as the Amateur Radio Service. I emphasize the “Service” aspect.

73 to one and all.



Thank you again for sharing this with us




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