This is a linked repeater system spreading across North Texas (and beyond), it’s very important to key down and wait a second or two before talking. This allows the entire system to engage and permits all traffic to be heard from one end of the system to the other. It’s also just as important to delay in responses, in a QSO, to allow timeout timers across the network to reset and to allow other stations on the system to break-in if necessary.
When in a QSO try to keep your transmissions brief (if possible) and please use common courtesy in the duration of your QSO. If you are engaged in a lengthy QSO (more than a 10 minutes) ask if anyone would like to join your QSO or if anyone else needs to use the system . Other hams may want/need to use the system and the system needs to take a breather from time to time.
If you strike up a QSO with another local ham on the network, if practical, a local 2m repeater or a simplex channel off the network may be a more “system friendly” alternative to consider.
The NCTC system was created several years ago for recreational use, but the National Weather Service in Fort Worth as a key artery to take spotter reports in periods of adverse weather. NWS Forth Worth (WX5FWD) traffic takes priority over ALL routine/recreational traffic on the network. When severe weather is anticipated in the North Texas region, all users should be vigilant and keep the system free for severe weather traffic to and from WX5FWD.
The system has a weekly net every Thursday evening at 8:30 pm and is linked with the N5ERS System. Check-ins are strongly encouraged from all over the system to stress-test the network and ensure the every repeater is working properly. This is a great time to practice operating skills and get to know others on the system.
Wednesdays and Sundays the NCTC , Freedom Link Group (FLG), and N5ERS Systems are connected from 6am until 9pm on Sundays and until 9:30pm on Wednesdays. FLG is a network that blankets Northeast Texas, NW Louisiana and SW Arkansas with over a dozen repeaters (predominantly VHF). While NCTC and FLG are connected the common courtesies listed above are essential, notably the duration of QSO’s. Much like NCTC, the FLG system is the backbone of amateur communications for NWS Shreveport (K5SHV). If Fort Worth and/or Shreveport NWS is on the air, please yield to them.
Routine status updates on the system and other pertinent content are posted on this web page NCTC.INFO and discussed on the weekly net on Thursday evening.
In depth discussion of the architecture of the network and site information is some what guarded information and probably should be discussed face to face or on the phone.
The NCTC system is an OPEN system. All properly licensed hams are welcome to use NCTC system provided they offer pleasant and constructive content to the table. Any user that violates Part 97 Amateur Rules, demonstrates bad operating practices will be asked to leave the system. There is no tolerance for this.
This system is organized system without annual dues. If we see a need to make an improvement we band together, pass the hat, and utilize our collective talents to MAKE IT HAPPEN.
In conclusion: Have fun. Be courteous.