North American Traffic & Awards Net
WU8Q Grabs NATA WAS #3
Congratulations to J.R. Burgess, WU8Q, on earning Certificate Number 3 for NATA's Worked All States Award
J.R. made the 50 required contacts and used NATA's allowance for up to 25% of contacts coming from sources other than a NATA net to log the necessary stations. Who will be the next operator to earn their NATA WAS???
K0JSC Earns Worked 100 Award #1
Congratulations to Jeff Carrier, K0JSC, who earned Award #1 in the New "Worked" Series of NATA Awards! Jeff quickly submitted the first application for this new award within 3 hours of the opening of the award for applications.
Thanks to Jeff for his continued support of NATA and his on-going service to our nets as a Net Control Operator on both SSB and PSK! Want to know how you can earn YOUR Worked 100 Awards? Read the Article introducing the new awards here!
Announcing the Starfleet Command Progressive Awards!
Welcome to NATA's newest series of awards! The STARFLEET COMMAND series!
Each of these progressive awards will challenge you to judiciously use your log entries in applying for each level of award in this progressive series. You must work your way up in rank by earning each award in the series before applying for the next level. Contacts made on or after January 1, 2009, are all eligible for use on these awards. The "25% rule" does not apply to the Cadet level but all subsequent levels and supplemental awards DO allow our standard 25% contacts from other sources. Application worksheets will be available by April 15th.
UPDATE! The rules for these awards are now posted on the website. CLICK HERE TO RETRIEVE THE AWARD RULES (MS WORD FORMAT). The Academy Cadet award worksheet is also available. Click on the award name below to retrieve that worksheet.
The awards are as follows:
Starfleet Academy Cadet - This is the entry level for all subsequent awards. Work 25 contacts including 10 contacts made on 10 consecutive NATA nets. The 25% rule for outside contacts does NOT count for this level! Once used on an application the contact can not be used on subsequent award applications.
Starfleet Ensign - After earning your Cadet certificate you "graduate" from the Academy by making additional contacts over and above your Cadet award. 40 contacts are required for this award level.
Starfleet Captain - 60 contacts are required to attain the rank of Captain. This level also requires participation as an NCS operator or an additional set of optional contacts. After earning this award you are eligible to apply for the supplemental awards (see below).
Starfleet Commodore - 100 contacts are required to attain the rank of Commodore. NCS participation is required (or additional contacts are required as an alternative).
Starfleet Admiral - 250 contacts are required to attain the rank of Admiral including contacts with all countries in North America (including the Caribbean islands).
Contacts used for these supplemental awards CAN be used for credit toward Commodore and Admiral levels of the progressive series. Complete rules and worksheets for these awards are still in development and will be released soon!
Delta Quadrant Expedition - Based upon the Star Trek "Voyager" series, this award requires 30 contacts.
Resistance is Futile! - You will be assimilated. Life as you know it is over. You will adapt to service US. Work 10 holders of each of the Cadet, Ensign, and Caption level awards to earn this award plus special Borg callsigns to fill your very own Borg Unimatrix.
Cardassian Challenge Note, Romulan "Warbird", and Klingon Dictionary - All of these awards are based upon working contacts to spell applicable terminology used by these three past or present enemies of the Federation!
The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition - Get your GREED on and work like a Ferengi to gain a profit advantage!
The Q Continuum - Work callsigns with the letter "Q" for various point levels based on the location of the Q in the call! It's a little complicated and convoluted just like good ol' Q him/her/itself. Each callsign you work will receive points based on the letters contained and the location of the Q is the multiplier! Work a total of Q3 points (17 x 17 x 17 - Q is the 17th letter in the alphabet!) to earn this one!
Welcome to NATA!
Welcome to the North American Traffic and Awards Net and thanks for your participation and interest in us!
NATA was founded in January, 1977, growing out of the Bicentennial Worked All States Net which originally met on 3903 kHz late nights during 1976. The net existed to provide amateurs a gathering place to make the contacts necessary to earn the ARRL's special Bicentennial WAS award. When the American Bicentennial Celebration year ended the BWAS folks did not want to see the new on-air friendships go by the side of the road and founded NATA. Over the next 15 years NATA operated a daily late-night net (0500z) on 3903 kHz and subsequently moved to 3905 kHz where it remained until it ceased operations in the mid-1980's. The net was brought back to life January 1, 2008, by Jim Duncan, KU0G, to offer amateurs a new option for WAS and awards pursuits where the need for completely contacts and doing so expeditiously is the primary purpose.
NATA nets serve YOU. On our nets, our website, and email group you will find...
NATA nets generally last one hour or less. Your on-air time is not spent sitting around waiting for a long list of check-ins to get to you only to get one contact. It is our policy to offer you no less than 2 contacts on any call. In fact on most of our nets you are offered the opportunity to "take any calls you like." We simply ask that you respect the needs of the many and limit your time on any one turn to 2 or 3 minutes maximum. We will help arrange contacts but it is ultimately up to the stations making contact to hear and respond to each other and confirm the signal reports sent both ways with a minimum acceptable report of 2-by-1 (21) up through a maximum of 59.
You will find our net schedule by clicking on the SCHEDULE tab at the top of the every page on the website. The nets scheduled for each day are posted at the top of the website homepage and update daily. We encourage you to check in with us!
The best way to find out who's on the net and to log your contacts is to use N1HWQ's NET LOGGER software. You can download it at www.netlogger.org.
Checking in to our nets is done in either of two way:
We offer a QSL bureau which you may use to exchange hard cards but we do not require cards for our awards. We work on an honor system that says that the amateur radio operator is trustworthy. The QSL bureau is operated by Barry Hiddema, W5BLH. You may purchase postage and envelops directly through this website or you may mail your own SASE's to Barry.
NATA nets You need only complete the online application form and submit a log worksheet for the award application you are submitting. We DO expect participants to QSL using one of the following methods: ARRL Logbook of the World (preferred!), eQSL, or paper QSL cards.
We also maintain an email communications group on Yahoo where the check-in lists, current news and information, and general conversation/communications pertaining to our nets may be posted. To join that email list, please enter your email address in the space below and click on the Yahoo! icon to be taken to the group registration site.
Click this button to join the NATA Net Email Group!
Thanks for joining us on NATA! We look forward to your participation and to making a new friend in you!
COME JOIN US FOR A FUN NET AND GOOD FRIENDS!!!
Use of Club Callsigns on NATA Nets
CLUB CALLSIGNS ARE WELCOME!
The use of club callsigns is permissible on NATA nets. By bringing a club callsign to the net you provide the opportunity for others to work another callsign in your state. We recognize that the use of club callsigns on other nets is a controversial subject. We will not prohibit their use on our nets but we ask all operators to carefully consider the purpose for which these policies exists before bringing club calls to the nets. In order to keep this practice from getting out of control we ask that everyone abide by the following guidelines in using club calls on our nets: