North American Traffic & Awards Net
Welcome to the North American Traffic and Awards Net website! We're glad you stopped by and invite you to participate in our nets any time!
You can test drive NATA any time day or night by using our LIVE ONLINE WEB APP! This resource was created and is hosted by Andy, K3UK, and Joe, N8FQ - the guys that bring you the LoTW Sked Page! Check our NATA web app out at www.natanet.info/live now!
We operate nets 360 days of the year! Our nets do not operate on Christmas Eve or during ARRL Sweepstakes SSB or Field Day weekends. You will find a great group of hams who you will quickly come to know well and look forward to hearing each day on NATA. Our primary nets are on 40m, 60m and 80m SSB but we also offer CW, RTTY, and PSK nets for those wanting QSL credits toward awards!
Our awards are 100% free and we also offer a QSL Bureau to help you save money on sending "hard" QSL cards. We will also be happy to help you with getting started on the popular electronic QSL services Logbook of the World and eQSL!
We don't have a bunch of rules to get in the way of your enjoyment of awards chasing, either! Unlike other popular awards nets, we keep our nets short AND we help you maximize your net time by offering you multiple contact turns, all participants usually get two contacts per turn and we generally get through two to three complete rounds of the check-in list so you'll stay active rather than sitting around waiting to see if anyone calls you!
So... come on and give us a try and experience the NATA difference!
NATA: Your home for fun nets and challenging awards!
NATA Launches New Web App!
WELCOME TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF WEB APPLICATIONS FOR NATA!
ACCESS THE DIRECT LINK NOW: www.natanet.info/live
Our new web application is now officially online and ready for use! Created by Joe Veldhuis (N8FQ) and hosted by Andy O’Brien (K3UK) on his well-known “sked pages” at www.obriensweb.com/sked, the new NATA web app is replacing our use of nLog Logger and the AddOn Interactive chat system for use during our nets. Of course you may continue to log contacts locally using nLog Logger however once we finish the transition period, NCS operators will no longer have live logging active on nLog. We welcome any and all feedback as well as suggestions for improvements or additional features.
INTERNET EXPLORER USERS: You must turn ON pop-up blocker or a new window will open each time the page auto-refreshes. Go to the Windows Control Panel, open Internet Options the click PRIVACY tab. Check "Turn on pop-up blocking" then click SETTINGS and uncheck the two options.
CREATE A DESKTOP SHORTCUT: We recommend that you create a desktop shortcut pointing to www.natanet.info/live on your computer for the NATA Web App for quick and easy access!
THE WEB APP, FRAME BY FRAME…
TOP CENTER FRAME:
LOGON TO THE WEB APP: Enter your callsign to logon. No password required to start but we recommend creating a password when you create your online profile to protect your logon. You must type at least one text message before your callsign will appear in the Users on Chat listing.
CREATE YOUR ONLINE PROFILE: After logging on, click PROFILE. Enter a password for your account, then enter your first name ONLY, email address, QSL preferences, and any of the other information you wish to share. Click PREFERENCES next and check all but the Invisible browsing mode and Forward New PM’s boxes. We recommend a refresh rate of 20. Click the SAVE button and close the window. Your changes are instantly available on the web app!
STATUS: Your current status (25 char. max.) is entered here. Your status appears next to your callsign in the Users on Chat list. Suggested uses: list special info, states you need, etc.
AWAY: Takes your callsign off the Users on Chat list but keeps you logged in.
PMs: Opens a new browser tab showing all of your Private Messages. Use the CLEAR ALL link to remove all messages in either you INBOX or your OUTBOX. REPLY will open a text block to send a private online message to the person who sent you the message. It will also show the user’s direct email box if you want to send an email rather than an instant private message. You can set up users from whom you don’t want to receive private messages from in the Profile manager. You can disable ALL private messages by clicking the DISABLE button at the top of the PM page.
LOG OUT: Logs you off. If you don't log out, your remain logged into the site until midnight each night. After a long period with no activity you will have to send a new message to reactivate yourself.
CENTER FRAME: Main Chat frame. Type your message into the white box at the bottom of the page and click POST or simply hit the ENTER key to post your message. All of your messages can be deleted from the chat by clicking the erase link marked by a green [x] at the end of each of your posts.
RIGHT FRAME: Who’s online and availability listings. This frame lists those people that are logged onto the web app currently and information about their location.
Refresh Page Link: Clicking this will force a page refresh at any time. We recommend you setting your refresh rate (Profile>Preferences) to 20 seconds.
USERS ON CHAT: This is the listing of all active chatters.
DXCC COUNTRIES: Listing of all countries represented by active chat participants.
STATES/PROVINCES: Based upon each user’s profile, this will display each participants state/province and county IF their profile contains that information. One more reason to be sure to complete your online profile in the system!
COUNTIES: Again, if the user has completed their online profile, their county will be included in the list of active counties.
OTHER PAGES: The multi-colored bars at the bottom frame are links to the other SKED pages which K3UK provides! Please take time to explore these especially if you have special interests along the lines of the particular topics!
LEFT FRAME: This is where you will find information about the currently active net.
STATIONS ON NET LIST: This is the current list and status of all stations checked into the net. Note that this does not mean that they are on the web app. To verify that, check the Users on Chat list! Status on the net is color-coded as follows:
· WHITE = Checked in, active on net.
· BRIGHT PINK = Station currently having their turn this round.
· RED = Inactive – not responding to calls, NCS will change status to “checked out” if not back by end of the round.
· BLUE = Checked out. Station has left the net and is no longer available for calls/contacts.
· LT. PINK = YL operator
There are five columns in the list. These are basically self-explanatory. M/P is to indicate whether the station is Mobile or Portable. The W column is Watts, generally only used to indicate power level of QRP stations.
Special comments, operator notes, etc. are entered by NCS and can be viewed by hovering over each callsign on the check-in list.
Please take time to explore our new Web App and we look forward to hearing your feedback, suggestions, and hope that this new tool will make your on-air experience with NATA even more enjoyable!
We are pleased to announce the appointment of David (W7JDB) and Carrie (KE7BUR) Bianes as NATA's new QSL Managers effective February 1, 2011.
Please send cards to the new bureau managers in Nevada. No more cards to Missouri (KU0G), please... The online QSL Bureau Payment system is located in the right column down the page. You may use that to purchase pre-stamped envelopes in the bureau in increments of $6.00 (10 envelopes with one unit of 1st Class Postage).
Be sure to check the "Good in Bureau" listing under the QSL & AWARDS menu tab at the top of the page! Complete information on the QSL Bureau may also be found in this menu.
NATA thanks Barry Hiddema, W5BLH, for his time of service, particularly in light of his health challenges over the past two years. We continue to pray for the restoration of good health to him.
NATA to 60 Meters plus New Award!
North American Traffic and Awards is opening operations on the 60m amateur band! Beginning May 1, NATA will host a once weekly net on the 60 meter band. The net will operate on Thursday evenings and start immediately following the conclusion of the 40m SSB Net.
In order to ensure compliance with NTIA/FCC mandates, contacts will be coordinated in the online chat as much as possible. Special rules will apply to participation on the 60 meter net are:
Effective May 1, 2012, NATA will begin issuing a special Worked All States awards for contacts made on 60m. Contacts used for the award application may come from any contacts made on any authorized channel on the band. At least 1/3 of your contacts must come from NATA nets, otherwise any contact can be used on this award. Endorsements include Mixed Modes and individual modes (CW, PSK-31, or SSB) as well as "All NATA Contacts." All contacts must have been made on or after January 1, 2009. Submit a logsheet document showing all claimed contacts through the online awards submission system.
73 de Jim, KU0G
Awards Issued Feb. 8, 2011
We are pleased to announce the following awards which have been issued as of February 14, 2011:
Darrell Olmsted, W7DRO - Worked All States #7
David Bianes, W7JDB - Worked All States #6
Jeff Carrier, K0JSC - Worked All States #5
David Westphalen, KJ4ENS - Dirty Dozen #24 Endorsed "All 40 Meters"
Bob McDonald, KG5B - Dirty Dozen #23 Endorsed "All 40 Meters"
Darrell Olmsted, W7DRO - NATA 2nd Birthday Bash Award
Wesley Cosner, NX4C - NATA 2nd Birthday Bash Award
Jim Fahy, N0SJ - NATA 2nd Birthday Bash Award
David Bianes, W7JDB - NATA 2nd Birthday Bash Award
John Satterfield, KJ7YY - NATA 2nd Birthday Bash Award
Charles Looney, N6XXN - NATA 2nd Birthday Bash Award