Statement of Purpose: Establish standard practices for use and implementation of the Abbreviated STATREP (Status Report) by AmRRON Operators.
Intent: This is used for brevity, such as when using low power/weak signal modes, such as CW or JS8Call, or over voice/phone, or when it is more practical due to a high volume of traffic.
As a reminder, a STATREP is the status at the radio operator’s exact location. Is YOUR power on? Is YOUR phone working? It is not for reporting a power outage in the next town or county, or even the end of your block. That is what a SITREP is for.
AmRRON operators should develop the habit of keeping an abbreviated STATREP filled out, updated, and ready to transmit at all times. Your STATREP should also be placed within some digital modes where it can be quickly sent if asked, or retrieved by other stations (details below).
NCS may call for abbreviated STATREPS during digital and voice nets. If you have something significant or more noteworthy to report, you can send a full STATREP, or even a SITREP if more details are warranted. A STATREP is a pulse check. A SITREP is when you have something to tell — a bridge is out; the martians have landed; a curfew has been implemented in your town, etc.
The term ‘field #’ below is a holdover from the AmRRON custom STATREP form used in FLMSG. Here, it simply means ‘Item’ number.
field 1 – conditions @ operators location
(a – all stable / b – moderate disruptions / c- severe disruptions)
field 2 – operator’s location by state
field 3 – operator’s position (h-home / m – mobile / p – portable)
[The following fields may be omitted if “all is okay” and all services available]
field 4 – commercial power (y – yes / i – intermittent / n – no)
field 5 – water (y – yes / c – contaminated / n – no)
field 6 – sanitation (y – yes / n – no)
field 7 – medical (y – yes / n – no)
field 8 – grid communications (y – yes / n – no)
field 9 – transportation (y – yes / n – no)
***NOTE*** If there is an Emergent/Immediate or Priority need for the commercial services listed, add an E – emergent or P – Priority after the field it pertains to.
Priority: Important or time sensitive, but not imminently life threatening.
Emergent/Immediate: Emergency which will likely result in danger to, or loss of, life or catastrophic destruction.
It would look something like this:
A WV H –> (normal conditions or when all is well with no disruptions)
A WV H Y Y Y YP Y Y –> (real ops / training / exercises)
Each operator should keep an abbreviated STATREP current, updated at least once a day, and stored in their JS8Call Station Info and FSQ QTC fields, for other stations to query your status, especially if you are unattended.
Be sure to precede the abbreviated STATREP with ‘STAT’ and the DTG indicating when you last updated your STATREP.
FLDIGI: Configure > Operator >Modems > FSQ > QTC field
Example for a station in Idaho at his home QTH when all is well:
*stat 20190726-1700z A ID H
JS8Call: File > settings > General > Station > Station Info field
*when using JS8Call, omit the Date Time Group and simply note the conditions: A ID H
The above guidance was established prior to JS8Call developers adding a Station Status field. Please use the Station Info filed for storing abbreviated STATREPs.
Note on JS8Call: Spotting and setup policy
It is AmRRON policy, while conducting AmRRON operations, to disable “spot” on the JS8call console.
Refer to the JS8Call AmRRON Policy White Paper for details about how to properly adjust these settings.
Additional info could be stored after the abbreviated STATREP. For example, some operators put the Net Word of The Week in the Station Info field as well. However, this takes longer to transmit.
For better readability and printing for your comms binder, download the PDF HERE.
For the full (non-abbreviated) AmRRON STATREP, get the PDF HERE.