wounded warriors and radiograms


Hello to any interested parties;

I had a thought the other day about Hams [lots of them are vets] sending radio grams to a wounded warrior facility.
Not sure if it is feasible or not . May be better suited for a Special event station to do this with the warriors .
Anyone have any thoughts on the subject ???
My concerns are
1 having a way to make sure they get the messages
2 knowing who and where to address them too the facility or to the specific warrior
or to a radio operator [or club] who could deliver them in person.
3 rules say that Any amateur can originate a radiogram on behalf of another
individual, whether such individual be a licensed amateur or not
Please understand that this is just a thought of what may be done or maybe has already been done
then again the Legion may want to look at this as a way to promote the Legion Radio .
Please feel free to comment here on the forum or by email to



September 7, 2013 - 12:32pm

What an idea! Once of the ways the Legion might help is to help identify the facilities across the country with care for and with wounded warriors. We will likely bring this up at a coming meeting and least determine locations and needs.



September 8, 2013 - 2:47pm

It is a good idea. As a former NTS Net Manager, current ARRL EMCOM Instructor, and COML I am all for it. My concerns are the lack of traffic handlers and local 2M or 70CM NTS nets that can take traffic to a State or Section level net to get sent out to the TCC or other appropriate pipeline for delivery. We can train operators to take part with the ARRL NTS, create a TALARC NTS, or conduct a combination of both where TALARC would have a ORS or Liaisoin on the ARRL NTS net. Just some more thoughts. Either way, I am again in full support of this.

Best regards,
Rev. Rich "Doc" AC8AL/COML


September 15, 2013 - 7:52am

Thank you for the replies I have passed them on to people in the NTS in Indiana to see what comments they may have . I know it will take a lot of planning to get something like this in the works. Thinking that maybe it starts out with just a few station to see what is possible, then try to bring more into it. Even a winlink system which can be set up online would work for passing traffic to a license station without having to use a radio at the facility where they would be delivered. Just trying to add a little more for thoughts. Would be interested to see what comments come from the TALARC meeting . On the two meter side of the issue most ARES groups in our area have a weekly meeting , with the purpose of training =passing traffic and other useful training info what better way to train then by passing traffic . All of Indiana districts have ARES and RACES members on the NTS daily two nets a day so traffic could be passed to districts . Not sure how it would be to send the ARRL Yellow radiogram forms to a facility be kind of a unique way to get the traffic to them . Not sure how many would be able to mail in one envelope . Or then again maybe the TALARC could have a form tailored to the warriors . Just ideas thanks again for the comments

Matt MacRoberts

November 3, 2013 - 11:20am

There is a HAM/MARS station at Fort Meade, MD that could deliver messages to Walter Reed. I'm not a member there but just aware it exists.

There is also a heavy Ham presence in the Fort Meade vicinity on the mobile rigs. It might be worth exploring AARES/RACES to see if they could network to help start support of this kind of a project.

SFC Matthew MacRoberts


November 4, 2013 - 12:12pm


Well what are you waiting for! Like all American Legion programs, action starts with the local members, who more often are able to get things accomplished much faster than the national organization. But tell us what you need and we'll try to provide information and promotion. We can certainly provide letters and preformatted messages!

Bill, NZ9S
TALARC Secretary


November 4, 2013 - 10:40pm

I agree Bill. I have talked to several MARS stations (I am Navy-Marine Corps MARS) that are still on military bases including one in Afghanistan. Several ship board ones as well. We can get semi-quasi official messages through and most can go via NTS. I will drop Matthew and Kerry and email. The three of us can get things started.

Best regards,

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