ARRL Numbered Radiograms

Baltimore Traffic Net (BTN) – ARRL Numbered Radiograms

ARRL Numbered Radiograms have been established for some of the more common message texts sent during emergencies, for special occasions and during holiday seasons.  When a message containing this common text is being created, an ARRL message number is substituted for the text and transmitted in the message. The delivering station reads the actual text to the person receiving the message, not the ARRL message number.

The letters ARL are inserted in the check section of the preamble to indicate that the message includes ARRL Numbered Radiogram text. The letters ARL are also inserted in the text before the ARRL message number that represents the text from the list.  Note that ARRL message numbers must be spelled out (e.g., FORTY SIX) and are counted as words for the check. For example, ARL FORTY SIX is counted as 3 words.

For example, the following message includes ARRL Numbered Radiogram text:



410 555 1212
MAR 3 2300 73

There are two groups of ARRL Numbered RadiogramsGroup One for “relief / emergency” use and Group Two for “routine” use. The following table contains the text of each ARRL Numbered Radiogram message with its corresponding ARRL  message number. Note that some ARRL Numbered Radiograms have _____
for the insertion of numbers or words.

Group One — for possible “relief/emergency” use(1)

ONE Everyone safe here. Please don’t worry.
TWO Coming home as soon as possible.
THREE Am in _____ hospital.  Receiving excellent care and recovering fine.
FOUR Only slight property damage here.  Do not be concerned about disaster reports.
FIVE Am moving to new location.  Send no further mail or communication.
Will inform you of new address when relocated.
SIX Will contact you as soon as possible.
SEVEN Please reply by Amateur Radio through the amateur delivering this message.
This is a free public service.
EIGHT Need additional _____ mobile or portable equipment for immediate emergency use.
NINE Additional _____ radio operators needed to assist with emergency at this location.
TEN Please contact _____.  Advise to standby and provide further emergency information, instructions or assistance.
ELEVEN Establish Amateur Radio emergency communications with _____ on _____ MHz.
TWELVE Anxious to hear from you.  No word in some time.  Please contact me as soon as possible.
THIRTEEN Medical emergency situation exits here.
FOURTEEN Situation here becoming critical.  Losses and damage from _____ increasing.
FIFTEEN Please advise your condition and what help is needed.
SIXTEEN Property damage very severe in this area.
SEVENTEEN REACT communications services also available.  Establish REACT communication with _____ on channel _____.
EIGHTEEN Please contact me as soon as possible at _____.
NINETEEN Request health and welfare report on _____.  (State name, address and telephone number)
TWENTY Temporarily stranded.  Will need some assistance.  Please contact me at _____.
TWENTY ONE Search and Rescue assistance is needed by local authorities here. Advise availability.
TWENTY TWO Need accurate information on the extent and type of conditions now existing at your location.  Please furnish this information and reply without delay.
TWENTY THREE Report at once the accessibility and best way to reach your location.
TWENTY FOUR Evacuation of residents from this area urgently needed.  Advise plans for help.
TWENTY FIVE Furnish as soon as possible the weather conditions at your location.
TWENTY SIX Help and care for evacuation of sick and injured from this location needed at once.

(1)Emergency/priority messages originating from official sources must carry the signature of the originating official.


Group Two — for “routine” messages

FORTY SIX Greetings on your birthday and best wishes for many more to come.
FORTY SEVEN Reference your message number _____ to _____ delivered on _____ at _____ UTC.
FIFTY Greetings by Amateur Radio.
FIFTY ONE Greetings by Amateur Radio.  This message is sent as a free public service by ham radio operators at _____.  Am having a wonderful time.
FIFTY TWO Really enjoyed being with you.  Looking forward to getting together again.
FIFTY THREE Received your _____.  It’s appreciated; many thanks.
FIFTY FOUR Many thanks for your good wishes.
FIFTY FIVE Good news is always welcome.  Very delighted to hear about yours.
FIFTY SIX Congratulations on your _____, a most worthy and deserved achievement.
FIFTY SEVEN Wish we could be together.
FIFTY EIGHT Have a wonderful time.  Let us know when you return.
FIFTY NINE Congratulations on the new arrival.  Hope mother and child are well.
SIXTY(2) Wishing you the best of everything on _____.
SIXTY ONE Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
SIXTY TWO(2) Greetings and best wishes to you for a pleasant _____ holiday season.
SIXTY THREE Victory or defeat, our best wishes are with you.  Hope you win.
SIXTY FOUR Arrived safely at _____.
SIXTY FIVE Arriving _____ on _____.  Please arrange to meet me there.
SIXTY SIX DX QSLs are on hand for you at the _____ QSL Bureau.  Send _____ self addressed envelopes.
SIXTY SEVEN Your message number _____ undeliverable because of _____.  Please advise.
SIXTY EIGHT Sorry to hear you are ill.  Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
SIXTY NINE Welcome to the _____.  We are glad to have you with us and hope you will enjoy the fun and fellowship of the organization.

(2)Can be used for all holidays.

For more information about ARRL Numbered Radiograms, see ARRL form FSD-3 or refer to the ARRL Operating
, available from ARRL.