Common Text Messages and ARL Numbered Radiograms

Common Text Messages

When an originating station sends the same message where the text does not change over a period of time it is called a "common text message." On this net we see common texts from KD8LZB, N1IQI, WB5NKD and WB9QPM/KC9UJP (75M ISBN Birthday Messages.) Since the text is always the same you can identify a common text message by the sending station and word count (check) found in the preamble.

These messages are intended to provide a public service, promote goodwill between members of the ham community and as message training material. We try to keep our copy of common texts current but be aware that they change from time to time and the best practice is to send the text of your message as you received it. If you catch any errors or want to register a new common text message for this web page send email to: wb9qpm at arrl dot net. Common Text Messages Chart

American Radio Relay League ARL Numbered Radiograms

If you are not familiar with ARL Numbered Messages The American Radio Relay League created them for use during emergencies and holiday seasons. If you decide to use a Numbered Message, an ARL NUMBER is sent in place of those words in the text. The delivering station reads the actual text to the addressee, not the ARL NUMBER.

To indicate that the text contains an ARL Number insert ARL in front of the word count in the preamble. For example, if the text has 25 words in it and the text includes ARL FIFTY the check is ARL25 not 25. Note that some ARL texts include the insertion of numbers or words. (See below.) There are two groups of ARL Numbers: Group One: Possible Relief Emergency Use and Group Two: Routine Messages.

Note:
  • Emergency/priority messages originating from official sources must carry the signature of the originating official.
  • Spell out ARL NUMBERS when you are reading the text to the receiving station.

Group One - For Possible RELIEF EMERGENCY Use
ONEEveryone safe here. Please don't worry.
TWOComing home as soon as possible.
THREEAm in _______ hospital. Receiving excellent care and recovering fine.
FOUROnly slight property damage here. Do not be concerned about disaster reports.
FIVEAm moving to new location. Send no further mail or communication. Will inform you of new address when relocated.
SIXWill contact you as soon as possible.
SEVENPlease reply by Amateur Radio through the amateur delivering this message. This is a free public service.
EIGHTNeed additional _______ mobile or portable equipment for immediate emergency use.
NINEAdditional ______ radio operators needed to assist with emergency at this location.
TENPlease contact _______. Advise to standby and provide further emergency information, instructions or assistance.
ELEVENEstablish Amateur Radio emergency communications with ______ on _______ MHz.
TWELVEAnxious to hear from you. No word in some time. Please contact me as soon as possible.
THIRTEENMedical emergency situation exits here.
FOURTEENSituation here becoming critical. Losses and damage from _______ increasing.
FIFTEENPlease advise your condition and what help is needed.
SIXTEENProperty damage very severe in this area.
SEVENTEENREACT communications services also available. Establish REACT communication with _______ on channel _______.
EIGHTEENPlease contact me as soon as possible at _______.
NINETEENRequest health and welfare report on _______. (State name, address and telephone number.)
TWENTYTemporarily stranded. Will need some assistance. Please contact me at _______.
TWENTY ONESearch and Rescue assistance is needed by local authorities here. Advise availability.
TWENTY TWONeed accurate information on the extent and type of conditions now existing at your location. Please furnish this information and reply without delay.
TWENTY THREEReport at once the accessibility and best way to reach your location.
TWENTY FOUREvacuation of residents from this area urgently needed. Advise plans for help.
TWENTY FIVEFurnish as soon as possible the weather conditions at your location.
TWENTY SIXHelp and care for evacuation of sick and injured from this location needed at once.
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Group Two - 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.
SIXTY1 Wishing you the best of everything on _______.
SIXTY ONE Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
SIXTY TWO1 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.

1. Can be used for all holidays.

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Contents Common Text Messages

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(Chart Modified MAR 19, 2014)
Sending StnCommon Text Word Count
KD8LZB: ARL23
N1IQI: 25
WB9QPM | KC9UJPARL15
WB5NKD: 21| 24
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KD8LZB ARL23

R HXE KD8LZB ARL23 BROWNSTOWN MI {mo}{day}
BT
ARL FIFTY I COLLECT RADIOGRAMS
FROM US GRID SQUARES X
YOUR RARE LOCATION IS GREATLY
NEEDED X YOUR REPLY IS
MUCH APPRECIATED 73
BT
KC KD8LZB
DELIVERY TEXT
GREETINGS BY AMATEUR RADIO. I COLLECT
RADIOGRAMS FROM US GRID SQUARES.  YOUR
RARE LOCATION IS GREATLY NEEDED. YOUR
REPLY IS MUCH APPRECIATED. BEST REGARDS

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N1IQI 25

R HXC N1IQI 25 PEMBROKE MA {mo}{day}
BT
A FRIENDLY REMINDER YOUR AMATEUR
RADIO LICENSE EXPIRES {month} {day}
{year} HOPE YOU WILL RENEW
IF NOT DONE SO ALREADY
WE NEED YOUR PARTICIPATION 73
BT
LOREN N1IQI

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WB9QPM | KC9UJP ARL15

R HXF{dom} [WB9QPM][KC9UJP] ARL15 [SHELBYVILLE IL][CORYDON IN] {mo}{day}
BT
ARL FORTY SIX FROM THE
75 METER ISBN JOIN US
AT 0100Z 3985 KHZ 73
BT
THE 75 METER INTERSTATE SIDEBAND NET
DELIVERY TEXT
GREETINGS ON YOUR BIRTHDAY WITH BEST
WISHES FOR MANY MORE TO COME
FROM THE 75 METER ISBN
JOIN US AT 0100Z 3985 KHZ
BEST REGARDS

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WB5NKD 21

R HXG WB5NKD 21 OKLAHOMA CITY OK {mo}{day}
BT
MESSAGE RELAY STATIONS ARE NEEDED
X HOPE YOU ARE ABLE
TO HELP FIND A LOCAL
NET TO LEARN HOW X
73
BT
PAT WB5NKD

WB5NKD 24

R HXG WB5NKD 24 OKLAHOMA CITY OK {mo}{day}
BT
MESSAGE RELAY STATIONS ARE NEEDED
X HOPE YOU ARE ABLE
TO HELP X JOIN A
LOCAL NET TO SEE HOW
TO DO IT 73
BT
PAT WB5NKD

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