ARRL Public Service Honor Roll


Each month in QST‘s Field Organization Reports column, the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) recognizes the efforts of Amateur Radio operators who are active in many aspects of public service. This includes net operations, traffic handling, emergency operations and public service communication support. There are chances that you’re already involved with some aspect of Amateur Radio that would apply to the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR).

Take a look at these categories and descriptions to see where your Amateur Radio activities fit in. At the end of each calendar month, just add up your qualifying points. If it reaches the 70-point level (or more), you’ve qualified for the Public Service Honor Roll! Report the good news with your call sign and monthly PSHR point total to your ARRL Section Manager. The ARRL section leaders, in turn, would forward the report onto ARRL Headquarters so that Headquarters staff may prepare these for listing in the Field Organization Reports segment of QST‘. Section Managers are listed on page 16 of QST, and on this Web site.

If you are involved in any of these activities, keep track of your efforts and the time involved and report your results accordingly. If you qualify for PSHR twelve (12) consecutive months, or 18 out of a 24-month period, you are eligible for a one-time certificate from ARRL Headquarters. Please write (and include a list of qualifying months) to the Public Service Branch of Field and Educational Services at ARRL HQ.


Use the following form to help you submit your Public Service Honor Roll points for Nassau County.

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PSHR Categories

  • I. Participation in a public service net
    • The total number of Public Service Nets you participated in this month.
    • 1 point each, maximum 40.

I have points for Category I this month

If you checked into 4 SKYWARN Nets, 4 Nassau ARES Nets, and 20 NTS Nets, you would have 28 points

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  • II. Handling formal messages (radiograms) via any mode
    • Enter in the number of NTS Messages you handled this month.
    • 1 point for each message handled; maximum 40.


Originated: One point for each message from a third party for sending via your station. This “extra” credit is given for an off-the-air function because of the value of contact with the general public.

My station Originated Messages from 3rd parties this month.

Sent: Every message sent over the air from your station to another amateur receives a point in this category. Thus, a message that is eligible for an Originated point as above receives another point when it is sent on the air.

Likewise, a message that is received on the air conveys a Sent point when it is relayed to another station. A message that you initiate yourself, while it gets no Originated point, gets a Sent point when cleared. All Sent points require on-the-air sending.

My station Sent Messages over the air this month.

Received: A message received over the air gets a Received point, whether received for relaying (sending) or for delivery to the addressee. Any message received which is not eligible for a Delivery point (such as one addressed to yourself) is nevertheless eligible for a Received point.

My station Received Messages over the air this month.

Delivered: The act of delivery of a message to a third party receives a point in this category, in addition to a Received point. This is strictly an off-the-air function and must be coupled with receipt of the message at your station. Thus you can’t get a Delivered point unless you first get a Received point.

My station Delivered Messages to a third party this month.

When I add up my points for Origination, Sent, Received, and Delivered; I have points for Category II this month

If you sent 10 messages and received 6, you would have 16 points

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  • III.Serving in an ARRL-sponsored volunteer position: ARRL Field Organization appointee or Section Manager, NTS Net Manager, TCC Director, TCC member, NTS official or appointee above the Section level.
    • ARRL Field Organization appointees (in alphabetical order) include the following: Assistant District Emergency Coordinator, Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator, Assistant Section Manager, District Emergency Coordinator, Emergency Coordinator, Local Government Liaison, Net Manager, Official Emergency Station, Official Observer, Official Observer Coordinator, Official Relay Station, Public Information Coordinator, Public Information Officer, Section Emergency Coordinator, Section Manager, Section Traffic Manager, State Government Liaison, Technical Coordinator and Technical Specialist.
    • 10 points for each position; maximum 30

I have points for Category III this month


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  • IV. Participation in scheduled, short-term public service events
    • Includes off-the-air meetings and coordination efforts with related emergency groups and served agencies.
    • This category recognizes the value of public safety communication events that Amateur Radio is often called to participate in.
    • Simulated emergency tests, exercises, and drills are covered by this category.
    • Points are gained by the amount of time that an Amateur Radio operator spends directly involved in operating the event.
    • This also recognizes the value of off-the-air time it takes to meet with the organization or public service agency to plan and coordinate Amateur Radio involvement.
    • 5 points per hour; no maximum.

I have points for Category IV this month
Please list the events you participated in and the time spent on each one:

If you spent 4 hours at a marathon, and 1 hour at an ARES meeting, you would have 25 points

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  • V. Participation in an unplanned emergency response when the Amateur Radio operator is on the scene
    • This also includes unplanned incident requests by public or served agencies for Amateur Radio participation
    • This category recognizes an Amateur Radio operator who is directly involved in an actual emergency operation.
    • This includes the operator who is on the scene or out in the field, in the shelter, at the emergency operations center, at the hospital, or other served agency’s headquarters or their temporary command center.
    • If you are an active participant in an unplanned incident — or in other words, an emergency operation–you may take credit for this participation even though you may not be physically at the emergency scene.
    • Covers all the Amateur Radio operator participants such as net controllers, net liaison stations and other radio amateurs that support communications in unplanned incidents.
    • 5 points per hour (or any portion thereof) of time spent directly involved in the emergency operation; no limit.

I have points for Category V this month

If the National Weather Service activates SKYWARN, Amateur Radio operators serve as weather spotters from their home (or car, or work, or other locations) during the weather event. Then, a tornado strikes and the American Red Cross calls out the ARES members to serve in shelters and to provide support for damage assessment communications. These operators would be able to qualify for Category 5 points if the event lasted for 1 hour.

Please list the events you participated in and the time spent on each one:

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  • VI. Providing and maintaining a) an automated digital system that handles ARRL radiogram-formatted messages; b) a Web page or e-mail list server oriented toward Amateur Radio public service
    • Category 6 (a) recognizes the efforts it takes to provide and maintain an automated digital system (like a packet bulletin board or a PACTOR system) that handles ARRL radiogram-formatted messages.
    • Category 6 (b) recognizes the Web pages and e-mail list servers have become popular and effective ways to communicate news and information to the community of radio amateurs that are involved in emergency and public service communication operations and preparedness.
    • 10 points per item

I have points for Category VI this month

If you run 1 amateur radio website, and 1 mailing list, you have 20 points

Please list your qualifications for Category 6(a) and 6(b):

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