Public Service Honor Roll Report — PSHR

All amateur radio operators involved in public service may be eligible for recognition in the ARRL's Public Service Honor Role.. Here's how to see if you qualify and how to apply.

From the ARRL web site:

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).

The PSHR report is how you inform the ARRL that you have earned recognition. The PSHR report is sent monthly, at the beginning of the month, to your Section Traffic manager (STM) reporting your qualifying activity from the previous month.

To qualify for recognition you must accumulate 70 or more points in a month. The points are assigned from six categories. These categories are as follows:

1. Participation in a Public Service net.

You are awarded 1 point for each public service net you participate in up to a maximum of 40 points. A public service net would be any NTS net or independant net that handles formal radiogram traffic and is a regularly scheduled net.

2. Handling formal radiogram messages.

You are awarded one point for each formal radiogram message handled up to a maximum of forty points. The counting of messages is the same as used for the Station Activity Report and is detailed in Appendix B of the ARRL Public Service Communication Manual (PSCM).

3. 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..

You are awarded 10 points for each qualifying position you hold up to a maximum of 30 points.

4. Participation in scheduled, short-term public service events such as walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons, parades, simulated emergency tests and related practice events. This includes off-the-air meetings and coordination efforts with related emergency groups and served agencies.

You are awarded 5 points for each hour or portion of an hour that you coordinate or participate in the qualifying event. There is no point limit for this category.

5. 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.

You are awarded 5 points for each hour or portion of an hour you are actively involved in the incident response. There is no point limit for this category.

6.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.

You are awarded 10 points for each item you provide.

More complete and detailed information is available at the ARRL web site here.

The PSHR report should be forwarded to your STM monthly in the desired format. For example, the Ohio STM requests the following format for the PSHR.

PSHR DECEMBER 40 40 20 0 0 10 TOTAL 110

The numbers are reported in the order listed above. For the month of December, I participated in about 90 net sessions so I get 40 points maximum there. I handled 99 pieces of traffic so I get a maximum of forty there. I have been appointed as an Official Relay Station so I get 10 points for that appointment. I'm also appointed as a net manager for the NTS Ohio section net which adds another 10 points for a total of 20 for appointments. I did not participate in any short term events so I get zero points for the fourth number. I also did not participate in a real emergency event so no points for the fifth number. Maintaining this blog gets me ten points for number six. Add them up and the total is 110 points for the month. Since that is 70 or more, I'll be listed in the QST column in a few months.

If you qualify for and report the PSHR for 12 months in a row or for 18 months out of 24, you are eligible to receive a one time certificate from the ARRL. See the ARRL link above for complete details on how to apply for the certificate.

Posted: January 6, 2015

Last Update: July 19, 2023