Net Control Procedures
NET CONTROL PROCEDURES: OPERATING RULES AND GUIDELINES
This is (controller’s call sign and name) acting as Net Control for this session of the Peel Amateur Radio Club ARES (specify – weekly / emergency, etc) Net. The objective of this Net is to pass traffic, and to promote good will among Amateur Radio Operators (if it is a regular weekly Net, OR indicate that it is a Simulated Emergency Test, OR for some other purpose). All other stations who do not wish to participate please refrain from using the Repeater frequency for the duration of the Net, or until the Repeater is returned to normal use. The Net Control Station runs the Net, and all calls must go through Net Control or a Designated Relay Station. We are now taking check-ins for the (specify) Net. You do not have to be a member to check in, all amateurs are welcome. If another station hears something that Net Control does not, or has difficulty hearing, just say, “relay”, and wait for Net Control to acknowledge you. Please do not jump in without being recognized. Please call with your call sign, using phonetics, followed by your name. We will take check-ins in the following order (Record each check-in with call sign and name using the Net Controller Log Sheet sample – Appendix 1J of the S.O.P.):
- Those with Emergency traffic call now
- Those with Priority traffic please call now
- Mobile or Time-sensitive stations call now
- Stations with general announcements call now
- All other stations with or without traffic call now
COMMENCE THE NET
- Start running the list. Conduct Emergency calls first. When giving a station his or her turn, announce complete info including their Call Sign, and Name.
- Ask Relays for assistance as necessary. If Net Control or Relays fail to contact a station, ask for assistance from any other relay that can help. Do not assume that if a station does not respond that it has left the Net.
- Try to minimize Net interruptions. It is your choice to take check-ins as they occur, or take check-ins at different intervals. Take check-in information to include call sign, and name only and try to avoid other discussion. If the list is long, wait until the end of the list to give information to first-time check-ins.
- Advise the Net when the list has been completed. Try not to overlook anyone. Use relays as necessary. Pay particular attention to first-time check-ins (newcomers).
- At the end of the first round introduce a topic for discussion (if it is a regular weekly Net) OR if it is an emergency exercise repeat the purpose of the exercise.
- Ask for additional check-ins and run the list again as appropriate.
- Net Control may run the list as many times as is deemed productive. There is no set duration. The original Net Control may pass on the Net to a new Net Control if conditions warrant it, and there is sufficient support from the members checked in. It is acceptable to stop the list from time to time and just simply rag-chew, during an extended Net, provided we keep the Net open by announcing the purpose, who we are, and calling periodically, for additional check-ins.
- Topics for discussion (for regular weekly Nets) should be current, informative, and interesting to Ham Radio operators. Topics can be Technical in nature or simply for general knowledge. Select your topic well in advance of your turn as controller.
As soon as possible after the Net is concluded, please forward the following information to the EC: Type of Net (Weekly, SET, or EMERGENCY Net) Total number of check-ins to the Net Number of NTS messages passed on the Net Indicate if the RAC Bulletin has been read by the Bulletin Station Total time duration of the Net This information can be sent via email to (rcupfield(at)rogers(dot)com) or if you prefer to test your Packet abilities send it as a Private message to VA3RMU-1 on 145.010 Mhz..