Net Control Script – Rev. 12/2015

Just so everyone knows what was discussed and who participated in the net, we ask that the person acting as net control write down and send the following to the club secretary:

  1. A list of the stations that checked in:
    1. callsign
    2. name
    3. location
    4. power supply (emergency, battery, etc).
    5. Are they a liaison station (calling on behalf of a group or net somewhere else)?
  2. A brief summary of what was discussed


You don’t have to be perfect, but do try and use the script as best you can.

Bloomfield Amateur Radio Emergency Net & Service (BARENS)

Net Control Operator/Station Guide – Revised December 2015


GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

The Net Manager assigns Net Control Operators. Please start the net promptly. If the assigned Net Control Operator has not started the net, any member familiar with this guide should take the initiative and act as Net Control Operator and call the net. When the assigned Net Control Operator knows he or she cannot start the net, the Net Manager should be notified ahead of time so that an alternate can be assigned. The Net Manager for 2013 is Harv Broverman, K1PZS.

As Net Control Operator, you should ALWAYS maintain control while the net is in session. You decide whose turn it is to talk, and tell each checked in operator when to go ahead. If an operator talks out of turn, you should ask that operator to stand by and then give the go ahead to the operator actually due to transmit. Always use your authority with courtesy. Show firmness when necessary, conducting yourself in a “professional” manner.

Maintain CALM & INTELLIGENT control over the net. Be patient when a person is speaking. Use good judgment in curtailing discussions that drag on or get too far off track. Net discussions should proceed as long as is necessary. Casual conversation can continue after the net is closed and the repeater is turned over for regular use.

STANDARD STARTUP OF THE REGULAR NET SESSION

(1) “Calling the BARENS Net, calling the BARENS Net; calling the Bloomfield Amateur Radio Emergency Net & Service. This is Net Control Operator (your name, call sign).
This is a directed net, which meets at 7:00 p.m. local time every Tuesday, except for the 3rd Tuesday of each month. “

“On each 3rd Tuesday, we meet at 7:00 p.m. at the Bloomfield Town Hall. We are using our W1CWA repeater on 146.82 Mhz. The purpose of this meeting is public service emergency preparedness, primarily for the North Central Connecticut area.“

(2) “Check-ins are asked to key your microphone momentarily. Then listen to make sure you are not doubling with another station trying to check in. Check-ins for the net please call now, giving your call sign, name, town and whether or not you are using emergency power or commercial power. This is (your call sign), Net Control Operator.“

(3) Listen for check-ins. Write them down in the order they check in, using a standard net log sheet, listing your call at the top of the list.

(4) After the first group of check-ins has called in, acknowledge each station by repeating their call signs clearly. Next, ask for additional check-ins, writing them down and acknowledging them.

(5) After receiving the first check-ins, call for liaison stations, by saying, “Are there any liaison stations, or stations from outlying areas ? Please call now.” Add to your list any liaison stations as check-ins, and make a note in the COMMENTS column of what town they are calling from.

PROTOCOL FOR NET IN FULL SESSION

(1) With the net in full session, if there are any mobile stations checked in, ask them to come first with any business or comments. Then go down the remaining list of check-ins asking for any business or comments. Give each check-in a turn to state their business and comments.

(2) After each check-in has their turn(s), ask: “Is there any final business for the net before we close ? Are there any final check-ins for the net ?” Write them down, if there are any, and offer them a turn to state any business or comments for the net.

(3) Before closing the net, ask “Are there any additional comments before we close the net ?”

(4) As soon as net business is finished, close the net with “Thank for checking in and giving your comments. This has been a regular session of the Bloomfield Amateur Radio Emergency Net & Service. The net is now closed and the repeater returned to regular use. This is (your call sign, Net Control Operator. Goodnight.”

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