HC-ARES VHF Net Control Script
by N4COY, - February 5, 2013 - V2.6
Updated by NF1L - February 8, 2018 - V3.3
Why do we have a Net Script?
Because we need to train communicators in the basics of net operation. Our script is a basic script intended to be used by new Net Control Operators as well as experienced.
If all Net Control Operators use the same script then new members will become familiar with normal net operations. When a new Net Control Operator sees the script they are already familiar with its layout and usage. Over time we want all members to be a qualified Net Control Operator.
We realize that during an exercise, a Simulated Emergency Test, a Public Service Event, and a real Emergency Operations then the nets are managed differently. But our training script is intended to make our members comfortable with basic net operations.
VHF Net Protocol
VHF Net Control Roster
Review HC-ARES VHF Net Protocol for additional information.
Prior to start of net, NCS checks for other stations requiring use of repeater/frequency. NCS checks if the alternate NCS is on frequency. If the ANCS is not, ask for a volunteer.
This is [FCC call sign], Net Control for the weekly Hillsborough County ARES Training Net. [FCC call sign] is the Alternate Net Control. If there is no ANCS, ask for a volunteer. All interested radio Amateurs are invited to participate.
This is a directed net. Any station with traffic or comments will contact net control prior to contacting another station.
When checking in, state "this is" immediately followed by your tactical call. For this net, unless otherwise assigned, your tactical call is your FCC Call using standard ITU phonetics. State "Digital" if you have FLDIGI capability and "Traffic" only if you have a real or training message to pass.
Mobile stations, check in now.
Wait about five seconds after last checkin heard to avoid missing a station and then acknowledge mobile stations.
This is net control, roger the following...
All other stations, check in now.
Wait about five seconds after last checkin heard to avoid missing a station. NCS then acknowledges each station that checked in by its tactical call and if it is digital or has traffic.
This is net control, roger the following... Are there any checkins that were not recognized? If so, check in now.
Do not continually ask for checkins, after last acknowledgement, state:
This is net control, [FCC call sign].
If a station has traffic, NCS asks that station to list it - precedence, destination, mode (digital, voice). NCS takes appropriate action for passing the traffic
This is [FCC call sign], Net Control. Are there any ARES related announcements, comments, or training for the net? Call signs.
NCS calls on stations for announcements, comments, or training.
Net Control picks one of the following as appropriate:
•This net meets again next Monday on the N1IMO repeater system. NCS is [FCC call sign]
•This net meets next Monday on the WW1Y repeater. NCS is [FCC call sign]
•This net meets on Simplex next Monday on Hillsborough Simplex Frequency. NCS is [FCC call sign]
This is Net Control closing this session of the Hillsborough County ARES Training Net.
Thanks to Bernie, N1IMO, Al, W1AKS, or Jim, WW1Y for the use of their repeater. The repeater is now returned to normal Amateur use.
[FCC call sign].
updated February 8, 2018
February 12 K1ATL, W1AKS – Manchester EOC - Simplex Test
February 19 NF1L, N1IMO
February 26 KA1IJN, W1AKS
March 5 K1EHZ, W1AKS - staff meeting Hollis EOC
March 12 KC1EAN, N1IMO – Merrimack EOC
March 19 KB1SWW, N1IMO
March 26 - K9NPD, Simplex
Remember NCS need to make a net report to email@example.com
HF Weekly Net is held on Sunday Nites 8:00PM 3973 +/- depending
on freq in use