Henderson County Net Control Script

This script is in effect beginning 19 January 2017.  All previous versions should be discarded. Changes to previous scripts are highlighted in RED. This script authored by EC John, N9JZX.  Contact that station with comments.  

NCS Guidelines

  • At 08:59 PM, disable IRLP.
  • Recognize stations by Call, Name and Location after each set of letter check-ins
  • Go through announcements, training and traffic, in that order. When necessary, traffic maybe accommodated earlier when it is to be listed on another net.
  • Ask for check-ins at 10-minute intervals.
  • Start informal comments with stations on emergency power, or mobile/portable
  • Do not forget to provide EC with participation report.
  • Remember: You are the NCS and you are in charge. This script is just a guide. Use your discretion in the conduct of the net.
  • If you cannot perform as the ARES Net Control Operator on your scheduled date, it is your responsibility to find a Henderson County ARES member to take Net Control Operator for that date. (ie., don’t just not show up. That has a bad effect on your reputation with the other ARES members.)

 

Preamble

[9:00 PM: set the Net]

“Is this frequency in use?”

“This is the Henderson County ARES/RACES Administrative and Training Net. This net meets every Wednesday night at 9:00 PM using the 146.640 MHZ (TX Tone 91.5) repeater located on Bearwallow Mountain in Northeast Henderson County.”

In the event the 146.640 MHZ repeater is not operating, switch to ARES Channel V2, 147.105 MHZ (TX Tone 91.5) repeater for operation of the net. If that repeater is not operating, switch to ARES Channel V10, 146.640 MHZ Simplex for operation of the net.”

“This is a Directed Net.”

“Net control is NC4HC. My name is _______________and I am located in _______.”

“The purpose of this net is to provide information and training for ARES/RACES members and to pass traffic.”

 Checking Stations into the Net

“All radio amateurs and ARES/RACES members from any jurisdiction are invited to participate in both the formal net and the informal roundtable that follows.”

“All stations checking into the net are requested to remain on frequency until the formal portion of the net is closed.”

“When checking in, please call “NC4HC“, un-key your mike to insure that you are not doubling. Then give:

  • Your call sign phonetically, your name
    indicate if you are a member of ARES,
  • Then give your location, list any announcements or traffic;
  • If you have digital capabilities for passing traffic out of the area;
  • Will participate in the informal portion of the net.”

 

“Is there an alternate net control? <OVER>”

[Recognize: [CALLSIGN] as Alternate NCS.]

 

“Is there any emergency or priority traffic for the net? <OVER>”

[Recognize]

“Are there any mobile or stations on emergency power? <OVER>”

[Recognize]

“This is NC4HC. Stations with first letter of your call sign suffix A through H please call at this time.”

[NCS waits an appropriate period for a response. Acknowledge stations in groups of four or more.  Do not acknowledge each station as they check in as they check in.]

“This is NC4HC.  Stations with first letter of your call sign suffix I through Q please call at this time.”

[NCS waits an appropriate period for a response. Acknowledge stations in groups of four or more. Do not acknowledge each station as they check in as they check in.]

“This is NC4HC. Stations with first letter of your call sign suffix R through Z please call at this time.”

[NCS waits an appropriate period for a response. Acknowledge stations in groups of four or more. Do not acknowledge each station as they check in as they check in.]

“Does the Alternate Net Control require any fills? <OVER>”

[Exchange call sign count with ANCS and fill as required]

 

Conduct Formal Net Business, Check-Ins Completed

Now call on those stations with ANNOUNCEMENTS, TRAINING and TRAFFIC in that order.

[Do not forget to make a net call for late check-ins every ten minutes]

“This is NC4HC and the Henderson County ARES Administrative net standing by for additional or late check-in stations <OVER>”

 

Formal Business Completed

“This is NC4HC closing the FORMAL portion of the Henderson County ARES/RACES Administrative and Training Net. Thanks to all for participating. Stations wishing to secure may do so at this time.

All stations are invited to remain and participate in the informal portion of the net. <OVER>”

Conduct Informal Roundtable

[Now go thru the remaining check-ins for informal comments]

Informal Roundtable Completed, Closing the Net, 

“This is NC4HC closing the Henderson County ARES/RACES Administrative and Training Net. Thanks again to everyone for your participation. The repeater is now returned to normal use. This is NC4HC. <OUT> “