Focus Slide
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Net Control Station
Training
Course
2008
Handouts
• The Net Control Station Handbook
• Sample NCS sheet
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Official Net Names
Metro Area ARES Net
The Pottawattamie
County ARES NET
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Pott. Co. NET Back-up Frequencies
• Primary
–145.29 Mhz (-) Repeater in Glenwood
–442.025 Mhz (+) Repeater in Minden
–147.00 Mhz (-) Repeater in Omaha
These are linked together.
• Repeater output – 146.82 Simplex
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Back-up Repeater Coverage
•Circles represent
30 mile radius
•Pott. Co. outlined
in green
•Repeater link line
is dotted red
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Douglas County Backup
• 147.00 (+/-) Repeater in Omaha
• 145.450 (-) Repeater
• Repeater output: 146.940 Simplex
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Net Managers
• Greg Ross, NØGR
–712-566-2698
–Email: [email protected]
–Darwin Piatt, W9HZC
–Email: [email protected]
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NCS Schedule
• Net manager will arrange the
schedule
• If you need to change the date you
are scheduled, that is your
responsibility
• Call someone on the list
• Advise the Net Manager of the
change
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K Ø P O T
K Ø N C S
KØMMR
• The Pottawattamie County ARES organization
vanity call sign
• Metro Area ARES Net call sign
• To be used for the formal ARES net
• Public service events, etc.
• EOC (for Pott. Co.)
• Field Day from the EOC
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The Formal ARES Net
 Is a directed net
 Use KØNCS/KØPOT call sign
 All communications go through NCS
 NCS is the structure for the net
 Intended as a training tool
 Handles ARES & Club announcements
 “Formal written traffic” handled here.
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Break “Tags”
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Answer
Question
Info
Priority
Medical
Emergency
Your Call Sign
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Break “Tags”
• Precede these with the word “Break”
because often the repeater cuts off the
first syllable of a transmission.
• These are on the Pottcoares Website
under Forms
• Some preambles are also downloadable
and in the same place.
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Formal Written Traffic
• A numbered message with a priority attached
• Priorities:
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Routine- -most common, lowest priority
Welfare- -about someone’s health or welfare (well being)
Priority- -time sensitive. Handle immediately
Emergency- -Life and property at stake. Handle
immediately
• You give the “net report” in this format during net
• More complete NTS training available.
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The Informal/Comment Net
Invites comments
• Gives people a chance to talk
• Can go in the direction people
want it to go
• NCS merely facilitates comments
• Have some fun with it
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The Net Preambles
o State the purpose of the Net
o Include the scheduled Net times
o Gives the listener an invitation to
check into the net.
o Type of net
o Answers most of the FAQs the
newcomer may have
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Net Business Items
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Check-ins
Priority - - (P)
Announcements - - (A)
Informals - - (I)
In and Out - - (I/O)
Formal Traffic - - (T)
Rechecks - - (R)
Questions - - (Q)
Training - - (Tr)
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Preparing to call the net
Decide the check-in procedure?
Locate preambles for the Net
Locate name list
Gather any announcements you may have
Check if your rig is operating properly
Possibly do a “radio check”
Set up to record the net (optional)
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Check-in Requests
• Vary the procedure
• Ask for something
• Remember to repeat your check-in
request from time to time during net
• Other ideas ? ? ? ?
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Good Practices for Nets
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Start on time
Have a solid and readable signal
Prepare for the net
Equipment set-up
Be flexible!
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Phonetics for the Alphabet
A -Alpha
B -Bravo
C -Charlie
D -Delta
E -Echo
F -Fox-trot
G -Gulf
H -Hotel
I -India
J -Juliet
K -Kilo
L -Lima
M -Mike
N -November
O -Oscar
P -Papa
Q -Quebec
R -Romeo
S -Sierra
T -Tango
U -Uniform
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V -Victor
W Whiskey
X -X-Ray
Y -Yankee
Z -Zulu
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Sample NCS tracking sheet
Excel version on website
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Actual Net Session
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Excel Document
Training Topics
• Short 2-5 minute presentations done by an ARES
trainer during net time.
• Topics include:
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Reporting an incident via cell phone
Communications Emergency
Hazardous materials - how to protect yourself
The use of phonetics and black horse code
Go-kits
Use of Tactical call signs.
2 meter simplex frequencies
Types of nets
Amber alerts
www.pottcoares.org
Plain language communications
Training tab
Break “tags”
State emergency frequencies
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Net Report Content
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Give message a number (e.g. 147 routine)
Date of net session
QNI (Total # of check-ins)
QTC (Total numbered messages passed
on the net)
• QTC counts if passed on net time.
• Indicate end of message
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Repeater Status
●Closed- -to normal Amateur use.
Only
to be used for a specific purpose.
●Semi-open (semi-closed)- -repeater is
being used for an event, but stations
can make calls and move off frequency.
●Open- -for any normal Amateur use.
No restrictions on repeater use.
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The Call-up Net
• A net called to see who can help with what
equipment and what times they can help
• It is called up at the request of the EC or
designee
• Goal is to compile a list of the above items
for the EC.
• Go to Stand-by or Call-up net preamble on
page 6 of the NCS Manual
Cards
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Program your radio for your group
• Group #1
145.150 MHz Simplex
• Group #2
146.460 MHz Simplex
• Group #3
147.540 MHz Simplex
• Power setting: LOW
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Break
Special Nets
• Outside of regular scheduled nets:
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may be asked to call a “stand-by” net
a Winter Storm/ Road condition Net
Pride Week Parade/ MS Bike Rides
coordinating relief efforts out in the field (may
involve 47.42 Mhz work also).
– maintaining a call-log as part of duties (OMMRS)
– taking a shift at NCS, e.g. tornado, flood, etc.
• 2 hrs with a break
• 4 hours is considered max
• 6 hours self-destruct sequence begins
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Scenario
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Scenario #1
Station is very noisy and you can’t
get the call sign or any useful
information from the transmissions
you are hearing through the
repeater.
?
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Scenario #2
• Repeater is down and is not
available for the Net.
?
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Scenario # 3
You asked for check-ins A thru M.
Someone with a “Z” suffix checks
in out of sequence.
• What would you do?
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Scenario #4
• An unidentified station with a good
signal intermittently transmits music
during the Net making
communications difficult if not
impossible.
?
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Scenario #5
• Using the following information, put together a
net report in the form a of a “formal message”
to be given to the Net Manager during net time.
• QNI = 15
• QTC = 1
• Net report for net on today’s date
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Scenario #6
• You get a call from the EC asking you to call a “Call-up”
net on the repeater from your home.
• Details are sketchy, but you know that there has been a
confirmed tornado touchdown and a several block area has
been affected.
• What preparations would you make before calling the net?
• Write your preamble for this net
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Where can I go from here?
• Sunday Night ARES Net (94 & 3982KHz)
• Iowa 75 Meter Net (3970 Khz)
• Nebraska Storm Net (3982 KHz)
• National Weather Nets
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Net Exercise
(Packet slides)
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Refer to your role Card
• Moderators for:
– Group #1
NCS Go to ____________________
Participants go to _______________
Net frequency: 145.150 simplex
– Group #2
NCS Go to _____________________
Participants ____________________
– Group #3
Net frequency: 146.460 simplex
NCS Go to _____________________
Participants go to ________________
Net frequency: 147.540 simplex
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EXERCISE CARDS
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You are
NCS for
Group #1
(See exercise moderator for your packet)
1
Group #1 (145.150 simplex)
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You are
NCS for
Group #2
(See exercise moderator for your packet)
1
Group #2 (146.460 simplex)
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You are
NCS for
Group #3
(See exercise moderator for your packet)
1
Group #3 (147.540 simplex)
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Net Activities for your station
• Volunteer to be backup NCS (prepare to copy checkins along with your NCS for your group)
• You have the following announcement for the net:
– Club meeting next Friday at 7:00PM at the Red Cross in
Omaha
• After Net closes, compare check-in numbers with the
Net Control Station
Group #3 (147.540 simplex)
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Net Activities for your station
• Volunteer to be backup NCS (prepare to copy checkins along with your NCS for your group)
• You have the following announcement for the net:
– Club meeting next Friday at 7:00PM at the Red Cross in
Omaha
• After Net closes, compare check-in numbers with the
Net Control Station
Group #1 (145.150 simplex)
3
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Net Activities for your station
• Volunteer to be backup NCS (prepare to copy checkins along with your NCS for your group)
• You have the following announcement for the net:
– Club meeting next Friday at 7:00PM at the Red Cross in
Omaha
• After Net closes, compare check-in numbers with the
Net Control Station
Group #2 (146.460 simplex)
3
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Net Activities for your station:
• Check into the net using your call sign.
• Ask for an informal contact with one of the other
stations on the net. (ask if you can call them on the
phone after net)
• Ask for a repeat of the Club meeting announcement
• Announcement you have for the net:
– 10 Kilometer run needs Amateur Radio operators to
monitor the progress of the run. 2 meter handhelds.
– Contact me at (give a bogus email address and phone
number)
2
Group #1 (145.150 simplex)
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Net Activities for your station:
• Check into the net using your call sign.
• Ask for an informal contact with one of the other
stations on the net. (ask if you can call them on the
phone after net)
• Ask for a repeat of the Club meeting announcement
• Announcement you have for the net:
– 10 Kilometer run needs Amateur Radio operators to
monitor the progress of the run. 2 meter handhelds.
– Contact me at (give a bogus email address and phone
number)
2
Group #2 (146.460 simplex)
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Net Activities for your station:
• Check into the net using your call sign.
• Ask for an informal contact with one of the other
stations on the net. (ask if you can call them on the
phone after net)
• Ask for a repeat of the Club meeting announcement
• Announcement you have for the net:
– 10 Kilometer run needs Amateur Radio operators to
monitor the progress of the run. 2 meter handhelds.
– Contact me at (give a bogus email address and phone
number)
Group #3 (147.540 simplex)
2
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Net Activities for your station:
• Check into the net using your personal call sign
(indicate you have a question for the net)
• Question (when NCS calls you)
– Does anyone know when the next VE testing
session is?
• You are the net manager. At the end of
net, be prepared to copy the net report
4
Group #1 (145.150 simplex)
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Net Activities for your station:
• Check into the net using your personal call sign
(indicate you have a question for the net)
• Question (when NCS calls you)
– Does anyone know when the next VE testing
session is?
• You are the net manager. At the end of
net, be prepared to copy the net report
4
Group #2 (146.460 simplex)
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Net Activities for your station:
• Check into the net using your personal call sign
(indicate you have a question for the net)
• Question (when NCS calls you)
– Does anyone know when the next VE testing
session is?
• You are the net manager. At the end of
net, be prepared to copy the net report
4
Group #3 (147.540 simplex)
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Net Activities for your station:
• Check into the net using your personal call
sign
• Recheck later in the net: You want to know
if there is anyone who could help you put
up an antenna on your roof.
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Group #1 (145.150simplex)
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Net Activities for your station:
• Check into the net using your personal call
sign
• Recheck later in the net: You want to know
if there is anyone who could help you put
up an antenna on your roof.
5
Group #2 (146.460simplex)
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Net Activities for your station:
• Check into the net using your personal call
sign
• Recheck later in the net: You want to know
if there is anyone who could help you put
up an antenna on your roof.
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Group #3 (147.540simplex)
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Net Activities for your station:
• Check into the net using your personal call sign
• Later, recheck into the net asking for a
direct with (you pick one station on the net)
• Ask them to go to 147.45 simplex; on 45,
ask them what type of antennas they use
for 2 meters. Then recheck back into net
Group #3 (147.540simplex)
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Net Activities for your station:
• Check into the net using your personal call sign
• Later, recheck into the net asking for a
direct with (you pick one station on the net)
• Ask them to go to 146.52 simplex; on 52,
ask them what type of antennas they use
for 2 meters. Then recheck back into net
Group #2 (146.460simplex)
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Net Activities for your station:
• Check into the net using your personal call sign
• Later, recheck into the net asking for a
direct with (you pick one station on the net)
• Ask them to go to 146.58 simplex; on 58,
ask them what type of antennas they use
for 2 meters. Then recheck back into net
Group #1 (145.150simplex)
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Net Activities for your station:
• Check into the net using your personal call sign
• You have an announcement to make
• When called for announcement: Any newsletter
articles email to (give bogus email address)
• Ask to be excused to check into another net
• After being released from net go to 147.540 simplex
and check into net
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Net Activities for your station:
• Check into the net using your personal call sign
• You have an announcement to make
• When called for announcement: Any newsletter
articles email to (give bogus email address)
• Ask to be excused to check into another net
• After being released from net go to 145.150 simplex
and check into net
Group #2 (146.460simplex)
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Net Activities for your station:
• Check into the net using your personal call sign
• You have an announcement to make
• When called for announcement: “Any newsletter
articles email to (give bogus email address)”
• Ask to be excused to check into another net
• After being released from net go to 146.460 simplex
and check into net
Group #3 (147.540simplex)
7
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