ORCA Net Control Preamble

ORCA Repeater STRUCTURED Net Preamble

7/09/2021

Net control: (Trigger the repeater by stating your call-sign 15 seconds before starting, so the voice ID doesn't come in right after your opening!)

Attention all stations (optional repeats: Attention all stations, Attention all stations):

 

This is [NAME, CALL SIGN], net control station for the ARES/RACES disaster preparedness net in Oakland, California. The primary purpose of this net is to organize and coordinate volunteer emergency communications in the city of Oakland. (PAUSE)

All licensed amateurs listening, regardless of location, are welcome and encouraged to check in and participate. This net meets weekly on Thursday at 19:30 hours Pacific Time, on the WB6NDJ repeater transmitting on 146.880 MHz and linked to the 442.400 MHz repeater in Oakland, California. (PAUSE)

 

This repeater portion of the net will be followed by a simplex portion, which will be at 147.585 MHz or, if that frequency is occupied, 146.565 MHz. If you can, please follow us to our simplex frequency and check in there as well. (PAUSE)

This is a directed net. Net control will request initial check in only by complete call sign stated phonetically.  After you are acknowledged by net control, please continue check-in and identify by call sign without phonetics, your name and your Zonehaven Evacuation zone identifier using your city name and the last three digits of your evacuation zone number. If you do not know your Zonehaven evacuation zone identifier, give the last two digits of your zip code or, if outside the city of Oakland, just your city instead. If you have routine traffic for the net, please advise net control. Once you have completed check in, please stand by unless called upon by net control. If you wish to speak, please state only your full call sign and wait to be acknowledged. (PAUSE)

 

This net will interrupt at any time for emergency or priority traffic. If you have such traffic, please say the word 'emergency' or 'priority' followed by your call sign and wait to be acknowledged. Any station checking in on ECHOLINK, ALL-STAR or IRLP, be advised there will be a separate call for you. There will also be a call at the end for all those missed or remaining stations. (PAUSE)

 

  • This is [NAME, CALLSIGN].  Are there any stations operating from fire stations or other emergency locations tonight? (PAUSE FOR REPLIES)

  • Are there any mobile or pedestrian stations for check-in at this time? (PAUSE FOR REPLIES)

  • Any stations on ECHOLINK, ALL-STAR or IRLP, please check in now. (If you hear any such, PAUSE for 2 seconds after they un-key, so that they can hear you respond.  Pause and leave time after last station for another station to call in before proceeding to next group).

 

  • All stations with call sign suffixes Alpha through Golf, regulars and visitors, please check in now. (PAUSE FOR REPLIES) 

  • This is [NAME, CALLSIGN]. All stations with call sign suffixes Alpha through Mike, regulars and visitors, please check in now. (PAUSE FOR REPLIES)

  • All stations with call sign suffixes Alpha through Romeo, regulars and visitors, please check in now. (PAUSE FOR REPLIES)

  • All stations with call sign suffixes Alpha through Victor, regulars and visitors, please check in now. (PAUSE FOR REPLIES

  • All stations with call sign suffixes Alpha through Zulu, regulars and visitors, please check in now. (PAUSE FOR REPLIES

  • This is [NAME, CALLSIGN].  All missed or remaining stations, regulars and visitors, please check in now. (PAUSE FOR REPLIES) (REPEAT UNTIL NO FURTHER STATIONS ARE HEARD.)

(At this time, HANDLE STATIONS WITH TRAFFIC, QSTs, ANNOUNCEMENTS AND RECOGNIZE CONTACTS. ASK FOR QUESTIONS OR REQUESTS FOR FILLS.)

  • This is [NAME, CALLSIGN]. This is a final call for any late check-ins or other traffic for the net. (PAUSE)

(Finish with any latecomers… when finished with all latecomers, continue)

 

As there is no further activity for the net, the repeater portion of the Oakland ARES/RACES net is closed at [TIME] hours. In case of an actual local emergency, this repeater, or the simplex frequency 146.880 MHz, will host a resource net for those amateurs available to check in. Thanks to all stations who participated in tonight's net and we'll listen for you again next Thursday at 19:30 hours Pacific Time on this frequency. Thank you to ORCA for the use of its repeater. (PAUSE) [Select one of the three SIMPLEX scenarios below and continue…]

 

 

(OPTION #1 - IF DOING the SIMPLEX PORTION also, continue below)

 

Net control will now change frequency to the simplex portion of this net on 147.585 MHz.  If that frequency is in use, we will use 146.565 MHz. For your references and signal strength checking during the simplex portion of the net, my location is near the intersection of XXXXX (Street, Ave, etc.) and XXXXX (Street, Ave., etc.).  I am using an external antenna and the height of my antenna is approximately XXXX Feet above sea level.  I am transmitting at a power level of XX watts. Also be advised that at the end of the simplex net there will be a separate call by another station to check in all stations that could not copy me.

 

This is [NAME], your Net Control Station, [CALL SIGN], clear. 

(End of REPEATER PORTION, continue to SIMPLEX NET)

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OPTION #2 - (IF HANDING OFF the SIMPLEX PORTION to another NCO, continue below)

 

Net control will now hand off the end of the repeater portion to [NAME, CALL SIGN] for closeout of the repeater portion and continuation of the simplex portion of the net. (end of Repeater NCO duties)

 

(New Simplex NCO takes over) This is [NAME, CALL SIGN], taking net control duties for the ARES/RACES disaster preparedness net in Oakland, California. Net control will now change frequency to the simplex portion of this net on 147.585 MHz. If that frequency is in use, we will use 146.565 MHz. For your references and signal strength checking during the simplex portion of the net, my location is near the intersection of XXXXX (Street, Ave, etc.) and XXXXX (Street, Ave., etc.).  I am using an external antenna and the height of my antenna is approximately XXXX Feet above sea level.  I am transmitting at a power level of XX watts. Also be advised that at the end of the simplex net there will be a separate call by another station to check in all stations that could not copy me.

This is [NAME], your Net Control Station, [CALL SIGN], out. 

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(OPTION #3 - IF NOT doing the SIMPLEX PORTION at all, continue below)

 

There will be no Simplex Net due this evening to equipment limitations.  This is [NAME], your Net Control Station, [CALL SIGN], clear. 

(End of Net)

Simplex Net


This is [CALLSIGN]. Is this frequency in use?

[NCS should then listen and if nothing is heard say "nothing heard" and pause for several seconds, allowing another station on the net who DOES hear stations already using the frequency to interrupt and notify the NCS]. [If frequency is in use, announce the alternate frequency, 146.565, and go there.]

This is [NAME], [CALL SIGN], your Net Control Station for this evening's Oakland Neighborhood ARES/RACES disaster preparedness net. For your references and signal strength checking, my location is near the intersection of XXXXX (Street, Ave, etc.) and XXXXX (Street, Ave., etc.).  I am using an external antenna and the height of my antenna is approximately XXXX Feet above sea level.  I am transmitting at a power level of XX watts.

We will now continue with the simplex portion of the net. Net Control will call each station that checked in during the repeater portion of the net. Please respond with your call sign only. Net Control will acknowledge stations heard or will comment that no response was heard. If you hear a station respond that Net Control does NOT hear, please advise Net Control immediately by stating your full call sign.

[Go through the check-in list. If you call a station and hear a response, acknowledge it so all stations on the net know that Net Control heard the response. When acknowledging, give the station its “Readability and Strength or RS report”(see below).  If you call a station and hear NO response or only noise that you cannot identify, say "Nothing heard" or "Net Control did not copy the last transmission" and then pause for at least two seconds to allow a station who HAS heard the called station to interrupt the net to advise the called station was heard].

This is [NAME], [CALL SIGN], Any late or missed stations please check-in at this time. (PAUSE(Repeat if necessary until no further stations are heard).

I will now ask [NAME], [CALL SIGN] to make a call for any stations that could not copy me.  (Other station previously identified will call for any stations that could not hear the NCO, that station will copy the call signs and relay them to the NCO.  When finished, turn frequency back over to the NCO for conclusion).

As there is no further traffic for the net the simplex portion is now closed at [TIME]. We hope to hear you next Thursday at 1930 hours Pacific Time on the repeater portion of the net at 146.880 MHz.

This is [NAME], your Net Control Station, [CALL SIGN], good night and clear.

ARRL RS (Readability and Signal Strength) Report 

Readability

1--Unreadable

2--Barely readable, occasional words distinguishable.

3--Readable with considerable difficulty.

4--Readable with practically no difficulty.

5--Perfectly readable.

Signal Strength

1--Faint signals, barely perceptible.

2--Very weak signals.

3--Weak signals.

4--Fair signals.

5--Fairly good signals.

6--Good signals.

7--Moderately strong signals.

8--Strong signals.

9--Extremely strong signals.

For Example

“…KK6KZG, read you five eight…”