Net Control Operator Instructions
NCO Instructions for Emergency Operations
An emergency or disaster can occur at any time! Please keep these guidelines handy and follow them whenever the SATERN net goes into emergency mode. Please study them now-–you never know when you might have to assume the duties of Net Control Station.
- An emergency net is called to handle emergency logistical, medical and welfare operations for a specific affected area.
- The affected area and stations from the affected area should have priority. All participating operators should point their beams to that area and the NCO should take full advantage of relay stations. Net Control should immediately acknowledge any station in the affected area.
- All stations should avoid casual conversation during an emergency net when the net is in Delta Status III or above.. It is not necessary to detail anything except the actual emergency business as clearly and concisely as possible. Use shortened expressions rather than dissertation. Please space transmissions so that stations with emergency traffic can check-in. Try to avoid long QSO-like conversations on the net frequency. If protracted conversations are necessary, have the two stations move off the net frequency to an agreed spot to continue.
- All relay stations should repeat all information so the rest of the net and the affected area stations will be informed of all traffic. Please don't just "roger" the message. Repeat so that all stations on the net and in the affected area can hear.
- All Net Control Stations as they come on should ask for relays who can hear the affected area. Don't hesitate to use them. Effective use of relays can overcome station, location and propagation inadequacies.
- All outgoing Net Control stations should orient the incoming Net Control completely at the change of the NCO.
- Malicious interference should never be acknowledged in any way. If you cannot hear because of such interference, simply ask for a repeat or a relay. Do not ever indicate that you can't hear because of it or engage in arguments with these individuals. Record the incident in your net log and later forward the incident of abuse to your regional ARRL Official Observer.
- Please make a brief listing at the end of your shift of pertinent information and e-mail it to me at [email protected]. . It will help with the next day's operations as well as enable me to keep track of our efforts.
- The emergency net will continue to meet at the times established by leadership on 14265 MHz in the 20-meter amateur radio band as long as the situation demands. (Of course this always depends on propagation!).
- Please do not actively recruit while in the emergency mode. If someone volunteers to join SATERN, just take the callsign and go on with the net. Send it to the appropriate coordinator at a later time.