Operational Procedures & General Information

 

 


 

Procedures for those Checking In
In General it will benefit anyone wishing to check in to listen for a short time to become familiar with the checkiin procedure.
Mobiles:
When you hear Net Control stand-by for Mobiles and Mobiles Only. Please observe this as it is ment for mobiles only.
QRP and Portable:
The same thing applies here QRP and Portable Stations only. Please be considerate of these low power or portable stations.
Fixed or Base Stations:
When you hear Net Control stand-by for Fixed or Base Stations. This means that he, or she, is looking for stations operating from a fixed, or permanent location to check in.
Anyone, Anywhere:
When you hear Net Control stand-by, or take, "anyone, anywhere", that means fixed or base stations as well as mobile stations, QRP and portable stations may check in.
Contact:
The term "contact" is a "priority" term and should be used only when you know that a particular station is on frequency at the PRESENT time. Just state "Contact" and net control will pick you up so that you can make CONTACT with the other station and move off frequency for a QSO. If it is just a sentence, or two to pass on, then it is OK to take care of on frequency. If you hear another station, recognized by the Net Control, call for you, just reply "contact". The important thing is to keep it short and sweet as there are other stations out there waiting their turn.
Recheck:
The term "recheck" is another priority term. If, after moving off to another frequency with another station you encounter difficulties in making your contact then come back to the net and wait for whoever is talking on frequency to stop. At this time just state "recheck". Net control will then pick you up for another try at getting you and the other station together. Recheck is also used when you leave the station area, or the frequency for a length of time and you want to let net control know you are back.
Come now with your suffix only, one time only slowly and phonetically:
Net Control will usually indicate, when asking for check-ins that you should "come now with your suffix only, one time only, slowly and phonetically". If your call is WZ5ABC then your suffix is "ABC", or phonetically, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie. Give only your suffix when asked, and also give your full call only when asked. The only exception to the above should be those stations who have only one letter after the number. It is best, then, to give the number and letter as the suffix.
Phonetics:
Please use "standard Phonetics" only as shown below.
Reading back the check-in list:
The net control station's will read back the list of suffixes that was copied. If your suffix was not called try again if the NCS asks for more check ins. If he does not ask for more check ins wait for the next list to be taken. Each NCS will take several lists during each hour.
What to do when your turn comes:
When net control comes to your "suffix" on the list, he will state your suffix and invite you to "come on board". You should then give your complete call, your name, your location, member # (if you have one) and any short comments pertaining to your local weather conditions. When you turn it back to Net Control, again, state your full call. You are required to identify at the end of your transmission.
What does it mean when Net Control asks for the following stations to identify?
Every Ham is required to "ID" when on air, every 10 minutes. If the "list session" lasts longer then 10 minutes those not called yet will be asked to "ID". When asked simply key your mike and say your "Full Call". This is not your time to send your report. You will be called soon for "Your Turn".
What do I do about malicious, intentional interference and other stations tuning up on the net frequency?
When someone is acting the "Fool" just ignore them. Most of the time they get bored and depart.
INTERNATIONAL PHONETIC ALPHABET
A = Alpha
B = Bravo
C = Charlie
D = Delta
E = Echo
F = Foxtrot
G = Golf
H = Hotel
I = India
J = Juliet
K = Kilo
L = Lima (pronounced Leema)
M = Mike
N = November
O = Oscar
P = Papa
Q = Quebec
R = Romeo
S = Sierra
T = Tango
U = Uniform
V = Victor
W = Whiskey
X = X-Ray
Y = Yankee
Z = Zulu

by Ron Haltermon

(Page Revisited 12/17/2017)

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