Arizona Emergency Net - Maricopa

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Every Monday night, the Arizona Emergency Net – Maricopa meets on 2 meters FM for training and exercise in the public service communication arts. We focus on preparation and readiness for public service – be it scheduled events like bike races or drills, or emergencies such as storm damage or terrorist attacks. Someone has to be ready. This net is dedicated to addressing that challenge. The Arizona Emergency Net – Maricopa also activates during threats or emergencies affecting Maricopa County

2-1-2010 - Net Activation Procedures - KB8YYA



Before the net, Dreux (our Net Control) sent out an net activation notice via the AZHamServe Yahoo Group requesting net respondents to check in with the word “HOPI” after their call sign. This exercise demonstrated how effective an e-mail callout would be from that website. Better than 25% of those checking in used the secret password.

42 stations participated, including both Net Control operators.

Dreux used an open net format after collecting check-ins. Questions were asked and as stations responded, they were asked if they were registered on the MCECG website ( or subscribed to the AZHamServe e-mail group. Most were signed up on both groups. They continued an open discussion with the following topics:

What is the purpose of a net activation?

Purpose was for a rally point to exchange information.

What are the different types of nets?

Routine, such as the Monday Night AEN-MAR Net.

Drill, maybe the Maricopa Flood Control , Top OFF, or SET Drills

Threat standby, possible weather related, major freeway closures, anything effecting the normal operations or personal safety throughout the Valley.

Active emergency -- weather, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes.

Discussion on each type by net participants.

During a “Threat/Standby”, what do you need to do first in case of deployment?

Your safety and family first.

Who issues order for deployment?

Maricopa County Dept of Emergency Management (McDEM) is the agency we take request from thru Net Control.

What other agencies do you belong to and how do you handle multiple call outs?

You must prioritize your allegiance to an agency and make it known via web site that you are a first responder to that agency if multiple call outs are required.

Recordings of these nets are available at Thanks to Gary Felix, W7TXR, for providing those recordings.

Special thanks to Bill, K7WWM, for serving as Alternate Net Control.

Next Week's Topic: "FORMAL MESSAGE TRAFFIC HANDLING - PART 1". We normally handle tactical message traffic, but any message that passes through more than 2 hands from originator to recipient should use the formal, written "record" (leaves a tangible record of the message and its path) format and protocol. It's a skill any communicator worth his sparks must possess.

PREPARATION: Go print the radiogram message form from Have at least one copy on hand for next week's net.

Andrew, KF7CCC, volunteered for Alternate Net Control.

Kevin, KE7VIN, will be our Net Control.

-- Mike



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