Arizona Emergency Net - Maricopa

Arizona Emergency Net - Maricopa feed:

Copy the feed link and paste it into your aggregator

Copy the feed link and paste it into your aggregator

Subscribe to this podcast with iTunes

Subscribe to this podcast with iTunes

This site currently includes recordings from 2010-2012


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

5-7-2012 - Spontaneous Net Activation - AK7RB


The topic was "Spontaneous Net Activation" masquerading as "Surviving the Storm"
Net Control gradually faded off the air just before check-ins to see how the net would respond. And it responded perfectly. Alternate net control immediately took over the net. KF7CCC then volunteered to act as his alternate net control.

We had 16 stations that participated in the net. We talked about what can cause a net control station to go off the air, be it radio or antenna problems, other obligations, etc. And when that happens, who can take over as net control. Any licensed operator can take over as net control.
A net control operator is also needed for a spontaneous activation. This should happen anytime the participation in a topic becomes large enough that many doubles are occurring.
Scheduled nets have prearranged permission to use repeaters. Spontaneous nets for MCECG threats and activations also have prearranged permission. A spontaneous net about a topic of interest may not have permission to take over the repeater. If not, you may be asked by the repeater owners to move the net to a different frequency.
A net control station should make assignments to net members to help organize the net, including an alternate net control, a scribe, and other positions as necessary. If it becomes necessary to hand off net control to someone else, a brief discussion about who has assignments, where they are, what responses are expected, etc should be given.
The following is a list found in an ARES manual for possible net controllers to think about:
Net Control
must have a commanding signal
is in charge of the net
activates and assigns resources
must keep track of resources
assigns tactical calls
keeps a good log
has a clear speaking voice
controls his or her tone of voice

has good command of the English language
can handle physical and mental stress for long periods
can listen and respond in a noisy/chaotic environment
has good hearing
writes legibly
enforces net discipline
uses tactical calls
uses plain English - no "10" codes or "Q" signals

uses standard phonetics
performs welfare checks
thinks before keying
is as concise as possible
knows how to operate the radio
frequently identifies name and reason for the net
transmits only facts, not conjecture
takes frequent breaks

I want to thank James, KF7POH for volunteering as alternate net control, and taking over the net when I had both my planned and unplanned radio failures. Also thanks to Andrew, Kf7CCC, for volunteering as Alternate Net Control to KF7POH during those periods.

The topic next week is "EOC Activation". Kevin KE7VIN will be our net control. If you want a chance to practice as alternate net control, contact Kevin before the net or during the net when volunteers for alternate net control are requested.

73's AK7RB
Net Control



Filetype: MP3 - Size: 5.73MB - Duration: 50:03 m (16 kbps 16000 Hz)