By Jerry Haag, KF6GAC, EC Mountain View

Types of Net
Open Net     Stations call each other directly to pass traffic
Directed Net     Stations call only net control directly,
    go direct only with net control permission

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
  • when transmitting, key up, take a breath, then talk

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