Radio Procedure For Calling Weekly Net

 

Training Documentation For Net Control and Participants who want to be learn more about nets can be viewed or downloaded from https://ajarc.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/NET_CONTROL_STATION_TRAINING_MANUAL_3-05rev.pdf

NOTICE – If there are issues with the W4WC 145.390 repeater, the net may be moved and called on the N4FV 147.060 repeater with 88.5 tone or another repeater or simplex frequency.

The AJARC  Monday evening net  on AJARC repeaters is using Netlogger (available at http://netlogger.org/) to help facilitate check-ins.  Netlogger allows stations that have a computer and internet access to check in electronically which speeds up check-in time and avoids QRM. It also allows the net control operator to electronically log net participants with assistance from someone acting as a logger, increasing accuracy of the checkins.  Participants are not required to log in via Netlogger but all are encouraged to use it as it reduces QRM and speeds up the checkin process. 

The AJARC Monday Net is a directed net.  This means stations communicate only with the net control and if communication is desired with any other stations during the net, then it should be requested from net control and returned to net control when the communication is completed.   Mobiles are called first, as they have priority as they may be transiting through the service area or will arrive at their destination before they might be called during the regular order.  Also they might have traffic that may need to be addressed first.  Contrary to what most might think, a handheld is not a mobile UNLESS you are actually moving either in a vehicle of some sort or as a pedestrian.    Sitting in your home using an HT is not a mobile.

All RF check-ins are welcomed and the majority of our participants do not use Netlogger.    Available platforms are Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, MAC OS, and Linux. There is not an Android or IOS app available for it.  Netlogger makes you visible to the net control, logging station, and other stations that are logged in.  You can view all RF check-ins as they are logged in and their status changed to logged as each are called for comments. There is a message box called AIM that allows comments, etc, through the internet however there is some delay before it updates. 

Any station with traffic or announcements can notify Net Control when called at the beginning of the net by RF or may choose to send notice electronically through the AIM message window when connecting through Netlogger.  Mobile stations are called first via RF check-ins and if they anticipate not being present for comments, should ask to be checked out.  Any station not planning to stay for a comment should request to be checked-in and out so you will not be called for one.   We accept relay check-ins if other hams are present in your shack, on the phone with you, or by Netlogger via AIM instant messenger if you are out of town and can’t check in via RF.    

Stations using Netlogger will be acknowledged as being present and called upon for comments as the net progresses.  There is no need for a RF check-in when using Netlogger unless you  have traffic or an announcement.  Relay stations and check-ins from out of town via netlogger are acknowledged as present and may submit a comment when checking in but are not called for a comment as their comment is relayed by the logger or net control. If you are checked in via Netlogger and have an announcement or other traffic, you may notify net control via the AIM window and if you are not acknowledged via RF or the AIM window, may address net control when announcements are asked for.  Internet check-ins will be acknowledged and comments solicited as the net progresses. 

We are always looking for more stations that want to act as net control or assist in logging.  Contact AG4OB or N4FV if you are interested. 

NOTE:  Net control should always keep a paper log of the stations they hear when taking checkins.  Each station should be acknowledged by their complete call or call suffix (letters after the number) on RF checkins.  Control stations should use Netlogger and follow the “highlighter”  when progressing through comments with each station marked as “W” which stands for “worked, logged”.  

 

Revised Radio Procedure for Calling The AJARC Monday Net – 11-6-21

“Calling the AJARC Monday Net. This is (Your Call Sign) & my name is (Your Name).  I am net control for this evening. This net meets each Monday night at 9 P.M. local time on the AJARC linked repeater system for the purpose of passing traffic, training of radio operators & otherwise promoting the uses of Amateur Radio. This net is  simulcast on 145.390, 443.575 and 53.290 repeaters and check-ins may be taken from any of those repeaters.    This is a directed net, all stations should call net control for any requests to use the frequency.”

“Standing by for any emergency or other traffic (PAUSE)”

If you have internet access via a home computer, check-ins are also taken through Netlogger available at www.netlogger.org. If you check in via Netlogger, please do not check in via RF unless you have priority traffic or an announcement.

AJARC club meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month.  At this time Roby Center is not open and meeting locations are announced during the Monday net if known and also on the announcement page.  The meeting for (NEXT MEETING DATE) will be held at (LOCATION IF KNOWN).

Are there any announcements?

(After announcements, ACKNOWLEDGE ALL STATIONS CURRENTLY CHECKED IN VIA NETLOGGER FIRST BEFORE TAKING RF CHECKINS)

Are there any mobile stations waiting to check in?

Standing by for check ins from Greeneville or Greene County. Please space  your calls.

Standing by for check ins from Tennessee

Standing by for any stations outside Tennessee.

(Proceed through the Netlogger list and highlight each line by clicking on it, changing its color,  then solicit comments from that station if it has not left the net, and click LOG IT before highlighting the next line.)

Last call for checkins for the AJARC Monday  Net.

(After all check ins & informal comments you can close the net with the following remarks:)  I want to thank everyone for checking into the net this evening.  I am now closing the AJARC Monday Net  at ________ (Local time) & returning the frequency to normal use.  This is (your call).

NET HAS OFFICIALLY ENDED AT THIS POINT

The logger and Net Control after closing the net should click FILE, SAVE AS, and SAVE your Netlogger session as it will default to a name with the current date/time in it for later retrieval If you created the net (usually the logger does this) make sure you use the CLOSE NET button before you EXIT Netlegger when finished or Netlogger will send you a warning email about leaving the net session open.