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Radio-Net-Procedures

WORKING PROCEDURE OF THE MONDAY NIGHT RADIO NET

Messages into and out of neighborhood areas will be relayed on 2 meter band ham radios.

2 meter band operators will do a quick early check-in at 7:50 PM to determine who is available to relay into
which neighborhoods. .After giving their call sign, they will stand by for the news.

Net Control will start this first 2- meter part of the net using the MESAC Repeater - 147.060; + offset; 100 PL.
Net Control first asks for any emergency traffic. After a roll call by areas and then announcing the message(s)
that need to be relayed, Net Control will ask if there are any questions or additions to the message(s) to be
relayed. If relays did not write down the whole message(s), they should ask for a repeat, so they can have the
complete message(s) to relay. Then Net Control will tell relays the order in which he/she will ask them to call
their areas.

At 8 PM Net Control will open the FRS Channel 4 section of the net. Then on two-meter, Net Control will call
the first relay operator to start their neighborhood calls.

After confirming on 2-meter the relay operator has heard the instruction and will go ahead with their calls, they
will change to FRS or GMRS radios, identify themselves, i.e., “This is 2 Foxtrot 2, Diane” and ask for check-ins
and any traffic from any FRS radio operators in their area. If there is a roster of those who previously checked
in, the roster will be used first before asking for any others. FRS radio operators would respond by stating their
operator ID number and first name, i.e. “This is 2 Foxtrot 2 Diane.” The relay operator will tell the message and
make sure the responder heard the message. When reaching additional responders, the relay will ask if they
heard the message. If they did not hear the message, the relay will repeat it.

Older children are also encouraged to check-in on FRS radio when it is their turn.

Net Control may ask more than one relay to call at the same time if the relays are in different parts of the city
and will not be heard by each other. As the net grows, FRS radio operators may hear from more than one relay
and are welcome to respond, if they choose, as a point of information. If an area develops a number of
FRS/GMRS operators, that area may be assigned a different FRS number, so it may be called at the same
time as other areas are called using the main FRS frequency.

After writing down the ID number and first name of each person who checked in, the 2 meter relay operator
would then report back to Net Control on 2 meter in this way: “This is KG6WBN standing by.” When Net
Control is available, he/she will ask for the report and the relay will respond. After hearing from each 2 meter
operator who had relay reports, Net Control will switch to FRS/GMRS long enough to make a last call for any
late check-ins and close the FRS/GMRS part of the net.

Then all 2-meter operators will switch to simplex frequency 146.565 and Net Control will do another roll call.
The operators not being called will monitor and report if someone responds, but is not strong enough to be
heard by net control. This gives everyone an idea of how far signals reach on simplex, as we may need to work
on simplex in an emergency.

After the simplex roll call is completed, and that net section is closed, Net control returns to 2-meter MESAC
repeater for any further comments before completely closing the net.

This format allows flexibility and position back-up in a disaster. Any relay operator could open communications
or monitor for instructions on 2 meter and also survey their neighborhood by separate FRS radio.

If you know any 2 meter or FRS/GMRS radio operator who could help in this, please ask them to call Diane
(714) 546-4252.