Procedures

EMERGENCY OR PRIORITY TRAFFIC

During the net, you may interrupt with emergency or priority traffic by saying the word “break” three times in succession followed by your message. When a station breaks the net for emergency or priority traffic, all stations must  cease transmissions and stand by for instructions by net control. EMERGENCY traffic is defined as a situation where a person is in danger of death or significant physical harm if not addressed immediately. PRIORITY traffic is time sensitive communication that is related to a significant risk to people or property. All other communications on this net will be considered routine and acted on in a first-come basis or as prioritized by net control stations.

TACTICAL CALL SIGNS FOR NCS

To simplify calling between NCS, we’ve adopted the following tactical call signs. During the net, please direct traffic to operators using the tactical call sign for their assigned station.

  • CENTRAL control: Located to hear all NCO. Watches the clock.
  • EAST control: Located in the Northeastern zone
  • SOUTH control: Located in the Southern zone
  • WEST control: Located in the Northwestern zone

HAND-OFFS THROUGH NETWORK CONTROL

NCOs may not be able to communicate directly with each other due to distance or obstructions. But all operators will be able to communicate with central control. All hand-offs will be made to and through central control.

CLOCKWISE ROTATION 

Hand-offs will be made through central control, but will proceed in a clockwise direction. EAST to SOUTH to WEST and then back to EAST, etc. as needed.

NET AGENDA

This section describes the overall flow of the LCSN

  • Net started by central control and relayed by all zones
  • Check-ins and reports starting with eastern zone followed by all other zones. The rotation continues until all check-ins/reports are complete.
  • Stations released by zone and zone controls terminate
  • Net closed by central control

CHECK-INS & REPORTS

Check-ins will be taken round-robin by each zone until all stations are recognized. You may check-in to any zone.

When zone control calls for check-ins, please listen before transmitting and respond with ONLY your callsign. Make a sincere effort to prevent doubled transmissions with another station. Net control will use the call-signs heard to establish a list of stations for acknowledgement and will call you back for a report. When acknowledged by net control, please report ONLY the following information: your call sign phonetically, your location by municipality, and one additional fact about your station that will change from week to week. The additional fact will be something like: emergency power availability, max power available, antenna height, antenna type, radio model, etc.

After each block of reports, net control may: call for more check-ins, pass control to another net control operator or call for relays.

If your station isn’t called, net control likely didn’t hear your callsign well enough to add it to the list. Please hold your transmission until the next request for check-ins and call again at that time.

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