Douglas County ARES Net

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Douglas County Nebraska ARES - Douglas County Emergency Management Agency

This is an amateur radio net.


ARES in Douglas County

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateur radio enthusiasts who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership for communications duty for public service when community emergencies and natural disasters strike. In addition to providing a back-up system of communication within and outside our community, ARES assists during severe weather incidents providing net-control and field communications. If you are interested in affiliating with this valuable group, please contact them through their website or call 402-444-5040 and leave a message and someone will contact you. The Aksarben Amateur Radio Club in Douglas County provides leadership to the ARES membership. Additional information can be viewed at:

standard net control script

This is the standard net control script used by net control stations for the Douglas County ARES net. This is based on a transcript of a recorded Douglas County ARES net from the summer of 2016.

Typically the net control asks for any station willing to be backup net control and then begins the net.

Stations, this is [callsign], net control for the Douglas County ARES now activating the Douglas County ARES training and information net on the K0USA repeater in Omaha Nebraska. My name is [first name] and I will be your net control operator this evening.

This net accepts all checkins, regardless of club affiliation, or ARES membership status. Anyone within range of this repeater that wishes to checkin may do so. This is a directed net, meaning all transmissions will be directed by this net control station.

Should this repeater fail for any reason, the backup is going to be the 147.36 repeater. Alternate modes are also accepted as checkins, that would be packet on 145.09 or APRS on 144.39.

When checking in this evening, I would ask that you call "net control," and let the repeater drop like this... [kerchunk] and then continue with your callsign. If you do not have traffic for the net, there is no need to state "no traffic," just your callsign is sufficient.

At this time I will standby for mobile or portable stations. Any stations that are mobile or portable tonight please call "net control," and let the repeater drop like this... [kerchunk] then continue with your callsign and announce if you have traffic for tonight’s net.

[checkins]

All stations please wait. At this time I will acknowledge...

[recall checkins]

If I have any of those callsigns incorrect, please call "net control" now.

This is [callsign], net control station for the Douglas County ARES net. At this time I will take checkins from any station. If you wish to checkin please call "net control," and let the repeater drop like this... [kerchunk] then continue with your callsign and announce if you have traffic for tonight’s net. If you have no traffic, just your callsign is sufficient.

[checkins]

All stations please wait. At this time I will acknowledge...

[recall checkins]

[...]

That takes care of all listed traffic. At this time I will take another standby for any other stations that would like to checkin to the Douglas County ARES net. Please checkin now with your callsign and list any traffic you may have for the net.

[...]

I would like to thank everyone that checked in to tonight’s Douglas County ARES net. According to my record all traffic has been handled. Are there any exceptions?

Attention all stations, this is [callsign] net control for the Douglas County ARES net. I am now closing this net on Sunday, [month] [day] [year]. I would like to thank the Aksarben Amateur Radio Club for the use of this repeater, as well as KETV and KPTM for providing the tower space for the K0USA repeater.

This net is secured, this station is secured, and this repeater is now open for normal amateur use. This is [callsign].

Typically it is the backup net control that then gives the callsign of the net control station followed by his own callsign, and after acknowledgement the checkin count is compared.