Net Rules and Procedures


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Pre-Net Activities:                        
AT 0815-0830 Alaska time, the net controls begin the pre-net part of getting the net started. It is important to allow the net controls of both the Alaska and the Lower 48 to establish contact with each other before trying to check into the net. The net control operators have the option of calling for early check-ins if time and conditions permit. They are NOT obligated to take early check-ins but usually do it as a courtesy. Sometimes, there is a delay due to interference from adjacent frequencies.

Please keep in mind that there is an agreement with the Flyer's Net on 14.290 stating that we will not begin until 0815 so as to prevent interference.


What to do if the band conditions are poor:      
During times of poor propagation, it is important that ALL net members listen for one of the net control operators. If a net control is not heard, it can be very disruptive to call "in the blind".  When conditions are extremely poor, sometimes, the net controls will call for random check-ins as opposed to the usual roll call.

In a directed net such as this one, all communications are routed through the net controls so as to maintain order and to eliminate the interference caused when stations transmit out of order.

To maintain order, please standby until you actually hear a net control or until you hear someone making a sweep call for net control. The net controls will ask stations in different locations to pick up those that were not able to hear the net controls during the roll call.

In the event of an actual emergency, none of this applies. This is all the more reason to be so organized with the procedures;


Helping with a relay:                                         
If you hear someone that is trying to get in and they are not being acknowledged and you feel you can help with a relay, please use the following procedure:


  1. Say "RELAY" and wait to be acknowledged by the net control.
  2. When acknowledged, simply state who is calling in and the reason (if you heard it) for the call. Keep your transmission short and listen for doubling by un-keying your transmitter momentarily to check for doubling.
  3. If you have already checked into the net then you have identified your station and thus you DO NOT have to say your call sign when you provide a relay.
  4. If you have not yet checked into the net, then say your call sign once (phonetics are not needed) before providing the relay. You do not need to identify each time once you have identified.
  5. Please avoid adding extra comments or unnecessary information as this tends to slow the net down.


When NOT to transmit!                                       
It is important that we, as valued net members, know that if we transmit our stations at the wrong time, we may unintentionally cause interference to other net members who may be trying to hear. Here are some guidelines the (if followed) will help to create an atmosphere of professionalism that a net such as ours should portray:


  1. Do not transmit to say that you are not hearing anything or that you are not hearing net control unless you have traffic that needs to be handled immediately.
  2. Do no transmit to arrange a meeting on another frequency without being acknowledged by a net control unless the net is over.
  3. Do not transmit to other stations while the net control is calling the roll.


The purpose of the net control stations:            
Our net control operators are the heart of making this net a pleasant experience for all. They are the focal point of ALL communications that occur (for any reason) while the net is in session. Here are some of the things the net control operators do:


  1. Establish and maintain contact between their station and other net control stations during the net session.
  2. Direct net members and acknowledge net members.
  3. Call roll for the net to log attendance.
  4. Coordinate traffic handling, arrange informal contacts, and provide information about the net.
  5. Make announcements and read bulletins.
  6. Make communication possible between stations that may not hear each other.


How to become a net member and be added to the net roster:            

There is no cost to become a permanent net member! All that is required is that you check into the net four times a month to remain on the roster.

To get started, check in as a visitor four times then contact us on the air or via email with your request to become a full time member of the Alaska Pacific Emergency Preparedness Net. (Also called the Alaska Pacific Net)




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