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Becoming an Effective Net Control Station

Discussion in 'Storm spotters' started by Kyle Lockhart, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. Kyle Lockhart

    Kyle Lockhart Lurker

    Jul 17, 2017
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    I'm interested in becoming a net control station for the local ARES outlet. I don't have the time commitment for the FEMA EmComm courses, but after watching some of K9TSU's videos on YouTube of the Rochelle, IL EF-4, I feel comfortable enough to be able to run a net. There aren't many operators out here, and I've been given the go-ahead by the ARES coordinator to bring up nets should the need arise. Even though I'm only using an HT, I'm a mile from the repeater so line-of-sight isn't an issue.

    That said, what are some tips that can be used to effectively run a Skywarn net?

  2. Randy Jennings

    May 18, 2013
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    Lots of ARES/RACES/Skywarn groups have resources online about how they run nets. Here are 2 examples:

    It may not be an issue if you only have a few operators, but the biggest problems I see in the DFW area where we have a lot of operators is reports that don't meet minimum criteria. In both of the examples above you will see how the net control sets minimum reporting criteria and the key to being a successful net control is tactfully reminding folks and enforcing it. The reason minimum criteria is set is a net control doesn't need dozens of "me-too" pee sized hail reports that can prevent more urgent reports from making it thru.

    If you going to be a net control (or even a mobile spotter). You really need more than an HT. It may work great today, but when all heck breaks lose you may need the extra power.

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