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FARA NET CONTROL SCRIPT  (Rev. I)

Notes:

  1. Please speak clearly, and close to your microphone.
  2. Your station should be strong enough for full quieting.
  3. If any FARA officers check in, Net Control should request an update on club announcements, meeting dates, topics etc.

[Start promptly at 19:30 local time.]      [Wait for repeater idle (beep]

“CALLING THE FARA NET, CALLING THE FARA NET!  FARA is the Framingham Amateur Radio Association, an active club of interested amateur radio operators.  This net has several purposes – to ensure that our equipment is always ready for emergencies, to enjoy activities with our fellow hams, and to offer education to our members and others in order to advance their ham radio skills.  To learn more about FARA, go to our website at www.w1fy.org.  

Good evening.  This is [your name and call], Net Control, about to convene a regular session of the FARA Sunday Evening Net.  This is a directed net, so all communication should be as requested by the Net Control only.

Our first call will be for Mobile stations only.  Our second call will be for Fixed stations only. Our third call will be for Echlink stations only.  Please wait to check in until your group has been called. If any “in-and-out” stations wish to check in and then have to leave, let us know and you will be given priority within your group.  If you are a mobile or fixed station: To be sure you’re not doubling, please check in by saying “this is”, then dropping your carrier, waiting for the beep, and then give your call.

Mobile stations only – please call now.

[Wait for check-ins.]  [As each station identifies, write down his call.]

[When no more Mobile stations check in, say:]

“I have the following check-ins:” [Run down the list of check-ins.]

After all Mobile stations have checked in, make any announcements here. [The reasoning is that mobiles will go out of range quickly.]  After the mobile stations have checked in, call each to make their comments, and give each station the “Ham Radio Question of the Week.” Since they may soon go out of range, give each Mobile station the answer immediately.

[Next, call for Fixed stations.]

“Are there any Fixed stations wishing to check into the net?”

[Handle them the same as the Mobiles]

[When there are no more check-ins, read back the list of fixed stations]

Give the Ham Radio Test Question to the Fixed stations.  At the end of the net, after all Fixed and Echolink stations have been handled, don’t forget to give the answers to the Test Questions.

After all have made their comments, take another standby for new check-ins.  If there are any, repeat the above.

[Next, call for Echolink stations.]

“Are there any Echolink stations wishing to check into the net?”

[Handle them the same as the Fixed stations.]

Note: After you address an Echolink station, there will be a delay, possibly up to 6 seconds, before you receive that station’s response.  It is important that you wait for the delay before the station comes back to you.  The delay only applies to his response to your message.  When you respond to his message you can speak almost immediately after he finishes speaking.

[When there are no more check-ins, read back the list of Echolink stations]

Give the Ham Radio Test Question to the Echolink stations

After all have made their comments, take another standby for new check-ins.  If there are any, repeat the above.

At the end of the net, after all Fixed and Echolink stations have been handled, don’t forget to give the answers to the Test Questions.

 

Before closing the net, go down the list one more time, asking each check-in if they have any final comments or questions.

[When all comments have been made, and there are no more check-ins, then you say:]

“Thank you all for checking in [List Check-Ins]; we hope to hear you again next week.  This is [your call], net control, closing the FARA net at [time] and returning the repeater to regular use.”

END OF NET
   
 Further comments on the Test Question of the Week:

It is good to come up with questions where each participant has to provide a different answer, to avoid copying.  Example: a different “Q” signal for each person, or a different DX prefix for each person. Also, multiple choice questions are good, with 4 possible answers, similar to those in the Q&A books.  Try to avoid “ham radio trivia” questions, and also avoid math questions where the station has to calculate an answer. The purpose of the Question of the Week is the continuing education of our members, and you generally don’t learn useful information from a trivia question.

Please prepare your Test Questions of the Week in advance.

Thank you for your service to FARA!

Framingham Amateur Radio Association