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These are things I have done and learned while operating as Net Control at various events and found them to be quite helpful. Hope you do, too!

By Madeline Lombaerde, KD6JTU - South County ARES Member

  1. On a blank 8.5”x11” sheet of paper, make a list of all the posts that have to be covered. Typically, the post name becomes the tactical call sign. On this sheet, write the first name and call sign of each person assigned to a particular post. Make this the working base for assignments. As people are rotated, cross off those no longer at a post and write in the person currently assigned to it.
  2. Get or make a copy of the sign-in sheet showing the list of amateur radio operators who are working at the event, available for assignments.
  3. Find out if someone has been promised a particular post; assign those people first. Next, find out who has a preference as to where they are assigned. Ask for physical limitations (back problems, limited walking capability). Assign posts accordingly. Find out who has to leave early and the time they have to go.

Frequencies and weekly nets

NALCO ( Berkeley )

FrequencyOffset/ToneWeekly NetNotes
147.480 N/A   Simplex (Repeater)
147.2550 + 600 kHz / 123.0   Low-level ARES/RACES (Repeater-Tactical)
224.900 - 1.6Mhz / 131.8   Low-level ARES/RACES (Secondary)
440.900 + 5MHz / 131.8 Thu 19:15 Low-level ARES/RACES (PRIMARY)
1285.55 - 12MHz / 114.8   Low-level ARES/RACES (Command)