NCO Instructions for Emergency Operations
An emergency or disaster can occur at any time! Please keep these
guidelines handy and follow them whenever the SATERN net goes into
emergency mode. Please study them now–you never know when you
might have to assume the duties of Net Control Station.
An emergency net is called to handle emergency logistical, medical
and welfare operations for a specific affected area.
The affected area and stations from the affected area should have
priority. All participating operators should point their beams to
that area and the NCO should take full advantage of relay stations.
Net Control should immediately acknowledge any station in the
All stations should avoid casual conversation during an emergency
net when the net is in Delta Status III or above.. It is not
necessary to detail anything except the actual emergency business
as clearly and concisely as possible. Use shortened expressions
rather than dissertation. Please space transmissions so that
stations with emergency traffic can check–in. Try to avoid
long QSO–like conversations on the net frequency. If
protracted conversations are necessary, have the two stations move off the net frequency to an agreed spot to continue.
All relay stations should repeat all information so the rest of the
net and the affected area stations will be informed of all traffic.
Please don’t just “roger” the message. Repeat so
that all stations on the net and in the affected area can hear.
All Net Control Stations as they come on should ask for relays who
can hear the affected area. Don’t hesitate to use them.
Effective use of relays can overcome station, location and
All outgoing Net Control stations should orient the incoming Net
Control completely at the change of the NCO.
Malicious interference should never be acknowledged in any way. If
you cannot hear because of such interference, simply ask for a
repeat or a relay. Do not ever indicate that you can’t hear
because of it or engage in arguments with these individuals. Record
the incident in your net log and later forward the incident of
abuse to your regional ARRL Official Observer.
Please make a brief listing at the end of your shift of pertinent
information and email it to AD5XJ, AG6SV or WB8BZH. It will help
with the next day’s operations as well as enable us to keep
track of our efforts.
The SATERN International SSB Net will continue to meet at the times
established by leadership on 14.265 Mhz USB in the 20–meter
amateur radio band. The SATERN International Digital Net will
continue to meet at the times established by leadership on 14.066
(ctr) using OLIVIA or an appropriate mode for conditions. These
nets will continue as long as the situation demands. (Of course
this always depends on propagation!).
Please do not actively recruit while in the emergency mode. If
someone volunteers to join SATERN, just take the callsign and go on
with the net. Send it to the appropriate coordinator at a later
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