The CMSARA ARES Team conducts a weekly ARES Net on Thursday evenings, beginning at 8:00pm Central Time and ending approximately at 9:00pm. Some Club news is exchanged but compilations of stations operating on emergency power with their locations is gathered. All licensed hams within reach of the repeater K5RKN in Brandon MS are welcomed. The frequency is 147.345 +offset 100Hz tone using analogue FM. It appears as an event in the Club Calendar on the home page of this website. A .pdf of the below preamble is available here.
You do not have to be a member of ARES to check-in to this net!
The script used by the Net Control Station is as follows:
RANKIN COUNTY ARES NET PREAMBLE
7:59 pm: All stations on this frequency please stand by for the Rankin County ARES net. This is (call sign).
8:00 pm: All Stations welcome to this week’s session of the Rankin County ARES net. This is (call sign), net control and my name is (your name). This net meets each Thursday at 20:00 hours local time courtesy of the K5RKN repeater on 147.345 with a 100hz tone. This net is sponsored by the Rankin County ARES Team and the Central MS Amateur Radio Association. The purpose of this net is to encourage interest in and provide information about Amateur Radio in Rankin County and the surrounding area. It also serves as a training tool and practice session for ARES members. You do not have to be a member of ARES to join this net. ARES is part of the ARRL field organization and offers emergency communication services to public service and governmental agencies during potential and actual disasters.
This is a directed net, please address all transmissions to Net Control. Priority and Emergency traffic will be handled immediately.
Do any stations have emergency or priority
traffic? **Handle Emergency Traffic first, then Priority Traffic. If immediate assistance is needed, write down the
Who, What, When and Where of the emergency and contact the appropriate authorities.**
NTS format messages may be initiated or passed on this net. Do we have any stations wishing to list formal traffic?
Acknowledge stations with traffic.
We will now proceed with check-ins. Please speak slowly and leave a few seconds between check-ins. Should you hear a
station that net control does not hear, please announce RELAY and your call sign and wait to be acknowledged.
The net will now take check-ins from ARRL Appointees, ARES officials, Served Agencies and other Emergency Officials.
Please give your call sign, name, appointment, location and whether you are using emergency or commercial power. Acknowledge Check-ins.
The net will now take check-ins from ARES members. Please give your call sign, name, location and whether you are
using emergency or commercial power. Acknowledge Check-ins.
The net will now take all other check-ins. Again, please give your call sign, name, location and whether you are using
emergency or commercial power. Acknowledge Check-ins.
Net Control invites reports and comments from ARRL appointees, ARES officials, Served Agencies and other Emergency
Officials. Call each one. After each comment ask: Does anyone have a question or comment for ____________?
Are there any appointees or officials that I have missed? Please call now.
Net Control invites reports and comments from the Central MS Amateur Radio Association President. (KF5EZX –
Richard), do you have comments for the net this evening? After comments: Does anyone have a question or comments for _______?
The Net will now take final check-ins. Please give your call sign, name, location and whether you are using emergency or
commercial power. Late check-ins please call now. Acknowledge check-ins
Handle NTS Format messages
Before closing I would like to encourage participation in the nets of our sister ARES teams. Information regarding the
Scott County, Madison County, and Hinds County ARES nets can be found on our website. The Central MS Amateur
Radio Association sponsors club meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at the Rankin County EOC building at
7:00pm. Meetings include a presentation on an Amateur Radio topic followed by VE testing. For additional information
please check out our website at www.cmsara.org.
This closes this session of the Rankin County ARES Net. We wish to
thank all those who participated in the net tonight. We would also like to thank the Central MS Amateur Radio
Association, for the use of the repeater.
The Net is now secure and the repeater is returned to normal use at (current
time) local time. This is (Call sign) and I am clear.