PinCo Weekly Training Net


The Pinellas ACS training net will be used to familiarize ARES®/ACS participants with net procedures, message formats, phonetics, use of prowords, and other basic skills. The training segment of the net will be narrowly focused on a small set of skills and will be designed to require less than an 30 minutes to complete. This segment of the net will also be used to provide members with detailed information about upcoming drills and exercises.

The NCS will announce the net using the NCS script located on the ACS website. The net is divided into the seven segments listed below.

  • Call for Priority Traffic
  • Call for General Check-ins
  • Bulletins
  • Staff Reports
  • Traffic and Announcements
  • Training
  • Final Announcements and net shutdown


The Pinellas ACS Training Net will take place once per week at 1930 hours on Tuesday evenings.


The Pinellas ACS training net is a directed net that will make use of the W4ACS VHF/UHF repeater system. This is a linked repeater system. Operational frequencies and tones for the net are listed below.


2021 Weekly Training Material.

2022 Weekly Training Material.

2023 Weekly Training Material

The training material associated with each 2024 weekly training net will be posted below following the completion of the net.



Training Info

27 February 2024

Record Keeping: Description of ICS 214, Activity Log and ICS 309 Communications Log.

20 February 2024

SKYWARN®: An overview of the SKYWARN® program and its operation in Pinellas County.

13 February 2024

Tactical Call Signs: An Introduction to the use of Tactical Call signs.

06 February 2024

Net Check-in Procedures: An overview of the recommended procedures to be used when checking into a Pinellas ACS net.

30 January 2024

Personal Training Activities: An overview of recommended FEMA Individual Study (IS) and ARRL classes.

23 January 2024

Message Content, Security, and Precedence: An overview of message precedence and information that should not be passed via Amateur radio

16 January 2024

Management of Communication Resources – Part II: Introduction to the ICS 205 Incident Radio Communications Plan.

09 January 2024

No training during the week of 09 January 2024.

02 January 2024

Management of Communication Resources – Part I: Introduction to the ICS 217A Communications Availability Worksheet.

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