Network Operating Procedures

Training Nets

The Pinellas ACS-ARES-SKYWARN Training and Information Net

The Pinellas County ACS-ARES® and SKYWARN Training and Information net is held weekly on Tuesday evenings at 1930 hours local. The following document contains the Net Control Station (NCS) script to be used during the net.


The Pinellas ACS Winlink Training Net

The Pinellas County ACS-ARES® Winlink Training net is held bi-weekly on Wednesday evenings at 1930 hours local. The following document contains the Net Control Station (NCS) script to be used during the net.

ACS/ARES ® Activation

Net Control Station Procedures

Level 1 Tactical-Resource Net

This level of activation will occur when ACS/ARES® officials are notified by one or more served agencies that a need for assistance is immediate. This level of activation will be used for all hurricanes, for some tropical storms, and for any major technological disaster. The following document contains the Net Control procedures, Alternate Net Control procedures, and the Net Control Station scripts to be used during a Level 1 Activation.


Level 2 Tactical Resource Net

This level of activation will occur when ACS/ARES® officials are notified by one or more served agencies that a need for assistance is imminent. For Level 2, there is a high probability that ACS/ARES® will be activated. The following document contains the Net Control procedures, Alternate Net Control procedures, and the Net Control Station scripts to be used during a Level 2 Activation.


Level 3 Tactical Resource Net

This level of activation will occur when ACS/ARES® officials have been notified by one or more served agencies that Amateur Radio Communicators may be needed soon. No specific timeframe for activation is normally associated with this notification. The following document contains the Net Control procedures, Alternate Net Control procedures, and the Net Control Station scripts to be used during a Level 3 Activation.


Shelter Net Activation

The ACS/ARES® Shelter net will be activated when the Pinellas County EOC notifies the EC/RO that evacuation shelters are currently open or scheduled to be open soon. The following document contains the Net Control procedures, Alternate Net Control procedures, and the Net Control Station scripts to be used during Shelter Net Activation.


General Net Procedures

General Membership Procedures

When notified by the ACS Radio Officer (RO) or his/her designee that ACS/ARES® Activation Level 1, 2, or 3 has been established, the general membership will perform the actions listed in the following document.


NCS Shift Change Procedure

During extended periods of activation, an operating schedule may need to be established for both net control and alternate net control stations. The following document contains the shift change procedure used by the incoming and outgoing net control and alternate net control stations.

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