Please review the After Action Report (AAR) from today’s net.
DATE: Saturday 23-Jan-2021
TIME: 11.00 am
DURATION: 30 MIN planned
FREQUENCY: Net begins on 145.29- PL110.9
SIMPLEX: 146.55 mHz
GOAL: For stations in the vicinity of the 145.29 mHZ BRARA repeater to operate on assigned simplex frequencies as directed by NCS.
NET REPORT for 2021-01-23
- Fourteen (14) stations checked in
- Stations from Boynton Beach to Cocoanut Creek checked in
- Simplex frequency was incorrectly posted as 145.55, corrected to 146.55
- Stations QSY’ed to 146.55 simplex at about 11.15am
- Assigned 2 ANC’s and made calls for additional stations
- Most stations had good readable of NCS
- Several stations had weak readable of NCS
- A few station had no copy of NCS
- Some stations could not change the radio frequency
- Stations returned to 145.29 for comments and feedback
- Use of beam and moving it to specific stations made big difference
- Net concluded at 11.45 am 45 min in total
- Some Station report to 146.550 simplex and 144.200 SSB for continuation
- On 146.550 did several follow up COMMS radio checks
- On 144.200 about 6 station had COMMS
Seven (7) stations not heard on first go round with beam pointed north. As stated on air People need more practice on net operations. The ever present “This is” followed by a carrier drop needs to go away. It only leads to wasted time as was VERY evident during the initial check ins. People were going by what was printed, emailed earlier. They need to listen to Net control for directions. You CLEARLY stated QSY to 146.550.
Suggest that people program the most popular simplex freqs 146.52, . 55, .58 and .64 in addition to the repeater output simplex. Having a reverse pair if their radio won’t do it thru a preprogrammed button.
I hope to be down here for the February exercise.
73 de WA2NTW
Thank you for putting together the simplex net today. Great job hosting the net. I believe we all can use more practice with this drill. This could prove invaluable in an emergency.
Just for fun, I mapped everyone on the net today on a google map. You can highlight call signs on the left, or click individual points on the map for callsigns. You can also use the ruler tool and draw a line between two stations to see distance.
Also, these locations were taken from FCC license database, which may not have been used for this test. I have no way to know if people were mobile, or at their home residence.
Just thought you might find this interesting. I enjoyed comparing my log to who I heard and who I did not.
Link to the map I created:
I went up to the parking lot at Park Ridge golf. I was a bit low on gas, so I turned off the engine and just kept on “accessory” to keep the rig powered. Just as you called me for the 146.55 roll call. the power cut off as the car has a timed accessory and a timed idling shut-off to prevent battery drain or fuel drain. I needed to restart the car and called in afterward as you noted. I was able to hear at least half of the net direct on 146.55. I also heard you later on 144.200 SSB. The comment by KE4IDW about being on 146.553 was probably because I goosed the dial when I restarted the car.