Duties of the NCS

Whether you are a new or experienced NCS, you must follow four basic rules:
1. Keep a log sheet (see below)

2. Follow the script exactly as it is written, more or less

3. When passing traffic, pass "through" traffic first, then local traffic

4. Formulate and send a net report (see below)

How to keep a Log Sheet

Most net controls use a piece of notebook paper, others use a computer, to keep the log sheet. The basic premise is simple: keep track of stations as they check in. You will need this list of stations when compiling your net report later. First, put your callsign on the first line of the sheet. Then come the liaison stations from West Virginia section nets. List stations coming from West Virginia nets one callsign to a line; use the letters "gt" for "going to" and "cf" for "coming from" and use the following abbreviations for the nets that they are liaison to: WVMDN (West Virginia Midday Net), WVFN (West Virginia Phone Net), MSEN (Mountain State Emergency Net), WVLN (West Virginia Late Net), and WVEN (West Virginia Early Net). Then after the callsign, list their traffic (if any). Next, stations that wish to list traffic or announcements; list these by callsign and traffic held. Lastly, list any other station that wishes to check in to the net. Then when you're finally ready to pass traffic, pass through traffic to stations that are going to higher nets first and the ask for takers for local traffic second. As each piece of traffic is passed, put a line through it.

As you continue to NCS and as you get more comfortable with keeping a log sheet, you will start to make your own ways to keep stations straight.

How to formulate a Net Report

On the EPTN, we send net reports as formal message traffic. The preamble is the same as is for a regular message. The addressee would be KB8NDS, the net manager. In the first line of the text, put EPTN (the name of the net) and then the date of the net. On the next line, put QTC (traffic listed)/(traffic handled). Next, write QND (total net time)/(total traffic time). Usually, I don't keep track of traffic time and estimate 1.5 minutes per message. Finally, put QNI (number of check ins). If the numbers after the "/" are zero in the above examples, you may omit them. Finally, put an "X," a "73," and put your signature. Here is an example:

23 routine g kb3jnr 11 charles town, wv may 8 kb8nds//
eptn may 7
qtc 2/2
qnd 45/3
qni 16

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In this example, there were two pieces of traffic brought to the net and both of them were passed. The net lasted 45 minutes and it took 3 minutes to pass the traffic. There also were 16 total checkins to the net.