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Principles of a Net Control Station

Goal:
To minimize the average duration between the time a message is listed with the Net, and the time the message has been sent.
Objectives Procedure
NCS keep track of stations on the Net · Establish and use a logging system
· Station; Time In/Out; traffic destination/count; station/operator capability (location, modes, frequencies)
Handle highest precedence traffic first · Handle in the order of:  Emergency, Priority, Welfare, Routine
Minimize the “idle” time of Stations with Traffic · Use other frequency channels for handling traffic.
Minimize the Net Time of each Station · Dispatch stations with fewest number of messages first, given equal precedence
Increase the Throughput of the Net · Minimize unnecessary “chatter” on the Net
· Create dedicated  “Send” and “Receive” stations 
· Create dedicated Point-to-Point Stations 
· Use faster modes (CW, Pactor, Packet, PSK-31)
· Recruit additional stations to the Net
· Divide the Net into two Nets
Use all available resources · Ask for help/advice from Net Stations, if needed
· Ask for help from non-Net Stations, if needed
· Periodically ask for new check-ins to the Net
· Schedule Net Stations and Net Control Station in multi-hour shifts, to minimize operator fatigue

When a Traffic Net Gets Bogged Down . . . .

1. Divide the Net into two separate nets; such as…

2. Change the Net Control Station if…. 3. Establish a second station at a location which is handling a lot of two-way traffic;  one station for "in" traffic, the other station for "out" traffic.

4.  Replace hand copy (pen/pencil) with a typewriter or word processor.

5.  Increase the communication ability between net stations…

published by Don Felgenhauer K7BFL
December 23, 2000