To minimize the average duration between the time a message is listed with the Net, and the time the message has been sent.
|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…
- Two geographic areas (north/south, city/urban, etc.)
- Two client functions (fire support,/all other support, etc.)
- Direction of traffic flow (In/Out)
- Command Net/Working Net
2. Change the Net Control Station if….
- The NCS is involved with traffic handling or relaying tasks.
- The NCS is not in solid contact with most net stations.
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…
- Move the net frequency slightly, to reduce interference
- Move the net frequency to another Band, for better propagation.
- Increase the transmitter power output.
- Check the antenna and feedline connections.
- Increase the antenna height.
- Move the antenna outside of buildings.
- Use a directional antenna.
- Move the station antenna physical location.
- Use an antenna with higher forward gain.
- Change the favored direction of the antenna.
- Use an antenna with a different polarization.
- Relay through another station.
- Establish a cross-band repeater (VHF/UHF)
- Digipeat through another station (packet).
- Eliminate receiver “noise” sources.
- Speak slower….send slower
- Change the mode of communication.