Modified Meeting Schedule

Due to some scheduling conflicts, we’ve had to move the meeting night a couple times this year. Here are the anticipated meeting dates at the Samaritan Community Health Education Center for 2019:

January 15 – THIRD Tuesday
February 19 – THIRD Tuesday
March 12 – SECOND Tuesday
April 16 – THIRD Tuesday
May 14 – SECOND Tuesday
June 11 – SECOND Tuesday
July 9 – SECOND Tuesday
August – TBD
September 10 – SECOND Tuesday
October 8 – SECOND Tuesday
November 12 – SECOND Tuesday
December 17 – THIRD Tuesday

We’re scheduled to be at the front of the line for next year so hopefully we can land all the Second Tuesdays for our meetings.

Net Control


I want to take a moment to encourage all folks to avail themselves of
the training opportunity being a volunteer net control operator
provides. It gets easier the more you do it, and a full script is
provided for your use.

If you have not tried it, please do.  If you would feel more comfortable
with another, more experienced operator at your elbow while you are on
the radio, that can be arranged.

This is a very good opportunity for expanding your training and comfort
on the radio.  In order to assure this kind of valuable training is more
widely distributed among the ACS members, the ACS Staff may start
assigning net responsibilities in the near future, so getting some
practice in advance may make you more comfortable after an assignment.

Listen to how it is done at the regular net times (Tuesdays, 7 and 7:10
p.m), then sign up to do one or both of the nets for practice.

You can find net control instructions, the preamble and the rosters at   If you are having trouble accessing those
documents, I can send you any of them by e-mail, just let me know.

Contact me and I will get you on the schedule.

Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions.



Net Controls Needed

Here’s an update on the net control dates filled and not filled. As you
can see, many opportunities exist for those who have not yet taken
advantage of this experience. Our hope is to get everyone to do this
more than once, even regularly, not only to share the work, but to gain
experience and confidence on the air in a fairly low pressure
situation. Experienced operators are necessary to handle these nets
too, as they provide good examples of how others might handle the net.
And you never know when you might be in the position of having to be a
net control because no one else is around, licensed and trained.

May 15 – South N7ONP Micheal
North K7RVW Barb

May 22 South W7BL John
North N7KNK Doug

May 29

June 5

June 12

June 19

June 26

July 3 North KF7JNH Madelyn

Net Control Instructions

If you are scheduled to handle one of the ACS net control sessions please read over these documentation instructions.

1.  If you have forgotten which day you are acting net control, you may always check the calendar at the ACS website.  If you need someone to handle your scheduled night for any reason, just let me know.

2. We would like to start keeping electronic records of net participation.  To that end, you may download an Excel file at at the “Documents” tab. The file is named “Net Roster Excel Format.”

If you don’t have Microsoft’s Excel software, you can save the file, and open it using the OpenOffice software (available for free at

3.  You may enter check-ins directly onto the spreadsheet or transfer your handwritten notes to the spreadsheet if you prefer.   Once completed, if you would then please convert the file to an Adobe PDF saving it using the naming convention of YYMMDD North Net (or South Net).  For example the south net on March 27, 2012 would be named 120327 North Net.pdf or 120327 South Net.pdf.   If you cannot convert the file, you can send the spreadsheet file to Doug Holbrook and he will happily convert it for the records.

In any event, once you have created the file, please send it to Doug, who will be archiving for the Lincoln County EOC records.

If you have any difficulties, questions, or need assistance with any of this, please let Doug know, and thank you in advance for your help and continued volunteer efforts.

Doug Holbrook
541-270-3287 cell