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Amateur Radio net control operator check-in programs (Borland C/C++), and Microsoft Access call sign database
This project consists of utilities to assist an amateur radio net control operator with running and checking members into an on the air radio net. With minor modifications, they could also be used for a citizens band (CB) radio net.
I used these Borland C and C++ MSDOS programs many times to conduct radio nets.
This is a screenshot of the Home/Help screen, which lists the various functions available and their associated shortcuts. I could only get a screenshot by running the program in a DOS window, but it is more normal to run it in full-screen DOS mode.
to store and organize call signs, names, home cities, and related information. It has a form that was an attempt to see if Access methods can duplicate what NET.CPP does. It can, very well, but it would require considerable optimization (or a lot of practice) to achieve equivalent ease of use. Access form navigation methods and data entry dependencies among the tables make it difficult to keep up with a real net. If you make a mistake, the time required to correct it is excessive, and often you can't continue until you DO correct it, which makes it impractical for real use in its current form.
The database has a lot of code that might be helpful if you are seeking examples of Access Basic or Visual Basic code.
Also included in the project is an Excel spreadsheet for storing checkin and traffic totals for each day of one year. It calculates some totals and other statistics.
Click here to download amateurradionet.zip (about 176 KB).
The zip contains these files:
CITY 1,CALLSIGN,NAME CITY 2,CALLSIGN,NAME CITY 2,CALLSIGN,NAME CITY 2,CALLSIGN,NAME CITY 2,CALLSIGN,NAME CITY 3,CALLSIGN,NAME CITY 3,CALLSIGN,NAME
--> CITY 1 CALLSIGN NAME CALLSIGN NAME CALLSIGN NAME CALLSIGN NAME CALLSIGN NAME --> CITY 2 CALLSIGN NAME CALLSIGN NAME --> CITY 3 CALLSIGN NAME
PREAMBLE.DOC When running a radio net, you read introductory text (the preamble) and follow an agenda. This file contains sample text for preambles and agendas you might use for two different types of nets.
To use a preamble with NET.MDB, open it in MSWord or another editor, and task-switch to it as needed. Use the cursor to mark your place as you go.
To use a preamble with NET.CPP, copy the text from this document, revise it as needed, format it so all lines are <= 80 characters long, and past it in text-only format to a file called PREAMBLE.TXT, which NET.EXE will open automatically when it launches.
Emergency Services Net Instructions for Net Control Operators
This is the PREAMBLE FOR THE __________________________ EMERGENCY SERVICES NET.
When you are net control, please keep a record of the date, who checked in, and the times you opened and closed the net.
You can take checkins by writing down the call signs on a blank piece of paper as they check in. Or make a roster with call signs and names already written in. Graph paper with 1/4" squares works well for this purpose. Then you can put check marks in the squares next to the names.
Please make this preamble generally available to all members of the emergency services net. Anyone could be called upon to be net control at any time.
Example Emergency Services Preamble and Agenda
QST, QST. This is [your call sign], net control for the [name of the net] Emergency Services Net. We meet each [day of week] at [time of day] hours on this frequency.
The purpose of the net is to determine the availability of amateur radio operators in the event of an emergency. The net may also be used for training, for exchanging information and ideas of interest to the amateur, and to better prepare the organization to serve in the event of an emergency.
The primary frequency is [primary frequency]. Alternate frequencies are _________ and __________.
Please remain on frequency for the duration of the net. Checkins will be taken in alphabetical order by call sign suffix. Please check in with your call sign, your name, and location.
Now taking checkins:
A - E, ALPHA through ECHO, come now...
F - J, FOXTROT through JULIET
K - O, KILO through OSCAR
P - T, PAPA through TANGO
U - Z, UNIFORM through ZULU
Are there any late, missed, or visiting stations, ALPHA through ZULU?
We will now go to the forum section of the net. Are there any announcements or topics for discussion?
Is there any further business for the net?
Are there any late, missed, or visiting stations wishing to check in?
Thank you for participating in the _____________________ Emergency Services Net. The net is now closed at _______ hours and the frequency is returned to normal use. This is [your call sign].
Example Traffic Net Preamble and Agenda
(Bring up any needed repeaters using the tones they require.)
QST, QST, and good evening to all amateur operators. Welcome to the __________________________ Traffic Net. This net meets each [morning/afternoon/evening/night] from [start time] to [end time] local time on the frequency of __________ with a [plus/minus] offset, and, when available, ___________ with a [plus/minus] offset. Our backup frequency is _____________ with a [plus/minus] offset.
This station is _________. My name is ________. I'm located in ___________, and I'll be your net control station for this evening.
This is a friendly net. Its main purpose is to pass traffic, give and receive information for amateur use, and provide general announcements for all amateurs. We would like you to stay with the net, but if you can't, let us know in case someone tries to contact you later.
Any station with emergency or priority traffic should break in at any time, and relays are always welcome.
At this time, are there any announcements or contacts to list?
Is there any traffic to list? If so, please state your call and the traffic destination. All traffic will be handled after the regular roll call. Any traffic, please come now...
Are there any mobile or portable stations wishing to check in at this time? When checking in, please give your call and home location. Any mobiles or portables, come now...
Take the regular roll call.
Are there any late, missed, or visiting stations wishing to check in?
Are there any announcements, contacts, or traffic not yet listed?
The checkin portion of the net is now completed. Thank you for dropping by and checking in. Anyone who wishes to leave at this time is excused, except for stations needed for contacts or traffic.
Handle all traffic.
Handle all contacts.
Open the repeater up for short contacts and conversations, with an occasional break for any late, missed, or visitors.
Last call for late, missed, or visitors, or any other business for the net.
(When it's time to close the net:) Thank you for dropping by, checking in, and participating in the _____________ ____________________ Net. The net is now closed. Have a good [morning/afternoon/evening/night].
Report the number of check-ins and traffic to the net manager or assistant, or announce the totals as you close the net.
TRAFFIC = Formal traffic + Announcements + Your closing report (1)
Contacts are not counted as traffic.
(Take down repeaters using the tones they require.)
Clear with your call sign.
Screenshot of the Access 2.0 version of the input form (with no data in it):
Screenshot of the Netcount.xls spreadsheet:
ELECTRIC.XLS is an Excel workbook containing spreadsheets for Ohm's Law calculations, serial and parallel resistance, capacitance, and inductance, and frequency and wavelength calculations useful in antenna design.
SX-110 has basic setup and operating instructions for a Hallicrafters SX-110 short wave radio receiver.
Copyright ©2012 Steven Whitney. Last modified Sun 07/29/2012 11:08:49 -0700.