BEFORE THE NET: Stations begin gathering on 7.268 MHz LSB around
0700 Eastern time. Many have schedules with others and many just show
up to keep up with what is happening by making informal contacts. There is
no Net Control. This period also serves to reserve the frequency for the
formal Net at 0745.
0745 ET: NET BEGINS
PREAMBLE: The formal Net begins with the
preamble, which is essentially a statement of purpose and an introduction of
the Net Control and the relays on that day.
EMERGENCY AND PRIORITY TRAFFIC: Emergency
communications are those related to the immediate safety of life and/or the
immediate protection of property. Priority traffic is interpreted to mean
messages or requests for information not involving emergencies, but still
having some urgency. Non-emergency "boat watches" should be handled
during general traffic sessions.
WEATHER INFORMATION: At present we offer some or all of the
following weather information. If it is important to you, please use a tape
recorder to avoid the need for "fills". The forecasts are often complicated
and difficult to copy.
- Bahamas Met Office forecast
- Tropical Forecast/Advisory (in season)
- Southwest North Atlantic forecast
- Gulf of Mexico - Synopsis and Outlook
- Florida Coastal Forecast
More detailed information from Caribbean or Gulf forecasts may be
available on request and you are encouraged to make requests prior to the
Net to allow time to gather the necessary information.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Items of general interest to net members such
as bridge closings, ham exam announcements, lost dinghies, etc.
(Non-emergency boat watches should be given later during General Traffic).
GENERAL TRAFFIC - EARLY:
- Traffic to or from boats UNDERWAY (not moored or anchored - one of you must be moving).
- General traffic to or from any station
0815 ET - FLOAT PLANS AND POSITION REPORTS: Please see the page
on Float Plans and Position Reports to understand the differences and the
correct procedures. The Fleet Captain will first ask for any boats on active
Float Plans, and following that, take Position Reports.
GENERAL TRAFFIC - LATE: The late traffic segment is generally
used for anything not covered elsewhere during the net. It could include late
position reports, late weather requests, boat watches, repeat of
announcements and of course, any kind of legal amateur radio traffic.