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Net Log: Sacramento Valley CERT Net

About:Sacramento Valley CERT Net
Date:April 27, 2020
Net Control:WS6Z
Opening Announcements

5 Minutes Before

Attention all stations. The Sacramento Valley Multi-city CERT net will begin on the K6MVR repeater at 20:00 hours local time. Thank you in advance for the use of this frequency. This is NAME, CALLSIGN, net control for this evening and standing by for the net.


Good evening, this is the Sacramento Valley Multi-City Community Emergency Response Team net. I am NAME, CALL, net control for this evening. This net is for Sacramento Valley CERT teams and residents to discuss aspects of community supported emergency operations in the greater Sacramento area. It meets every Sunday night at 20:00 hours on the K6MVR repeater on a frequency of 147.000 MHz, and a minus offset with a CTCSS tone of 136.5 hertz.

Is there any emergency or priority traffic that needs to be handled first?

  • [pause and listen for 10 seconds for any emergency traffic that needs to be handled]

Every week we will have a discussion topic or question for net participants to respond to, about CERT related activities and skills, emergency preparedness, fictitious situations to consider or about current events within the Sacramento Valley. These discussion topics and simulations are designed to promote thought and discussion. As a reminder, CERT teams never self deploy and always take actual actions and direction from their overseeing agency. After roll call, we will ask each station to respond to the question and hold a discussion based on it. After roll call and discussions, we will open the net to any stations with other announcements or traffic.

Today’s question is:

This question was courtesy of Christopher, so thank you for submitting it.

How might you communicate with people that don't speak your language? I can imagine that language barriers will be frustrating on both sides of the conversation in an emergency, when communication is essential and frequently time sensitive. What techniques can you come up with to overcome this barrier.

Now we will begin CERT team roll calls, grouped by participating City CERT teams. We will take any late or missing members after roll call finishes. After roll call, we will call for visiting stations.

Davis City CERT

We now ask Davis City CERT members to check into the net.

Title Callsign Name Checkedin Notes
WS6Z Wes Hardaker
KG6SJT Greg Kruckewitt
  • google translate works
  • possibly sign language / spelling
W6KJX Lucile King
  • pictograms was a great idea
  • clipboard with paper / act out
  • sign language might be known
  • facial expressions
  • pointing at body parts
KK6POX Heather Spaulding
  • google translate
    • dictionary download

Elk Grove / Galt

We now ask Elk Grove / Galt City CERT members to check into the net.

Title Callsign Name Checkedin Notes
KC6SGT George Carrington
  • fire / police have phone numbers
  • call phones for immediate translations
  • this affects to you when you travel too
  • facial / body language the best you can
  • mostly good list covered so far
  • google translate
    • but it has errors! So be careful!


We now ask Folsom CERT members to check into the net.

Title Callsign Name Checkedin Notes
AE6LM Lawrence Mondragon
K5FWD David Brock
  • Carry laminated fold out brochure with pictures
    • pain points
    • location
    • medical visual language translator -- quick point

[Editor:] If you search for "Kwikpoint English/Spanish Medical Visual Language Translator" on amazon you'll find the book in question.

AA6CS Christopher
  • carrying a note pad
    • draw pictures
  • hand motions
  • printed cards help
KK6DIM Keith

Sacramento Metro Fire CERT

We now ask Sacramento Metro Fire CERT members to check into the net.

Title Callsign Name Checkedin Notes
  • look around to see if anyone else can translate for me
  • red cross says you should be sensitive with young children, who might be sensitive to topics
  • be sensitive about cultural differences as well
    • potentially find someone of the same culture
K6ABJ Aaron
  • Don't ignore them ; find a way to help
  • shelter managers hopefully have a list of people to help

West Sacramento

We now ask West Sacramento CERT members to check into the net.

Title Callsign Name Checkedin Notes
KM6NJW Christian Goodman


We now ask Woodland CERT members to check into the net.

Title Callsign Name Checkedin Notes
  • use objects as a prompt
  • yes and no are somewhat universal -- nodding / head-shaking
  • numbers can be used by fingers
    • including a string of numbers

Late Members

We will do visitor checkins in a moment, but first are there any late members of Sacramento Valley CERT teams, or CERT members that aren’t on the roster that would like to check into tonight’s net?

Handle any late checkins

This is [NAME], [CALLSIGN] net control operator.


We will now accept visitor checkins to the Sacramento Valley Multi-City CERT net.  You do not need to be affiliated with a CERT team to check into our net. All visitors are welcome.  If you're a visiting station that would like to check in, please come now with your callsign, name and location.

Title Callsign Name Checkedin Notes


Closing Traffic
  • Gary listed upcoming activities and nets
    • Yolo ARES on N6QDY at 8
    • YARS / mt. vaca on K6MVR
    • Tuesday the 5th will be the YARS meeting
  • Gary: question for next time:


We will now move into the discussion portion of this net.  We’ll run through the roster of CERT members and visitors that checked in first and ask them to respond to the question.  Afterward we’ll open the discussion to all stations for additional comments.

  • [Run through the roster of check-ins and record answers above]

Additional Discussion

Are there any CERT members or guests that wish to make any additional comments related to tonight's discussion topic?  We will do general announcements after the discussion period.

  • [Add any additional comments to the notes above]

General Announcements

Are there any net participants with announcements, CERT activities, event reports or who have other traffic for the net?

  • [Record general announcements below]


Hearing no more traffic or checkins, I will now close today’s Sacramento Valley Multi-city CERT net, at TIME.

The log notes for this net will be available on the website shortly. Thank you for participating and talk to you next week!

I would to thank the control operator and users of the K6MVR repeater for the use of this frequency. This is NAME, CALL “listening” or “signing-off”.

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