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Net Log: Sacramento Valley CERT Net

About:Sacramento Valley CERT Net
Date:Aug. 31, 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 pacific 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 pacific time on the K6MVR repeater on a frequency of 147.000 MHz, with a minus offset and a CTCSS tone of 136.5 hertz.

Is there any emergency or priority traffic that needs to be handled before we begin the net?

  • [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 topics and simulations are designed to promote thought and discussion. As a reminder, CERT teams never self deploy and should always take actual actions and direction from their overseeing agency. After roll call, we will ask each station that checked in 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:

How does your city make use of both city provided radios simultaneously with ham radios when deployed on CERT callouts. Include any discussion about what you think works and what doesn't with respect to dual-radio communication if two types are in use.

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

- bike race and volume and ear piece

KG6SJT Greg Kruckewitt
  • active callouts with radios in use
  • with county and ham outside cert, ham radios provided assistance to the operators. County radios were used for medical and urgent needs. Walking with two radios is difficult.
  • two radios with net control is challenging; coordination and breaking large nets in pieces is helpful
W6KJX Lucile King
  • not much experience
  • test examples in training mostly
  • freezing up is a real problem with new people on the radios
KK6POX Heather Spaulding

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
  • training with radio communications is lacking and needs refreshing


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

Title Callsign Name Checkedin Notes
AE6LM Lawrence Mondragon
K5FWD David Brock
AA6CS Christopher
  • Not many occasions to use both
  • VHF during events
  • HAM for closer stuff
  • Getting 800MHz radios
KK6DIM Keith
AI6CS Charlie

Sacramento Metro Fire CERT

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

Title Callsign Name Checkedin Notes
  • CERT team has two types of radios: 800MHz and older VHF HTs
  • ham radio falls to a backup, along with cell phones
  • cert members in command post at the same time
  • two radios going off at once adds chaos
  • extra communication is nice to have both for tracking of incidents
  • inexpensive baufang hts are cheap and go everywhere
    • do have them loaded with CERT frequencies
K6ABJ Aaron

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
  • net controls have issues on the 800MHzs
  • abbreviation and photonitcs are unusual
  • when dispatch runs net controls they're very good

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
WW6DEF Darryl








We will now move into the discussion portion of this net.  We will first run through the roster of CERT members that have checked in and ask each station to respond to today's topic.  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 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]

Closing Traffic
  • Gary reviewed upcoming nets: yolo ares, yars, yars meeting tuesday night on the k6mvr repeater surviving the fire
  • Greg talked about winlink presentation on thursday on zoom about advanced features of winlink. A link will be posted to .
  • Greg mentioned radio link international will be doing a big exercise across the whole united states as well
  • Brad mentioned placer county ares won't meet this sunday
  • Christopher: Folsom cert spent 6 days at the fire last week and helped set up fire camp. Was fantastic to watch ICS work with multiple agencies operate well together


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, including discussion comment summaries, will be available on the website after the net. If you wish to be on the announcement mailing list where weekly net reminders and net summary logs are sent, please contact net control after the net. Thank you for participating tonight 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”.

End time: 20:32