MARIPN NET PREAMBLE
Listen on 3978 and if there is activity move up or down to the nearest clear frequency.
“Is this frequency in use? This is [your call].”
If a response, move up or down to a clear spot and ask again.
If no response:
“Calling the Massachusetts Rhode Island Phone Net, calling the Massachusetts Rhode Island Phone Net. This is [your call], Net Control for this session of the Massachusetts Rhode Island Phone Net. My name is [your NAME] and I am located in [CITY/TOWN, STATE]. THIS IS A DIRECTED NET WHICH meets MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY for the purpose of passing formal written traffic THROUGHOUT MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND AND to and from wherever third party traffic is allowed. This net is A SECTION LEVEL NET OF the National Traffic System of the American Radio Relay League, serving the sections of Eastern and Western Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
To check into the net please give your callsign AND STAND BY. WHEN NET CONTROL ACKNOWLEDGES YOU PLEASE GIVE YOUR NAME AND LOCATION and state whether or not you have traffic.
All stations are WELCOME to join the net and are encouraged to check in whether you have traffic or not. The FIRST CALLUP is for stations with formal written traffic and traffic only. These stations please call now.”
Listen for check-ins. Recognize each, in turn (NAME, LOCATION, LIST TRAFFIC)
If there is traffic listed:
“CALLING the Massachusetts Rhode Island Phone Net, calling Massachusetts Rhode Island Phone Net from [YOUR CALL]. The net now holds traffic for repeat the destinations of the listed traffic. Any stations that can help with this traffic or stations with or without traffic please call now.”
If there is no traffic listed:
“CALLING the Massachusetts Rhode Island Phone Net, calling Massachusetts Rhode Island Phone Net from [YOUR CALL]. stations with or without traffic, CALLSIGNS PLEASE.”
Acknowledge each station, as above, (NAME, LOCATION, TRAFFIC(LIST)/NO TRAFFIC.
Make any needed arrangements to pass traffic. Do one or more callups listing any unclaimed traffic.
Excuse stations as appropriate or requested by individual stations. If the net has not been too long you may ask for comments from each station as they go.
Before closing the net:
“Last call for the Massachusetts Rhode Island Phone Net from [your call]. Stations wishing to join the net, or any further business for the net callsigns please.”
Acknowledge any last-minute check-ins, get their name and location, thank them for checking in and excuse them.
“THIS CONCLUDES THIS SESSION OF THE MASSACHUSETTS RHODE ISLAND PHONE NET. THANKS TO ALL WHO CHECKED IN, BROUGHT TRAFFIC, TOOK TRAFFIC OR WERE READY TO TAKE TRAFFIC IF ANY HAD COME THEIR WAY. THIS NET WILL RECONVENE TOMORROW [or ON MONDAY] AT 1700 HOURS EASTERN TIME ON 3978 KHZ, PLUS OR MINUS TO AVOID INTERFERENCE. FOR INFORMATION ABOUT TRAFFIC HANDLING, THE NATIONAL TRAFFIC SYSTEM OR A SCHEDULE OF TRAFFIC NETS FOR MASSACHUSETTS GO TO THE WEBSITE EMA.ARRL.ORG. RETURNING THE FREQUENCY TO GENERAL AMATEUR USE, GOOD EVENING FROM [YOUR CALL]”
NOTES and OBSERVATIONS:
Give your callsign phonetically at least once early in the net. Don’t overdo it.
Keep in mind that you must ID at least once every 10 minutes.
At least once during the net do another callup.
During Standard Time avoid moving the net down in frequency to avoid interference with the Connecticut Phone Net. If you must go down, go down at least to 3970. This does not apply during Daylight Savings Time.