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Net Control Membership Information

Thank you for your interest in the Maritime Mobile Service Net.

The Maritime Mobile Service Net was founded in 1968 by Chaplain A.W. Robertson, KB5YX, USN Retired. Its original purpose was to "Serve Those Who Serve" in the United States military during the Vietnam crisis.  Since that time, the network has grown considerably in hours of operation and services provided. The network consists of a dedicated group of Radio Amateurs who unselfishly volunteer their time, equipment, and efforts, to serve and assist those in need of communications from foreign countries and the high seas.

Over the past few years, the Maritime Mobile Service Net has gained a high reputation with the US Coast Guard as well as Coast Guards and Rescue Coordination Centers throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America.

The purpose of the Net is to:
Please Note: The following information is for those who are interested in becoming a Net Control Station of the Maritime Mobile Service Network. If your primary interest is acting as a relay station or to help with phone patch traffic, it is not required that you be a net member.  We welcome all radio amateurs to participate as relay stations and to help with phone patch traffic.

Our Net Control Membership is open to only those radio amateurs who fully understand the duties and responsibilities of a net control station, have experience at emergency communications, are prepared to make a serious commitment to the net and fulfil the below listed requirements.

We do not process applications from "walk - ins", those being stations who have never participated with the net and have no idea of what we do.  These applicants are asked to start participating with the net more often and get to be known.  If this is your situation, you know what to do.

Applicants for Net Control Membership are required to complete an application which will then be reviewed to ensure that they meet the basic criteria of licensing, experience and that they have the necessary equipment for operation on the Net, see below.  Applicants who meet the qualifications may be accepted as probationary net members until they have demonstrated the ability to act as net control stations, including the ability to obtain the latest weather information when needed and handling Net traffic.

If the Maritime Mobile Service Net sounds like something you would be interested in doing, and you are ready and willing to make a serious commitment to the net, please read the requirements for membership below and follow the link to make an application.

Again, thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely;

Rene Stiegler, K4EDX
Net Manager
The Maritime Mobile Service Net


REQUIREMENTS FOR NET CONTROL MEMBERSHIP INTO
THE MARITIME MOBILE SERVICE NET


(Canadian and Other Non-US Amateurs Are Welcome to Apply)

1) EMAIL ACCOUNT AND WEB ACCESS
This is an absolute “must have” requirement.  No exceptions will be made.
Net Control Stations receive general net business, weather information and other priority traffic via email and, at times, will be required to go to a certain web page for further information.  Having email and web access allows net management to communicate with any and all controllers and visa versa.

2) GENERAL KNOWLEDGE OF THIRD PARTY AGREEMENTS
Since the mission of the Net involves the handling of third party communications, members must have a working knowledge of third party agreements with other countries.

3) APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE
Net members must hold an appropriate amateur radio license to operate legally on 14.300.00 MHz in the 20 meter band.

4) KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR LICENSING AUTHORITIES RULES AND REGULATIONS
Applicants must be knowledgeable in the rules and regulations of their countries licensing authority, especially those pertaining to emergency communications.

5) KNOWLEDGE OF GEOGRAPHY
This includes the Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Eastern Pacific.

6) EXPERIENCE IN HANDLING RADIO TRAFFIC
Since the mission of our Net involves traffic handling, members should have or acquire experience in handling radio traffic.

7)  AGREE TO ABIDE BY THE MMSN STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (SOP)

8) ABILITY TO PLOT COORDINATES, TO ACCURATELY MEASURE DISTANCES IN NAUTICAL MILES, STATUTE MILES, AND KILOMETERS,
     AND WITH CONVERSION TABLES  BE ABLE TO CONVERT DISTANCES FROM ONE LOCATION TO ANOTHER


9) ABILITY TO ACCURATELY TRANSMIT INFORMATION

10) THE DESIRE TO COMMUNICATE IN AN ACCURATE, PROFESSIONAL MANNER AND TO COMMIT TO PARTICIPATION IN NET OPERATIONS

11) CAPABLE OF TRANSMITTING A READABLE SIGNAL TO THE ATLANTIC, EASTERN PACIFIC, CARIBBEAN AND GULF OF MEXICO.
We do not expect a net control station to have a commercial - grade radio station, with stacked yagis and the legal power limit... although it's certainly nice to have.  We do require, however,  that net control stations transmit a signal that can be heard in most of the areas that we work, depending on propagation.  Directional antennas are desirable but switched arrays are certainly fine.  Some controllers have wire antennas that can be switched in several directions and have gain.  A dipole at 30 feet just doesn't usually cut it.

12) SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE MMSN NET CONTROL TRAINING COURSE
During this probationary period, generally 90 days, all candidates will work under the supervision of an assigned Field Training Net Control Station.  This allows the candidate to learn the MMSN operating procedures, tune their operating skills, and helps remove any undesirable operating practices.  Not every candidate is qualified to be a net control operator and this program will allow both the candidate and trainer to evaluate if they have the skills required to be an asset to the net.

These requirements are strict and all applications are reviewed by a four member committee.  However, the standards are high due to the serious, sometimes life and death work that we do.  We have learned over the years that not all operators can be a net controller.

The number one reason for an application being rejected is that the applicant is not known to the net.  BE ADVISED THAT WE WILL NOT TAKE JUST ANYONE WHO APPLIES.  All applications will be thoroughly reviewed and you will be contacted within 48 hours.

Once you have read these requirements and feel you want to make the commitment for membership, please click on the button below and complete an application.
"Go To The Application Form"