The Volusia County Prepping Net (VCP Net) is a weekly 2-meter radio net. It is held every Monday evening at 7:00 local time on simplex frequency 147.510, with 147.495 as an alternate in case the primary is unavailable.
Most 2-meter nets are held on repeaters, but they are not the best choice for preparedness since they are dependent on the repeater being available. The downside to using simplex is the lower range of the hand-held radios that many in our group have. A big part of why we hold this net is so you can determine who you can reach in your area and then plan accordingly.
The Baofeng radios that were part of the group buys by VCP do not yet have this frequency programmed in, but setting it is very simple:
- Turn the radio on. You will hear it announce either “Frequency Mode” or “Channel Mode”. If it says “Channel Mode”, then press the orange “VFO/MR” button on the front until it says “Frequency Mode”.
- Use the number buttons and press 147510. You should hear the radio announce each number as you press it. If you just hear a beep, then your radio is locked. Press and hold the # button (lock icon, bottom right button) until it announces “Unlock”. That’s all there is to it. You’re ready to go.
- This is a ham radio frequency and a federal license is required in order to transmit. If you do not yet have your ham radio license, then just listen to the net. Learning comes from listening – not from transmitting.
- If you are listening only, please use the Contact form to let us know your location and which other locations you could hear. We will publish the results on this website to get a better understanding of coverage.
- If you are not satisfied with the performance of your radio, first consider upgrading your antenna. Antenna design and height is the key to radio performance; however, the 8 watts that these hand-held radios have is not enough to power a large antenna or a longer run of coax cable.
- Reception will vary by your location. The west side of the county generally has a very heavy tree cover which absorbs the signal. Your elevation also makes a major difference.
- The two big factors are antenna height and output power. On this frequency, the Baofeng has a maximum of 8 watts, where a typical 2-meter mobile radio will put out about 65 watts. The antenna that comes standard with the Baofeng is not going to compare well to an antenna on top of a 35′ tower. The Baofeng radios are fine for most of our communications needs, but understand the power and antenna limitations. Test, and upgrade if needed.
Stations are called by area in the following order:
Including DeLand, DeLeon Springs, Glenwood, Lake Helen, Pierson
Including Enterprise, Deltona, Debary, Orange City, Osteen
Including Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, Holly Hill, South Daytona, Ormond Beach
Including Edgewater, Harbor Oaks, New Smyrna Beach, Oak Hill, Ponce Inlet, Port Orange
All areas, including stations located outside of Volusia County
VCP Net Script
(6:58 PM LOCAL)
Is the frequency in use?
We will be starting the Volusia County Prepping net in approximately 2 minutes. The primary frequency for the VCP Net is 147.510, and the alternate is 147.495. This is (your callsign, given phonetically).
(7:00 PM LOCAL)
This is (your callsign, given phonetically) for the Volusia County Prepping net which meets each Monday at 7:00 pm local time. The primary frequency for the VCP Net is 147.510, and the alternate is 147.495. My name is (your name) and I’m located in (your city) in Volusia County, Florida. Are there any stations with emergency or priority traffic?
All licensed radio amateurs are invited and encouraged to check into the net. This is a directed net. When checking-in, please give your call sign slowly and phonetically followed by your name and location. I will acknowledge after all stations from your area have checked in. Please remain on frequency until released by net control.
Are there any net announcements or bulletins?
This is (your callsign, given phonetically) VCP net control. I will now take check-ins for the VCP Net by areas.
Any stations in the Northwest area of Volusia County, including, Deland, Deleon Springs, Glenwood, Lake Helen, and Pierson?
- (FOR EACH AREA AND RELAY – After all check-ins, repeat the list of stations heard)
Any relays for the Northwest area?
Any stations in the Southwest area, including, Enterprise, Deltona, Debary, Orange City, and Osteen?
Any relays for the Southwest area?
Any stations in the Northeast area, including, Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, Holly Hill, South Daytona, and Ormond Beach?
Any relays for the Northeast area?
Any stations in the Southeast area, including, Edgewater, Harbor Oaks, New Smyrna Beach, Oak Hill, Ponce Inlet, and Port Orange?
Any relays for the Southeast area?
This is (your callsign, given phonetically), Volusia County Prepping net control. I will now take check-ins from all areas, including stations located outside of Volusia County.
Is there anyone wanting to check their signal into other areas on the net? If so, please give your callsign and location now.
- Any stations who can copy the (location) station, please respond with your callsign and your location.
For information about Volusia County Prepping, please see our website at volusiacountyprepping.com. This is (your name, your callsign, given phonetically, and location), VCP net control, closing this portion of the net. You are now encouraged to remain on frequency and discuss preparedness topics. 73