MICON Operational Procedures
- Trained MICON operator.
- The MICON should have access to the internet and a working computer if possible.
- The MICON needs to have a base radio capable of reaching the 442.350 and the 147.260. The MICON must be able to monitor both frequencies.
There shall be ONLY one MICON operator for any Genesee County SKYWARN net and that operator will have the tactical call sign MICON.
The MICON operator will be known as the Genesee County key station when checking into the DTX net on the 442.350 repeater.
It is the responsibility of the MICON operator to monitor the local radar and weather reports. It is also the responsibility of the MICON to work with the NCS to determine which condition the Genesee County net should be working under.
- Make contact with the Genesee County SKYWARN NCS on the 147.260 and see if a MICON operator is needed.
- Hail K8DTX on the 442.350.
- Give the NCS at DTX your call sign and name. Inform them you will be the Genesee County contact (key station) for the MICON net. Give them the condition of the Genesee County net. (Stand by, Green, Yellow, or Red.) On the DTX net your tactical call sign will be GENSEE COUNTY. Obtain any updates or briefings pertaining to Genesee County from K8DTX.
- Contact the Genesee County SKYWARN NCS that you have checked into the MICON net.
- Continue to monitor both nets. The DTX NCS will conduct status checks (roll calls) similar to the Genesee County NCS. They will also contact any counties as directed by the National Weather Service to issue severe weather statements.
- If you receive a severe weather statement from K8DTX. Confirm that you understood the statement given on the DTX net. Inform K8DTX if the Genesee County net will be changing to a different condition.
- Contact the Genesee County NCS and give a brief synopsis of the severe weather statement. Instruct the NCS if needed to lower or raise the condition level.
- It will be the responsibility of the MICON to relay any urgent weather condition information to the DTX net. Some examples would be: Funnel clouds, tornados, severe winds, severe damage, severe flooding, or severe hail. The MICON must use discretion when reporting this information to the DTX net depending on the current level of the DTX net. (They function similar to our conditions).
- Steps 5 – 8 will continue throughout the net.
It will also be the responsibility of the MICON to obtain damage reports from the Genesee County NCS after the storm has passed. The MICON should use discretion and transmit this information via ESpotter unless it is a significant event.
Once GeneseeCounty has shut down their net or the DTX NCS has released our county check out of the DTX net and relay any information necessary.
How to Assume and Turn Over MICON
- At the time you are to assume MICON make contact with the current MICON and inform them you are ready to take over the MICON.
- Be sure that you have received the information you need in order to assume net control. This would include:
1. Current weather advisories, watches and warnings (for SKYWARN).
2. Current operational level of the net.
- Once the necessary information is obtained assume MICON.
- Hail K8DTX on the 442.350.
- Give the NCS at DTX your call sign and name. Inform them you will be the new Genesee County contact (key station) for the MICON net. Give them the condition of the Genesee County net. (Stand by, Green, Yellow, or Red.) On the DTX your tactical call sign will be GENSEE COUNTY. Obtain any updates or briefings pertaining to Genesee County from K8DTX.