Using the hand-held radio:

  • Verify that you are on Channel 1.  Ensure volume is high.
  • Ensure the channel is clear (no one else transmitting) before you push the talk (transmit) button.
  • Hold the radio 2 inches from your mouth
  • Push and hold the talk button, wait 2 seconds (radio's red light will turn On) to avoid truncating your message
  • Start by announcing your radio name and neighborhood

Basic Radio Net Etiquette:

  • The international language for radio communication is English, with no codes or private messages
  • AVPSN guidelines follow FCC rules and require respectful, courteous communication with our neighbors and prohibits the use of offensive or derogatory comments. All members must comply with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Title 18 of U.S. Code Section 1464, prohibiting Obscene, Indecent, or Profane Language or Behavior, and is subject to FCC enforcement
  • Refrain from transmitting sensitive, confidential or financial information via the radio
  • Always assume your conversation is being heard by others
  • Don't interrupt if others are talking unless in an emergency or to initiate scheduled AVPSN check-in
  • AVPSN members are encouraged to use the radio net for communication with members and neighbors

Radio Net Check-in, Daily at 7:45 pm on Channel 1

  • You are encouraged to check-in daily to practice using your radio, verifying it is working properly, ask questions, make comments, and share incidents, events, and announcement concerning our neighborhood.
  • Check-in by stating your First Name and Neighborhood.  Then state "with a report, comment, announcement, or questions" if you have one and then wait until the end of the all the check-ins and Net Control gives you a go-ahead.
  • Report crime and neighborhood safety information in Almaden Valley

If you are initiating a call Outside of the 7:45 pm Check-in time:

  • Say the recipients radio name 2 time, followed by "this is _______ "  (your first name and neighborhood)
  • For all emergencies, call 911 or Local SJPD (408) 277-8911 first, unless out of cell range.  Then announce your emergency: "Break, Break, Break" state your First Name and Neighborhood, then "I have an Emergency!"  Someone will respond back.  Explain the nature of the emergency, location such a trail marker or signs and advise help needed.
  • Say "Over" when you have completed your message.

Maintaining your BaoFeng BF-888S UHF FM Radio:

  • Keep the radio charged, with power On
  • We recommend purchasing a spare battery for long term emergencies, and keeping it charged.  Li-ion Battery Model BL-1, DC 3.7V, 1500mAh is available on Amazon.  For a little more money you can buy a 2800mAh battery here.
  • Report any interference or reception issues immediately to AVPSN
  • If you are experiencing issues with static or communications breaking up, please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 Basic Radio Lingo:

Be on the Lookout (BOL) to announce vehicle and/or supect's description, direction of travel, etc.
Break/Break/Break Interrupting communication due to emergencyt
Come in? Ask other party to acknowledge they hear you
Comment? If you have a report or wish to share event, etc.
Copy that I understand you  (Do not use 10-4)
Go ahead Ready to receive transmission i.e. net control has recognized you
Nothing to report During radio check-in if no information to share
Out Stating you call sign and out indicates channel is clear
Over Message complete
Question Wait for Net Control to give go ahead
Radio Check Can you hear me?  Give your radio ID
Read back Net control lists Radio ID's heard. If your ID is not listed. Repeat check-in.
Read aloud & clear Response to "radio check"
Say again Re-transmit your message
Standby Acknowledge transmission but wait for reply