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Radio Nets

An amateur radio net, or simply ham net, is an “on-the-air” gathering of amateur radio operators. Most nets convene on a regular schedule and specific frequency, and are organized for a particular purpose, such as relaying messages, discussing a common topic of interest, in severe weather (for example, during a Skywarn activation), emergencies, or simply as a regular gathering of friends for conversation.

KPARC Nets

Name
Schedule
Mode
Frequency
Tone
TG
HF Net09.00 ThusdaySSB14.2820 (splx)
Disaster Radio Service0900 WednesdayAnalog462.5500 (splx)TX 123.0 / RX 123.0
SCC MSG Handling Net1930 WednesdayAnalog145.4500 (-.600MHz.)TX 162.2 / RX 162.2
D-Star Net2000 WednesdayD-Rats442.2250 (+5Mhz.)TX 162.2REF37A

SCCARC Nets

Name
Schedule
Mode
Frequency
Tone
TG
HF Net09.00 MondaySSB14.2820 (splx)
Information Net1930 TuesdayAnalog147.2250 (+ .600Mhz.)TX 146.2 / RX 146.2

All Nets

Name
Schedule
Mode
Frequency
Tone
TG
Old Goats Net07.30 DailySSB3.9100 (splx)
North FL Traffic NTS0700 DailySSB3.9400 (splx)
West Central FL ARES0730 SatuardaySSB3.9400 (splx)
Woodpecker Net08.00 DailySSB7.2420 (splx)
Florida Disaster Recovery Net (HF)0800 SundayAnalog3.9410 (splx)
Florida Disaster Recovery Net (2m)0830 SatuardayAnalog145.4500 (-.600MHz.)TX 162.2 / RX 162.2
HF Net09.00 MondaySSB14.2820 (splx)
HF Net09.00 ThusdaySSB14.2820 (splx)
North FL ARES0900 DailySSB3.9500 (splx)
Disaster Radio Service0900 WednesdayAnalog462.5500 (splx)TX 123.0 / RX 123.0
Humpday Net1900 WednesdayAnalog146.9400 (-.600MHz.)TX 146.2
North FL Phone1930 DailySSB3.9500 (splx)
Weekly net1930 ThusdayAnalog444.2250 (+5Mhz.)TX 146.2 / RX 146.2
Information Net1930 TuesdayAnalog147.2250 (+ .600Mhz.)TX 146.2 / RX 146.2
SCC MSG Handling Net1930 WednesdayAnalog145.4500 (-.600MHz.)TX 162.2 / RX 162.2
D-Star Net2000 WednesdayD-Rats442.2250 (+5Mhz.)TX 162.2REF37A
Florida Disaster Recovery Net (2m)2000 WednesdayAnalog145.4500 (-600MHz.)TX 162.2 / RX 162.2

Net operation

Nets operate more or less formally depending on their purpose and organization. Groups of nets may organize and operate in collaboration for a common purpose, such as to pass along emergency messages in time of disaster. One such system of nets is the National Traffic System (NTS), organized and operated by members of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) to handle routine and emergency messages on a nationwide and local basis.[3]

Formal operation

A formal, or directed net has a single net control station (NCS) that manages its operation for a given session. The NCS operator calls the net to order at its designated start time, periodically calls for participants to join, listens for them to answer (or check in ) keeps track of the roster of stations for that particular net session, and generally orchestrates the operation of the net. A different station might be designated NCS for each net session. Overall operation and scheduling of NCS assignments and net sessions is managed by the net manager . When a net covers a large geographic area, such as a continent or even the world, it becomes impractical for a single NCS to control. To cover a large scale area a net must operate on a frequency where signals can propagate long distances. Ironically, the same ability for long distance propagation leads to a situation where stations that are too close in proximity cannot hear each other. In this case two or more NCSs spaced geographically from one another can effectively collaborate to maintain contact with all possible participants.

Informal operation

An informal net may also have a net control station, but lack some or all of the formalities and protocols other than those used in non-net on-the-air operation. Or, it could begin at the designated time and frequency in an ad hoc fashion by whoever arrives first. Club nets, such as ones for discussing equipment or other topics, use a NCS simply to control the order in which participants transmit their comments to the group in round-robin style.