Nets, what are 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.
Amateur radio clubs often organize nets to foster communication between members on a regular basis. These can be clubs based on geographic location or clubs formed around a special interest.
Special interest clubs or non-club groups often organize nets to enable discussions on a particular topic. A wide variety of such nets are in operation. One such example is nets that meet to discuss vintage or antique radio equipment. Another example is nets for using and discussing the AM mode of voice transmission
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.
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.
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.
Nets Carried on Local and Regional Repeaters
Last Updated: 01-21-2019 @ 10:58 (all times are Eastern)
- 1900: Young Operators Digital Voice Net – 145.160 N4LMC/444.725 W4RRG-B IRCDDB D-Star Systems
- 1930: ARRL Weekly News Podcast – 442.650 N4LMC Repeater
- 2000: International D-Star Net – 444.725 W4RRG-B IRCDDB D-Star System
- 2000: Chattanooga Sunday Night Net – 146.790 K4VCM Repeater (Echolink Node 79190)
- 2100: SE D-Star WX Net – 145.160 N4LMC-C D-Star System, 145.290 W4PL-C D-Star System
- 1900: Tri-States ARC Weekly Net – 145.350 Repeater, 100.0 Hz tone (Echolink Node 9058)
- 2000: TAG YL Net – 444.100 W4AM Repeater (Echolink Node 68581)
- 2000: The First Responders Net – 145.160 N4LMC/444.725 W4RRG-B IRCDDB D-Star Systems
- 2030: BARS Fusion Tech Net – 442.650 & 442.725 N4LMC Wires-X Systems
- 2200: Raspberry Pi Net – 444.725 W4RRG-B IRCDDB D-Star System
- 1930: Walker County ARES Net – 145.350 W4GTA Repeater, 100.0 Hz tone (Echolink Node 9058)
- 1930: NW GA ARES D-Star Net – 145.160 N4LMC-C IRCDDB D-Star System
- 2000: SkyWarn Net – 146.610 or 145.390 W4AM Repeaters, 107.2 Hz tone
- 2000: Powersports & Gearheads Net – 145.160 N4LMC-C IRCDDB D-Star System
- 2000: East Coast Tech Net – 144.920 N4LMC 46145 & 224.120 N4LMC 46530 Allstar Systems
- 2100: Alabama Link Net – 442.650 & 442.725 N4LMC Wires-X Systems
- 2130: Alabama D-Star Net – 444.725 W4RRG-B IRCDDB D-Star System
- 2300: Papa Systems Tech Net – 444.725 W4RRG-B IRCDDB D-Star System
- 1930: Amateur Radio Newsline Podcast – 442.650 N4LMC Repeater
- 2000: HAM Nation Net – 444.725 W4RRG-B IRCDDB D-Star System
- 2000: N GA Digital Voice D-Star Net – 145.160 N4LMC-C IRCDDB D-Star System
- 2000: North America DMR Net – 444.7125 N4LMC & 444.150 W4PL Brandmeister DMR Systems
- 2100: N GA Digital Voice DMR Net – 444.7125 N4LMC & 444.150 W4PL Brandmeister DMR Systems, TS2
- 2100: Sequatchie Cty ACS Net – 444.700 KB4ACS, 100.0 Hz tone
- 0830 – GA Public Safety Net – 145.160 N4LMC-C D-Star System
- 1930 – Chattooga Cty ARES Net – 147.225 W4RLP Repeater, 100.0 Hz tone
- 2000: Hamilton County ARES Net – 146.790 K4VCM Repeater (Echolink Node 79190)
- 2000: Dade Cty ARES Net – 146.760 K4SOD Repeater PL 100.0 (Echolink Node 68581)
- 2100: Whitfield/Murry Cty ARES Net – 147.135 N4BZJ Repeater, 141.3 Hz tone
- 2200: D-Star Round Table Net – 444.725 W4RRG-B IRCDDB D-Star System
- 1900: TN Digital Amateur Radio Group Net – 145.160 N4LMC-C & 145.290 W4PL-C D-Star Systems.
- 1930 – Catoosa Cty ARES Net – 146.715 W4ABZ Repeater, 67.0 Hz tone
- 2000: TN Statewide DMR Net – 444.7125 N4LMC & 444.150 W4PL Brandmeister DMR Systems
- 2000: Railroad Net – 145.160 N4LMC-C IRCDDB D-Star System
- 1200: World Wide DMR Net – 444.7125 N4LMC & 444.150 W4PL Brandmeister DMR Systems
- 1200: Mid Day Saturday Net – 144.920 N4LMC 46145 & 224.120 N4LMC 46530 Allstar Systems
- 1930: Carolina Coastal Net – 145.160 N4LMC-C IRCDDB D-Star System
- 2000: D-Star Users Net – 444.725 W4RRG-B IRCDDB D-Star System
- 2100: America Link International Net – 442.650 & 442.725 N4LMC Wires-X Systems
- 2200: Sat Night D-Star Net – 145.160 N4LMC-C IRCDDB D-Star System
- 2300: Papa Systems Round Table – 145.160 N4LMC-C IRCDDB D-Star System