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

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.

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.

 

Nets Carried on Local and Regional Repeaters

Corrections and/or additions click here. Last Updated: 11-10-2019 @ 2029 (all times are Eastern)

Sunday

  • 1900: Young Operators Digital Voice Net – N4LMC 145.160 & W4RRG 444.725 D-Star  Systems
  • 1930: ARRL Weekly News Podcast – N4LMC 144.920, 224.560 & 442.650 Repeaters
  • 2000: International D-Star Net – W4RRG-B 444.725 D-Star  System
  • 2000: Chattanooga Sunday Night Net – K4VCM 146.790, Allstar 46530, N4LMC 224.560, *SELINK* Echolink Conference
  • 2100: SE D-Star WX Net – N4LMC-C 145.160 & W4PL-C 145.290 D-Star System
  • 2100: DARC (Dalton Amateur Radio Club) – W4DRC 145.230 Repeater

Monday

  • 1300: Alaska Morning Net – N4LMC 144.920 & 224.560 Repeaters,  146.2 Hz tone
  • 1900: Tri-States ARC Weekly Net – W4GTA 145.350, Echolink 9058, Allstar 46530, N4LMC 144.920, N4LMC 224.560, *SELINK* Echolink Conference
  • 2000: TAG YL Net – W4GTA 145.350, Echolink 68581, Allstar 46530, N4LMC 144.920, N4LMC 224.560, *SELINK* Echolink Conference
  • 2000: The First Responders Net – N4LMC-C 145.160 & W4RRG-B D-Star  Systems
  • 2030: BARS Fusion Tech Net – N4LMC 442.650  & 442.725 Wires-X Systems
  • 2200: Raspberry Pi Net – W4RRG-B 444.725 D-Star  System

Tuesday

  • 1300: Alaska Morning Net – N4LMC 144.920 & 224.560 Repeaters,  146.2 Hz tone
  • 1930: Walker County ARES Net – W4GTA 145.350 Repeater (Echolink Node 9058)
  • 1930: NW GA ARES D-Star Net – N4LMC-C 145.160 D-Star  System
  • 2000: SkyWarn Net – W4AM 146.610 or 145.390, 107.2 Hz tone
  • 2000: Powersports & Gearheads Net – N4LMC-C 145.160 D-Star  System
  • 2100: Alabama Link Net – N4LMC 442.650  & 442.725 Wires-X Systems
  • 2130: Alabama D-Star Net – W4RRG-B 444.725 D-Star  System
  • 2300: Papa Systems Tech Net – W4RRG-B 444.725 D-Star  System

Wednesday

  • 1300: Alaska Morning Net – N4LMC 144.920 & 224.560 Repeaters,  146.2 Hz tone
  • 1930: TAG Multi-Mode Digital Net – See here for connection information
  • 2030: TAG D-Star Net – N4LMC-C 145.160, KA4RVT-C 145.330 & REF090D
  • 2000: North America DMR Net – N4LMC 444.7125 & W4PL 444.150 DMR Systems
  • 2100: Sequatchie Cty ACS Net – KB4ACS 444.700, 100.0 Hz tone
  • 2200: HAM Nation Net – W4RRG-B 444.725 D-Star  System

Thursday

  • 0830: GA Public Safety Net – N4LMC-C 145.160 D-Star System
  • 1300: Alaska Morning Net – N4LMC 144.920 & 224.560 Repeaters,  146.2 Hz tone
  • 1930: Amateur Radio Newsline Podcast – N4LMC 144.920, 224.560 & 442.650 Repeaters
  • 1930: Chattooga Cty ARES Net – W4RLP 147.225 Repeater, 100.0 Hz tone
  • 1945: CCARS (Gordon County) simplex net 146.565
  • 1945: CCARS (Gordon County) D-RATS gaares.ratflector.com Port:9000 Channel: GORDON
  • 1945: CCARS (Gordon County) Winlink: Send a Winlink Email to K4WOC preferably using a radio connection
  • 2000: Hamilton County ARES Net – K4VCM 146.790 Repeater (Echolink Node 79190)
  • 2000: Dade Cty Net – K4SOD 146.760 Repeater PL 141.3 (Echolink Node 68581)
  • 2000: CCARS (Gordon County) Club/ARES net – 146.745- (T100.0Hz), 443.675+ (T100.0Hz), 146.685- (T67.0Hz)
  • 2000: Bledsoe County ARC Club & ARES Nets – KF4JPU 147.285+ Repeater
  • 2100: RV Radio Network – W4GTA 145.350 (pl 100.0), Echolink 9058 and the *SELINK* Echolink Conference Node
  • 2100: Whitfield/Murry Cty ARES Net – N4BZJ 147.135 Repeater, 141.3 Hz tone
  • 2300: PaPa Systems Tech Round Table – W4RRG-B 444.725 D-Star  System

Friday

  • 1300: Alaska Morning Net – N4LMC 144.920 & 224.560 Repeaters,  146.2 Hz tone
  • 1930: Catoosa Cty ARES Net – W4ABZ 146.715 Repeater, 67.0 Hz tone
  • 2000: Railroaders Net – N4LMC-C 145.160 D-Star  System
  • 2100: TN Digital Amateur Radio Group DMR Net – N4LMC 444.7125 & W4PL 444.150 DMR Systems, Brandmeister TG3147.

Saturday

  • 1200: World Wide DMR Net – N4LMC 444.7125  & W4PL 444.150 Brandmeister DMR Systems
  • 1300: Alaska Morning Net – N4LMC 144.920 & 224.560 Repeaters,  146.2 Hz tone
  • 1800: Multi-Mode Digital Voice Net – N4LMC-C 145.160 D-Star  System
  • 1930: Carolina Coastal Net – N4LMC-C 145.160 D-Star  System
  • 2000: D-Star Users Net – W4RRG-B 444.725 D-Star  System
  • 2300: Papa Systems Round Table – N4LMC-C 145.160 D-Star  System