The TAG (TN, AL, GA) Net
This Net is an open Net and is not affiliated with any club – we are focused on the community the hobby creates.. All YL’s everywhere are welcome and encouraged to join us! And OM’s, we appreciate your support and behind the scenes help, so please keep listening in!! We are a small group of YL’s and we are growing! We meet on the air and off, for fellowship, fun, technical and emergency preparedness training. We for the most part follow the schedule below, but may change it a little if needs arise for special topics.
The Net is held every Monday evening beginning at 2000 (8pm eastern time) and generally last 60 to 90 minutes.
Don’t forget that you have many ways to connect with the TAG YL Net!
- W4GTA 145.350 repeater on Lookout Mountain.
- N4LMC 146.640 repeater on Signal Mountain.
- N4LMC 224.560 repeater on Lookout Mountain.
- N4LMC 443.525 repeater in Villanow, GA. (local Villanow coverage only)
- Multiple repeaters throughout Georgia (via the *GEORGIA* Conference Server)
- Echolink Conference Server *SELINK*.
- Echolink Conference Server *GEORGIA*
- N4LMC Allstar Node 46530.
- N4LMC Allstar Node 510130.
We want to thank the Tri-States Amateur Radio Club for the 145.350 repeater, W4EDP, N9ZEN and the LMARC for the 146.640, 224.560 & 443.525 repeaters as well as the 46530 & 510130 Allstar nodes and the SELINK Echolink Conference server.
We are always looking for training and emergency preparedness topics. If you have an idea for a topic or would like to present one, just shoot us an email and we will get you signed up!
Net Schedule / Preamble
- Welcome and Net Information
- Call for Emergency Traffic
- Call for General Announcements
- Tech Talk
- Technical Training Topic
- Emergency Preparedness Training Topic
- Last Call for Comments
- Net Wrap-Up
Don’t forget to follow along online using NetLogger, it’s free and is available for Mac, Linux and Windows (desktops/laptops only, no tablets/phones yet)! Hop on and follow the logging, see who’s on… and who’s not, plus join in on the conversations taking place in the “Almost Instant Messenger” (AIM) window, there are lot’s of interesting conversations usually taking place. Once you have NetLogger up and running, look for “TAG YL Net-Echolink SELINK 387904”.
For more information or for answers to any questions, send us an email.
In 1931, there were only 86 women (vs 18,000 men!) that were licensed as amateur radio operators in the USA. How far we have come!
On Air QSOs (2021-02-24)
I got my license but I don’t talk on the air because I have nothing to say….so what do you say?
First of all, it’s easier to talk to people you know. If you don’t know anyone yet, don’t worry, you will in no time by getting on the air and possibly using the following tips.
- Join a club. Once you know people and their call signs it’s easier to strike up conversation. Listen in on the local frequency and join in the conversation. You will be surprised how easy it is once you have a face and a call sign put together. Ask when the next club meeting will be, or what might be on the agenda. Ask about their favorite radio or what they had, have or will be having for lunch.
- A great way to get talking and on the air is to ask questions. In the beginning it may be easier to do more listening than talking so break the ice with some questions
- Tell me about your shack?
- What kind of antenna do you have?
- Have you tried ___ (communicating with a space station, digital, Morse code, or what ever you may be interested in?)
- A lot of hams give weather reports and you don’t even need to have your own weather station to join in, just a window will do. Let someone know what is going on in your area by giving a current weather report. (It’s also good to participate in nets and training for Skywarn to learn how to share weather information and meet other hams.)
- Attend local hamfests to buy gear and meet other hams that you may have heard on the air. Even if you don’t talk to anyone at the event, you can share your experience with others the next time you get on the air and then maybe suggest a meet up at the next one.
- Participate in nets. You can find some on websites like lmarc.net or log into net logger to see what nets are going on right now… there is probably a net for anything you may be interested and if not, why not start a net?
- Things to avoid in a QSO (or conversation) when you are just starting out are probably the same things you would avoid in standard office conversation (politics and religion). You don’t want to make your mark by being ‘that guy’ with the controversial positions.
- Always remember, whatever your interests, there is a ham out there that shares it. Or if you have a problem with your equipment there is also someone who has also had it and resolved it. You also don’t have to be the expert at everything. We are a community and as a community we all bring strengths and weaknesses so help where you can and receive help where it may be needed.
Just remember, if everyone chose not to talk on the air, the air waves would be silent and we would lose the use of the frequencies. Hams have lost half of the 1.25 (220 MHz) because of lack of use. It was turned back over to commercial use. So the next time you hear banter on the air waves, listen up, participate, find the confidence or courage to push that talk button and join in the fun..(and ladies, a great way to build your confidence would be by joining our YL net on Monday! – just saying :).
We are always looking for Alternate Net Control operators to help us out on a regular basis, we also need someone to take the Net a few times a year for various reasons!
Think about volunteering to be the ANC this week or any week in the future. It is a BIG help to the NC to know that someone else is listening to the check-ins and conversations because, as you have noticed, sometimes the signals are weak or scratchy and it is hard to hear clearly. So the ANC is a BIG help, 4 ears are better than 2.
What does the Alternate Net Control (ANC) do you ask. Well, you listen to the check-ins and write down their names, call signs, location, how they are coming into the net, etc — just like the NC (Net Control) person is doing. You are a ‘double check’ so to speak. When / if the Net Control misses a check in or can’t hear all that the person checking in said, then you serve / help as a back up with the information. Finally, at the end of the net, the NC and the ANC compare their numbers of checkins. Usually they both agree. The ANC then emails or texts the list she made to the NC and that’s it.
It is very unlikely that the ANC has to become the NC, but with the script you will do fine. And not to worry — the NC will not pretend to go off the air just to make you become the NC.
Usually that is all the ANC has to do — but, if perchance, the radio of the NC goes kerplooie (is there such a word?) and doesn’t transmit or NC has some kind of crisis and can’t transmit, then the ANC takes over till the NC gets back on the air. What do you do while the NC is recovering? Just follow from wherever the NC was on the script.
For a copy of the TAG YL Net NC script, click here to download a copy.
We know you might have some questions, and we want to help you get answers to them! Check back here often as we will update this section as needed. If you have a question and can’t find an answer, contact us and we’ll help you out.
What is a YL? YL = Young Ladies. This is the Ham term for Ladies who are Licensed Amateur Radio Operators (aka Hams). YLs can be very young, young, old, older, or oldest – They can be Novices, Technicians, Generals, Advanced, or Extras — but all Licensed Female Amateur Radio Operators are always YLs.
What is an xYL? That is a term that has come into use in the past decades to indicate an YL who has gotten married. However xYL is technically not the correct term. The original term of YL , which is a CW (morse code) abbreviation, is the one that is technically the correct term to use.
What is an OM? Well, as you might guess, since there are YLs, there are also OMs. An OM is an Old Man. Nuff said.
What does the term 73 mean? It is a Morse Code (CW) abbreviation. It had other meanings prior to 1908, but in about 1908, the term 73 acquired its current meaning of “best regards,” and is often used as a sign off ending to a conversation on Ham Radio.
What does the term 33 mean? This is another Morse Code (CW) abbreviation which means “love sealed with friendship and mutual respect between one YL and another YL.” It was coined by Clara Reger, W2RUF and adopted officially by YLRL (Young Ladies Radio League) in 1940.
Are there any exceptions to this rule of having to be a Licensed Ham to talk on the radio? YES, there are slight exceptions to this rule — One is that in a true true emergency you can go on the air and call for help. Another is that at the Annual Field Day events there is usually a GOTA (Get on the Air) station where non-hams can talk BUT there must be a Licensed Ham at the station and in control of the station.
What is a Directed Net? Often you hear the Net Control person say “This is a Directed Net”. What does this mean? According to this wiki website
A net or directed net, in radio-amateur operating procedure, is an organized meeting of multiple stations on a common frequency at a scheduled time. One station is designated to serve as net control; all requests to talk to and /or deliver message traffic to the net are initiated by sending an identifier (such as “Question” or “Comment” or your callsign to the net control station and then waiting for the Net Control Station to reply back and ask the station (you or whomever) before that station or you continues with what that calling station (or you) say or need or want to say.. The directed net structure reduces the number of message collisions, where multiple stations attempting to transmit simultaneously could otherwise cause unwanted interference to communication within the group. “
Said in simplier terms: “This is a Directed Net” means that all communications are directed to Net Control and stations should wait to be acknowledged — hence Net Control coordinates all communications instead of everyone just talking willy nilly.
What is an ELMER? An Elmer is the name for a Ham, whether a YL or an OM, who can answer your questions, explain things, loan you equipment, help you with your radios or antennas or whatever, etc. Feel free to ask him or her for help, suggestions, etc. Elmers LOVE to help all hams whether they are newbies or not.
33 Y’all, See ya there! Terri – N9ZEN