What is a “net”?

For those of you new to the world of amateur radio, “nets” are what we call groups of radio operators getting on-the-air at the same time.  Different Nets have different reasons for existance.  For example, in 2009, after the earthquakes in Italy, there was a net setup on two HF frequencies specifically for emergency communications.  During that time, the net is monitored continuously so anyone passing emergency traffic can be heard.

What kind of “net” does Bethel have?

Commonly, nets are formed by groups of amateurs to practice their radio skills and to assure that everyone’s radios are working in good order in preparation for an emergency.  In Bethel, we practice through our “BARK Net” every Sunday night at 7:45pm on the 2 meter repeater.  At 8:00pm, we then connect via the Internet to Anchorage and participate in the Alaska-wide radio network on both the 2 meter and 70 centimeter repeaters.  We encourage all local operators to check in at 7:45pm and participate in both of these weekly nets.

One other “net” you should be aware of is the Alaska Morning Net.  This net is on every morning from 9:00am to 10:30am on the 70 centimeter repeater.  As an added bonus, on Monday mornings on this net, you can hear the ARRL Newsline at 9:45am.

Tuesday at 3 PM on the 2 meter repeater you can listen to the TIPS net. The TIPS net is usually comprised of a large group of hams from around the world. They start the net by requesting hams “check into” the net. Then they intermix discussion of current topics that affect amateur radio with additional calls for hams to “check in.”

So, if you want to participate, what should you expect?

If you want to participate in the weekly “BARK Net”, all you need to do is tune your radio to the local repeater here in Bethel baclofen pill.  If you don’t know how to do that, this website has information here.  Once you are on the repeater, you will hear someone “open the net”.  The person who does this is the “Net Control Operator”.  The net control operator will identify themselves, the net name and purpose and ask for any emergency traffic.  If no emergency traffic is present, the net control operator will start asking for “check-ins”.  To check in, wait until no one is talking and give your callsign.  You will be acknowledged by the net control operator.

The Alaska Morning Net is a little different.  On this net, it is not connected automatically, so you will need to do that.  For this net, you will need to connect to the Bethel IRLP node.  Again, more information about how to setup your radio is here.  Once you are setup on the IRLP simplex node, you should key your radio, announce your callsign and announce you are going to be using IRLP.  While still keyed up, press 9070 on your radio keypad and let go of the PTT button.  You will hear the radio announce that you are connected to the node.  To disconnect, wait until there is no one talking, key your radio, identify yourself, and then press “73” on your keypad.  Once you hear the announcement that you are clear, identify yourself and let everyone know you are “clear of IRLP”.

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to email any of the web masters or post a comment here.  We are more than happy to help you out and make getting on the nets as easy as possible.

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This post was written by shamons on April 16, 2009

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