The Neighborhood Emergency Communication Training net (NET net) meets every Sunday evening at 8:10 P.M. local time on the K7RPT 147.040 MHz repeater. That repeater has a positive 600 kHz offset and a tone of 100.0 Hz. Our purpose is to provide practice with and exchange information about amateur radio use by NETs (Neighborhood Emergency Teams) and CERTs (Community Emergency Response Teams).
We refer to ourselves as the NET net, and our primary audience is those with little or no experience on the air. Experienced Operators may participate as well. Those not associated with NETs and CERTs are also invited to participate.
The NET Net Manager is Donna Herron, AG7MO. Michael Nadler, KI7QIB and Josh Lucy, K7JLX are the assistant NET Net Managers. You can reach the NET Net Management team by emailing email@example.com.
Several Portland NET Amateur Radio Operators have created an information page that lists upcoming events and a variety of useful sources of information. You can find this information page at https://tinyurl.com/PDX-ARO-Sources.
The NET Net management team would like to acknowledge and thank Alex Sinnott, KE7SIN our former NET Net manager for his numerous contributions, improvements to processes, and all the effort he put forth in service of the NET Net and the community at large.
NET net Program Schedule
Our discussions change week to week. Many times, we will choose to discuss a recent incident involving Portland NET members, such as an exercise or deployment. Each of these comprise about an evening of discussion, but some of them will extend over multiple programs.
We are currently considering including opportunities for NET related Traffic Handling practice, different than a NTS Net that uses Radiograms. Please Note that the “Early-Out” Option for this net has gone away. If you are not on the Directed Check in List (List of Callsigns of Participants from the last two weeks), please check in during the regular check in which occurs midway through the net after some of the nights Topic has been discussed. Feel free to email the NET Net Management team with any questions or comments regarding the NET net.
Curriculum for the NET net
If you would to serve as net control for the NET net, we welcome your participation. Below is a link to a preamble for the NET net, basically the standard script a net control would follow.(The NET Net Preamble has minor changes frequently.) See Curriculum for the NET net google document for more information.
You can view the NET Net Preamble that gets updated frequently, suggestions are welcome and can be emailed to the NET Net Management Team.
An Example of an IRLP Contact
One of the topics discussed on the NET net is the many alternative modes and services available through amateur radio. One such service is the Internet Radio Linking Project or IRLP. Using this service, an operator with Technician License and low-power hand-held radio can hold conversations with people around the world using repeaters linked by the Internet. While this is not considered a reliable emergency communications service, it is fun and another way to enjoy this hobby. IRLP is introduced to new hams in the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual (Level 1: Technician). A complete description of how to use the service is beyond the scope of this brief post, but that is why we have the conversation forum that is the NET net.
The following is an audio recording of AE7XP linking to and unlinking from an IRLP repeater (“node”) in California from an IRLP repeater in Portland. Please note two items that are not pointed out in the audio recording:
- To disconnect (initially and at the end of the node connection), I am keying the digits 73, which is typical for IRLP usage
- I am holding down the push-to-talk (PTT) or transmit button before and while I am keying the digits to control the IRLP node
Remember that the codes to access and control any IRLP-enabled station are determined by the owner of the station. It is good practice and may be required that you contact the owner before using a local node to obtain permission and to get the codes. The owners are identified in the principal resource for IRLP node information: www.irlp.net