We refer to ourselves as the NET net, and our primary audience is those with little or no experience on the air. Those not associated with NETs and CERTs are also invited to participate.
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. Absent that, below is a link to a list of topics we will explore on the NET net program. Each of these comprise about an evening of discussion, but some of them will extend over multiple programs.
Please let know if you have any ideas for improvements. We can chat on Sunday evening, or you can reach me by email (KE7SIN@gmail.com).
If you would to serve as net control for the NET net, we welcome your participation. Below is a link to the preamble for the NET net, basically the standard script a net control would follow. Send an email to Alex (KE7SIN@gmail.com) to arrange your turn.
NECTN Preamble (updated 7/12/2019)
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