JOIN A HAM NET:
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, communicating in severe weather, coping with emergencies, or simply gathering for conversation. (Wikipedia) — This type of net is not to be confused with Portland NET, the Neighborhood Emergency Team program!
Several Portland area groups do regular ARO Nets each week. Even if you don’t feel ready to talk yet, at least listen in so that you can get comfortable with the way AROs communicate. Participating in on a Net can be intimidating, but AROs are a welcoming and forgiving group. This is the best way to learn to use your radio so that you’ll be effective in an emergency situation.
The following are some Ham Nets you should consider participating in.
The Neighborhood Emergency Communications Training Net (NETnet) is a ham radio on-air gathering that discusses issues of interest to Portland NET members. Their primary audience is those with little or no experience on the air, but they often get check-ins from experienced hams and folks not associated with emergency communication. Anyone can listen, but you do need at least an amateur radio Technician License to transmit. (See “Learn more” button below for instructions on how non-hams can listen.)
If you are a NET ARO, prospective NET ARO, or a ham interested in emergency communication, the NETnet is a wonderful resource. Roughly 40 amateur radio operators are checking in to this net each week.
- WHEN: Sundays at 8:10pm on the K7RPT 147.040 MHz repeater (Sylvan Hills). That repeater has a positive 600kHz offset and a tone of 100.0 Hz — See “Learn more” button below for more information!
Note that there is also now a “practice” net just for new NET amateur radio operators. Instead of a directed net, like the NET net — with its spirited presentation but limited opportunity for discussion — the practice net is a place where new hams have a chance to meet, try out their radios, and talk with each other about topics of their choosing. The practice net will begin at 7:00 PM, just an hour before the regularly scheduled NET net, the K7NE 443.300 MHz repeater. This repeater has a positive 5 MHz offset and a tone 100.0 Hz
NETnet organizers are looking for feedback and suggestions on how to make the NETnet an even more effective training venue than it already is.
The Portland Amateur Radio Club (PARC) is a great resource for AROs in the Portland area. They have monthly in-person meetings, as well as a weekly on-air net.
- WHEN: Mondays at 7pm PT on 146.84 MHz, negative 600 kHz offset, no tone
The Multnomah County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (MC-ARES) is a field organization of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). Members are active in community service. They also have monthly in-person meetings, as well as a weekly on-air net.
- WHEN: Wednesdays at 7pm PT on the 146.84 repeater, negative 600 kHz offset, no tone
The Northwest Oregon Traffic and Training NET (NTTN) is handles formal written traffic into and out of the state of Oregon.
- WHEN: Daily at 18:05 (6:05 pm) PT on several Western Oregon Radio Club repeaters around the Portland area and around the states of Oregon and Washington