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An amateur radio 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, in severe weather (for example, during a Skywarn activation), emergencies, or simply as a regular gathering of friends for conversation.

Nets operate more or less formally depending on their purpose and organization. Groups of nets may organize and operate in collaboration for a common purpose, such as to pass along emergency messages in time of disaster. One such system of nets is the National Traffic System (NTS), organized and operated by members of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) to handle routine and emergency messages on a nationwide and local basis

Directed (formal) nets

A directed, or formal, net has a single net control station (NCS) that manages its operation for a given session. The NCS operator calls the net to order at its designated start time, periodically calls for participants to join, listens for them to check in, keeps track of the roster of stations for that particular net session, and generally orchestrates the operation of the net.

A different station might be designated NCS for each net session. Overall operation and scheduling of NCS assignments and net sessions is managed by the net manager.

When a net covers a large geographic area, such as a continent or even the world, it becomes impractical for a single NCS to control. To cover a large scale area a net must operate on a frequency where signals can propagate long distances. Ironically, the same ability for long distance propagation leads to a situation where stations that are too close in proximity cannot hear each other. In this case two or more NCSs spaced geographically from one another can effectively collaborate to maintain contact with all possible participants.

Non-directed (informal) nets

An informal net may also have a net control station, but lack some or all of the formalities and protocols other than those used in non-net on-the-air operation. Or, it could begin at the designated time and frequency in an ad hoc fashion by whoever arrives first.

PBARC nets

Public Service Net

The Public Service Net, a directed net, meets every Tuesday at 18:45 (6:45 PM) on the Crown Terrace repeater (146.840 MHz, - offset, 88.5 Hz tone).

Health and Welfare Net

The Health and Welfare Net, a non-directed net, meets every day at 12:00 noon on the Crown Terrace repeater (146.840 MHz, - offset, 88.5 Hz tone).

10 Meter Ragchew Net

The 10 Meter Ragchew Net, a non-directed net, meets every Sunday at 18:00 (6:00 PM) on 28.400 MHz USB.

Other nets


Gasquet Net

The Gasquet Net meets every Tuesday at 18:30 (6:30 PM) on the Camp Six repeater (147.180 MHz, + offset, 136.5 Hz tone).

Del Norte Net

The Del Norte Net meets every Tuesday at 19:15 (7:15 PM) on the Crescent City repeater (146.880 MHz, - offset, 136.5 Hz tone).

ORCA Digital Net (VHF, FM and digital)

The ORCA Digital Net meets every Tuesday at 19:30 (7:30 PM) on 146.560 MHz simplex.


The Curry Amateur Radio Emergency Service Net meets every Thursday at 19:30 (7:30 PM) on the Bosley Butte repeater (147.250 MHz, + offset, 88.5 Hz tone).


Remember to check your license's frequency privileges before checking in.

Noontime Net (HF)

(not to be confused with the Health and Welfare Net)

10:00 (10:00 AM) Informal Net

12:00 noon Formal Net

7283.5 kHz. Primary Frequency

3970 kHz. Secondary Frequency

The Noontime Net meets every day on 3970 kHz at 11:30 (11:30 AM) and 7284 kHz at 9:30 (9:30 AM) with a secondary frequency of 7283.5 kHz for both nets. All General-class or higher operators are welcome to check in.


PNWDigital Happy Hour Net (DMR)

The PNWDigital Happy Hour Net meets Monday through Friday on Oregon 1 DMR TG 3141 on Brandmeister. Early check-in starts at 16:00 (4:00 PM); net starts at 17:00 (5:00 PM). Oregon 1 is avalible on the K6JR DMR Repeater.

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