Net Schedule

  • Phone: Mondays, 19:00, Hamaker: 146.85 – 118.8
  • Winlink: Monday – Friday, anytime
  • Packet: Mondays, 19:00 – 20:00, 145.050
  • APRS: Mondays, 19:00 – 20:00, 144.390
  • JS8CALL: Mondays, 19:00 – 20:00, 40m (7.078 000)

Phone Net

Klamath ARES has it’s primary voice net every Monday evening at 19:00 on the Hamaker repeater 146.850 MHz, negative offset, CTCSS tone 118.8 Hz. The Net Script for our weekly nets is available for download here.

Digital Nets

Klamath ARES began conducting digital nets in 2018 with a KB2KB packet net. In 2019 we began conducting a weekly Winlink net using the Check-In Form.

Beginning in 2020 Klamath ARES will bring back the packet KB2KB net and add an APRS message net and a JS8CALL net. All appropriately licensed hams are welcome to check in to the weekly digital nets. Digital Net times and procedures are listed below.

Winlink

Winlink is the easiest digital net to check in to. You may check-in via any mode including telnet at any time during the week Monday through Friday.

  • Use the Winlink Check-In Form
    Standard Templates -> GENERAL -> Winlink Check In
  • Address the check-in to KK6GXG
  • Request a return receipt to make sure your check-in was received
  • Advanced users are encouraged to use radio modes of transport and to use other forms like the ICS-213, RADIOGRAM, or Position Reports instead of the Check-In Form. Let’s mix it up and use a variety of transport and forms.

Winlink is the de facto tool for emergency communications with federal, state, and local government agencies. This net is provided to keep your Winlink software and skills up to date. All check-ins will be added up over the weekend and the counts will be posted below.

Check the Training Page for more detailed information on classroom and web-based training. Also see https://winlink.org/

Packet

The packet net is a KB2KB tactical net conducted on 145.050 Monday evenings from 19:00 to 20:00. This runs concurrently with the phone net and continues after the phone net has been closed.

  • In UNPROTO or TERMINAL mode, monitor for Net Control to request check-ins
  • Check in with the text [CALLSIGN] CHECK-IN and wait for Net Control confirmation which will be [YOUR CALLSIGN] COPY
  • If needed, you can connect via one of W7VW’s digipeaters; HAMAKR or HOGBAK

The purpose of this net is to practice KB2KB tactical messaging using the packet protocol. This is a very flexible tool for emergency communication and can be used in a variety of situations. Becoming comfortable and flexible with the use of the packet protocol is an important skill to develop.

Check the Training Page for more detailed information on classroom and web-based training.

APRS

This net is an opportunity to practice using the APRS system’s tactical messaging functions to communicate. We will be conducting the net Monday evenings from 19:00 to 20:00.

The local APRS infrastructure always evolving. We currently have predominantly one-way gateways, this is however changing. As existing one-way stations are converted to two-way stations and new stations are added to fill in gaps in coverage. It is important to learn how to utilize this key element of our local emergency communications system to its fullest.

  • You can check in by posting ARES NET CHECK-IN in the comments text section of the standard beacon
  • You can check in by posting ARES NET CHECK-IN as a direct message to KK6GXG
  • You can check in by SMS via direct message as follows:
    • To: SMSGTE
    • Message: @4085153583 AERS NET CHECK-IN

Using the beacon comments text is simple and easy to do, it is, however, a passive method and could be overlooked. It is also a one-way communication.

Direct messaging in the APRS system better, however, it requires both stations to be in direct range of each other or both stations to be in the range of a two-way digipeater or gateway.

APRS to SMS is reliable but is subject to a functioning mobile phone network. It is also subject to the same two-way station concerns as the other methods.

Check the Training Page for more detailed information on classroom and web-based training. Also see https://smsgte.org/

JS8CALL

JS8 is a primarily HF tactical communications tool that we have been working with since late 2019. It has some very useful features; message holding and forwarding as well as group messaging. It is the group messaging feature that we will be using for this net. The net will be conducted on Mondays, 19:00 – 20:00 on the 40m band (7.078 000)

  • Mondays, 19:00 – 20:00, 40m (7.078 000)
  • Monitor for Net Control to request check-ins on the @KARES group
  • Post a message to the @KARES group ARES NET CHECK-IN
  • Net Control will send confirmations of stations copied

Check the Training Page for more detailed information on classroom and web-based training. Also see http://js8call.com/

Nets & Check Ins - 2020
        Ph/    Pkt/  WL2K/ APRS/ JS8/  NTS
        CkIns  CkIns CkIns CkIns CkIns MSGS
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 AUG    -      -     -     -     -     -
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