Nets / Voice & Digital

Mason County Amateur Radio Group / A.R.E.S. Weekly Net

Monday's at 9 PM (Local Time)

Please Check the NCS Schedule to see who will be calling the net.

The purpose of this net is to test radios, pass traffic and prepare for

Weather Spotter / Skywarn Nets. You do not need to be a member of MCARG or MCARES to check in, just need to be a FCC licensed amateur radio operator.

Mason County Amateur Radio Group / A.R.E.S. Digital Net


Point Pleasant Repeater - 442.400+ / 91.5 Tone

(Modes may/will change often for testing of equiptment)

Make sure you have your RxID and TxID turned on (Boxes Checked)


Digital radio communications for ARES activations and support will be conducted on various modes as conditions dictate. Digital communications will be segregated into several different categories as follows:

1. NBEMS (narrow band emergency messaging service) – This category uses computers loaded with the Fldigi, Flamp and Flmsg software suites and sound card modems to communicate and pass traffic in support for ARES operations on both HF / VHF and UHF.

2. Packet – This category uses computers with a terminal program, a TNC and radio to pass traffic via PBBS and packet nodes. This mode is primarily used in a messaging capacity for support of ARES operations.

3. HF digital communications – This category is used communications outside the local area and with agencies at the Statewide level and other supporting agencies outside the State of West Virginia in support of more expansive Public Service events when required. There are two primary methods of HF communications.

a. HF NBEMS operations – This method uses a computer loaded with the Fldigi, Flamp and Flmsg suites, a sound card modem and HF radio.

b. HF digital operations – This method uses a computer with a terminal program, a TNC and HF radio for direct communications and for messaging. The primary digital mode is Pactor and for messaging a combination of RMS Express software and Pactor capable TNC or WINMOR on a sound card modem are the most commonly used modalities. The RMS Express software allows for messaging both on the WINLINK system and via standard internet e­mail. In addition to the above digital modes, there are other digital modalities such as APRS, ALE as well as digital voice and many experimental modes. MCARG currently is not actively involved with these modes but may expand into these areas as required in the future.

Digital Frequencies, Nets and modes

MCARG NBEMS Net – Monday night @ 2030H local on 144.91 simplex with an offset of 1500hZ. Standard operating mode will be MT­63 1000L. Traffic will be passed on several different modes to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of various modes and accuracy of transmission under varying conditions. Please use Txid and Rxid during NBEMS Net Control will notify operators prior to transmission of traffic on the mode that is to be Alternative NBEMS frequency will be 441.175. Occasionally, MCARG may run traffic on MCARG repeaters. Net Control will notify operators in advance before using repeaters for digital traffic and will not interfere with ongoing repeater voice operations.

MCARG packet radio – MCARG is currently using the DAREN system for messaging. standard DAREN frequency is 145.69 simplex. There are several local packet nodes but primary node is RPLYWV and JACKWV. Standard operating procedure is to connect, C RPLYWV and follow the onscreen instructions. MCARG may establish it's own nodes

future. Please consult the DAREN website for further information on operations and Digital Frequencies, Nets and modes (cont.)

HF digital – There are no local or Statewide digital NBEMS nets at this current time but operators are encouraged to join nearby HF NBEMS nets. Particularly in NBEMS nets (MIDTN – Michigan Digital Traffic Net and WPA – Western

Pennsylvania Area NBEMS Net) operate near or on 3.583 and 7.083 MHz Please consult paNBEMS yahoo group and NBEMSham yahoo group for a schedule of Nets and operating procedures.

RMS Express and Pactor are a powerful combination in ARES operations operators with HF privileges are encouraged to join the WINLINK system. WINLINK has proven to be a valuable asset for ARES operations the ability to interface with the internet and pass messages to email to agencies outside of stricken areas. Further information is available on the at It is also possible to access the WINLINK network through DAREN packet backbone system. Please consult with the DAREN network list for current TELNET nodes.

Purpose and Use of Digital Nets and modes

Digital modes and Nets serve as an adjunct to ARES operations. They should not be viewed as a “stand alone” modality in public service. They are intended to expand and supplement ARES operations in public service. When used in conjunction with standard voice and repeater operations, they greatly expand the capabilities and scope of ARES operations. Flexibility and adaptability are the key to success in any fluid situation that may be encountered. Digital operations are part of the overall MCARG communications plan that give us that flexibility and adaptability.