Net Control Help Wanted! Follow the Net Control Script
Take this opportunity to broaden your radio operating skill as a Net Control Operator!
Format: After stations check in, net control calls for traffic, then polls check ins for comments on a topic. All member & visiting stations are welcome to check in to our nets. Please program the 145.25 MHz FM simplex in your radio's memory in case a Simplex net is announced.
2 Meter Net Control Stations
Our current 2 meter net control station rotation is:
KN6HTD → KK6DCT → N6EMF → K9MEG → WG6CFS → KM6NFO → W6AWS → KN6QNJ →
*KN6HTD and WG6CFS are temporarily out of the rotation.
Members who wish to serve as a net control or relay station should message our Net Coordinator via the form below.
The N6NA Net and the 2019 PG&E Power Shutoffs
We held a simplex net on the 145.25 MHz repeater frequency when the October 9, 2019 PG&E power shut-off took the N6NA repeater offline. Many of the 20 stations that checked in were prepared to operate simplex on the 145.25 MHz repeater output frequency, but several were still transmitting on 144.65 MHz, so net control had to monitor both the repeater output and input frequencies for check-ins. Greg KK6WSP assisted with relays for check-ins that net control could not hear.
Whenever there is a repeater outage, net control will announce that a simplex net will be held on our 145.25 MHz repeater frequency. The simplex net (where you both transmit and receive on 145.25 MHz) is our fallback option to maintain communications in the event of a repeater outage due to equipment malfunction or power failure. For this reason, those who regularly check into the net should program the 145.25 MHz simplex frequency (zero offset and no PL tone) into a separate memory position on their radios.
When the repeater and remote receivers are offline, communications will be limited to line-of-sight among all net stations and it will be harder for many to hear each other. Those who use handheld radios with attached flexible antennas will be limited to 1 to 2 miles line of sight range.
To prepare yourself for net operation during a repeater outage:
Program the 145.250 MHz simplex frequency into a memory in your radio,
Use a rooftop antenna mounted as high as possible and in the clear,
Use 25 or 50 watts transmit power if possible,
Have a charged battery power source available in case of a power outage