Nets and Repeaters
We are at somewhat of a disadvantage here in the South Point area. Geography does not favor VHF or UHF repeaters. The state of Hawaii RACES linked repeater system and the BIWARN linked repeaters do not cover the majority of the Ka'u district. As such, we have several 2 meter and 440 Mhz "stand-alone" repeaters that are utilized for community based comms. We also use 2 meter and 70 centimeter simplex frequencies where possible.
We depend on HF NVIS (Near Vertical Incident Skywave) for reliable regional communications.
See this link here for more info.
To maintain our communication skill sets, every Sunday night we conduct a local 2 meter VHF Net followed by a Regional HF Net. The nets are conducted in a formal net format for training purposes.
The VHF 2M Net begins at 7:30 P.M. HST (05:30 UTC or 1930 W) on the WH6FC repeater on 145.290- (100hz)
(or on 146.520 simplex if repeater is down).
The HF 40M Regional Net begins, around 8:00 P.M. HST (06:00 UTC or 2000W) on HF frequency 7.088 Mhz (±) LSB NVIS.
An alternate HF frequency of 3.880Mhz LSB (80meters) is used when the band "goes long" for NVIS.
We also operate and train regularly on 1.857Mhz LSB (160 Meters) and on 5.371.5 USB (60 Meters) as alternate frequencies if required by NVIS Propagation.
The 40M frequency of 7.095 is also generally used as an Island of Hawaii (Big Island) net frequency in case of an event or for "ragchew".
40M and 80M offer almost 24 hour regional NVIS coverage of all the Hawaiian Islands.
The HF phone (voice) nets are for operators licensed in General class or above.
A web-based "Net Control" roster built by AH6GT, (KonaBob) is usually activated at 40meter.net for the Sunday night High Frequency portion.