CAUHF Weekly Net
Date and time: Tuesday evenings, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: AR Links System Repeater Network
The Central Arkansas UHF Group conducts a net each Tuesday evening. The CAUHF Group / AR Links System Net” can be accessed through any A.R. Links networked repeater.
The net meets at 7:00 p.m. (central) and is open to any properly licensed amateur. The net is directed and stations are to contact net control before making announcements or passing traffic or other information.
The net meets for the purpose of training in net operations, club announcements, providing information to amateurs, amateur fellowship and handling traffic into and out of any part of Arkansas covered by an ARLinks repeaters or affiliated repeaters.
Suggestions for participating in the net
- Several repeaters are linked together during this net and it generally takes a second or two for them to sync together after you key your mic. For this reason, please count to two after you key up before you start talking.
- Wait until the net control calls for check-ins that meet the criteria set by the net control: stations with emergency traffic, stations with priority traffic, stations with regular traffic, stations short of time, regular check-ins, etc.
- Next give the net control call sign, say, “This is…” and give your call sign phonetically, followed by your name, location and whether or not you have traffic for the net. If you have no traffic or announcements, simply say, “no traffic”. Listen for the net control to acknowledge your check-in. If you do not hear your call recognized, simply repeat your check-in. Please don’t call in and say you weren’t recognized–just politely check in again if you did not hear your callsign read back.
- Do not transmit until net control directs you to or if you are responding to another station which net control directed to call you. If you need to contact net control, simply give your call and wait for net control to recognize you. Keep your transmissions brief and to the point.
Net preamble and guidance for net control operators
The following is a suggested guide for use as a net control operator when calling the Central Arkansas UHF net. As a net control operator you should be prepared before the net to keep a log of the net and keep the net running as smoothly as possible. Some people like to use Netlogger to log check-ins, but that is a personal preference and not required. You should also be ready to start the net on time.
If there are stations on frequency when it is time to start the net, politely request if they could let you begin calling the net. Remember FCC regulations state that no station or stations have a “right” to a frequency. If a group of stations are on frequency, they have as much right to be there as a scheduled net. Most hams will clear a frequency if politely requested to do so to allow a net to open. However, they are under no requirement to do so. Simply wait until the stations leave the frequency and then open the net.
Have some means of recording station calls, names and locations and a list of any traffic for the net. Take your time and remember you are directing the net. Serving as a net control can be fun and provides a real service to the amateur community. Serving as a net control is also good practice for real emergency situations.
Feel free to copy the following information and feel free to volunteer to serve as a net control.
QST, QST, QST, this is [ your name and phonetic call sign ] opening this session of the A.R. Links System Net. This net meets every Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. The purpose of the net is to provide training in proper net procedures and to handle traffic into and out of the central Arkansas area.
The net control for this session is [ your name and phonetic call sign ]. There are usually several repeaters linked during this net and it usually takes a second or two before they all sync together after you key your mike. For this reason, please count to two after you key up and before you start talking.
This net is a directed net and stations should contact net control before attempting to contact other stations.
Please listen closely because this net is run differently from other nets. There are several repeaters linked together for this net. When you do that, it takes a couple of seconds before all of the repeaters start transmitting. Because of that, we ask that when you attempt to check in, please do not unkey. Please key-up, count to two, then give my call sign, your call phonetically, along with your name, location and whether or not you have traffic for the net. At this time, we will stand by for any emergency or priority traffic. If you have any emergency or priority traffic, please come now.
If you want an opportunity to enhance your ham radio skills, we encourage you to sign-up to be a net control operator. This net is the perfect opportunity to train as a new net control or to hone your skills as an experienced operator. The best part is you don’t need to make a long-term commitment. To view the open dates and sign-up, visit C.A.U.H.F. dot org – that’s Charlie Alpha Uniform Hotel Foxtrot dot Oscar Romeo Golf.
If anyone has any announcements for the net, please call now.
[Ask again at the end of the net for additional announcements and try to re-cap the announcements made at the beginning of the net.]
First we would like to ask for check-ins from any newly licensed operators or anyone who has upgraded their license in the past month. Anyone who is newly licensed or upgraded in the past month, please check-in now.
[Feel free to take other check-ins however you like. Some people take check-ins outside the state first, then inside Arkansas in the northwest, northeast, southwest, southeast, and central Arkansas. Others call for check-ins alphabetically based on the last letter of their callsign, or by the month of their birth. Have fun with it. The only way you can screw it up, is to either not try or not learn.]