When a group of hams get together on a regular basis at a scheduled time and day it is called a “Net.” As long as you’re a licensed ham you’re welcome to check in and participate. In fact, you are cordially invited! The SWIARC (146.82) nets are Wednesday at 9pm and Saturday at noon.
EN21 Verified Area Nets – Find a net in this area you might be interested in.In the beginning, (you know, He is one of us, a Zero) they only had repeaters on the upper half of the 2M band, from 146 – 148. It sort of grew out of former usage, .94 a popular simplex freq at first, and then repeaters with a minus 600kc offset. When it came to putting repeaters in the 147 Mc, they decided to go with a plus offset in case there might be some interference with services outside our band. (Individual’s Xmtrs are likely to be less well heard or lower power than a repeater, and thus less likely to cause out of band problems.)
Then they decided to expand repeaters into the 145 Mc. (late 1970s) Thirty kc channels were first, and even today in this area we have both 15 & 20 kc channels represented in the 145 segment. (Look at the list below carefully.)
But, you need some simplex channels in your radio also. Start with 146.43, .46, .49, and .52 continuing through .55, and .58. Then add some in the 147 Mc (from 147.42 at 30kc intervals) and listen around for other odd usage like ‘The Outlaw Channel’ 146.45; people on 146.50 even, and the rarely publicized Pottawattamie County Super Secret Simplex Freq of 147.495. (You won’t hear people calling on that freq, only a reference to “QSY to Secret Channel 9.”)
Select from one of these repeater lists maintained by members and friends of SWIARC
Here are all the local repeaters in spreadsheet form compiled by Derek W0DBW of Plattsmouth NE. This list is current.
Here are all the local repeaters in a list compiled by Ed N0LJD of Bellevue NE. This list is no longer maintained.
Do you have a complete or reasonably complete list of local area repeaters, or a traveler’s repeater list that you would like to share?
If so, please let us know and we will post it here!
SWIARC Net Control Operators
You too can be a net control operator. Ask Rich or Derek for information if you would like to give it a try! We can help by providing you a sample net script that you’re welcome to use or customize. As long as you follow FCC and club rules, you can run a net as a guest net control operator, or regular net control operator. Also, every net should have a backup net control operator, which is a good opportunity for you to volunteer to shadow one of the regular Netcons.
Here’s our primary net control operators. This isn’t a complete list of all net control operators that have ever existed on the club repeater, this is merely some of the ones you often hear nowadays.
|Rich Swig WAØZQG aka Poppa Bear – the primary SWIARC repeater net control operator. If it weren’t for this guy then many of the repeater nets might not continue. Rich has been the driving force behind a steady and consistent weekly plethora of repeater nets. Rich also contributes to the club web site, serves as an officer most of the time, and volunteers at the yearly SWIARC hamfest. Rich knows a lot of the club history and local ham radio folklore. Keeping the conversation interesting and being extremely patient with all hams during the net are a couple of the reasons Rich remains an extremely popular netcon.|
|Norm WAØJYD aka Junk Yard Dog – reliable sun spot number reports and Monday night 94 net participation, Norm often operates nets when Rich is unavailable. Repeat your callsign phonetically and slowly, even if you know Norm well. Norm is an excellent interviewer, asking questions and finding out more about your take on the current net topic. Count on Norm to archive an informative and thoroughly analyzed subject matter as a net control operator.|
|Derek WØDBW – Very friendly and polite, at least when he is a net control operator. You’ll get your turn in a logical order, and he always allows new ham operators or first time net participants to go to the top of the list. Derek has helped launch and promote some of the newest repeater nets as well as organize information for the net and assist beginning net control operators. Like him or hate him, you’ll be treated fairly during the net and he always believes your contribution to the net is important. Name, location, and call sign if you wish to opine!|
|Albert KEØLOL – Our newest SWIARC repeater net control operator and rising star within the club, Albert has been conducting the extremely popular Prepper’s and Survivalism Net on Tuesday night, taking it to new heights. Albert is also the President-Elect of the SWIARC club 2018. You’ll find Albert to be friendly and approachable whether he is acting as net control operator, or just on the repeater hanging out. Albert helps to make the 82 repeater a friendly and inviting place for new ham operators as well as regular repeater users.|
|YØU – That’s right, your name should be listed here as a SWIARC net control operator. After all, the only real qualifications include that you like the sound of your own voice, be able to keep a temporary list of names and callsigns, and stretch out the conversation for at least an hour. We netcon’s do blather on, but cleverly make plenty of time for all participants to have their turn to speak. You’ve got to keep things under control and respect the wishes of the club and repeater trustee. It’s fun, rewarding, and good practice in public speaking. Contact Rich or Derek for more information on becoming a SWIARC net control operator on the 146.82 repeater.|
Do they look like their voice?