Weekly Radio Net:
The Franklin County ARES net meets at 8 pm every Monday evening on the Zero Beaters Amateur Radio Club’s WA0FYA repeater (147.24 +, PL 141.3; alternate 147.180, no tones) located in Washington. All licensed radio operators are welcome to check in, ARES member or not. Have a pencil and paper handy and be prepared to copy a formal NTS radiogram - most weeks one will be transmitted to give listeners practice in copying traffic. Approximately once a month, there will be a training exercise during the net; check this page for updates. NOTE: Net will NOT be held if severe weather is in the area; please join the weather net instead!
Check in procedure:
When Net Control calls for stations to check in, you first key your mic and call “net control” or the call sign of ARES, KD0QQU, then un-key. Listen for a second or so to make sure you haven’t doubled with another station. Hearing nothing, re-key and give your call sign slowly and clearly, and indicate if you have traffic for the net. If you have doubled with someone, allow their check-in to complete before trying again.
[Net Control]: “I will now take check-ins from stations in the Union area; stations in the Union are, please call now”
[You] “KD0QQU” <unkey and listen> “This is Kilo Charlie Zero Oscar Oscar Hotel, Joe, no traffic”
Following this procedure will ensure an orderly check-in and protect the net control operator’s sanity!