Weekly Nets (digital and voice)

The Whatcom County Emergency Services Net (EmComm net) meets every Sunday evening giving hams practice with emergency radio skills on both voice and digital check-ins starting at 6 PM. PracticeWinLink messages can be sent any time during the week. They are recorded as of Sunday at 6 PM. If you don’t use WinLink already, learn how to send the ICS 213 form, a digital report developed for Incident Command System messaging. There is also a WECG Ops 3 net (local net) that takes check-ins Tuesdays at 9 AM, and it is followed by an Ops 2 net (county-wide) at 9:20 AM and an Ops 1 net (regional) at 10 AM. The schedule and details is in the chart below, followed by check-in guides and how-to information. Upcoming net control operators are listed at the end of the page. Volunteers are always needed. Contact nco@wecg.org to volunteer to be net control operator for any of the weekly nets. See notes at the end of this listing.

What?When?Who?Where?Why?
Tuesday Emcomm Ops 3Tuesdays 0900All WECG membersChurch Rd UHF repeater 442.825+ MHz, tone 156.7 Hz.Weekly Emcomm practice
Tuesday Emcomm Ops 2Tuesday 0920Local net control operatorsSumas Mountain VHF repeater 145.23 MHz, tone 103.5 HzNet control stations reporting to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department net WC7SO.
Tuesday Emcomm Ops 1Tuesdays 1000Regional net control operatorsCultus Mountain UHF repeater 444.625 MHz, tone 103.5 Hz.Regional reporting
WinlinkAnytime during the week prior to Sunday 1800All licensed amateursTelnet or packet to a Winlink gatewayPractice using Winlink to pass messages. Bonus points for attaching a SitRep ICS213 to your message.
All digital nets will are suspended from May 1 to August 31
FSQSundays 1800-1820All licensed amateurs145.020 MHz simplex mode FSQPractice the FSQ digital mode
FlmsgSundays 1820-1850Amateurs affiliated with any EMCOMM groupThis is Directed Net:

Voice: Church UHF repeater 442.825 MHz, tone 156.7 Hz.
Data: 145.020 MHz simplex. Mode varies.
Get clearance from voice net control before sending your digital traffic on 145.020 MHz simplex.

Participants can practice sending and receiving ICS213 messages using Fldigi and Flmsg.
Consider volunteering to be Voice or Digital Net Control for this net. Send email to w7ecg.wecg@gmail.com for information.
VoiceSundays 1845-1900All licensed amateursLookout Mtn. repeater 224.16 MHz, (-1.6 MHz offset), tone 156.7 Hz.
Net Control may move the net to another repeater or simplex frequency after starting the net on on the repeater.
Exercise your 1.25 meter radio equipment.
Consider being Net Control for this net. Visit http://wecg.org for details.
VoiceSundays 1900-1920All licensed amateursChurch Rd UHF repeater 442.825 MHz, tone 156.7 Hz.
Net Control may move the net to another repeater or simplex frequency after starting the net on on the Church Road repeater.
Exercise your radio equipment.
Consider being Net Control for this net. Visit http://wecg.org for details.
DMRSundays 1915All licensed amateursUsing Ferndale repeater 440.7375 MHz+, Talk group: 31538, Washington State ARESDMR practice.

Notes: A plus (+) or minus (-) sign after a repeater frequency indicates the offset. Because repeaters are receiving (listening) and transmitting (broadcasting) at the same time, they require an offset to keep the radio frequencies from interfering with each other. The offset can be either positive (+) or negative (-). At two meters (the 144 MHz range), the offset is usually 600 kHz, at 220 MHz (1.25 meters), the offset us usually 1.6 MHz, and in the 440 MHz range (70cm), the offset is usually 5 MHz.

Check-in and how-to guides:

To download the check-in guide in pdf format, click here.
Weekly digital Flmsg Net How-to.
Weekly digital Flmsg Net Control Script.
If you are interested in remotely accessing the WECG Raspberry Pi stations that have been deployed around the county, please read the document at https://github.com/AG7GN/dwservice/blob/master/README.md for instructions. The relevant sections to read are:
Initial Setup > Establish a DWService Account > Create Account
and
Access and Control Remote Computers

Simplex Net

The last Sunday of every month is a simplex net conducted on 146.580. If you can hear a station that net control cannot, please provide your call-sign to indicate you have a relay. If you cannot hear net control whatsoever, but you can hear other operators, please wait briefly and then give your call-sign so someone can relay for you.

To download the SIMPLEX check-in guide in pdf format, click here. (It is to be used with the regular check-in guideĀ here.)

Net Control Operators (please fill where needed)

To volunteer to be net control, login to your WCSAR Teams account and add your name to either the Digital or Voice spreadsheets in the General WECG files. Or send an email to info@wecg.org.