Weekly Nets (digital and voice)

WECG hosts or participates in several Emergency Communications (EmComm) nets throughout the week. In addition to those listed below, there are other local ACS (Auxiliary Communications Service) groups who host or participate in Ops 3 nets (“operations 3” nets are local nets) throughout the county. The weekly reports are sent in during the Ops 2 (county) net, and sent on to the Ops 1 (regional) net. Several nets operate Tuesday morning and Sunday evening. There is a WECG Ops 3 net that takes check-ins Tuesdays at 9 AM, and it is followed by an Ops 2 net (Whatcom county-wide) at 9:20 AM and an Ops 1 net (Region 1) at 10 AM. The primary Whatcom County Emergency Services EmComm net starts every Sunday evening at 19:00 giving amateur radio operators practice with emergency radio skills. Digital check-ins start at 18:00 (except during the summer). WinLink messages can be sent any time during the week. They are usually recorded as of Sunday at 6 PM, except during the summer when they are recorded by Tuesday 8:45 AM. If you don’t use WinLink already, learn how to send the ICS 213 form, a digital report developed for Incident Command System messaging. The schedule and details of nets connected with WECG are 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 SJMC Ops 3Tuesday 0830SJMC group volunteers and visitors.Church Rd UHF repeater 442.825+ MHz, tone 156.7 Hz.K7SJH, the WECG St. Joseph Medical Center Group takes check-ins and net control reports to the DMCC (Disaster Medical Center Control) Region 1 Hospital net at 0900.
Tuesday Emcomm Ops 3Tuesdays 0900All WECG membersChurch Rd UHF repeater 442.825MHz + MHz, tone 156.7 Hz.Weekly Emcomm practice
Tuesday DMCC Ops 2Tuesday 0900DMCC net control stationsThe net starts on the Lyman VHF repeater 145.19 MHz –, 127.3 Hz tone, and then moves to the Cultus UHF repeater 444.625 MHz + 103.5 Hz toneK7SJH report for SJMC to the DMCC (Disaster Medical Center Control) Region 1 Hospital net along with other hospitals and medical centers in Region 1 (Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties).
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. A WinLink message can be sent to W7ECG anytime before 0800 Tuesday morning to be counted in the weekly digital count.
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 at 19:00 on 146.580 MHz. 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 guide here.) Note that these are older versions. Members of WECG have access to our Microsoft 365/SharePoint/Teams account and are able to enter check-in data directly into the spreadsheet. An updated version of this page may have a direct link to the updated sheets.

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.