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RARS Nets – Scheduled RARS-sponsored nets
Other Local Nets – Scheduled local nets in the Raleigh Area
HF Nets – Scheduled HF nets in North Carolina

What are Nets?

A "net" is simply a group of ham radio operators who get together on the air, at a regular (scheduled) time and frequency. Nets are sort of like meetings that take place on the radio. They can be formal, with agendas and specific procedures to be followed (traffic nets and public service nets for example), or they can be informal like many local area nets where hams just get together to talk — frequently called Rag Chew Nets.

There are also special interest nets for such topics as specific brands of radios or specific facets of radio (like trader nets or short wave listeners nets). Nets may be formal or informal. Most nets have a Net Control Station (NCS) who directs the net, meaning that the NCS keeps track of the participants who "check-in" and lets them know when it is their turn to speak. RARS encourages, sponsors, and supports many types of amateur radio nets. We believe that nets are an integral part of the hobby.

RARS Net Schedule
(On W4DW, 146.64 MHz, -0.6 MHz Offset, No Tone)

RARS provides support and/or sponsors the following nets. Participation in all these nets is open to all appropriately licensed Radio Amateurs.

DayTimeNet NameNet Control Operator
Monday8:00 pmRARS 2 Meter NetWX4MMM Bob / N4GEB Bob
Tuesday8:00 pmRARS 2 Meter NetKG4IVD Peri
Wednesday8:00 pmRARS 2 Meter NetNC4VA Virginia
Thursday8:00 pmRARS 2 Meter NetKT4JR Julie
Friday8:00 pmRARS 2 Meter NetW4TTO Joe
Saturday8:00 pmRARS Tech & Traders NetAB4OZ Alan
Sunday8:00 pm RARS 2 Meter NetWA4BPJ Mike
8:15 pmAmateur Radio News Hour
9:00 pmApex ERC NetRotates

RARS would like to thank all of the folks who volunteer their time to make all of these nets possible. Opportunities always exist for additional net control operators for these nets.  If you'd like additional information, or wish to become a NCO, please contact the Net Manager.

The RARS nets are also reflected on the main RARS home page each day.

RARS Net Details

RARS 2 Meter Net

Every evening at 8:00 pm except Saturday.
The 2 Meter Net offers an opportunity to talk about the day's events and to hear what your fellow hams are doing. Be sure to tune in periodically for announcements of local Amateur Radio activities or Public Service events. The 2 Meter Net is a directed net, and offers the opportunity for new Amateur operators to learn net skills.

RARS Technical and Trader's Net

Saturday evening at 8:00 pm.
This net provides a forum for Amatuer Radio technical questions. Many of the area's most experienced hams can answer your questions about what to do, not to do, or how and why something works the way it does -- or doesn't work that way! Even if you don't have a question, it's a great place to both learn and share your knowledge with others. Also a great place to brag about that new radio or antenna you just built!

In addition, the Trader's Net offers the opportunity to buy/sell amateur radio equipment. Remember the rules, though. No commercial dealers, only ham and ham-related merchandise, and no price negotiating on the air. (You can list an asking price.) This has been a great resource for new hams trying to find equipment at a reasonable price and for others to find a new home for the hardware that has been replaced but would be great for someone else.

RARS Amateur Radio News Hour

Sunday Evenings at 8:15 pm
Enjoy an hour-long broadcast of the top Amateur Radio news programs available. Be sure to stop by for the ARRL Audio Newsletter, and The Amateur Radio Newsline. Always the latest news and enforcement updates from the FCC.

Apex Emergency Response Communications Net

Sunday evening at 9:00 p.m.
The Apex Emergency Response Communications Net meets weekly each Sunday at 9:00 p.m. on the 146.640 repeater. The purpose of the net is to assist ham radio operators in preparing to respond to emergencies, test their equipment, improve operating skills, pass traffic, and to provide those with a common interest an opportunity to meet. The Apex ERC Net provides amateur radio emergency communications for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' disaster relief efforts. All stations are invited to participate in this net.

Other Local Nets

DaysTimeNet NameFrequency
Daily7:30 pmSouth Wake Amateur Radio Club
2m Rag Chew Net
145.21 Repeater
Daily8:00 pmJohnston Amateur Radio Society
2m Rag Chew Net
147.27 Repeater
Daily9:00 pmPiedmont Coastal Traffic Net (PCTN) 146.88 Repeater
Tuesdays9:15 pmCentral Carolina SKYWARN net
See Here
7:00 pmEast Coast Amateur Radio
Emergency and Info Net
Carolina UHF Link System
Wednesdays7:30 pmHam Public Service Net Carolina UHF Link System
7:00 pmJohnston County ARES
Monthly Training Net
147.27 Repeater
Thursdays7:30 pmWake County AuxComm Net 146.88 Repeater
Thursdays8:30 pmCentral Carolina D-Star Net442.5375 MHz
Saturdays7:00 pmVOIP Hurricane Net 146.775 Repeater

North Carolina HF NETS

Quarterly Raleigh 10 Meter Net
January, April, July, October

The 10 meter net meets on 28.364 MHz four times each year, on the Saturday following the RARS Membership Meeting. It will always be on or between the 12th and the 18th of the month. It usually starts sometime between 8:30 and 9:00 pm. The actual start time will be announced on the RARS 2 Meter Net, on W4DW 146.64 MHz, just prior to the 10 meter net.

North Carolina Traffic Nets
Part of the ARRL National Traffic System

  • NC Morning Net (the morning phone net) - daily at 7:45 am on 3.927MHz
  • NC Evening Net (the evening phone net) - nightly at 6:30 pm on 3.923MHz
  • Carolinas Net (early CW net) - nightly at 7:00 pm on 3.573 MHz
  • Carolinas Slow Net (slow CW net)- nightly at 8:00 pm on 3.571 MHz
  • Carolinas Net (late CW net) - nightly at 10:00 pm on 3.573 MHz

Other North Carolina HF Nets
Dick Bitner Benevolent Fund
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