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). These 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 feel that Nets are an integral part of the Radio Hobby.
RARS provides support and/or sponsors the following nets. Participation in all these nets is open to all licensed Radio Amateurs.
The RARS Amateur Radio News Hour. on Sunday Evenings following the 8:00 net.
We are always looking for volunteers to be Net Control Operators. If you have an interest in running a net, or serving as a backup NCO, please contact the Net Manager.
RARS 2 Meter Net
Every evening at 8:00 pm on the 146.64 repeater.
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 and formal message handling.
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 to 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 Amatuer 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.
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.
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.
Net Control Operator Schedules
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 Controllers for these Nets. If you'd like additional information, or wish to become a NCO, please contact the Net Manager.
January, April, July, October
This net meets 4 times each year on the Saturday following the RARS Membership Meeting. This means it will always be on the 12th through 18th of the month.
NC ARRL NTS Nets - part of the ARRL National Traffic System (NTS):