The 2 m BEARS Net is every Sunday night at 21:00 local time on
the club repeater, WØMA, 147.06+ MHz, 141.3 Hz PL. This is a general
interest net and is open to all radio amateurs. You are welcome
to join us.
You will need paper for
notes, two or more pens, the latest issue of the club roster with
club members listed in ascending order by call sign suffix--you
may request this from the club treasurer. On occasion on-going
club activities may require you to call club officers or staff
members for topics of discussion or announcements. Most importantly
of all relax, speak slowly, keep it short and simple, and don't
The net is opened with the
QST, QST, QST,
this is <your call sign> calling all radio amateurs
to participate in the regularly scheduled Sunday night 2 m
net of the Boeing Employees' Amateur Radio Society, or BEARS net.
This is a general interest net and is open to all radio amateurs.
I will be you net control operator tongiht. My call, once again
is <your call sign given alphabetically and phonetically>,
and my name is <state your name and spell it phonetically>.
Before giving the announcements and calling for check-ins, is
there any emergency traffic for the net? Please call now...
At this point pause for
a few moments before moving on. There is almost never any emergency
traffic. This statement is in recognition that one of the amateur
service's primary principles is the provision of emergency communication
services to the public. If someone responds, recognize them immediately
and call for their traffic. This now takes priority until completed--the
net will have to wait.
If there is no emergency
traffic, pick it up again and call for check-ins with the following
Hearing none we
will proceed with check-ins. Anyone wishing to check into the
BEARS net, please call now with you call sign and first name.
If you like, you can provide
separate calls for short-time check-ins (those stations without
traffic for the net) and regular check-ins (those with traffic).
This is a personal preference. Most stations will indicate if
they are short-time when they check in.
Pause occasionally and acknowledge
each check-in with their name and call sign. As you acknowledge
check-ins, request confirmation on any questionable information.
This is where the roster comes in handy. Once all stations wishing
to check in have been recognized, you are ready to proceed with
Begin by stating the following:
I will now proceed
with the announcements, there will be an opportunity for additional
check-ins later in the net. There are <indicate the number
of announcements> tonight.
Refering to your notes,
make the announcements. Annoumcements typically relate to matters
of club activites or business (e.g., meeting reminders). However,
they can also put information on the table for consideration for
each check-in prior to their traffic. Other examples of announcements
include upcoming hamfests, public service activities, etc...
Run the List
Beginning with the top of
this list, call each check-in to provide their traffic. Once this
list has been run, call for late check-ins:
Are there any additional
stations wishing to check into the BEARS net, please call now
with your call sign and first name.
Run the new list and repeat
Provide an opportunity for
stations to provide final comments or ask questions:
Anyone with additional
comments or questions for the BEARS net, please call now and wait
to be recognized.
Recognize callers in order
Make one last call for check-ins,
comments, or questions.
Give the total number of
check-ins, thank everyone for participating, and close the net
with the following statement:
I now call the
net to a close. The repeater is returned to normal use.