Arlington Amateur Radio Club

Arlington County, Virginia USA

Weekly Bulletin & Net

Club volunteers transmit the Amateur Radio Newsline and/or ARRL Audio News bulletin on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM ET (except for meeting nights), on the W4WVP 2-meter repeater. A club net follows at about 7:20 PM.

The W4WVP 2-meter repeater is located in Arlington County and has several remote receivers. This repeater is open for general amateur use. Its trustee is Michael (Mike) Callaham, NW3V.

The repeater transmits on 145.47 MHz and receives on 144.87 MHz. A PL (CTCSS) tone of 107.2 Hz is required on your 144.87 MHz signal to access the repeater.

All licensed amateurs are invited to check into the net. If you are interested in serving as Net Control Station (NCS), contact Mike Callaham, NW3V, on the net. or by emailing nw3v [at] arrl [dot] org .

Net Preamble Suggested for Use by NCS

QST, QST. Calling the Arlington County Net. Net control station for this evening is __. My name is ___, and I am located at ______.

Before we begin this net, does anyone need to use the repeater?

The Arlington County Net meets every Tuesday except meeting nights at about 7:20 PM local time, after news bulletin transmission ends. The net meets on the W4WVP 2-meter repeater, 145.47 megahertz. A PL tone of 107.2 Hertz is required to access the repeater. The net is sponsored by the Arlington Amateur Radio Club and the Arlington County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, ARES. The purpose of the net is to practice controlled net procedures for use in emergencies and to keep the amateur community informed of ham radio activities in and around Arlington.

All stations are invited to participate in tonight’s net, and all operators and listeners are welcome to our meetings. Our meeting dates, times, and locations vary. For the latest information, visit the club website, w4wvp.org . Our next meeting will be [date] [time] at [location].

Procedure

After the preamble, ask for check-ins with name, callsign in ITU phonetics, and location. Do in the following order:

Check-ins:

  1. Which are mobile or short-time (ask for comments before proceeding);
  2. Which have traffic (i.e., announcements, information, questions);
  3. Which are current or past club officers;
  4. Other stations, any type, any jurisdiction.

Go through the list in above order for their traffic, comments, etc.

Take breaks for check-ins; re-identify the net every 10 minutes.

When all topics are exhausted, say, "With thanks to the Arlington Amateur Radio Club for the use of the W4WVP two-meter repeater, this net is closed at [time]."

Contact Information

You can mail club officers at w4wvp [at] arrl.net or make your inquiry on our weekly net. Discussions also take place online.

For general information on the Amateur Radio Service, and to learn how you can become a radio amateur, see our Amateur Radio page.