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ARES Voice Net Control Schedule


Sunday Night 7:00 p.m. on the 147.36 repeater, 131.8 tone
(or alternates as noted below)
Travis County ARES holds a voice training net each Sunday evening. During the net, we practice proper radio techniques and share important information on upcoming events. Backup repeater is 146.94 with a 107.2 tone. If both repeaters are unavailable, please use 146.58 simplex (no tone) to continue the net.

Week#             (day of month)

Odd Months

Even Months


JAN, MAR, MAY, JUL, SEP, NOV

FEB, APR, JUN, AUG, OCT, DEC

1st (1-7)

K5MSK

KF5JLK

2nd (8-14)

K5EJL

N5HPC (temporary)

3rd (15-21)

KF5YTZ

WB5WTF

4th (22-28)

N5DFW

N0GSZ

5th (29-31)

AC5KW

N5HPC


Click here for Net Control Documents
Net control stations (NCS), please check the table above for your scheduled nights.
You are backup NCS for the same week number for the month following the month you are scheduled for NCS duty. E.g. If you are NCS on the third week for even numbered months, you are backup NCS on the third week for odd numbered months.
If you can't be available on your scheduled night, please warn (in advance) your backup NCS, or get one of the other experienced NCS stations to fill in.  Backup NCS: If your NCS does not start the net on time, please fill your role and start the net and ask for another backup.
If you're one of the NCS operators and the scheduled NCS and backup station don't appear, please fill in if you can.



The Sunday Night Packet Training Net has been discontinued - effective immediately. It has been decided that the net does not provide effective emergency communications. It's purpose was to serve as a stepping stone for members to develop the hardware and skills needed to move to the Packet WinLink system. TCARES has just implemented their TCARES WinLink Wednesday program and you are highly encouraged to participate and develop your WinLink skills (both Peer-to-Peer and VHF gateway). W5IFQ (Lew) has offered to be available to practice these with you, either by VHF Packet or HF Pactor. Please contact him at:  w5ifq [at] att.net


Travis County ARES WinLink Wednesday

WinLink Wednesday provides a regular opportunity to test our hardware and software configurations, and to practice our skills in using the WinLink radio email system (www.WinLink.org).  Announcements and reminders go out to past participants via WinLink and via this website.

Any TCARES licensed amateur capable of sending and receiving WinLink radio email via VHF or HF is welcome to participate.

WinLink training topics will be included in the acknowledgements that I send. These will include important features and characteristics of the WinLink system (scripts, P2P, creating templates, message precedence, white lists, compressing files). Also included will be tips, shortcuts, definitions, links to other system and training information, etc.

The preferred method is to use any VHF or HF RMS gateway to send your check-in through your radio. Initially, if your setup is not capable of digital transmission, you may use TelNet. But within a few weeks you will be expected to transmit through a Gateway as this is the real value of WinLink.

W3MRC-10 on 145.730 MHz is a public RMS Gateway available 24/7/365 for legitimate amateur radio use.  Coverage is quite good around Travis County.  You can use the W3MRC-10 gateway, another VHF or UHF gateway, or an HF gateway to participate in WinLink Wednesdays. The WinLink Web site, https://WinLink.org/RMSChannels , has maps and lists of all the gateways available for use. Also check the Texas RMS Packet Station Uptimes, http://n5tw.ecpi.com/rmsstatus/, for current status of central Texas gateways, nodes, digipeaters, etc.

All TCARES are encouraged to participate and add WinLink, an important part of our ARES® response capability, to your amateur radio toolkit.  It’s easy to do, and if you are already set up for digital modes you have all the hardware you need. If not, find a buddy to help you set up your system.
To join this activity, follow the check-in procedure below.

Check-in Procedure

Check-in anytime between Sunday 2359 and Wednesday 2359. W5RZG will send a reply containing a training message by 2359 Thursday. Check for incoming messages from me anytime after that. All check-ins will be acknowledged, and a complete list of check-ins will be sent via WinLink to all participants. The check-in count will also be announced on the TCARES Sunday Net. Try to read the training message before the next check-in.
Please remember to use the correct format for check-in, as shown below (check-in message on a SINGLE LINE:

To: W5RZG
Subject: //WL2K TCARES WinLink Net Check-In
Message: call sign, first name, city or town, Gateway used (W3MRC-10, N5TW, etc), Session type (Packet, Pactor, Winmor, etc)

Example:
W5RZG, John, Austin, W3MRC-10, Packet

 

WinLink Wednesday provides a regular opportunity to test our hardware and software configurations, and to practice our skills in using the WinLink radio email system (www.WinLink.org).  Announcements and reminders go out to past participants via WinLink and via this website.

Any TCARES licensed amateur capable of sending and receiving WinLink radio email via VHF or HF is welcome to participate.

WinLink training topics will be included in the acknowledgements that I send. These will include important features and characteristics of the WinLink system (scripts, P2P, creating templates, message precedence, white lists, compressing files). Also included will be tips, shortcuts, definitions, links to other system and training information, etc.

The preferred method is to use any VHF or HF RMS gateway to send your check-in through your radio. Initially, if your setup is not capable of digital transmission, you may use TelNet. But within a few weeks you will be expected to transmit through a Gateway as this is the real value of WinLink.

W3MRC-10 on 145.730 MHz is a public RMS Gateway available 24/7/365 for legitimate amateur radio use.  Coverage is quite good around Travis County.  You can use the W3MRC-10 gateway, another VHF or UHF gateway, or an HF gateway to participate in WinLink Wednesdays. The WinLink Web site, https://WinLink.org/RMSChannels , has maps and lists of all the gateways available for use. Also check the Texas RMS Packet Station Uptimes, http://n5tw.ecpi.com/rmsstatus/, for current status of central Texas gateways, nodes, digipeaters, etc.

All TCARES are encouraged to participate and add WinLink, an important part of our ARES® response capability, to your amateur radio toolkit.  It’s easy to do, and if you are already set up for digital modes you have all the hardware you need. If not, find a buddy to help you set up your system.

To join this activity, follow the check-in procedure below.


Check-in Procedure

Check-in anytime between Sunday 2359 and Wednesday 2359. W5RZG will send a reply containing a training message by 2359 Thursday. Check for incoming messages from me anytime after that. All check-ins will be acknowledged, and a complete list of check-ins will be sent via WinLink to all participants. The check-in count will also be announced on the TCARES Sunday Net. Try to read the training message before the next check-in.

Please remember to use the correct format for check-in, as shown below (check-in message on a SINGLE LINE:


To: W5RZG

Subject: //WL2K TCARES WinLink Net Check-In

Message: call sign, first name, city or town, Gateway used (W3MRC-10, N5TW, etc), Session type (Packet, Pactor, Winmor, etc)


Example:

 

W5RZG, John, Austin, W3MRC-10, Packet


Weekly Winlink activities

Activities for Winlink Wednesday can be found at winlinkwednesday.com.

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 April 2019 18:17