All licensed amateur radio operators are invited to check in, pass traffic, and make announcements on the following nets.
Weather dependent; as needed
This net is entirely dependent upon our weather. When snow and ice storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flooding, and high winds go through our listening area, checking in to a SKYWARN net is a good way to help the National Weather Service (NWS) get an accurate sense of the type of damage/impact weather events may be having. Be aware that their are certain criteria that are sought by NWS. It is helpful to familiarize yourself with those before checking in. Even better, get trained as a SKYWARN spotter.
SKYWARN Coordinator: Ray - KA1JJM
Assistant SKYWARN Coordinator: Eric - N1QKO
Assistant SKYWARN Coordinator: Jim- N1VMH
Sunday - 8:45 AM
Pioneer Valley Section of the Western MA Emergency Net
This net covers the four western counties of Massachusetts: Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire; initial call up is for RACES, ARES, and NTS offic, followed by check-ins of all other licensed hams, especially those interested in emergency communications.
Net Control Station(s): W1AVK - Rob, KB1PHW - Jiim, or Dan, KB1VWQ
Tuesday - 7:30 PM
This net focuses on Hampshire County in western Massachusetts. Initial call up is for RACES, ARES, and NTS, officials followed by check-ins of all other licensed hams, especially those interested in emergency communications.
Net Control Station: KB1ME - Mary
Wednesday - 7:30 PM
MTARA Information Net
This net is for members and friends of the Mt. Tom Amateur Radio Association. It provides an opportunity for the exchange of information that is important to the amateur radio community. Although it's a directed net, it's relaxed and fun. Come join us!
Net Control Station: NA1X - Joe
Wednesday - immediately after MTARA Information Net; usually close to 7:50 PM
MTARA Swap Net
This net is a great place to network with others who are trying to buy/sell radio and computer equipment. No bargaining is allowed on the air, but buyers and sellers can swap contact information.
Net Control Station: NA1X - Joe
Wednesday - immediately after MTARA Swap Net; usually close to 8:00 PM
N1RLX Emergency Simplex Net (After initial check-in, moves to 146.42 Simplex)
This net was originated by Ray Lendzioszek- N1RLX who believed it was important for hams interested in emergency communications to practice communicating using both repeaters and simplex. When Ray became a Silent Key, this Wednesday evening net was named in his honor. If you are interested in emergency communications, this is a great place to start. Learn about the role of Alternate Net Controls, how to relay messages, how to pass traffic and other skills you might need in an emergency
Net Control Stations: N1IMW, Dennis or N1FDC, Phil
Monday (1st of each month) - 7:30 PM
This net is under the auspices of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and is activated on the first Monday of each month, unless there is a holiday on that Monday. In that case, the net takes place on the second Monday. MEMA Region 3 in Agawam is Net Control for this net under the call of WC1MAC. (You may also want to check-in to other Region 3 nets on other frequencies.)