Extending an open invite for the EPRC net on Sundays….
On The Air:
Local: 146.880 RX ,146.280 TX, No Tone
EchoLink: Node# 325732 – KD0ZIM-R
Central Time Zone -Sunday, 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Coordinated Universal Time – Monday, 0300 – 0400 (UTC)
For those not too familiar or net to Ham Radio, let me give a quick run down of the way our weekly club net works. This is not how all of them work but we try to follow the same guidelines each week. Our club may be a bit different than most formal nets in that if you do things wrong we won’t hold it against you but may let you know what is expected. We are here for the hobby and want to have fun. The following is how things are traditionally done…. in case you are worried about getting it wrong or just curious.
The EPRC Net is a formal net – A formal, or directed net has a single net control station (NCS) that manages its operation for a given session. The NCS operator calls the net to order at its designated start time, periodically calls for participants to join, listens for them to answer (or check in ) keeps track of the roster of stations for that particular net session, and generally orchestrates the operation of the net.
When the Net Control asks for check ins of your type, please key up, wait 2 seconds (to make sure your audio is active) and then announce your call sign. Have a phonetic alphabet handy in case you need to give the call sign this way.
When you are called on by Net Control feel free to talk. There there will either be open topic (meaning whatever you want to say) or a net topic already suggested but these are guidelines and not rules.
Types of Check ins:
Mobile: If you are listening via a station that is local and is located at a permanent location (such as a vehicle, Portable radio or “simply not sure” when Net Control calls for “All Mobile Stations, come now” this is when you announce your call sign only and await Net Control to get to you in the list.
Fixed: If you are listening via a station that is at a permanent location (such as a house or building when Net Control calls for “All Fixed Stations, come now” this is when you announce your call sign only and await Net Control to get to you in the list.
Echolink: If you are attached to Node325732 – KD0ZIM-R when Net Control calls for “All EchoLink Stations, come now” this is when you announce your call sign only and await Net Control to get to you in the list.
Email: email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me your name and date you want to check in for. This can be done with or without a ham radio license and net control will announce your check in. (maybe you have not passed the tech exam yet and are listening to the net <here>) If you have a license please give your call sign though.
In The City:
Our monthly meetings are the third Thursday of each month, at 7 pm. The location is Prairie Hill Ev. Free Church, located immediately west of the Eden Prairie High School entrance on Valley View Road. The address is 17200 Valley View Road.
Membership is open to all interested persons.
We are a general interest Ham Radio Club with activities and support for people who are just learning about radio communications and those with a deeper background.
We meet about once a month for club meetings to discuss topics of mutual interest, and plan club activities. We meet at other points for events, contesting and socially. In 2014 and 2015 we had our ARRL Field Day at Miller Park in Eden Prairie. Check out the field day pages for more info.