List of Nets known to be Active in the South West Region

Last updated: 19/06/2020

The Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic has shut down Club activities and meetings. Many Clubs have reverted to on-air nets and there has been an increase in the number of regular on-air gatherings. Although managed by the various Clubs in the Region these “nets” are open to all licensed amateurs to take part in and help to reduce the impacts of social isolation and social distancing. These are the nets we know about but there may be others. Remember #GOTA2C.

Monday

  • 3.663MHz 10:30 every Monday managed by Torbay ARS (Kerry M0KRE 07725999973)
  • 1.982MHz 20:00 every Monday managed by Torbay ARS (Kerry M0KRE 07725999973)
  • 145.400MHz 20:00 (19:00UTC) every Monday managed by Mid-Somerset ARC (David G8BFV/Richard G4JJP info@midsarc.org.uk)
  • 145.475MHz FM 20:00 every Monday managed by Poole RS, if 145.475 is busy, then next clear channel up
  • GB3SW 20:00 every Monday managed by Sidmouth ARS (Dave G6XUV 07721436810)
  • 50.155MHz 20:30 every Monday managed by Torbay ARS (Kerry M0KRE 07725999973)

Tuesday

  • 3.165MHz AM 10:45 – 11:00 every Tuesday managed by South Dorset RS. Note this switches to 3.776MHz SSB at 11:00
  • 3.776MHz SSB 11:00 – 12:00 every Tuesday managed by South Dorset RS
  • 70.475MHz FM 19:30 every Tuesday managed by South Bristol ARC (Paul G4PDC enquiries@sbarc.co.uk)
  • GB3EW 19:45 every Tuesday managed by Exeter ARS (Ivor G6ATJ 07927628685)

Wednesday

  • 14.270MHz 09:30 every Wednesday managed by Torbay ARS (Kerry M0KRE 07725999973)
  • 3.663MHz 10:30 every Wednesday managed by Torbay ARS (Kerry M0KRE 07725999973)
  • 145.475MHz FM 14:30 every Wednesday managed by Poole RS, if 145.475 is busy, then next clear channel up
  • 145.400MHz 19:30 every Wednesday managed by Taunton and District ARS (Mike M0CIE)
  • 145.250MHz FM every other Wednesday from 22/04/2020 managed by Bath and District ARC (Paul G4PDC)
  • GB3AC 20:00 every Wednesday managed by North Bristol ARC (Dave G7BYN)

Thursday

  • 145.375MHz +/- QRM 14:00 every Thursday managed by Trowbridge and District ARS (Russ M0WYB/Shaun G0BKU secretary.tdarc@gmail.com)
  • GB3WR 19:30 every Thursday managed by South Bristol ARC (Paul G4PDC enquiries@sbarc.co.uk)
  • 145.475MHz FM 20:00 every Thursday managed by Poole RS, if 145.475 is busy, then next clear channel up

Friday

  • 145.400MHz 15:00 (14:00UTC) every Friday managed by Mid-Somerset ARC (David G8BFV/Richard G4JJP info@midsarc.org.uk)
  • GB3AC 19:00 every Friday managed by North Bristol ARC (Dave G7BYN). Note this switches to GB3BS at 19:30
  • GB3BS 19:30 every Friday managed by North Bristol ARC (Dave G7BYN)
  • 145.575MHz 20:00 every Friday managed by Shirehampton ARC (Ron G4GTD)

Saturday

  • 3.663MHz 10:00 every Saturday managed by Torbay ARS (Kerry M0KRE 07725999973)
  • 950 Net 19:00 every Saturday on the South West Cluster DMR Network Talk Group 950 Timeslot 2 managed by North Bristol ARC (Matt G7FBD g7fbd@gb3bs.com)

Sunday

  • 14.27MHz 09:30 every Sunday managed by Torbay ARS (Kerry M0KRE 07725999973)
  • 145.575MHz 11:00 every Sunday managed by Shirehampton ARC (Ron G4GTD)
  • 145.575MHz 12:00 every Sunday managed by Torbay ARS (Kerry M0KRE 07725999973)
  • DMR net 144.925 simplex DMR at 20:00 every Sunday managed by Sidmouth ARS (Dave G6XUV 07721436810)
  • GB3AC The 20:00 net ended on 26 April. The repeater is monitored informally.

Operating in a Net

There may be a few people, particularly newcomers to the hobby or those considering taking part in the hobby, who are unfamiliar with the concept and operation of a net. For these people the following general pointers are gladly provided.

Those familiar with the terms and conditions contained within our Licence will recognise that a net is one of the few occasions when we are legally permitted to "broadcast". Note that in the legal sense broadcasting has a different connotation than transmitting. Our licence permits us to operate transmitting equipment and to transmit signals but these signals are intended to be one to one, that is we transmit to one other intended recipient and hold a conversation (QSO) with that one other person. Whether others listen to this QSO is immaterial from the legal standpoint, it is the intent that our signal is intended for one other person that is important. Broadcasting, in the legal sense, means making a one to many transmission, that is the signals we broadcast are intended to be received by many individuals. Nets require us to transmit a signal intended to be received by all other participants in the net, it is a one to many transmission hence it is a broadcast. The other common situation where we broadcast is calling CQ as at the time of calling we have no idea how many people or who will reply to us thus we intend our signal to be received by many people in the hope that one of them will come back and engage in a QSO.

It is possible for a two way QSO to morph into an impromptu net if someone else comes across the QSO on air and asks to join in, this is not a problem. However this page is more focussed on the formal types of net that usually occur with some degree of regularity on the same frequency at the same time of the day or week.

There are a number of regular nets that are supported by national or international groups, such as the Worked All Britain (WAB) net which comes together at various times dependent upon propagation and often involve mobile stations travelling through W.A.B. Squares.

WAB Net Frequencies
BAND (m) SSB (MHz.) CW (MHz.)
160 1.933 – 1.950 1.850
80 3.760 3.570
40 7.160 7.035
20 14.265 14.035
15 21.320 21.035
10 28.655 28.035
6 50.150
2 144.345
Weekly 2m nets run on Friday evenings at 20:30 hours (UK local time) and Sunday mornings at 10:30 hours (UK local time)

Additionally there are many local nets run by clubs or even individuals that can be a good place to contact local hams and introduce yourself.

Regular nets, as opposed to the impromptu type referred to previously, normally operate in one of two ways and it is advisable to spend a few minutes listening to the operation before you check in for the first time to ensure you understand how the group operates.

In all cases there will be a "NET CONTROLLER" whose function it is to ensure that everyone is in the net and gets their turn. How this is managed varies from net to net but generally either:

  1. The net controller notes the callsigns of those who call in and advises them of their position in the group and when there turn will be. This is usually based on some simple process such as the order in which stations checked into the net or alphanumeric callsign order. Once you know the order you wait for the person in front of you in the queue to speak and then when they finish the net automatically moves to you, you take your turn and pass it to the next person in the queue. Once everyone has had a turn and there are no other newcomers the first person takes their second turn and the process repeats. This is slightly less formal and tends to allow for a speedier net but relies on the participants to manage themselves and follow the rules of who to follow and who to pass onto.
  2. The net controller controls the net formally recording all those taking part and nominating who is to speak at any given point. In this operation a member of the net is invited to take his or her turn by the net controller, at the end of which the person speaking hands back to the net controller who then identifies the next station, who speaks and passes back to the net controller, and so on. Such a net is more flexible in that the if the net controller knows someone can add to information he or she can be invited to participate when the topic is in focus rather than waiting several overs for their turn to speak by which time the topic of conversation may have changed but it is a slower process overall and more onerous for the net controller.

If you know of any other nets or of changes to the listed nets please do not hesitate to get in touch using the contact e-mail at the bottom of this page.