OCARC Weekly Radio Nets:

Band Mode Local Day Local Time Frequency Net Control Operator
10 Meters USB Wednesday 7:30 PM 28.375* MHz W6ZE
2 Meters FM Wednesday 8:30 PM 146.550 MHz W6ZE
2 Meters
N6ME Rptr
FM
- 600
Thursday
Eff: 1/21/2010
8:00 PM
 
145.400 MHz
103.5 Hz PL
W6ZE
 
AF6CF
 
40 Meters** CW Sunday 9:00 AM 7.086* MHz (Varies) See Details
** Sponsored by the OC Wireless Net * ± QRM
Please check the details for net protocol before checking in to the OCWN net. They are simple to follow, and will make your OCWN net experience solid.

Thursday Two-Meter Repeater Net has been Canceled:

Effective November 25th, 2010 the two-meter N6ME repeater net has been canceled. This net was originally established to allow members with handheld radios who couldn't reach the two meter simplex net to join a club net. Evidently the net was not of value because participation was small.

A Little History of OCARC Nets:

Note: As more information is uncovered, this history will be updated. Some of the dates are currently quite vague. - AF6C

HF SSB Nets:

The first known club net began in October or November of 1971. It was held on Thursday nights starting at 8:00 PM local time. Originally the net control station rotated between the shacks of Kei - W6NGO, Ken - W6HHC and Bob - WB6QNU (now AF6C). Usually the three of them would meet at whichever shack the net was being held at and run the net together. The original net was run on 15 meters at a frequency of 21.375 MHz ±QRM.

A separate ten-meter net began somewhere between 1975 and 1981 on Tuesday nights. This net was controlled by Fred - AG6O and his wife Judy - WA6HEL. It remained active until about November or December of 1984.

Sometime before 1974 the 15-meter net changed from Thursday to Wednesday night. The net time continued to be 8:00 PM until sometime around 1990 when it changed to 7:30 PM local time to better accommodate the later two-meter net. The 15 meter net remained active through September of 1997. On October 1st of 1997 the net moved to ten-meters on 28.375 MHz. This change allowed the newly privileged Tech Plus licensees to join in on an HF net in their alloted frequency band.

The ten-meter net briefly moved back to 15-meters between April and September of 2005 due to the lack of Tech Plus participants and the hope of picking up more DX check-ins. Poor local propagation on 15-meters and a desire to keep ten-meters active ended the experiment.

HF CW Nets:

The first known CW net began on 15 meters sometime before January of 1974. It was held at 7:00 PM on Wednesdays, an hour before the SSB net on 21.175 MHz, and was designed for those with the Novice class to practice their code speed. In early 1983 it was held sporadically while looking for a new net control operator. Sometime between mid 1992 and mid 1996 the net was stopped.

In April of 2003 club member KF6UEB invited the club to participate in a CW net he was running on 40 CW, the OCWN (Orange County Wireless Net) on Sunday mornings on 7.115 MHz. In May of 2004 the net frequency change to 7.068 MHz. Many club members still participate on the weekly OCWN CW net on Sunday mornings.

VHF Nets:

The two-meter VHF FM net began sometime before April of 1981. It was held at 9:00 PM on 146.550 MHz simplex after the HF net. IN 1990 the net changed its start time to 8:30 PM. It continues at that date, time and frequency today.

At the January 9th, 2010 Board Meeting of the OCARC Nicholas Haban - AF6CF suggested we start an additional two-meter net using the Western Amateur Radio Association's N6ME repeater. This would allow fringe stations, unable to work net control simplex, to enjoy a net. George Jacob - N6VNI, president of WARA was present at the meeting and encouraged the net as a way to increase repeater usage. The new net was first held on Jan 21, 2010 at 8 pm. Do to very weak participation, Nicholas asked that the net be closed down, the board agreed. It was last run on November 18th. 2010.


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