Friday, January 17, 2014

[Class T01]: How to listen to a HAM Net on the Web

How to listen to a HAM Net on the Web
(this info is available at

Tonight at 11PM, Shelley [KF7TBA] and LW [K7LWA] are hosting the nightly Insomniac-Net on the WINSystem (
This Trivia-style Net has occurred every night for over the past 33 years.
Tonight's topic is about the 1960s TV phenomenon The Monkees.
Link to questions: 
Insomniac-Net Questions -- Friday[03], Jan 17, 2014 -- Tonight's Topic: "Mixed Bag of 3 Trivia Questions -- #02 -- The Monkees")

    You are cordially invited to listen in on how this typical "Directed Net" is conducted.

    A "directed net" is "directed" or "controlled" by a designated Net Controller.

    The Net Contoller has a list of valid Amateur Operators(/Stations) who want to check in to give their trivia answers.

During the net, the Net Controller (LW [K7LWA]) will ask each Amateur Operator to check in -- one at a time -- with their answers.
    The Net Controller does this by calling each Operator by their FCC-granted Call sign and waiting for a few seconds for the called Operator to respond with their check-in and answers.
    If the Operator does or does not respond, then the Net Controller calls the next operator on this Check-in List until the end of the List is reached.
If the Net Controller cannot hear or understand a responding Operator clearly, s/he will ask for a "relay" from any Station who may have heard the transmission.

    Tonight's Check-in List for example, has 168 Operators on it -- which should run about 90 minutes.

    At the end of the regular Check-in List, the Net Controller will ask for any Late or Missed Operators to check in.
    The format that is used for the Late or Missed Check-in is for the Operators to transmit their Call sign suffix phonetically twice.
For example, for LW [K7LWA] to check in with format, LW would "key up" (i.e., "push-to-talk") and transmit with "
Lima Whiskey Alpha -- Lima Whiskey Alpha".
Usually after a couple of  go-arounds, the Net Controller will ask for any Station -- Late, Missed or New (to the Net) Stations to check in.

    After the last Check-in sequence, the Net Controller will give the Answers to the Trivia Questions and read the "Daily Quote".

    Next, the Net Controller will ask for all Stations to refrain from transmitting for about 30 seconds of NO AUDIO -- for anybody who had connected to the WINSystem via internet/radio Nodes and wants to disconnect -- the Net Controller will ask for any questions about the Trivia Qs&As.

    Finally, the Net Controller will thank all the Operators and Stations who gave the Network a free and clear frequency to run the Net and return the Net to its usual and normal status.

Typically, as on the WINSystem, this status allows all licensed Opeators (or Stations) to conduct Amateur Radio communications as granted by the FCC.
(NOTE: While the "On-Air" Net Controller is running check-ins on the Net, there are usually another two or three Net Controllers (behind the scenes) keeping the Network functioning and controlling "traffic" -- which may include jammers who try to disrupt the net or interfere with routine Amateur Radio Operations.)

    The following instructions will show you how to listen in on tonight's Insomniac-Net via the internet.
With your web browser:
1. Go to the WINSystem website
2. Click on the left sidebar named Streaming Audio Streaming Audio
3. Copy the link on the Hub Audio (Cleaner Sound) Audio Stream of your choice
4. Open this link in your favorite audio program (e.g., WMP is shown below)
(NOTE; You will hear what is being heard on the WINSystem -- with about a 30-second delay -- including the occasional "doubling" of multiple stations transmitting simultaneously.)

Friday, January 10, 2014


Good morning.  This is the  __________ AM  edition of the 9-o'clock net.
Good evening. This is the  __________ PM  edition of the 9-o'clock net.
The 9-o'clock net occurs on this frequency twice a day -- 9AM and 9PM local time.

 Please verify that your radio is set to an output Frequency of 146.960 with a MINUS Offset and a PL Tone of 103.5
 The Puget Sound Repeater Group permits and provides the facilities for conducting the 9-o'clock nets.
  For more information about Puget Sound Repeater Group, please visit the PSRG.ORG website. =========================  
As with all 9-o'clock nets, this a directed net.
 This net usually lasts between 10 and 40 minutes.

 Your cooperation is appreciated in allowing this net the use of a clear frequency.
  This net is open to any Station holding a valid Amateur Radio license.
  Please use commonly accepted Amateur Radio operating practices, etiquette, and mutual respect for all.
This is __________, _____________ in/at ___________________. (e.g., This is K7LWA, LW in Seatac.)
Before I start asking for check-ins,
             please remember to end your transmission with your granted Amateur Call-sign.
   Also, when you check-in, please provide your valid Amateur Call-sign -- and your name --
                          and I will acknowledge each check-in.

This is a "come as you are" Net -- without any specific check-in order, however,
  please indicate if you are a Mobile station in a good location

  and I'll slot you toward the top of the stack.

And as always, In and Out stations with their I/Os are always welcomed and encouraged to drop by to say "hello".
Please note that the Echolink and IRLP operational capabilities have been disabled for the 9-o'clock nets.
If I have a problem hearing or identifying a station, I will ask for a relay.
OK, let's start...
    Please check in with your Amateur Radio Call-sign and Name -- 

              and I will acknowledge each check-in. 
Thank you for joining us on the 9'oclock net this morning/evening.

 This 9-o'clock net is now closed and the frequency is returned to normal use.
Goodbye. ___________ is clear.
Log/Audio ID:_________________________________      Date:  2014--___--___

REV: K7LWA 2014-05-19AM -- (+)_K7LWA_9OCN_Preamble(Template).html

Originally Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 1/10/2014 12:00:00 AM

Thursday, January 9, 2014

[T2014-001] January 2014 HAM Classes

Here is the upcoming January 2014 classes information
We are holding the next General Class this weekend, Jan 10-12, 2014  in Auburn
and the next Technician class will be the next weekend Jan 17-19, 2014 in Tukwila
The General Class (Jan 10-12, 2014)  will be at the:
River Estates Club House
3611  NE  I  Street
 Auburn WA 98002
(This is four blocks east (toward the hill) of Auburn Way NE on NE 37th Street -- one block past the stop sign on the left.)
Friday night    January 10, 2014    7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday        January 11, 2014    9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday          January 12, 2014    9 AM to 3 PM with the test starting at 3 PM
The Technician Class (Jan 17-19, 2014) will be at the:
 Tukwila Fire Station 51,
 444 Andover Park East,
 Tukwila  WA  98188.
Friday night    January 17, 2014    7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday        January 18, 2014    9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday          January 19, 2014    9 AM to 3 PM with the test starting at 3 PM
These are FREE classes, but the test cost $15. ARRL Training books are available at $30.00.
Please let us know if you are coming so the handout material can be prepared for you.  
Thank you
Daniel Stevens, KL7WM
Training Coordinator

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


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PSRG Weekly Net Check-In is every Monday at 7:30PM

  Puget Sound Repeater Group Website  

PSRG Weekly Net Check-In is 
every Monday at 7:30PM

Ah, the Joy of being a Nine O’clock Net Host...


An average PSRG 9-O'Clock Net Host
Remember: Monday Night is PSRG Weekly Net Check-In Time!
We are actively recruiting New Net Hosts!
If you are interested,
please contact LW [K7LWA] via email.
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Shelley [KF7TBA] dishing up her homemade 2m-Yagi w/ Pesto!
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"Remember to Check-In on the PSRG Weekly Net
each Monday at 7:30PM!"

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Sound Repeater Group Website


Irene [KF7WUD]'s Snoopy also sez: 
"Check out Live Stream TV WW7ATS -- below!"
We hold our nets on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at
20:00 Pacific. The audio portions of our nets are conducted with the
assistance of the SeaTac Repeater Association on 147.08 MHz with a PL
tone of 103.5 Hz. We would of course like to say that visitors are
welcome and we would be delighted to have you join our Wednesday and
Saturday evening nets. For those who have a hard time receiving our
over the air video broadcasts, we also make an attempt to do a live
stream of our nets. Check the streaming page!
Western Washington Amateur Television Society

Fancy Something New that is Olde?

"Pre-Today's 9 O'Clock" Net: Educational Radio Net

Some of the newer people will not
know that Lee [N7KC] and Bob [K9PQ]

did a long running net on PSRG called the
Educational Radio Net
 We had a blog to support the net
and it is still a good resource.
Here is the link:

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& Field Day photos)
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Carol [KF7TNO] and the always locquacious EJ [KF7TNP]p[ffd


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