Radio “nets” are a great way to practice efficient communications and to insure all our equipment is functional and optimized and ready to use in the event of an emergency. A “net” is a regularly scheduled time, day, and frequency where amateur radio operators meet to “check-in” as directed by a “net control operator”. There are many kinds of nets from casual rag-chew nets, swap meet nets, club hangout nets, and emergency preparedness nets.
Here is a partial list of radio nets in the Southern California area. The nets in purple text are ones in which I try to regularly participate. The times listed are in the Pacific Time Zone. Even though some of the nets are for emergency service organizations, most allow visitors and will call for them specifically during the check-ins portion of the net.
Day Time Freq Offset Organization
MON 2100 445.820 - ARES LAX NorthwestWED 1900 445.260 - ARES LAX South
THU 2000 147.735 - San Fernando Valley Amateur Radio Club
SUN 2000 146.025 + Crescenta Valley Radio Club
FM Simplex Nets Day Time Freq Band Organization TUE 2000 145.570 2M San Fernando Valley Amateur Radio Club WED 2000 446.500 70cm SoCal Emergency Net THU 2100 145.525 2M ARES LAX Northeast SAT 2000 146.535 2M Crescenta Valley Radio Club SUN 0900 145.570 2M Lake Balboa Amateur Radio Net SUN 1000 462.550 GMRS 15 Lake BalboaNeighborhood Net
DMR Digital Nets Day Time Freq Slot Group Color Org. Sun 1950 445.68 TS2 TG2 CC1 Crescenta Valley Radio Club
Single Sideband Nets Day Time Freq Band Organization WED 2000 28.310 10M San Fernando Valley Amateur Radio Club WED 2015 144.200 2M SoCal Emergency Net SUN 2200 14.050 20M Elecraft Net MON 0000 7.047 40M Elecraft Net
Other Communication Mode Nets Day Time Mode Channel/Freq Organization 2nd THU 1930 Zello ARES LAX Northeast ARES LAX NE 4th THU 1930 Zello ARES LAX Northeast ARES LAX NE