Net update of October 17, 2018: Net #4 went quite well..our longest (by one minute) net so far! Node count remains steady. Check-ins = eight.

Net Update: (Oct. 10, 2018)

Number three went well with an analog check-in with an Echolink relay.

C4FM/WiRES-X Net: (October 10, 2018)

Net number three will be tonight, so we have not imploded yet! In fact, we are very happy with the participation we’ve had in this effort. It’s great to hear all the friendly voices on the net and we are looking forward to hearing you again tonight. ‘See’ you there!


INAUGURAL NET COMPLETE! (September 26, 2018)

The first ‘Yard Dogs’ C4FM/WiRES-X net was successfully held tonight and we thank all participants, assistant controllers and node/repeater owners who provided access.

C4FM/WiRES-X Net: (September 14, 2018)

The launch date for our new net is Wednesday September 26, 2018 at 9PM Eastern Time. The WiRES-X room is 40383 (YARDDOGS-RPTR) and will occur on Wednesday nights at 9PM Eastern Time. Please use DN mode.

Our main goal is to provide an outlet for local users with System Fusion radios a way for them to enjoy the digital features of their radios. If you are unable to reach the K1KC VHF repeater, search for participating nodes that you might be able to reach. Of course, all participants are welcome.

We’ll start off with a technical discussion, then move into a more ‘social’ net. In keeping with many nets, please avoid political or religious comments during the net.

If you are interested in practicing or learning new digital modes, and in particular, EMCOMM modes such as Fldigi, Winlink, D-Rats and DRM, consider this net: Every Wednesday night at 9PM local (an area centered around Covington, Georgia), a digital practice net is held on the WA4ASI repeater.

The purpose of this net is to help newcomers learn how to operate in certain digital EMCOMM modes and for established operators to sharpen their skills. The net begins in the MT63-2000L (MT63-2KL) mode with a center frequency (in the audio passband) of 1500Hz. The repeater frequency is 146.925 with a negative offset of 600kHz and a subaudible tone of 88.5 Hz.

You do not need to be an experienced operator to participate. In fact, the concept behind this net is partially to introduce beginners to these different ways of emergency communication. Along the way we will explore new modes. Recently we have been practicing with Digital Radio Mondiale, or DRM. It is a method of digitally transmitting image files.

Obviously you will need to be within range of the repeater to participate, but we open to suggestion. No stations have joined by Echolink so far. There has been some practice on HF in the past and we expect more in the future. Of course, your Winlink messages can be passed via HF or VHF packet radio.

The net accepts check-ins in real-time from D-Rats equipped stations on the Georgia ARES Ratflector and in advance via Winlink. You will receive acknowledgements from the appropriate net controller of each of those nets.