Anti-Viral Net Approaches 1 Year Anniversary

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K9NYO, Feb 25, 2021.

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  1. K9NYO

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    In the wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic, a few members of the Bolingbrook Amateur Radio Society (BARS) in southwest suburban Chicago established a nightly health and welfare net to keep area hams in contact with one another when sheltering-in-place was instituted. "The Anti-Viral Net" is approaching its one year anniversary on March 16, 2021. The net runs every night of the week except for the third Monday of the month--which is the night of the monthly meeting of BARS. Each night has a regular net control operator, and there is usually a question each night that prompts discussion. The BARS linked repeater system is 147.330 MHz with + offset / 107.2 Hz CTCSS and 443.525 MHz with + offset / 114.8 Hz CTCSS. The repeater can also be found on EchoLink at K9BAR-R. The net is at 1930 Central time every day. See the K9BAR website for more information.[​IMG]
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  2. AA9JS

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    As the Friday night net control for the AV net I would welcome anyone and everyone to check into the net. We are a friendly group with a wide range of hams from high school age hams and up with a wide variety of people. We strongly welcome and encourage new hams to check in as well. Please join us, we would love to have you check in!


    Gary AA9JS
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2021
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  3. W9CY

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    I'll second that comment. The AV net is a great group of welcoming hams. Come join in!


    Jaye W9CY
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  4. K9NYO

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    We keep politics out of our net - it's an hour each day when anyone can come in and talk about their day and engage in camaraderie without worrying about fiery debates popping up. That is all fine for other places and other times. We are old and new friends getting together to support each other and take a breather during the day.
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  5. AA9JS

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    We want welcome and encourage new hams as well and have had well over a dozen new hams check-in with us as their first contact. Any many of them keep coming back some almost every night. We want them to feel welcome and to keep pursuing the hobby regardless of political leanings, age, etc. As soon as comments like this are introduced to the mix it has the potential drive people away and that is the last thing we want to do.

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  6. KC3MIO

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    I can understand your feelings and I do not like to get into political discussions over the air. If you have established a health and welfare net, do you allow discussion of current conditions and health guidelines, including whether those guidelines make sense and have been effective? Even with such a highly politicized virus, there is a realm of facts and hypotheses that is independent of political views.
  7. AA9JS

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    Health guidelines are one thing which are allowed as long as they are based upon sound scientific information and not the ramblings of a politician regardless of which side of the aisle they are standing. Personally I hate discussions of politics on the air, reminds me of the trash on 75m ssb any night of the week, and if not kept in check it can too quickly devolve into something and that can be polarizing and corrosive to a group with a diverse set of people.

    Sorry and let me get off the soap box!

    Cheers! And please feel free to join us if you would like.

    Gary AA9JS
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  8. KN4EHX

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    There will be plenty of fiery debates in this forums about the virus. Many people have extreme feelings on the subject. As a public health professional I advocate for anything that can help to reduce risk to the community. Keep up the good fight and take care of your own.

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  9. KC3MIO

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    FB. I understand that I can access distant repeaters through the internet, but I haven’t tried it. If I do, I’ll probably sit in and listen.
  10. W1LWT

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    This is nice too read article.....I am the president of the W1NPP club in Mid-Maine Area the club is based out of Lewiston,Maine. I too started and the First to start a Weekly net. For the reasons for to have members and other non-member HAMs who can reach our repeater 146.610 Every Wed nite at 7pm. I called it from the beginning the" ANDY-20, How Goes It Net" its for all Hams to keep in touch and see how each is doing. We do it within a hours time and usualy two rounds of all check in's. We cover general interest to all and information shareing. And most important to upkeep the motivation and a outlook of a positive nature as We Care about our community of HAMs. And to see how each member is doing threw out these times.... From the Desk of W1LWT-Andy Club President and NCS for W1NPP Net.
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