This is from the comprehensive newsletter that Jim Weaver, K8JE,
and Great Lakes Division Director puts out to the division membership
at least once a month and sometimes more.
Jim also regularly polls the membership on ARRL issues as
well as issues affecting Amateur Radio in General.
CW NETS MOVING
"With the totally unexpected extension of the fone band on 80M clear
down to 3600 kHz, it is necessary for many CW nets to move from
longstanding net frequencies above 3600 to frequencies within the new
subband. To say the least, doing this is distasteful. To say it more
plainly, doing this is often painful and highly disruptive. New,
unwanted potential for creating inter-net QRM can be expected to
I am very pleased that in nearly every instance, though, the Net
Managers have taken the attitude that this is something that needs to
be done. They set about selecting new frequencies with the
professionalism expected of Amateur Radio operators and leaders. I
applaud these forward-thinking leaders and net members for the courage
and determination to continue to succeed that they have demonstrated.
I want to reiterate that ARRL and I stand squarely with the NTS and
nets in it -- whether these use CW, SSB, RTTY, high-speed digital or
native drum. It is difficult to conceive of a form of net in NTS that
does not potentially enhance the standing of Amateur Radio within the
community and does not increase and maintain Amateur Radio's ability to
communicate during emergency and disaster situations. As non-technical
as CW is relative to high speed multimedia or even RTTY and SSB, CW
continues to provide yeoman service in disasters when professional,
highly-technical systems fail. CW's low-tech (in this high-tech era)
is actually a great plus in many instances.
Keeping this in mind, I continue to urge all net operators to recognize
that the great glory days of NTS are past. Just as the typical
automobile no long has a standard, shifter transmission, and just as
the crank telephone connected by hard lines has given way to push
button phones -- and for many people to cell phones, and just as
hand-turning the propeller to start airplane engines has given way to
electric starters and increasingly to jet engines, NTS must continue to
evolve in a manner that makes it most useful. The role NTS can find
most useful in filling today is as an arm of ARES operation.
This does not mean that NTS is dying or should die. It does not mean
that ARRL is attempting to cast NTS into the deepest part of the
dungeon, never to be heard of again. It only means that to maintain
and even regain much of the luster it had in days past, NTS must adapt.
Among others, I urge local, regional and national NTS leaders to look
deeply into the situation the service faces today and to guide it to be
able to perform still greater service in the future than it has ever
performed in "bygone year." I, as well as others, are
encouraging our F&ES leaders to help us in the field see where
adaptation will be most valuable and how it can best be accomplished.
80 METER CW TRAFFIC NETS FREQUENCY & OPERATING TIME COORDINATION
Net Managers may want to check the following site and make certain
their nets are listed on it.
Jack, W0UCE, has developed a Matrix Table to help coordinate relocation
of NTS 80 meter CW nets. This is not a frequency-assigning operation,
but simply involves posting what Net Managers send to him. This is
intended to assist Net Managers select frequencies based upon
frequencies that are being used by other nets.
to view the current matrix and to send information for
Jack to add to it."