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Nets

There was a net on the WA2DCI Repeater (446.325 MHz, -5 KHz. offset, 127.3 PL) or through one of the other linked repeaters in the BEARS system. The net was discontinued.

The purpose of this net is to relay information for the Greater New York Red Cross. We welcome and encourage all amateur operators to check into this net even if you are not a member of the Greater New York Red Cross.

The WA2DCI repeater is a member of DARI, the Disney Amateur Radio Interconnect, an extensive network of 2m/220/440 repeaters affiliated with the Broadcast Employees Amateur Radio Society, Inc. (BEARS in greater New York), the Disney Emergency Amateur Radio Service (DEARS in Orlando, FL), the Worldwide Amateur Radio Club (ESPN in Bristol, CT) and other amateur radio groups in greater Washington, DC, Philadelphia, greater Boston, and Los Angeles.

Comprising this network locally are the following RF linked repeaters, except the K1IMD repeater, which is internet linked:

The network uses products from Computer Automated Technologies


BEARS - DARI Repeater Network

New York:
W2ABC (147.270 MHz, (+) PL 141.3) Upper West Side, Manhattan (NYC)*
N2BEI (147.195 MHz, (+) PL 136.5) Upper West Side, Manhattan (NYC)
N2BEI (224.660 MHz, (-) PL 127.3) Upper West Side, Manhattan (NYC)
N2BEI (449.325 MHz, (-) PL 136.5) Upper West Side, Manhattan (NYC)
K2JRC (443.700 MHz, (+) PL 127.3) Upper West Side, Manhattan (NYC)*
WB2ZZO (444.200 MHz, (+) PL 136.5) Alpine (Bergen Co.), NJ*
W2ABC (441.050 MHz, (+) PL 141.3) Mt Beacon (Dutchess Co.), NY*
WA2DCI (446.325 MHz, (-) PL 127.3) Farmingville (Suffolk Co.), LI*
K1IMD (448.675 MHz, (-) PL 127.3) Noyack (Suffolk Co.), LI*

New Jersey:
N2BEI (224.280 MHz, (-) PL 123.0) Newark (Essex Co.), NJ
N2BEI (446.900 MHz, (-) PL 141.3) Newark (Essex Co.), NJ*
N2BEI (449.325 MHz, (-) PL 107.2) Hillsborough (Somerset Co.), NJ*
N2BEI (446.325 MHz, (-) PL 151.4) Hamburg Mt. (Sussex Co.), NJ

Connecticut/Massachusetts:
WE1SPN (448.725 MHz, (-), PL 77.0) Bristol, CT*
N1DDK (145.430 MHz, (-), PL 146.2) Belmont (Greater Boston), MA*

Pennsylvania:
W3PVI (145.27 MHz (-), PL 131.8) Philadelphia, PA

Washington, DC/Maryland/Virginia/West Virginia:
N3ADV (447.175 MHz, (-), PL 156.7) Washington, DC*
WA3KOK (449.975 MHz, (-), PL 107.2) Washington, DC*
DC-Area repeaters are also linked to the NERA System (Network Employees Repeater Association)

Orlando, Florida:
WD4WDW (DEARS – Disney Emergency Amateur Radio Service)
147.300 MHz, (+), PL 103.5*
145.110 MHz, (-), PL 103.5
444.000 MHz, (+), PL 103.5*
442.500 MHz, (+), PL 103.5

California:
WB6AJE (445.540 MHz, (-), PL 123.0) Mt Wilson, Los Angeles, CA
K6PXR (444.8125 MHz, (+), PL 107.2) Emeryville, CA (Pixar Amateur Radio Club)

* = Linked Repeater

Repeater Protocol:
When using this system, please wait one second after key up to begin your transmission to allow all the repeaters on the network to come up. Please also wait one second after the end of a transmission before keying up to continue the QSO.

Net Protocol:
When checking into this net please use the hesitation method. The procedure is as follows: say "THIS IS ...". Release your push to talk switch to see if you are doubling with anyone. If you do not hear anyone else talking then proceed to give your call sign phonetically, using the Standard ITU phonetic alphabet, your name and location. Also state if you have any information dealing with emergency communications for the net, then stand by and wait for net control to acknowledge you before doing anything else within the net.

GNY Red Cross Net Dialog (pdf)

ITU Phonetic Alphabet (pdf)

Also please note that we allow any repeater group to de-link from the net if their repeaters are needed for local service. This doesn’t happen often; hardly ever in true emergencies. But on occasion, our non-Disney repeaters do sometimes delink for local nets. This should not affect service in the tri-state area (with the occasional exception of K1IMD).



Echolink

Echolink may or may not be practical for emergency communications because it requires an internet connection.

A headset will work far better than the computer's speakers and microphone. The headset I use is: Plantronics .Audio 645 USB Behind the Head Headset.

Echolink can be used with a computer and headset or via RF.

Echolink is not currently available on the WA2DCI repeater. It may be used in the future.

Echo Link and IRLP Instructions (pdf)



D-Star

D-Star can be used with a computer, DV Dongle, and headset or via RF.

A headset will work far better than the computer's speakers and microphone. The headset I use is: Plantronics .Audio 645 USB Behind the Head Headset.

D-Star is not currently available on the WA2DCI repeater. It may be used in the future.

D-Star Instructions (pdf)



Meetings

TBA.



Simulated Emergency Test

The Simulated Emergency Test (SET) - TBA (usually in October)



NOAA Weather Radio

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