WCF NETS ON THE NI4CE
REPEATER SYSTEM AND ELSEWHERE
NI4CE REPEATER SYSTEM
WCF INFORMATION NET:
Sunday evening at 7:30 PM, this net is intended to provide information to the amateur radio operators in West Central Florida.
The information provided concerns amateur radio club meetings in the area, special events scheduled in the near future, training
opportunities that are coming up and the like. Section officials will also advise hams about upcoming events, hamfests, and
nets that may be of interest to the amateur radio community. All amateur operators are encouraged to check into the net.
WCF SKYWARN NET:
meets on Tuesday evening at 9:00 PM. Operated with the cooperation and amateur radio licensed personnel of the Ruskin NWS
Office, this net provides information and some training for Skywarn volunteers including amateur radio operators. Upcoming
Skywarn Training sessions are highlighted and questions about the specifics of the Skywarn Program are answered. All amateur
operators are invited to check into the net.
WCF TECHNICAL NET:
Net meets at 9:00 PM on Thursday evening. Its purpose is to provide a forum for amateur operators to meet, ask questions about
the technology that creates and surrounds amateur radio. This may include, but is not limited to, problems with the radio
equipment used by the amateur operator, computers and software, operating procedures, designing and building equipment to
be used in any and all aspects of amateur radio. Technical Specialists (ARRL members who are appointed to that position by
the Section Manager because of their special skills or knowledge about some aspect of amateur radio) are on hand to field
these questions. Answers may also come from other operators during the net because they have seen and handled the specific
problem before. All amateur operators are encouraged to check into the net.
WCF ARES NET:
Radio Emergency Service Net meets on Monday evening at 7:30 PM. The Net Control Station is normally the Section Emergency
Coordinator. This net provides information and training for the ARES County Emergency Coordinators and ARES members throughout
the section. Information about upcoming training opportunities and other meetings and events of interest to those in the emergency
communications community is presented. All amateurs are welcome to check in.
WCF EAGLE NET (NTS TRAFFIC NET):
meets every evening at 8:30 PM even on weekends and holidays to pass formal written message traffic both within the Section
and to and from other areas of North America. Various operators who check into the net (and all are welcome) take the incoming
messages for delivery to the person the message is intended for. This delivery will usually be by telephone, but other methods
of delivery are permitted. Operators with outgoing messages will transmit them to a liaison station if going outside the section.
If intended for a recipient inside the section, they may be delivered to the recipient operator (if they check in) or to another
operator who will deliver the message to the intended recipient. The purpose of all of this is several-fold. To provide experience
and practice in handling formal message traffic, to keep the national and local message handling system in good operating
shape, and to prepare the amateur radio community with skills that will be vital in the event of a local, regional or national
emergency due to natural or other disastrous occurrences such as hurricanes,
fires or the like.
other nets that take place on the NI4CE system. These are not official Section Nets but all are worthy of your interest and
Bay REACT Net which meets at 9:00 PM on Monday evening. Operated by the Tampa Bay REACT organization, this net is open to
any and all amateur radio operators.
Net which meets at 7:30 PM on Thursday evening. This net also links to several other repeaters to the East of the WCF Section,
creating a truly cross-Florida net. All operators are welcome to check in.
Net which meets at 9:00 AM on Saturday mornings. Specifically for the Quarter Century Wireless Association members in the
section however all amateur radio operators are welcome to check in to the net.
The YL Net
which meets at 7:30 PM on Saturday evenings. Operated by and for the female operators in the section, it is nonetheless open
to all amateur operators of either gender. All are welcome.
OTHER REPEATER SYSTEM NETS:
on the West Central Florida Section Web Site, there is a listing of many of the nets that occur with regularity on many of
the repeaters within the section. Many of them are local amateur radio club information nets, some are local nets devoted
to some specific aspect of Amateur Radio like Skywarn or ARES/RACES. A few are devoted to swaps or "Traders Nets" so that
operators can buy or sell used radio gear. The nets that occur in your local area are there to be of benefit to you, the operator.
The operators of these nets put forth considerable effort to make these nets interesting and informative. That benefit is
lost if you do not participate, so whenever possible, participate in your local and section-wide nets whenever possible.