The Tar Heel Emergency Net is a directed net and is the North Carolina HF ARES® net. ARES® is "Amateur Radio Emergency Service," and is part of the ARRL field organization. The purpose this net is to provide communications during emergencies, to provide training in all aspects of net operations, to serve as a forum for discussions and to foster fellowship among radio amateurs. All radio amateurs are invited to participate in the Tar Heel Emergency Net. ** The alternate frequency of 7232 is only used if the net is activated during the day and the band drops out. When this happens we may have to go plus or minus a few kHz to find a clear frequency.
The Tar Heel Emergency Net is one of the longest running nightly nets, meeting on the air since 1947! Although the frequency and some of the Ham terminology has changed over the years, the Tar Heel Emergency Net continues to provide training to amateurs who are "furnishing communication when and if the public has need of its services". And we still need to be mindful of good operating procedures.
The Tar Heel Emergency Net is a directed net. This means that the Net Control Station is in charge. The Net will best serve all if basic ground rules are followed. Net members are expected to follow the directions of the NCS. Use standard ITU phonetics when checking into the Net. Follow the established net protocol. Know and announce which District you reside in. Report to the NCS promptly whenever called. Net members should ask NCS permission before they use the frequency. Never leave a net without checking out.
Amateurs interested in being a Net Control Station for the Tar Heel Emergency Net (THEN), should contact T.H.E.N. Net Manager - Scott Hunt, K4SEH
Remember, we are always looking for volunteers to serve as Net Control station when our regular NCS are absent. So step up and gain some valuable experience.
Current Net Control Stations:
Please see the Tar Heel Emergency Net (THEN) webpage for a current schedule of Net Control Stations.