Thursday Night Net
Each Thursday night at 2000, the Colorado
Connection hosts an informal net. The net is designed to test the system
and disseminate information. It begins with a short introduction about
the system, status reports, announcements, then a call for check-ins
from the various repeaters. After check-ins, a discussion is held about
some topic of interest.
If you'd like to call the net, contact the net controllers,
and they will send you a net script with a suggested format,
which you may customize to fit your needs. It's great experience for
hams new and old.
Sunday Evening A.R.E.S. Net
Every Sunday Evening a statewide net is conducted
on the Colorado Connection. It's purpose is communication between the
29 A.R.E.S. districts of Colorado.
A.R.E.S. stands for "Amateur Radio Emergency
Services" and is acronym "ares," (air ease). This organization is
sanctioned by the American Radio Relay League. It functions nationwide.
In general, there are no membership fees. Most districts have a
membership roster on which you may become active. You may need to
complete an application and wait for a security check before you are
added to the district roster. Members participate in training with
police, fire and emergency services and may be asked to assist these
agencies in times of need.
We encourage you to become active with your
district and participate in the statewide nets. I rationalize that some
may think, "I know how to talk into a microphone," so why should I
belong, when that is what they do. First, members are trained in using
voice, packet, amtor (amateur teletype over radio) and CW (morse code)
message formatting and use of Amateur Television (ATV). Some messages
are sensitive so, to limit access, the messages will most likely be
transmitted by packet, amtor or CW. In which case the format is
critical. Voice messages and learning to speak succinctly are also
prerequisite to good emergency communications. Becoming active with your
district can expose you to modes of communication you have not
Some of the repeater sites for the Colorado
Connection repeaters are available because public service communications
are conducted on the Connection. We are thankful for this statewide 2
meter coverage and the volunteers who maintain the repeaters. We
encourage support of the Connection from all who use the system.
We hope you will indulge us this ½ to ¾ hour of
use on the Colorado Connection each Sunday
evening. Please join us with your questions during the general check-in
portion of the net. Welcome to A.R.E.S. You'll be happy knowing you are
Section I of the Public Service Communication Manual (PCSM) is available from the ARRL. (If you choose this link, you'll need to use the BACK button on your browser to return to the Connection web pages.)
For further information, check the Colorado ARES web site (If you choose this link, you'll need to use the BACK
button on your browser to return to the Connection web pages.)
Colorado Traffic Net
The Central Colorado Traffic Net is held each
evening at 1900 local time on The Colorado Connection repeaters. The net
will conclude before or promptly at 1945. The purpose of this formal
net is to pass NTS traffic into and out of Colorado.
If you have formal traffic to pass, would be willing to deliver or forward
other formal traffic, you are asked to check-in to this net. It's difficult to
find many net control operators or traffic handlers, so if you'd like to
participate, please contact one of the net control operators. Especially sought,
are traffic handlers from the outlying repeaters. We'd like to see participation
from users on each of the Connection repeaters.
Section II of the Public Service Communication Manual PCSM is available from the ARRL. (If you choose this link, you'll need to use the BACK button on your browser to return to the Connection web pages.)
Form FSD-3 (ARRL Numbered Radiograms) is available from the ARRL. If you choose this link, you'll need to use the BACK button on your browser to return to the Connection web pages.
For further information about the CCTN, please visit
Saturdays at 9:30 am local time. Dedicated to being
prepared for any kinds of disasters, be they natural or man-made.
Red Cross Net
The first Thursday of the month at 6pm local time. Our
newest net. Used to practice emergency communications.
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