Nets (receivable in the Okanagan Valley)

Selected Nets

This is a selected list of nets of interest to those living in the Okanagan Valley area. Only nets which regularly take check-ins from the Okanagan Valley are listed.

All local days and times are for the Pacific Time Zone. Access information for repeaters (tones, links, etc) can be found on the main website (ocarc.ca).

Information marked with a "?" has not been fully validated.

 

Selected VHF Nets

Description Band Frequency Local Time Local Day Notes Seasonal Time Shift?
Penticton Weekly Net VHF 146.920- Apex Mtn. Penticton AM 09:00 Sunday Pentiction Amateur Radio Club http://ve7prc.ca/ local time
Penticton (Informal) Net VHF 146.920- Apex Mtn. Penticton AM 09:30 Sunday Follows the weekly net on the same frequency local time
Trans-Canada AllStar Net VHF 147.320+ Mt Lolo Kamloops AM 10:00 Sunday Also available on AllStar 51730, IRLP 9029, Echolink 590387 per http://thecanadahub.ca/ local time
NORAC Sunday Net VHF 146.880- Silverstar Mtn. Vernon AM 10:00 Sunday North Okanagan Radio Amateur Club (Vernon) http://norac.bc.ca/ local time
Cross-Canada C4FM Net VHF 145.490+ Okanagan Mtn. Kelowna PM 06:00 Wednesday Also usually on 145.090+ Blue Grouse Mtn, 442.500+ Vernon. http://cqcanada.com/ (Not active in July and August) local time
Penticton (Informal) Net VHF 146.920- Apex Mtn. Penticton PM 07:15 Tuesday   local time
Okanagan 2m SSB Net VHF 144.200 USB PM 07:30 Tuesday Kevin VE7XY hosts an informal roundtable discussing VHF propagation, antennas and anything else of interest. local time
Oliver Weekly Net VHF 147.160+ Mt Baldy. Oliver / Osoyoos PM 07:30 Tuesday Oliver Amateur Radio Club https://ve7olv.ca/ local time
OCARC Weekly Net VHF 147.000+ Okanagan Mtn. Kelowna PM 07:30 Wednesday Orchard City Amateur Radio Club (Kelowna) http://ocarc.ca/ local time
Southern Interior Preparedness Net VHF 147.320+ Mt Lolo Kamloops PM 07:30 Wednesday Also usually on SIRG linked repeaters 146.740- Scaia Mtn and 444.275+ Silverstar. Net lasts approx. 10 minutes, depending upon the number of checkins local time
Penticton (Informal) Net VHF 146.920- Apex Mtn. Penticton PM 07:15 Thursday   local time

 

Selected HF Nets

Description Band Frequency Local Time Local Day Notes Seasonal Time Shift?
Alaska-Pacific Emergency Preparedness Net HF 14.292 USB AM 09:30 M-F http://alaskapacificnet.org/ 0830 Alaska Time
Trans Canada Net HF 14.140 USB AM 11:00 Sunday http://www.ontars.com/TCN/ 1800 UTC
Noontime Net (40m) HF 7.2835 LSB Noon 12:00 Daily Covers Western US, BC and AB. Early informal check-ins from 10:00 AM. thenoontimenet.org/thenoontimenet/ local time
Noontime Net (80m) HF 3.970 LSB Noon 12:00 Daily Covers WA and adjacent states, but also heard in BC. Early informal check-ins from 11:30 AM. thenoontimenet.org/thenoontimenet/ local time
Afternoon Aurora Net HF 7.100 LSB PM 04:00 Daily Covers Western Canada, and beyond. https://auroranet.amateur-radio.ca/ 2300 UTC
Manitoba Evening Net HF 3.747 LSB PM 05:00 Daily Sometimes starts 5 min early, and lasts only 10 min. https://winnipegarc.org/nets.html ?
Montana Traffic Net HF 3.910 LSB PM 05:30 Daily https://montanatrafficnet.com/ local time
Columbia Basin Traffic Net HF 3.960 LSB PM 06:00 Daily https://cbn.homestead.com/ local time
Saskatchewan Public Service Net HF 3.735 LSB PM 06:00 Daily https://sarl.ca/saskatchewan-nets/ local time
Alberta Public Service Net HF 3.700 LSB PM 06:30 Daily Takes early check-ins. Alternate 3.704 may be used if qrm on main freq local time
BC Public Service Net HF 3.729 LSB PM 06:30 Daily http://www.bcpsn.com/ The BC Awareness Net follows on Mondays when propagation allows local time
Emergency Management BC (EMBC) Net HF 3.735 LSB PM 07:00 Wednesday primarily for BC EOC stations and related volunteers ?
BC/Yukon Section Traffic Net HF 3.716 LSB PM 07:30 Daily National Traffic System (NTS) Affiliate http://www.arrl.org/nts/ local time
Evening Aurora Net HF 7.100 LSB PM 07:30 Sunday   0230 UTC
Evening Aurora Net HF 7.100 LSB PM 06:30? Wednesday?   ?
Northern Net HF 3.775 LSB PM 08:00 Sunday Takes early check-ins up to 1 hour early in winter due to propagation changes UTC
Northern Net HF 3.775 LSB PM 08:00 Wednesday Covers Yukon, NWT, Nunavut, Alaska, BC and Alberta UTC
Alaska Bush Net HF 7.093 LSB PM 09:00 Daily Covers Yukon, Alaska, and Northern BC http://kl7jfu.com/nets/ 2000 Alaska Time?

For travellers to the Lower Mainland, a list of nets can be found courtesy of the Delta Amateur Radio Club: https://deltaamateurradio.com/wp/?page_id=2122

and VECTOR (Vancouver Emergency Community Telecommunications Organization): https://vectorradio.ca/ops/local-radio-nets/

Another useful source of net information for hams in British Columbia is maintained by VE7SCC: https://ve7scc.org/wp-content/uploads/local_area_nets-1.pdf

Visitors to the Lower Mainland will also be able to hear a number of the nets just across the border in the Puget Sound area: http://mikeandkey.org/nets.php

A fairly recent list of Canadian HF Nets is available from the Parkland Amateur Radio Club: http://nonprofits.accesscomm.ca/parc/HF%20Nets.pdf

The ARRL maintains an extensive list of nets across North America: http://www.arrl.org/arrl-net-directory-search/

 

Special Interest Nets

This is a selected list of specialty nets covering specific topics of interest. Only nets which have been heard in the Okanagan Valley are listed.

All local days and times are for the Pacific Time Zone.

Information marked with a "?" has not been fully validated.

Description Band Frequency Local Time Local Day Notes Seasonal Time Shift?
Great Northern Boaters Net HF 3.870 LSB AM 07:30 Daily BC and Alaska Coast. Rollcall at 08:00. Operates during summer cruising season only, starting around April 15. http://rogermaynard.com/2012/08/ham-radio-net/ ?
RV Service Net (WBCCI Pacific Coast) HF 7.272 USB AM 09:00 M-F RV Owners and those interested in RVing https://rvsvcnet.wbcci.net/ ?
FMCA (Family Motor Coach Assoc.) RV Net HF 14.3075 USB AM 10:00 M,W,F RV Owners and those interested in RVing https://fmcaarc.com/ (may start earlier) 01:00 PM Eastern
Buddipole Activity Group HF 18.1575 USB AM 10:45 Daily Early checkins at 10:30. Buddipole users meet to compare notes and discuss their setups. 1745 UTC
RV Radio Network HF 7.264 LSB PM 05:00 Su-F RV Owners and those interested in RVing. Early checkins from 04:30 https://rvradionetwork.com/ 07:00 PM Central
Sams Radio Hams HF 3.9185 LSB PM 08:00 M-F Chapter of the Good Sam Club. RV group with most members in California. https://srhams.org/ 08:00 PM Pacific
Maritime Mobile Service Net HF 14.300 USB All Day Daily See (Note 1). Covers Atlantic, Caribbean, Pacific as propagation allows. This net and associated nets provide coverage from approx 1200-0400 UTC UTC
YL International SSB System Net HF 14.332 USB All Day Daily 1200-2400 UTC (summer), 1300-0100 UTC (winter) (may go later if propagation allows) See website for details. https://ylsystem.org/ 05:00 AM Pacific

(Note 1) The Maritime Mobile Service Net on 14.300 primarily assists those at sea, out of range of VHF communications. It is included here because the frequency has been designated by the IARU as a "Global Emergency Center of Activity". https://mmsn.org/ http://pmmsn.net/

Other RV related nets are listed on the RV Radio Network page at: https://rvradionetwork.com/nets.php

Other BC Boaters Nets https://bcbn.ca/

One of the most extensive lists of Special Interest nets on HF can be found at: http://ac6v.com/nets.php/     (Unfortunately this list does not appear to have been updated in several years (since 2012), but much of the information is still valid.)

A more up-to-date listing (from 2017) covers a variety of types of nets: https://www.qsl.net/w5rin/FILES/Ham%20Radio%20HF%20Nets.pdf but unfortunately only covers nets in the United States.