Nets (receivable in the Okanagan Valley)

Selected Nets

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

Nets run by local clubs in the Okanagan area have their city in Bold font.

Nets in a digital format (DStar,DMR,C4FM) are indicated as VHF-D.

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-(t123.0) Apex Mtn. Penticton AM 09:00 Sunday Pentiction Amateur Radio Club ve7prc.ca local time✓
Trans-Canada AllStar Net VHF 147.100+(t88.5) Kuipers Peak. Kelowna AM 10:00 to 11:30 Sunday Also on 147.320+ Mt Lolo Kamloops, AllStar 51730, IRLP 9029, Echolink 590387 per thecanadahub.ca local time✓
NORAC Sunday Net VHF 146.880- Silverstar Mtn. Vernon AM 10:00 Sunday North Okanagan Radio Amateur Club (Vernon) norac.bc.ca local time✓
New Hams Net VHF (Echolink *DODROPIN*) PM 12:30 Sunday M7BYD hosts a net encouraging all amateurs to pick up that mic. Also available via AllStar 2195 (FreeStar UK). 2030 UTC✓
International DStar Net VHF-D

145.030+ or 440.950+ Landmark Kelowna

PM 05:00 Sunday (DStar Reflector REF091C) Early checkins from 04:30 PM. 1900 Central time✓
Shuswap ARC Net VHF

146.760- Fly Hills. Salmon Arm

PM 08:00 Sunday

Shuswap Amateur Radio Club      sarc.ca

local time
Sounds Good Net VHF 147.100+(t88.5) Kuipers Peak. Kelowna PM 05:00 Monday Chris VE3RWJ hosts a net for anyone interested in music – playing, recording, listening and trivia. AllStar 51730 per thecanadahub.ca local time✓
Grand Forks Net VHF

147.280+(t100.0) Bald Knob (Phoenix Mtn)

PM 07:00 Monday Phoenix Mtn is located between Midway and Grand Forks. It is best heard from a higher elevation like Big White or Anarchist Summit. local time✓
The Absolute Tech Net VHF 147.100+(t88.5) Kuipers Peak. Kelowna PM 04:00 to 06:00 Tuesday AllStar 51730 per thecanadahub.ca local time✓
Penticton (Informal) Net VHF 146.920- Apex Mtn. Penticton PM 07:15 Tuesday Pentiction Amateur Radio Club ve7prc.ca local time
KARC Net VHF 147.320+ Mt Lolo. Kamloops PM 07:30 Tuesday Kamloops Amateur Radio Club karc.ca local time
Okanagan 2m SSB Net VHF 144.200 USB Okanagan Valleywide PM 07:30 to 09:00 Tuesday Kevin VE7XY and others host 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. Net lasts about 10 min. ve7olv.ca local time✓
Cross-Canada C4FM Net VHF-D 145.490+ Okanagan Mtn. Kelowna PM 06:00 Wednesday Also usually on 145.090+ Blue Grouse Mtn, 442.500+ Vernon. cqcanada.com (Not active in July and August) local time✓
OCARC Weekly Net VHF 147.000+(t88.5) Okanagan Mtn. Kelowna PM 07:30 to 08:00 Wednesday Orchard City Amateur Radio Club (Kelowna) 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 Pentiction Amateur Radio Club ve7prc.ca local time✓
British Columbia DMR Net VHF-D

(DMR BC1)

PM 08:00 Friday (BC-TRBO TG3027 and Brandmeister TG30271) bcdmr.wordpress.com local time
Saturday Selection ( Top Talk Net(1st Sat) / Ragchew (2nd) / Intnl Tech (3rd)/ BBQ (4th) ) VHF 147.100+(t88.5) Kuipers Peak. Kelowna PM 01:30 Saturday Several nets share the same time slot, being active on alternate weeks. (AllStar 51730/FreeStar UK/Echolink *DODROPIN*) per thecanadahub.ca and dodropin.net 2130 British local time✓
The Science Net VHF 147.100+(t88.5) Kuipers Peak. Kelowna PM 06:00 to 08:00 Saturday Net lasts two hours. AllStar 51730 per thecanadahub.ca local time✓
Saskatchewan IRLP Net VHF (IRLP Reflector 9300) PM 07:00 Mon-Fri Stations from across Saskatchewan check in on IRLP Reflector 9300. Primarily for Saskatchewan but visitors welcomed. local time✓
Rainbow Country Net VHF

(IRLP Reflector 9009)

147.320+ Mt Lolo. Kamloops, and 147.480 West Kelowna

AM 09:00 to 10:30 Daily Early checkins from 08:30. Originates from VE7RPT Vancouver, Also available on Allstar Node 435450, and EchoLink VA7DGP-L. local time✓
Insomnia Net VHF (IRLP Reflector 9100) PM 11:00 Daily Hosted on the WIN System (Western Intertie Network) www.insomniac-group.com local time✓

 

Selected "Out of Area" VHF Nets

Description Band Frequency Local Time Local Day Notes Seasonal Time Shift?
West Kootenay Daily Net VHF 146.640-(t100.0) Slocan Ridge 12:00 Noon Daily

Net Control VA7RBP, Rick, rotates through the repeaters in the area to take checkins (146.640 Castlegar, 147.060 Balfour, 146.840 Trail, 145.170 Kootenay Lake, 145.130 Slocan)     wkarc.ca   On occasions when the WKARC system is linked to the SIRG network, the net might also be heard on 146.740 Scaia Mtn.

local time✓
Prince George Weekly Net VHF 146.940-(t100.0) Prince George AM 09:30 Sunday The Prince George Amateur Radio Club links up their Network with the Bulkley Valley, Quesnel, Cariboo Chilcotin, and Peace Country systems to take checkins from Clinton to Ft St John, and from Hazelton to Valemount    pgarc.org 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 Mon-Fri alaskapacificnet.org 0830 Alaska time✓
Trans Canada Net HF 14.140 USB AM 11:00 Sunday ontars.com/TCN/index.html 1800 UTC✓
Noontime Net (40m) HF 7.284 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. auroranet.amateur-radio.ca 2300 UTC✓
Manitoba Evening Phone Net HF 3.747 LSB PM 05:00 Daily Sometimes starts 5 min early, and lasts only 10 min. Not well heard due to propagation. winnipegarc.org/nets.html local time✓
Montana Traffic Net HF 3.910 LSB PM 05:30 Daily montanatrafficnet.com 0030 UTC✓
Saskatchewan Public Service Net HF 3.735 LSB PM 06:00 Daily Alternate frequency 3.753 sarl.ca/saskatchewan-nets 0100 UTC✓
Columbia Basin Traffic Net HF 3.960 LSB PM 06:00 Daily cbn.homestead.com local time✓
Alberta Public Service Net HF 3.700 LSB PM 06:30 Daily Takes early check-ins. Freq may be +/- 5kHz to avoid qrm apsn3700.net 0130 UTC✓
BC Public Service Net HF 3.729 LSB PM 06:30 Daily bcpsn.com The BC Awareness Net follows on Mondays when propagation allows 0130 UTC✓
BC Provincial Emergency Net (EMBC) HF 3.735 LSB PM 07:00 Wednesday primarily for BC EOC stations and related volunteers, Alt freq 7.060. percs.bc.ca local time✓
BC/Yukon Section Traffic Net HF 3.720 LSB PM 07:30 Daily National Traffic System (NTS) Affiliate.  arrl.org/nts 0230 UTC✓
Evening Aurora Net HF 7.100 LSB PM 07:30 Sunday Not well heard due to propagation (net control VE4WR is in Manitoba). auroranet.amateur-radio.ca 2130 Manitoba time✓
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 0300 UTC Monday✓
Northern Net HF 3.775 LSB PM 08:00 Wednesday Covers Yukon, NWT, Nunavut, Alaska, BC and Alberta. 0300 UTC Thursday✓
Trans Canada Pow Wow Club HF 3.750 LSB PM 10:00 Sun-Thu Covers Canada Coast to Coast. Only active Sep-Apr. va3ts.ca/pow_wow_club.php 0500 UTC Mon-Fri✓

For travellers to the Lower Mainland, a list of nets can be found courtesy of the Delta Amateur Radio Society: Delta ARS Nets

and VECTOR (Vancouver Emergency Community Telecommunications Organization): Metro Vancouver Radio Nets

Another useful source of net information for hams in British Columbia is maintained by the Coquitlam Amateur Radio Emergency Services Society: VE7SCC Local Nets (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, as listed by the Mike And Key Amateur Radio Club: Radio Nets in The Puget Sound Area

Visitors to Calgary may find this partial list of local nets useful, from the Calgary Amateur Radio Association: Calgary Net List

A fairly recent list of Canadian HF Nets is available from the Parkland Amateur Radio Club: PARC HF NETS (pdf)

The American Radio Relay League maintains an extensive list of nets across North America: 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 primarliy during summer cruising season (starting around April 15), but takes checkins with weather reports year round. rogermaynard.com/2012/08/ham-radio-net 07:30 AM Pacific?
Northwest Boaters Net HF 3.865 LSB AM 08:00 Daily Informal checkins from 08:00. Weather reports. Rollcall at 08:30. 08:00 AM Pacific✓
RV Service Net (WBCCI Pacific Coast) HF 7.272 USB AM 09:00 Mon-Fri RV Owners and those interested in RVing rvsvcnet.wbcci.net 09:00 AM Pacific✓
FMCA (Family Motor Coach Assoc.) RV Net HF 14.3075 USB AM 9:30 Mon,Wed,Fri RV Owners and those interested in RVing fmcaarc.com (early checkins from 09:00) 12:30 PM Eastern✓
17m Activity Group HF 18.1575 USB AM 10:45 Daily Early checkins at 10:30. Buddipole users, mobile and portable users, and QRP stations meet to compare signals and discuss their setups. 1745 UTC✓
RV Radio Net HF 7.264 LSB PM 04:00 Sun-Fri RV Owners and those interested in RVing. Early checkins from 04:30 rvradionetwork.com 06:00 PM Central✓
Sams Radio Hams HF 3.9185 LSB PM 08:00 Mon-Fri Chapter of the Good Sam Club. RV group with most members in California. 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 Mon-Fri 1200-2400 UTC (summer), 1300-0100 UTC (winter) (may go later if propagation allows) See website for details. 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". mmsn.org, pmmsn.net

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

Other BC Boaters Nets bcbn.ca

One of the most extensive lists of Special Interest nets on HF can be found at: 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.)

Another comprehensive net listing, favouring nets heard in Ohio, can be found at: stampfli.us/nets.html  (Uncertain whether this list has been updated in the last few years.)

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

 

Other Nets

If you can't get enough of nets, particularly on 40m and 80m, a more comprehensive list of nets heard here in the Okanagan Valley can be found in our wiki. https://wiki.ocarc.ca/Main_Page#Other_Nets_heard_in_the_Okanagan_Valley

These nets are not included on this page because they don't routinely look for stations in our area.