The Salt Spring Island Amateur Radio Society net takes place every Wednesday evening, starting at 7 pm local time on the VE7RSI repeater on 147.320 MHz. It requires a tone of 88.5 Hz for FM.
The net then moves to VHF simplex on 146.595 MHz with a tone of 123.0 Hz.
Finally, we move to 3750 KHz on 80M. If the frequency is occupied, try +/- in 5 kHz steps.
|VE7RSI||147.320 MHz + CTCSS 88.5 Hz|
|VHF Simplex||146.595 MHz T 123.0 Hz|
|HF||3750 kHz||if busy, try +/- in 5 KHz steps.|
Being a directed net, give just your callsign when the net control station calls for check-ins. The use of standard phonetics is encouraged. When acknowledged, the net control station will ask if you have any traffic. Giving your callsign only when you first check in will reduce doubling and make the net run more smoothly. On each portion of the net, check-ins will be accepted first from stations on Salt Spring Island, and then from Vancouver Island, the other Gulf Islands and the mainland.
There is often an informal get-together on 146.595 MHz at 8 am each day.
A few of us have a sked on 3753 kHz at 08:30 Pacific time M-W-F. Sometimes, some CW practice takes place. This is appropriate as Ted VE7FND SK had code practice on the frequency for many years in the past. In recent months, we have been coming on early at 08:15 and doing some CW until 08:30.
We also have a sked on 14155 kHz at 17:00 on Sunday evenings.
Some of the Salt Spring Island YLs have been getting together for a net on Tuesday evenings at 19:00 on VE7RSI 147.320 MHz + CTCSS 88.5 Hz.
We used to use 146.460 MHz, but a D-STAR repeater that showed up near Bellingham on 146.450 MHz early in 2015 made 146.460 MHz all but unusable for many people. This repeater has impacted simplex users in the Vancouver and Victoria areas as well as here on Salt Spring Island. It is unfortunate that repeaters are starting to show up on the edge of the simplex portions of the band. Each one leaves two simplex frequencies un-usable.
SSIARS can be reached by packet by using Winlink Express to send a message in Winlink format to VE7RAS, but these messages will only be checked infrequently during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Messages to VE7GDH will be viewed more frequently.
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