The Salt Spring 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. C4FM check-ins will be taken on VE7RSI after the FM portion of the net.
The net then moves to VHF simplex on 146.595 MHz with a tone of 123.0 Hz.
It then goes to UHF with a simplex frequency of 446.300 MHz with a tone of 123.0 Hz, except on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, the UHF portion is on the VE7RGP repeater, and on the 4th Wednesday of the month we use the VE7EMG Repeater. VE7RGP is on 444.550 MHz CTCSS 103.5 Hz and VE7EMG is on 444.375 MHz DCS 073.
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||(also C4FM)|
|VHF Simplex||146.595 MHz T 123.0 Hz|
|UHF Simplex||446.300 MHz T 123.0 Hz||1st 3rd & 5th Wednesdays|
|VE7RGP||444.550 MHz T 103.5 Hz||2nd Wednesday|
|VE7EMG||444.375 MHz DCS 073||4th Wednesday|
|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 an informal get-together on 146.595 MHz at 8 am every 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.
We also have a sked on 14155 kHz at 17:00 on Sunday evenings.
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.
SSARS can be reached by packet by using Winlink Express to send a message to VE7GDH. It can normally be reached on 144.970 MHz through VE7SPR-8, but that node is down for maintenance right now.
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