What is AEN-MAR?
OVERVIEW: The Monday night nets provide an opportunity for people with the passion to use their radios and licenses for the benefit of others to do real things, learn and hone skills, and put their equipment through the paces. We don't recruit people to any organization or mission. Well, that's not entirely true. We do promote MCECG* as a place to find useful, interesting things to do and thereby to acquire hands-on, boots-on-the-ground experience. But that experience can be applied anywhere you want -- be it in one of the organized groups (Skywarn, CERT, SATERN, Red Cross, ARES, an EOC, MARS, or any other) or just for your own competency and self confidence. Instead of re-inventing the wheel by organizing yet another top-down hierarchy, we focus on bottom-up training and preparation of the individual to qualify him/her to serve. We don't care where these people serve; we just want them to be competent and capable when they do.
The Arizona Emergency Net - Maricopa is a place where real people do real activities to support real objectives whenever their real-world lives permit.
SERVICE AREA: Maricopa County, including Metropolitan Phoenix and surrounding communities.
FORMAT: On-air exercises, practice drills, and equipment tests while honing operator skills. Expect to do and learn real stuff. This is not a quickie "check-in" net, social roundtable, or traffic net. Several good nets serve those purposes already.
TOPICS: The focus topic changes each week.
RECORDINGS: Most weeks, the net is recorded. Click here or follow the links at the top of the page for the MP3 archives.
ON-AIR DETAILS: Mondays, 9:00 p.m. local time. The Mt. Ord 146.92(- offset), the Shaw Butte 147.24(+), and (as of April 2012) the Scottsdale Airpark 146.76(-) linked repeaters. All require 162.2 Hz tone. The repeaters are linked and cover most of Maricopa County and portions of Pinal, Gila, Coconino, and Yavapai Counties in central Arizona. They are not available on IRPL, EchoLink, or any other such network.
AFFILIATION: The net is an activity, not a separate organization. Net participants may choose to get "real-world" experience through public service events organized by MCECG* or respond to drills and emergency activations with ARES** and the Maricopa County EOC***. Membership in MCECG and ARES is encouraged, but definitely is not required for net participation. Net members represent other respected groups as well, such as SATERN, Red Cross, Skywarn, CERT, RACES****, and others. The different missions of these groups are equally served by the net training activities.
PARTICIPANTS: There is no membership roster, no bylaws, no dues. All Amateur Radio Operators are welcome to participate regardless of skills or experience levels. The only criteria are a radio capable of the net frequency, a license to use it, and an interest in using both for the benefit of others. Hams in other counties within range of the net repeaters are invited, too.
EXPECTATIONS: We have fun, but that's not our primary objective. Equipment will be exercised. Mistakes will be made and corrected. Skills will be learned and improved.
* MCECG - Maricopa County Emergency Communications Group, an informal collection of hams who emphasize scheduled public service events as a means to tactical radio proficiency. For more information, see www.MCECG.net.
** ARES - Amateur Radio Emergency Service, an ARRL-sponsored organization that promotes Amateur Radio emergency communication services to civic agencies. For information on the Arizona ARES organization, see www.AZ-ARRL.org/Secure.
*** EOC - Emergency Operations Center, a tactical civic (state, county, or municipality) emergency response organization, usually located in a fortified "war room" containing lots of communications equipment.
**** RACES - Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, a government-sponsored organization that promotes Amateur Radio emergency communication services to civic agencies.