When hams gather around the radio for an organized on-air meeting, we call it a “net”. Our repeater participates in several weekly nets and are honored to host the National Weather Service’s WX9MKX station during severe weather nets.

Tuesday Hand-shaker Net

We have our Hand-shaker net on the Western reflector node #9617 with check-ins from all over the U.S. KB9SXH John was a co-founder. The net is two hours long where we ask a trivia question and then you can tune into the Wednesday night Swap-net to get the answer for the Tuesday night Hand-shaker net. We joined this net back in 2008 for a short time. On August 25, 2009, we started the Trivia net for the MAARS N9LKH repeater. After almost four years, on March 26, 2013, the club brought back the Hand-shaker net. The net starts at 9 pm local time every Tuesday night. Everyone is invited to listen and licensed Amateur Radio Operators, Technician Class or higher, are encouraged to check into this net. If anybody has any questions about The Hand-shaker Net you can submit them to John at his e-mail address:  kb9sxh@wi.rr.com

Amateur Radio Newsline is heard on Wednesday nights at 8pm.

At the suggestion of club members, we have made arrangements to re-transmit the Amateur Radio Newsline. The local Milwaukee ARES group, on 147.165, plays ARRL Audio News, a different news digest.

Amateur Radio Newsline may be heard on Wednesday nights at 8pm.

Wednesday night Swapnet

The Swapnet returned to service on October 5, 2005.

Starting mid-2004, MAARS began the IRLP Swapnet on Wednesday evenings, beginning at 9pm Central Time. Linked up with FM-38 (another popular large-area machine/system in the SE and SC Wisconsin, our net can now reach anyone who has access to IRLP Reflector 9624. We have had check-ins from all over the United States, including Florida and Nevada.

Our net is more than just a swapnet… people exchange local amateur radio news, information about upcoming swapfests, information about upcoming events, and other announcements.

Anyone is welcome to offer ham radio or computer equipment during our nets for sale, or to request to purchase. No commercial sales are allowed. Hams are welcome to list materials belonging to other hams. Prices may be listed on the air, but we request that extended questions/answers be conducted after the main net completes.

Come join us on Wednesday evenings at 9pm!

The map below shows all of the machines that are known to link into AllStar on net evenings. We hope to talk with other groups to add their systems to the network on Wednesday evenings.