Washington State Emergency Net

Welcome to the Washington State Emergency Net (WSEN). This net has been in service for many decades for the purpose of on-air support of the various ARES, RACES, and ACS organizations in our state.  Members are encouraged to use the net to test and maintain the communications capabilities of their equipment, as well as that of the field resources of their respective organizations and teams.  

The WSEN meets according to the schedule near the bottom of this page, but always starts on 3985 KHz.  Net control may change frequencies due to interference or prior occupancy as necessary,  If you do not hear a relay station, please check the secondary frequencies on 75 meters, and then the alternate frequency.  Net rosters and the preamble may be downloaded from the link at the bottom of the page.

All amateur radio operators interested in emergency communications are invited to check in.  If you are an ARES/RACES/ACS member and are not currently on the roll call, check in anyway when your geographical area is called. Out-of-state or international visitors will be checked in after roll call.  

Members and newcomers are asked to forward roster additions or changes through your Emergency Coordinator.  Please copy the net manager (see contact information below) as well.

Please send your questions, comments, and suggestions to the net manager.  

You can also check out the WSEN Facebook page for current discussions, and to ask questions as well!  It's a closed group, so please ask to join, and be patient while waiting for approval.  If you don't answer the question (name, call sign, and other information), the administrators will assume that you are a fake profile, and won't accept your request.

Announcements:

 February 14th, 2019
  •  PREAMBLE AND ROSTER UPDATED:  The preamble has been changed to reflect the shift of the Monday net to regional and county operations.  The roster has been updated, with a change in the roll call order.  
 February 10th, 2019
  • CHANGE IN WSEN OPERATING SCHEDULE: The Monday night net will move from state wide to regional and/or county nets on February 18th.  A joint statement about this change, from AF7PQ, NM7R, and WA7RF, has been posted the download folder at the bottom of this page.
  • ROSTER UPDATED: In PDF and Word
  • NCS REPORTS:  Thank you for submitting them!  These reports are being copied to the download folder.
 January 27th, 2019
  •  ROSTER UPDATED: In PDF and Word.
 January 22nd, 2019
  •  NET REPORTS FOLDER ONLINE:  NCS reports are being posted to a reports folder on the same link as the operating documents.
 January 21st, 2019
  •  ROSTER UPDATED:  In both PDF and Word.
 January 20th, 2019
  • NET ROSTER IN WORD UPLOADED:  This is for those who want to check off participants during nets.  The PDF version may not always support that feature.
  • SUBMITTING NET REPORTS: NCS operators are asked to send in their roster, as noted below.      

Note to Net Control operators: 

  • Please get on frequency 10-15 minutes early, and use the time to check conditions for propagation,m interference, and prior occupancy.  Many net members tune in early for this purpose, and may be available for relay stations as well.
  • Conditions permitting, ask for volunteers as relay stations.  Early check-ins may be taken as well. 
  • It's a good practice to ask for relays at the end of each district, as well as at the end of the net.  
  • Once the net is over, please send your report as noted below.

Sending in a net report:

  • All NCS operators are asked to send in a report once the net is over.
  • District Emergency Coordinators are asked to send the reports to the net manager for compilation, at their convenience.  Or the DEC can ask the operators to send reports directly to the net manager, and copy them on the e-mail. 
  • A net report is the completed roster, any new stations and visitors  and comments from the operator about band conditions, interference, or other issues.  
  • Suggested ways to send in the report:
    • Send the Word or PDF file with any additional information by e-mail.
    • If you use pencil and paper, scan the report, and send by e-mail.  Sending a clear photo of each page will work, or use a suitable application.
    • Send by snail mail.  Contact the net manager to arrange this.

Net contact information: 

  • Net Manager: Jeff Stidham, AL1Q, e-mail: AL1Q -at- ARRL dot NET
WSEN Net Operations Schedule

Monday: Regional and county, 1830 Pacific Time (or as determined by the DEC or EC)
Saturday: Statewide, 0900 Pacific Time

Nets may not be held on holidays.  Check this page for the latest announcements.

WSEN Net Frequencies

  Start on Secondary
 Primary     3985 KHz 3990 and 3995 KHz
 Alternate 7245 KHz 7250 and 7255 KHz

Other frequencies may be directed by net control as necessary.