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Tar Heel Emergency Net

Nightly 7:30 p.m. - 3923 kHz

(Alternate Frequency 7232 kHz**)

Status: The Tar Heel Emergency Nert is currnently in Standard Mode
Regular Session tonight at 7:30 p.m. on 3.923 MHz.
The primary net frequency is 3923 kHz; alternate is 7232 kHz.
News Updates: March, 2012

Antenna Project
Design exercise: an 80-foot 75-m dipole antenna
by Dick Smith, W4ZQV

I attended a meeting of Buncombe County ARES (BCARES) recently, and realized the importance of the 75-m SSB Tarheel Emergency Net, which meets daily at 7:30 pm at 3.923 MHz. "Uh-oh," I thought, "I've got a problem." No 75-m antenna. My house is on a small lot, and the neighborhood Homeowners Association is pretty strict about what can be installed outside. Not much chance of raising a 119 ft halfwave dipole outside. So I began the design process to squeeze a center-fed dipole into the attic, using loading coils to shorten the dipole legs to fit the 84-foot available space. The antenna will install at only 15 feet (1/16 ??) above ground level, so it'll operate as a Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) radiator. For an antenna so near the ground, radiation is launched nearly vertically and on reflection reaches the ground out to a radius of maybe 400 miles. Bad for DX operation, but perfect for use with the Tarheel Net.


Net Protocol

See you all tonight at 7:30 pm for a regular session of the THEN. Remember to adhere to the Net Procedures. The Tar Heel Emergency Net is a directed net. This means that the Net Control Station is in charge. The Net will best serve all if basic ground rules are followed.

About the Tar Heel Emergency Net

The Tar Heel Emergency Net is a directed net and is the North Carolina HF ARES® net. ARES® is "Amateur Radio Emergency Service," and is part of the ARRL field organization. The purpose this net is to provide communications during emergencies, to provide training in all aspects of net operations, to serve as a forum for discussions and to foster fellowship among radio amateurs. All radio amateurs are invited to participate in the Tar Heel Emergency Net.

** The alternate frequency of 7232 is only used if the net is activated during the day and the band drops out. When this happens we may have to go plus or minus a few kHz to find a clear frequency.

The Tar Heel Emergency Net is one of the longest running nightly nets, meeting on the air since 1947! Although the frequency and some of the Ham terminology has changed over the years, the Tar Heel Emergency Net continues to provide training to amateurs who are "furnishing communication when and if the public has need of its services". And we still need to be mindful of good operating procedures. Enjoy this 1954 copy of the net rules provided from the library of Weldon, W4AJT.

Scan of cover of 1954 THEN rulebook1954 THEN Rules (pdf) -- Courtesy of Weldon, W4AJT

Net Control Stations

Amateurs interested in being a Net Control Station for the Tar Heel Emergency Net (THEN), Marv Hoffmann NC Section Manager at Remember, we are always looking for volunteers to serve as Net Control station when our regular NCS are absent. So step up and gain some valuable experience.

Current Net Control Stations (effective 7/8/2020)

Sunday K4AEC, Larry Emergency Coordinator (Clay County)
First Monday NC4VA, Virginia
Deputy Statewide Emergency Coordinator
Second Monday WA4NC, Marv NC ARRL Section
Third Monday N2COP, Bill Roanoke Division Vice Director
Fourth Monday NC SWIC Amateur Radio role in NCEM
TuesdayKK4NC, Cliff or WB4NCQ
WednesdayN4IB, Tim
Thursday K4SEH
FridayAE4MF, Mike
SaturdayK1CY, Cy


The topic of the Tuesday night training net on 4/5 was installation of Power Pole connectors. For a good description, refer to the following Wake County ARES® documentation:
ARES Power Connector

Tar Heel Emergency Net (THEN) Script

The THEN script is available for download in several formats:
MS Word format (.doc)
Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf)
Hyper Text Markup Language (.html)
Script for Monday Night ARES Session (.html)

Net Reports

Net Control Stations should send net reports to the Net Manager within a few days following the net and prior to the 4th day of any following month. Net reports can be sent as formal written traffic via the Tar Heel Emergency Net, as formal written traffic on any NTS net, or via email to Mark Cantrell, KD4IMA
Since the served agencies have adopted ICS - 213, traffic on the THEN is typically handled in the ICS - 213 format, although we still may pass traffic in traditional ARRL radiogram format.
See an example of a Net Report in ICS-213 format.
   word (.doc) format    pdf format
See an example of a Net Report in Radiogram format.
   word (.doc) format    pdf format

ITU Phonetic Alphabet

A AlfaN November
B BravoO Oscar
C CharlieP Papa
D DeltaQ Quebec
E EchoR Romeo
F FoxtrotS Sierra
G GolfT Tango
H HotelU Uniform
I IndiaV Victor
J JulietW Whiskey
K KiloX X-ray
L LimaY Yankee
M MikeZ Zulu

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