Tar Heel Emergency Net
Nightly 7:30 p.m. - 3923 kHz
(Alternate Frequency 7232 kHz**)
Net ManagerMike Fagan, AE4MF
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.
- Net members are expected to follow the directions of the NCS.
- Use standard ITU phonetics when checking into the Net.
- Follow the established net protocol.
- Know and announce which District you reside in.
- Report to the NCS promptly whenever called.
- Net members should ask NCS permission before they use the frequency.
- Never leave a net without checking out.
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.1954 THEN Rules (pdf) -- Courtesy of Weldon, W4AJT
Net Control StationsAmateurs interested in being a Net Control Station for the Tar Heel Emergency Net (THEN),
Current Net Control Stations (effective 7/8/2020)
|Sunday||K4AEC, Larry||Emergency Coordinator (Clay County)|
|First Monday||NC4VA, Virginia
Deputy Statewide Emergency Coordinator
|Weather||Second Monday||WA4NC, Marv||NC ARRL Section||Third Monday||N2COP, Bill||Roanoke Division Vice Director||Fourth Monday||NC SWIC||Amateur Radio role in NCEM|
|Tuesday||KK4NC, Cliff or WB4NCQ|
TrainingThe 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) ScriptThe THEN script is available for download in several formats:
Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf)
Hyper Text Markup Language (.html)
Script for Monday Night ARES Session (.html)
Net ReportsNet 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
Since the served agencies have adopted
word (.doc) format pdf format
See an example of a Net Report in Radiogram format.
word (.doc) format pdf format
ITU Phonetic Alphabet
|A Alfa||N November|
|B Bravo||O Oscar|
|C Charlie||P Papa|
|D Delta||Q Quebec|
|E Echo||R Romeo|
|F Foxtrot||S Sierra|
|G Golf||T Tango|
|H Hotel||U Uniform|
|I India||V Victor|
|J Juliet||W Whiskey|
|K Kilo||X X-ray|
|L Lima||Y Yankee|
|M Mike||Z Zulu|