The 40 meter band is an amateur radio frequency band,
spanning from 7.125 to 7.300 MHz for Extra license holders and
7.175 to 7.300 MHz for General license holders in the United States for
voice communications. Forty meters is considered one of the
reliable all-season long distance communication bands and is most
useful for inter-continental communication.
The 40 meter band is many ham's favorite band as it
always open somewhere. During the summer daytime distances of
to 400 miles and nightime distances of 1,000 miles is very
Winter days with distances of 500 miles or more are usual and
night time conditions bring DX (intercontinental communications).
This band is shared with short-wave broadcast from countries
outside of North America. Between these interfering signals a
with a reasonable station can work stations worldwide if he can find a
clear spot! The forty meter band is not as affected
sunspot cycle as the 20 and 10 meter band are. Many nets frequent the
40 meter band both day and night.
In amateur radio, a "net"
is an on-the-air gathering of amateur radio operators. Most nets
convene on a regular schedule and specific frequency, and are organized
for a particular purpose, such as relaying messages, discussing a
common topic of interest, emergencies, or simply as a regular gathering
of friends for conversation.
Below are some of my favorite nets that I check in to or are a
Ones of New Orleans
The Rare Ones of New Orleans is
a forty meter group of local guys that can be found on 7.275
MHz on most nights around 1900 CST right out of historic
downtowwn New Orleans. Check out
their website at https://therareones.net
or better yet, tune in and say hello to Big John and the
Hey, they got some of them good old Cajun recipes on their
website for you, too. Make some contacts with the Rare Ones
earn your Rare Ones of New Orleans Associate membership. "They all ask'd for you."
The Old Mans
International Sideband Society
Old Mans International Sideband Society is
a forty meter net that can be found on 7.185 MHz at 0100z daily. The
Old Mans International Sideband Society is a group of amateur radio
enthusiasts who have been operating on the General Amateur
bands since 1981. Visit their web page at www.omiss.net, chat
with the guys, join the Net, and get yourself an "Old Man" number!
Membership in the Old Mans
International Sideband Society is only TEN BUCKS for a lifetime
membership! You won't be disappointed.
Loitering around the frequency of 7.153 MHz you'll find the Treasure
Coast Net, a group of amateur radio operators from
to Florida's east coast meeting daily at
0800 hrs Eastern Time. You can find
out all about the Treasure Coast Net fellas on their website at www.tc7153.com.
Stop in and join them on forty meters and say hello!
The RV Radio Network is an association of amateur radio
operators who share an interest in Recreational Vehicles.
find information about RV rallies, hamfests, radio nets, and other
activities of interest on their website at www.rvradionetwork.com.
The RV Service Net can be found on 7.264 MHz at 1900 hrs
Central Time Sunday through Friday.
Coast Amateur Radio Service Net
East Coast Amateur Radio Service Net gathers daily on 7.255
Weekday operations run from 0730 to 1400 hrs and weekend operations run
from 0800 am to 1200 hrs, East Coast time. Learn all about
Coast Amateur Radio Service at their website at www.ecars7255.com.
The East Coast Amateur Radio Service Net
also has a Swap and Shop net each Wednesday from 1100 to 1200 hrs.
Membership is the East Coast Amateur
Radio Service Net is only a measly three bucks per year, or $30 for a
Caribbean Amateur Radio Society Net
the way from Jamaica, Mon! I stumbled on this net one afternoon
scrolling on the dial in the forty meter band. My first contact
from Jamaica was Errol (6Y5EH) in Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica,
Mon! You'll likely find these guys on 7.195 MHz, 365 days a
year. The Caribbean Amateur Radio Society has check-ins from
Canada to the Florida Keys and their website is here at https://grenadaamateurradio.blogspot.com
Good Old Boys Net
Ole Boys Net is a is a nice bunch of folks that meet on the 40 meter
everyday except Sunday, at 1700 hrs Eastern Time. All
licensed amateur radio operators are welcome to check in.
Y'all stop by and check in and chew the rag with the Good Old Boys.
Chit Chat Net
Chit Chat Net was established to promote Ham Radio. Join the
Chat Net on 7.207 MHz on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 1000 hrs
Eastern Time. Learn more about the Chit Chat Amateur Radio
Tarheel Emergency Net
Tarheel Emergency Net is a directed net and is the North Carolina High
frequency Amateur Radio Emergency Services net. The purpose of the
Tarheel Emergency Net is to provide communications during emergencies
such as hurricanes. All radio amateurs are invited to
participate in the Tar Heel Emergency Net nightly at 1730 hrs Eastern
time on 20 meters. The Tarheel Emergency Net operates mainly
20 meters at 2.923 MHz. Should that band be congested or drop
out, the alternate frequency is 7.232 MHz on 40 meters. The 40 meter
frequency is activated only when needed. The ARRL Tarheel
Emergency Net web page is here www.ncarrl.org/nets/THEN/index.html.
Waterway Net and Cruising Club
The Waterway Radio and Cruising Club Net is an association of amateur
radio operators who also share an interest in recreational boating.
The Waterway Net begins daily at 0745 hrs Eastern Time on
7.268 MHz and runs for about an hour. The main purpose of the
Waterway Net is to encourage amateur radio communications to and from
boats with an emphasis on safety and weather information.
Position reports help keep boats in touch with families and
friends and the net provides a strong measure of safety for off-shore
passage makers. Check out the Waterway Net and Cruising Club
webpage at www.waterwayradio.net.
The National Traffic System Net (4th Region)
ARRL National Traffic System uses radiograms to communicate information
critical to saving lives or property, or to inquire about the health or
welfare of a family member in a disaster area. The NTS fourth
region net covers the Eastern states of Florida, Georgia, North
Carolina, South Carolina, Virgina, and the territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin
Islands. The net operates on the 40 meter band frequency 7.243
daily at 1345 hrs Eastern time. Learn all about the National
Traffic System network and how emergency communications are passed
worldwide on the ARRL webpage at www.arrl.org/chapter-one-national-traffic-system.
The Triple Net
Triple H 40 Meter Net operates 364 days a year on a 7.190 MHz, starting
at 0700 Z. The first thirty minutes are dedicated to check-ins,
with preference given to DX stations first and foremost. The
stateside check-ins are taken according to call districts that coincide
with the day of the month. The Triple H 40 meter Amateur Radio Net
website is www.hhhnet.net
The OMIK Amateur Radio Net
OMIK Amateur Radio Association, Inc. was founded in 1952 by black
amateur radio operators from the states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and
Kentucky to deal with discrimination in the dominant culture at that
time, and to assist black travelers with information on places where
they could eat and lodge. Because membership in many other ham
organizations was denied, a black ham organization, with its own nets
and other activities, was clearly needed. The OMIK net is active on 7.185 MHz from 1230 to 1400 hrs UTC. Visit the OMIK website at www.omikradio.org
The Country Hams Net
Country Hams Net is a 40 meter net operating on 7.225 MHz from 0900 to
1000 hrs Eastern time Monday thru Saturday. Here you can
talk about projects, chat with friends or just enjoy ham radio in
general. The Country Hams net is a round table style net that is
open to all. They group has no dues, no fees, and no member
numbers...it's a place where all are welcome and everyone from newbies
to Elmers can participate. The Country Hams Net webpage is http://countryhamsnet.com. Visit the Country Hams and say hello.
The Hurricane Watch Net
Hurricane Watch Net is a 40 meter amateur radio group of licensed
amateur radio operators, trained and organized to provide essential
communications support to the National Hurricane Center during times of
Hurricane emergencies. The mission of the Hurricane Watch Net is
to disseminate hurricane advisory information along the Atlantic
seaboard of the U.S. and throughout the Gulf of Mexico coastal
areas. The Hurricane Watch Net generally activates whenever
a system has achieved hurricane status and is within 300 miles of
populated landmass or at the request of the forecasters at the National
Hurricane Center. You will find The Hurricane Watch Net on the 20
meter band at 14.325 MHz by day and the 40 meter band at 7.268 MHz by
night. When required, they will use both frequencies
simultaneously. Learn more about the Hurricane Watch Net at www.hwn.org
The Nighthawks Amateur Radio Net
"NightHawks" operate nightly from approximately 1815 to 2100 hrs
Eastern time on 7.255 MHz. Net operations share the same frequency
with the Voice of America so the schedule may vary slightly depending
on propagation and VOA's programming and schedule changes. On
Wednesday nights starting at 1930 hrs is the Swap and Shop edition of
the Net hosted by WA3GIN, Dave Jordan. Occasionally, Friday night
becomes a technical discussion night when the NightHawks
will have a special guest speaker who will provide a lecture on a
Amateur Radio related topic of interest. The Nighthawks have
no formal organization, no officers, no constitution, no dues, only ham
radio and the web site https://qsl.net/nighthawks
The South Coast Amateur Radio Service Net
South Cars Amateur Radio net (AKA "SCARS") is a 40 meter net operating
on 7.251 MHZ seven days a week from 0800 to 1300 hrs Eastern
time. The net has been in operation since 1967 with the
purpose to assist those seeking to contact other amateur radio
stations, to provide weather and travel information, and to assist in
emergencies when needed. All amateur radio stations with a
General class amateur radio license or above are welcome to check
in. Additionally, a Traders Net is conducted each Wednesday
from 1000 to 1100 hrs Eastern time. Check out the SCARS guys at
their website https://southcars.com
The Nuts Bolts and Screws Net
group originally started out as just a few hams gathering together,
helping other hams with antenna issues, audio, radio adjustments, etc.
With the help of some very experienced hams, the group grew and
grew. Now it's become a great place to meet for an hour mon-thurs
at 0300 hrs Eastern time on frequency 7.185 to rag chew with some
really nice guys and gals. So don't be shy. The Nuts Bolts
and Screws web page is www.nbsnet7185.com
The North American Traffic and Awards Net
The North American Traffic and Awards Net is nightly on 7.185 MHz at 6 pm Eastern Time, Pre-Net check-ins up to one hour in advance of net time. The North American Traffic and Awards Net is not a “club net" ~ there are no memberships, The North American Traffic and Awards Net
has no rigid rules, they are an essy going bunch of amateur radio
operators who just go with the flow. Check them out online
The American Legion Amateur Radio Club Net
Legion Post #275 from Glenarden, Maryland operates the
American Legion Amateur Radio Club net the second Saturday of each
month on 7.275 MHz from 1000 to 1200 hrs Eastern
time, The net is open to all licensed Radio Amateurs; you
do not need to be a member of The American Legion to join
in. View to American Legion Amateur Radio Club net
schedules at www.legion.org/hamradio/monthly-net-schedule
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