The cities using and supporting the SPECS repeater run a 'net' every Monday night at 8 PM. This tradition of holding it on Monday nights started around the 1960s and continues to this day. The purpose is to provide an opportunity to test your equipment, share information and interact with other hams in the city.
The SPECS Net starts at 8 PM on the 2 meter W6ASH repeater (145.270 - 100 hz) with general announcements. Part way through the net the Net Control operator will call on each city and ask where their local net will be held. For Los Altos, this is usually on our primary frequency of 146.595 simplex, but it may change so be sure to listen for the announcement. When asked to do so, change to the Los Altos Net frequency and check in there.
Packet networking is an important part of the job we do. There are two packet "nets" that you can check in to via packet. One is the SPECS weekly packet check-in net. The other is our Los Altos packet check-in. To check into the Los Altos packet net, send a packet message to LOSPKT@w3xsc prior to 8 PM. Our local Net Control operator will announce who has checked in each week.
Everyone is encouraged to sharpen their skills as a Net Control operator. Why? After an event, the first person on the frequency should start a net running and act as the Net Control operator, and that person may just be you!
Being a Net Control operator for the Los Altos city net is the right place to start. It is easy to do, and if you want, one of our more experienced operators will work with you to make your first NC experience rewarding. As guides, you can use the Net Control script and Frequent Check-in list that are listed below. If you can read out loud, you can be a Net Control operator in Los Altos!
In the Download section below there are two files that you can use as a Los Altos Net Control operator. The Monday Night Script file (PDF) is a suggested script that you can read and follow along with. Most operators stick to this script, but you don't have to! As the NC, you have control of the net so do what you want, as long as you get a count of who is checking in.
The "MondayNightCalls file (PDF) lists Los Altos hams that usually check in during the Los Altos portion of the net. You can use this as a check-off list and as a way of "greeting" people with their name.