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Not fish NETS. Not hair NETS.
Not wild animal NETS. My wife is beginning to wonder why I do "things"
and what "things" are for. Like: "Why do you have a computer?" and
"What do you do with your computer?" and "Why do you talk on those NETS?"
What good are those NETS? I can tell you that HAM radio is a hobby
for fun, without the fun `they ain't no fun!' Sorry! Nets perform
an important function in amateur radio. They provide training and
expertise so to speak in the communications skills that come naturally
to few. These skills (and properly working equipment, which is also
tested by regular NET participation) gives our community, our state, our
country, the high speed communications between local government offices
and regional offices and the state capitol and our nations capitol when
other forms of communications fail in times of national disasters, be it
hurricanes, flood, fire, or earth quake. that for a run on sentence!) HAMS
with hand held radios can get a message to one that has an emergency power
source (batteries or an emergency generator) or a ham either outside of
the disaster area that can relay it entirely out of the disaster area,
(using H.F.?) like from your city hall (or county seat) to the state
capitol. I haven't mentioned mobile ham radios or disaster relief
communications setup with little or no notice in virtually every Red Cross
shelter, mostly schools and other government buildings. We even have
regular nets and exercises from these places of safety. Without regular
training (reads NETS) attempts to do this without any notice would look
like watching a Keystone Cops movie. NETS are also every HAM's source
of local news and information, if you can't check in by all means listen
to one or two every week! If you don't have a VHF or UHF radio, use or
borrow a scanner and see if I'm not right.
Ron KA4INM firstname.lastname@example.org