Amateur Radio Operators periodically run "nets" on designated days and on pre-determined frequencies. The "nets" are typically oriented around a specific topic (eg. Emergency Traffic Handling, Disaster Scenarios, Digital Modes, etc.). Both the NORC-HF and NORC-2 VHF Net are open only to operators physically located at healthcare and EOC facilities in Ohio ARES Sections 1 and 2. The information below is placed here as a courtesy for Lucas County ARES members as well as other Amateurs that may find this information relevant.  If you have questions, please contact the NORC Net Manager

This Saturday is the 1st Saturday of the month. This is when the NORC net typically holds it’s monthly net at 11:00 am on or around +/- 7.200 MHz LSB. (Tune up or Down to find the Net)

NORC is an acronym for Northwest Ohio Regional Communications.

HF gear was purchased thru the Regional Medical Response System (RMRS) grant and issued to all 18 County Emergency Operation Centers (EOC). This organized net was originally developed to provide a backup communications system for all of the Northwest Ohio County Emergency Operation Centers located in these counties:

Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, VanWert, Williams, and Wood.

Hospitals located in these counties are involved with The Northwest Ohio Healthcare Emergency Management Coalition (NWO-HEMC).

The hospitals of NWO-HEMC have written into their emergency back-up plans a place for amateur radio operators to participate.

They need amateur radio operators/stations to act as back up communications during drills and emergencies; and to make a communications grid that will cover all 18 counties should it be needed so that the hospitals could or would be able to communicate using amateur radio operators.

Stations close enough to communicate simplex with any hospital via VHF/UHF are encouraged to participate on HF in the NORC Net as well. You do not have to be a member of a club or organization to participate in this net.

Like the NTS, the use of VHF/UHF and the use of HF is strategically important when relaying communications when the internet and other communications infrastructures are down.

Please consider participating.

You can get more information by subscribing to the following email group.

[email protected]
NORC Net Preamble and Script

Please note that this is a working net!  As every good Amateur Radio Operator knows, listen first, and practice on your own or with a friend before showing up to a net and attempting to pass/handle voice/digital traffic.  /p>