Welcome to the NightWatch Net Website

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Hello, NightWatchers!

You've reached the NightWatch Net website.

If you have comments or questions, send an email to: Denny, W4DWC (w4dwc@arrl.net).

If you would like to volunteer to be an NCS or a sub NCS, please contact Denny, W4DWC (w4dwc@arrl.net), or ask one of the NCSs on the net.

The NightWatch Net usually meets weekdays from 1600-1800 ET on 7.192 MHz, subject to band conditions and NCS availability. Occasionally, 7.192 is occupied... any clear frequency 7.178 and above may be used... see the NCS Message on the logger to find out where the net has temporarily relocated, or tune around until you hear a familiar voice.


You can follow along with the NightWatch NCS online with our custom web-based logger, created by Wayne, K4ELO:

NightWatch Net Logger

Most (but not all) NightWatch NCSs use the logger. If you log in to the logger with your call, name, and a password you create, the NCS will automatically check you in (at an appropriate time), and you do not need to check in over the air. If you forget your password, ask the NCS over the air to reset it for you.




Weekend Nets

The NightWatch Net is currently not operating on Saturday or Sunday

Net Time

The net will continue to start at 4pm ET with the change to/from Daylight Savings Time


The annual charges for hosting the Logger website are coming due... please make a donation to help support the cost of the Logger... you can send a Paypal donation to k4elo@fastmail.fm or mail a check to K4ELO's address on QRZ.com. 



NightWatch Net Protocol

It is up to the individual NCS whether to use the logger at all, and if the logger is used, when to call on logger checkins vs. on-air checkins. Please be patient... we'll try to get to everyone, but there's only so many checkins we can handle in an hour.

The NCS will attempt to limit checkins to what can be handled in their hour. If there are more checkins than can likely be handled, they will be colored yellow in the logger. Stations remaining at the end of the first hour are welcome to check in to the second hour.

By far the easiest way to get checked in is to log in to the logger ( nightwatchnetlogger.net ), if the logger is being used. You can even log in from most smartphones and tablets (the logger tries to be mobile device friendly... NCSs can even run the net from a phone, in a pinch). These days, most of the checkins are via the logger, and that allows a lot more time for folks to actually talk. The first hour NCSs usually open the logger a few minutes before net time, so there will already be a number of checkins when the net starts.

The on-air check-in procedure should follow the standard method of tuning the frequency accurately and waiting for the NCS to make a call for check-ins. The NCS will always call for "Mobile or QRP" and then "Anyone, anywhere" checkins at the beginning of the net. If the NCS isn't asking for checkins occasionally (or picking up checkins from the logger), their hour is probably full.

Please do NOT break the net to check in, either with your call or by announcing “Check In” or "Contact".  Wait for a net call up. Listen for the type of call-up being made. Fixed stations should NOT check in when the NCS calls for “Mobiles or QRPs Only”. All stations, fixed or mobile, are invited to check in during a general call-up for “Any Check-ins”. Stations should check in using their call sign only one time in an orderly fashion spreading the calls out to allow the NCS to take a list. Please be patient, especially when the Net is busy. Unless you have an emergency, don’t call over the top of the NCS or others, it will only give you a reputation with your peers you don’t want to have. Listen first. Ask for a relay if needed. Stations will normally be called in the order they were recognized, but mobiles/QRPs will be given priority if they identify as such when calling in. First-time checkins will also be called on as soon as possible. Stations may stay on frequency to exchange greetings with others for a minute or two but should move off frequency if the exchange will take longer so that others can have their turn. Save the chit-chat for slower periods.

Use the word Contact only when you have DEFINITELY heard the station you want to contact check in. Try to avoid doubling if at all possible. Let the NCS keep things in order and call for relays if needed. Move your station off frequency once you have made contact and try to have a clear frequency already picked out for continuing your QSO. Contact means you have definitely heard a specific station check-in that you wish to talk with. The NCS will try to recognize you quickly before your station leaves the frequency. Because “Contact” calls are given priority, it must never be used to simply check into the net, request signal reports, or to ask if a station is on frequency. Wait for a net call-up for those reasons.

Relay should be used if you hear a station repeatedly calling in that is not being heard by the NCS. You may be asked to call that station and relay his traffic in to the net.

ReCheck should be used when you have gone off to find a clear frequency, and you are returning to get your station, or are back after missing your turn. 

Break should not be used for any reason. Period.

Break-Break must not be used unless there is an actual emergency that needs to preempt the net.



The NightWatch Mission:

The mission of the NightWatch Net is to provide the amateur radio operator a friendly atmosphere with an all-operators-welcome HF net.  No membership numbers, no dues or membership fees, no formal officers, no by-laws, no rules other than common courtesy.

Join us weeknights for the best in the true spirit of amateur radio and exchange of information, including technical tips, personal opinions, local weather, current events and much more friendly and interesting conversation, all presented in an orderly format.

Join in with the amateur radio operators of the NightWatch Ragchew Net nightly, Monday through Friday, from 4pm Eastern Time until 6pm, on 7.192 MHz, where much wit, humor and good information is exchanged.