Many of the amateur radio clubs in Essex meet on-air for regular nets. On this page, you’ll find details of the various nets, and a schedule of when to listen to the various local amateur radio club nets.
For those new to the hobby, listening in to a local net is a great way of learning the ropes and getting a feel for what goes on in the area. Most nets are on the 2m band, so can be received with a basic £25 2m handheld.
Getting started on a net is a great way to get some experience and make new friends locally – that’s why we’ve been running our own net since 2011, with the aim of bringing new and experienced operators together, to share knowledge and ask questions. For more on our net, go to our Monday Night Net page.
Essex Amateur Radio Net Schedule
Here is a list of the various Essex nets that we’re aware of. Times and frequencies are subject to change – where a frequency or repeater is in use, alternative frequencies are often selected at short notice.
Club / Group Nets
|Club / Group||Day||Start Time
|Essex Ham||Monday||8pm||2m||Essex Ham’s Monday Night Net is held weekly at 8pm on the GB3DA repeater – Listen on 145.725MHz. Streamed online for those out of the area.
Essex Ham attends the Essex Skills Night on the 3rd Monday in the month, so there’s usually no on-air net on the third Monday
|Saturday||8pm||2m||Young Ladies Net on the first Saturday of the month at 8pm on the GB3DA repeater – Listen on 145.725MHz.|
|Braintree & District ARS||Monday||8pm||2m / 70cm||
|Colchester Radio Amateurs||Tuesdays||7pm||70cm||433.425MHz (May include top band)|
|Wednesday||7pm||2m||Weekly 2m simplex club net on 145.350MHz|
|Thursday||7pm||80m||Weekly 80m net on 3.685Mhz LSB, except third Thursday in month (club night)|
|Essex CW Club (Morse nets)||Monday||7:30pm||80m||
|Tuesday||7pm UTC||17m /
|Essex RAYNET||Tuesday||8:30pm||Multiple||Held every Tuesday commencing at 2030hrs. Control Station – G0IJN in Althorne. 144.650MHz, followed by 433.700MHz, 70.400MHz & 51.650MHz|
|Havering & District ARC||Monday||8pm||2m||Monday Natter Net on 145.525MHz simplex|
|Thursday||8pm||2m||Club Net on 145.525 MHz simplex|
|Friday||8pm||2m||Friday Natter Net on 145.525 MHz simplex|
|Saturday||2pm||160m||Top Band Afternoon Net, 160 Metres (1910kHz) LSB|
|Loughton & Epping Forest ARS||Thursday||8pm||2m||Weekly net each Thursday at 8pm on 144.725MHz simplex|
|Medway RAYNET||Wednesday||8:30pm||GB3DA||Medway (Kent) RAYNET net on GB3DA – 1st and 4th Wednesday|
|South Essex ARS||Weekdays||4:30pm||2m||Net every weekday from 4:30pm on 145.225MHz simplex|
|Thames ARG||Friday||8pm||2m||Net normally runs on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Friday in the month. Starts at 8pm on the GB3DA repeater – Listen on 145.725MHz|
|Friday||7.30pm||2m||CW Net normally runs on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Friday in the month. Slow Morse (QRS) for club members. Simplex frequency 144.250 USB|
|Thurrock Acorns ARC||Thursday||7:30pm||2m||Weekly net each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8pm simplex. Listen on 145.500MHz at 7:30pm for the frequency|
|Thursday||8pm||2m||Monthly SSTV Net. 7:30pm on 144.500MHz.|
|Net Name||Day||Start Time
|Have Your Say on GB3DA||Thursday||8:30pm||GB3DA||Weekly net each Thursday to discuss the hobby. Hosted by David M1ECC.|
|Essex 4m Net||Wednesday||8pm||4m||Weekly net each Wednesday on 70.475MHz – Hosted by Selim M0XTA|
Times are UK local unless stated otherwise. List last updated: December 2016
If you know of (or run) a net that’s not mentioned here, or something’s wrong, please let us know so that we can update the list.