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14.300 MHz has become a very well known frequency in the Amatuer Radio world. There are three major nets in the Western Hemisphere that operate on 14.300 MHz. From early morning until late evening the frequency is busy with traffiic of one form or another. Begining at 0700 ET daily, The Intercon Net, formally know as The Intercontinental Amatuer Traffic Net, starts out the day. Intercon runs until 1200 ET before handing the frequency over to The Maritime Mobile Service Network. The MMSN, which also runs daily, operates from 1200 ET until 9 PM EST / 10 PM EDT or 0200 UTC. After The MMSN raps up The Pacific Seafarers Net begins operation at 10 PM EST / 11PM EDT or 0300 UTC and runs various lengths of time, depending on traffic load, but usually about 2 hours or less.

Let's take a brief look at each net.

The Intercon Net

According to Intercon's website, the nets mission is threefold:

To promote goodwill and friendly relations among radio operators everywhere.

To handle third party traffic and information between individuals in any country where such traffic handling is permitted by treaty or mutual agreement.

To provide a means of emergency communications to any location where the normal means are disrupted by local disaster such as fire, earthquake, storms, floods and terrorist activity.

Intercon is probably the least structured, or formal net of the three. Make no mistake about it, some very important and critical traffic has been handled on Intercon over the years, but a little more "ragchewing" is acceptable.

 

The Maritime Mobile Service Network

The primary purpose of the net is for handling traffic from maritime mobiles and overseas deployed service personnel. MMSN also assists missionaries and persons working abroad. The MMSN has a more formal or structured format than Intercon. Since vessels at sea generally have barefoot or less rigs, running on battery power with wire or vertical antennas, their signals may be hard to copy at times. The Net Control Stations frequently ask all stations to standby while calling for maritimes only that may wish to check in. Also, offshore weather information is usually read at about 30 minutes past the hour. Ragchewing is considered a no-no during MMSN. Any station can check into the MMSN when the NCS is asking for general check-in's. If you would like a signal report, audio report or just to say you are "riding along", this is the time to check-in.

 

The Pacific Seafarer's Net

Pacsea handles traffic with vessles mainly in the Pacific Ocean. Utilizing stations from North America to New Zeland / Austrailia and across the Pacific, Pacsea takes position reports and weather observations from vessels. Pacsea NCS's use special software to post positions on the internet and send observed weather conditions to the weather forecasters for the Pacific. Friends and family may then track their vessel of interest online. The first 25 minutes of the net is open to general check-in's. After that, the roll call portion of the net begins and it is very structured from that point. Any station is welcome to assist as a relay for Pacsea. If your area of interest is The Pacific, check out The Pacific Seafarer's Net.

 

 


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