Miracle of the Rosary Mission Ham Radio Net
The Miracle of the Rosary Mission (MRM) is organizing an Amateur (Ham) Radio Net. The purpose of this Net is to provide assistance to the faithful who work and pray for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Eucharistic Reign of Jesus Christ, promote amateur radio, foster good operating practices, and encourage emergency preparedness to help those in need in times of emergency.
The Net will meet every Wednesday night, 8:00 PM CST on or about 3.862 MHZ. All Ham operators with a general class license or better are welcome and encouraged to check in.
Thanks and God Bless,
For more additional information.....
Call or email us - 985.448.3787
To further assist those in need of emergency information, the MRM will provide more in-depth data such as various radio station frequencies and other information if and when it is needed.
The following is a list of common stations which will likely remain on the air in the event of an emergency:
1. (EAS) Emergency Alert System - is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters, cable television systems, wireless cable systems, satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) providers and, effective in May 2007, direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service providers to provide the communications capability to the President to address the American public during a National emergency. The system also may be used by state and local authorities to deliver important emergency information such as AMBER alerts and weather information targeted to a specific area.
The FCC, in conjunction with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service (NWS), implement EAS at the federal level. The President has sole responsibility for determining when the EAS will be activated at the national level, and has delegated this authority to the director of FEMA. FEMA is responsible for implementation of the national-level activation of EAS, tests, and exercises. The NWS develops emergency weather information to alert the public of imminent dangerous weather conditions.
2. WDSU-TV (Channel 6 - New Orleans) broadcasts on 87.7 MHZ FM
3. (NOAA) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - National Weather Radio (NWR) - is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Working with the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Emergency Alert System , NWR is an "All Hazards" radio network, making it your single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information. In conjunction with Federal, State, and Local Emergency Managers and other public officials, NWR also broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards – including natural (such as earthquakes or avalanches), environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills), and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 Telephone outages).
Known as the "Voice of NOAA's National Weather Service," NWR is provided as a public service by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), part of the Department of Commerce. NWR includes more than 940 transmitters , covering all 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Pacific Territories. NWR requires a special radio receiver or scanner capable of picking up the signal. Broadcasts are found in the VHF public service band at these seven frequencies (MHz):
4. Amateur (Ham) Radio & Shortwave Radio Communications - a tremendous resource of information in time of emergencies. For ShortWave Listeners to monitor Amateur (Ham) Radio frequencies, one would need a ShortWave Radio capable of receiving both Upper and Lower Side Band Frequencies.
Emergency Communications "Q&A"
How can I listen to Amateur Radio Transmissions?
The radios that Amateurs use to communicate are not inexpensive, largely because they transmit as well as receive. Fortunately, receive-only radios, such as those in your car, are much less expensive. The radio in your car can't tune the ham bands, but receive-only radios that are capable of listening to ham transmissions are affordable. The type of radio you need depends on how far apart the transmitting stations are.
What are Shortwave Radios?
Amateurs use what are called high frequencies (HF) to communicate over long distances. HF is used for wide-area operations, such as the Hurricane Watch Net. The international broadcasters (BBC, Voice of America, Deutsche Welle) that you can receive on shortwave radios use other parts of the same frequency range.
Properly equipped shortwave radios can play ham transmissions. You should make sure the radio you choose is equipped to receive single sideband (SSB). Amateurs use SSB instead of AM because it takes up less space, and more stations can fit in the band.
What are Scanners good for during an emergency?
In order to communicate locally, Amateurs use what are called very high and ultra high frequencies. The most widely known occupants of the VHF/UHF bands are broadcast TV and radio stations. Business, public safety, and Amateur operation also takes place there, and these types of signals may be detected by scanners.
Scanners can be programmed to stay on one frequency to monitor Amateur use. You should make sure that the scanner you buy covers 144-148 MHz and 440-450 MHz in order to monitor the most widely used Amateur frequencies.
Where do I tune?
The frequencies used vary among events, situations, and localities. The Hurricane Watch Net is probably the most widely followed HF operation. It meets on 14325 kHz upper sideband during the day, sometimes moving to 3950 kHz lower sideband at night.
Most statewide operations are conducted between 3900 and 4000 kHz lower sideband on HF. Most local operations are between 145 and 148 MHz on VHF. Your ARRL Section Manager can also help you find the appropriate frequencies in your area.
In a communications emergency, monitor W1AW for special bulletins as follows: voice on the hour, teleprinter at 15 minutes past the hour, and CW on the half hour.
Ham Radio Frequencies
L.S.B (Lower Side Band) - 1.855MHZ, 3.99MHZ, 7.29MHZ,
U.S.B (Upper Side Band) - 14.29MHZ, 18.16MHZ, 21.39MHZ, 28.59MHZ
FM Frequency 147.555 MHZ
EWTN Global Catholic Radio Shortwave Frequency Guide - Frequencies subject to change
5. Local & Regional Amateur Radio Emergency Frequencies and Nets
SELA - (Southeast Louisiana - Amateur Radio Emergency Service) The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.
2M SELA Related Nets:
Greater New Orleans ARES Net: 146.860(-) (pl 114.8) repeater, Suday 8:00 PM local
St. Tammany ARES Net: 147.270(+) (pl 114.8) repeater, Tuesday 8:00 PM local
Tangipahoa ARES Net: 147.000 (-) (pl 107.2) repeater, Monday 8:30 PM local
Grey LA (Near Houma LA) ARES Net: 147.390 (+) repeater, Sunday 4:00 PM local
HF ARES Nets:
LA/MS/OK/TX Emergency & Tactical Traffic Net (Daytime) 7.285 MHZ LSB
LA/MS/OK/TX Emergency & Tactical Traffic Net (Nighttime) 3.873 MHZ LSB
LA/MS/OK/TX Health & Welfare Traffic Net (Daytime) 7.290 MHZ LSB
LA/MS/OK/TX Health & Welfare Traffic Net (Nighttime) 3.935 MHZ LSB
Louisiana Traffic CW Net 3.673 MHZ LSB Dy 6:45 PM Dy 0045 GMT (Louisiana W4DLZ)
Louisiana Traffic Phone Net 3.910 MHZ LSB Dy 6:30 PM Dy 0030 GMT (Louisiana WB5ZED)
Louisiana Health & Welfare Net 3.935 MHZ LSB Dy 8:00 PM CST & 7:00 PM CST
6. Hurricane Watch Net - The Hurricane Watch Net provides communications to and from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida during times of hurricane emergencies. The net (a gathering of amateur radio operators missioned to support the National Hurricane Center) convenes as an organized network of emergency communicators on the frequency of 14.325 Mhz when a hurricane is forecast to be within 300 statute miles from landfall on any inhabited land mass in the Caribbean Sea, Central America, and U.S. Mainland including the Gulf of Mexico coastal areas.
You may also monitor the nets active throughout the day on 14.300 MHZ for current updates on tropical storm activity in the Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and Eastern Pacific.
The Hurricane Watch Net serves two purposes:
A. To disseminate the latest National Weather Service advisories on active hurricanes in both the Atlantic and Pacific side of the Americas. This includes transmissions to any maritime amateur radio operators that may be in the affected area.
B. To gather real-time ground level weather conditions from amateurs in the affected areas and to get these reports to the National Hurricane Center via WX4NHC in a timely and accurate fashion.
Along with these weather reports, often come reports on damaged roads power outages, structural damage, phone and communications links, and of course reports on injuries and deaths. These non-weather report items are usually relayed to other nets in operation on 20, 40, and 80 who are focusing on Health & Welfare, or by the crew at WX4NHC to the appropriate agencies that stay in touch with the National Hurricane Center.
Amateur Radio HF Frequencies - (single sideband mode)
20 meters : 14.325 MHZ USB Hurricane Watch Net (Main frequency during Hurricanes)
40 meters : 7.268 MHZ LSB Water Way Net (secondary frequency) Maritime Mobiles Net
80 meters : 3.815 MHZ LSB Caribbean Net (Alternates: 3.950 MHZ LSB : North Florida / 3.940 MHZ LSB South Florida)
Amateur Radio VHF/UHF Frequencies
VHF : 147.470 MHZ simplex - Coordination frequency NHC ops. (official use only, please)
VHF : 147.000/146.400 repeater, (146.925 backup repeater PL 94.8 Hz)
UHF : 442.350/447.350 repeater (PL 94.8 Hz)
7. Other Amateur Radio Nets Concerned With Safety, Health & Welfare, Weather and All Types of Emergencies
Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network - (SATERN) - The purpose of this Web-Site is to disseminate information in times of natural and man-made disasters and to provide a gateway from the internet to SATERN for locating and determining the health and welfare of people in the disaster areas.
High Frequency Radio Nets
14265 KHz SSB 1500Z Saturday - SAROF (Salvation Army Radio Operator Fellowship)
(Above nets will remain at 1500Z during Daylight Savings Time period. This is a one time exception)
7265 KHz SSB 1600Z Saturday - SAROF
7262KHz SSB 1600Z Saturday - Mid-South Alabama - Louisiana - Mississippi
7265 KHz SSB 1400Z Saturday - Eastern Territory
7265 KHz SSB 1630Z Saturday - Central Area
7265 KHz SSB 1700Z Saturday - Southern Territory
5330.5 KHz SSB 0400Z Daily - Alaska (Alternate frequency 5346.5 KHz )
5330.5 KHz SSB 0100Z Tuesday - Central Area (Alternate frequency 5346.5 KHz)
3740 KHz SSB 2000CT Monday - Canadian
3920 KHz SSB 2030CT Tuesday - Kansas & Missouri
3977.7 KHz SSB 0400Z Sunday - Western States
3963 KHz SSB 1830CT Tuesday - Misouri
3903 KHz SSB 0900CT Daily - Oklahoma
Times are one hour earlier when Daylight Savings Time in effect (Except Arizona)
Everyone is welcome to check in
7100 KHz SSB 0030Z 0930Local Sunday - Australia
Central Louisiana LA Friday 1830 CT 147.33 (FM)
8. The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) was established under the Federal Communications Commission Rules and Regulations, as part of the amateur radio service. The mission of RACES is to establish and maintain the leadership and organizational infrastructure necessary to provide amateur radio communications in support of emergency management entities throughout the United States and its territories.
RACES is employed during a variety of emergency/disaster situations where normal governmental communications systems have sustained damage or when additional communications are required or desired. Situations that RACES can be used include: natural disasters, technological disasters, civil disorder, nuclear/chemical incidents, acts of terrorism or enemy attack.
Note: The channels 3.997 MHZ and 53.30 MHZ may be used in emergency areas when required to make initial contact with a military unit and for communications with military stations on matters requiring coordination.
9. NATIONAL EMCOMM TRAFFIC SERVICE (N.E.T.S.) The NATIONAL EMCOMM TRAFFIC SERVICE uses designated watch and calling frequencies. Public service amateur radio operators everywhere are invited to monitor these frequencies whenever possible. But when disasters or other incidents occur, emcomm operators are asked to warm up their radios and "light up" the NATIONAL EMCOMM TRAFFIC SERVICE..."24/7". Active operators know which bands are most likely to be "open" depending upon the time of day, season, etc.
During disasters and for other emergencies the frequencies are "open nets". When traffic becomes heavy they will become "command and control" frequencies with a net control station "triaging traffic" and directing stations with traffic to another (traffic) frequency. (At least 5 kHz away.) Proper net procedures are essential.
NETS does not maintain regular schedules and does not handle routine "make work" messages such as birthday greetings, "your license is about to expire", "book messages", etc.) NETS is intended to supplement and fortify other networks by providing a vehicle for EmComm operators to originate, relay and deliver legal radio message traffic (i.e. -"first class mail") of any precedence, at any time, from and to anyone and anywhere, especially during disasters or other crises. NETS stations will cooperate and utilize other networks that are known to be capable of accurately and efficiently handling RADIOGRAMS.
NATIONAL EMCOMM TRAFFIC SERVICE (NETS) WATCH - MONITOR CALLING -TRAFFIC FREQUENCIES
All listed frequencies (except 60 meters) are nominal. Actual nets may be up or down as much as 20 kHz.
1. "Up" or "down" should be in increments of 3-5 kHz SSB (except 60M); 1-2 kHz minimum CW.
2. If traffic is heavy, nearby frequencies should be designated by NCS at least 5 kHz away from NC.
3. 60 METER BAND (USB):
CH NOMINAL CARRIER
A 5332kHz 5330.5kHz
B 5348kHz 5346.5kHz
C 5368kHz 5366.5kHz
D 5373kHz 5371.5kHz
E 5405kHz 5403.5kHz (common US/UK)
Some of the frequencies listed may be on or near other established net frequencies. As a matter of operating courtesy always move up or down a few kHz to avoid QRM when a frequency is in use.
10. The Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) is a Department of Defense sponsored program, established as separately managed and operated programs by the Army, Navy-Marine Corps and Air Force. MARS members are volunteer licensed amateur radio operators who are interested in providing auxiliary or emergency communications to local, national and international emergency and safety organizations, as an adjunct to normal communications.
The primary concept of MARS is to meet the requirements of training for any communications emergency. To this end, organization, methods and facilities must be adequate to meet any emergency requirements and must be flexible in order to provide for rapid expansion. Normal methods must be such that only minor changes will be required when shifting to an emergency status.
- MARS Member stations meet periodically in scheduled networks on military frequencies outside of the amateur bands. There are various types of networks and each accomplishes a specific goal. For example, Administrative Networks to take care of much of the day-to-day management of the program. Traffic Networks which exist solely to pass third-party traffic, and of course, Emergency Networks which are established to provide communication needs during periods of emergency. There are also Technical Nets and Training Nets.
- MARS nets operate in different modes. Many MARS nets meet between 4000 - 4050 Khz and 7300 - 7400 Khz. Generally network stations meet during the local mid-to-late-afternoon and/or early evening hours. You can identify NAVMARCORMARS Stations by their "NNNŲ" prefix. Army MARS stations are identified by their "AA" (Alpha Alpha) prefixes, while Air Force MARS stations have the unique "AF" (Alpha Foxtrot) prefix.