The Thursday evening Illinois Digital Net has moved to Sunday nights at 8:30 pm Central time. The net is bridged to to all of these modes:
Brandmeister DMR 31171
TGIF DMR 31171
Dstar XLX334G, DCS334G, XRF334G
YSF REFLECTOR ILLINOIS LINK 83132
As of today a total of 92 counties have checked in to the daily Illinois ARES Wellness net. We are still looking for the following counties:
DISTRICT 02 HENDERSON
DISTRICT 02 MERCER
DISTRICT 06 BROWN
DISTRICT 06 SCHUYLER
DISTRICT 07 EDGAR
DISTRICT 07 FORD
DISTRICT 08 MONROE
DISTRICT 08 WASHINGTON
DISTRICT 09 CLARK
DISTRICT 09 LAWRENCE
Amateurs from 84 different Illinois counties have now checked into the daily Wellness Net. There are 102 counties in Illinois. Please pass the word about our net to your friends; let’s see if we can get a ‘clean sweep’ of all the counties.
During April over 600 individual amateurs checked into our daily wellness nets. Thanks to all of you for your interest and enthusiasm. A list of all of the check-ins can be found here.
Our Net Control Stations have made a change to make check-ins a bit more convenient. On odd numbered days the order of NC stations calling the net will be South / Central / North. On even numbered days it will be North / Central / South. There will also be an opportunity for you check in early. Starting at 11:30, NK9Y or his alternate will accept pre-checks on the net frequency.
Illinois ARES members are supporting the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s (IEMA) COVID-19 response activities as AuxComm Radio Operator volunteers. Illinois ARES will coordinate the number and location of volunteer amateur communicators with IEMA on an ongoing basis for the foreseeable future.
In a separate activity, the daily Illinois ARES Wellness Net has been established to allow Illinois amateurs to stay connected and comment on their status. The net is informal and uses HF, EchoLink, digital nodes, and linked VHF/UHF nets. The Wellness Net has seen check-ins from more than 40 Illinois counties. Other local and regional wellness VHF/UHF nets have been activated throughout Illinois as well. — Thanks to Illinois Section Emergency Coordinator Robert Littler, W9DSR; Illinois Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator Jim Pitchford, N9LQF, and Illinois State EOC Liaison Roger Whitaker, K9LJB
The original source for this information comes from the ARRL Website
All stations please pass the word to all radio operators there are
the following additional methods to check into this Statewide net.
Digital Voice net is running on the Illinois-Link
Echo-link node WB0VTM-L 824404
The Central Illinois Linked Repeater System (analog)
This net info is being managed on Net-Logger and everyone is
welcome to observe.
Additional information about this net and others can be found ILARES.org
website and the ARRL Illinois Section Facebook Page.
In the last few days on 3905 kHz at noon CDT we conducted an informal “Wellness Net” and participation throughout the State was very promising. We (W9DSR, N9LQF, W9ZE et al) will continue holding the Net daily at noon for 30 – 40 minutes on 3905 kHz +/-. Drop by to share information, thoughts and concerns.
We will also have the ECHOLINK conference node WB0VTM-L NODE # 824404 ONLINE during the HF net on 3.905. People will hear all HF traffic and can make written comments via the message box on the bottom right corner of their screen. We also have permission to use the ECHOLINK IL-ECOMM Node # 339893 for additional coverage.
In the interest of opening up opportunities for digital users with other modes to be able to check in. Carlos, W9FE, will be on TG31171 (ILLINOIS LINK).
Other linking technologies are being explored.
Remember, the Illinois Sideband Net is held daily on 3905 at 18:00 Local.
We are in this together stay in touch please.
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GUIDANCE FOR ARES MEETINGS:
EFFECTIVE NOW AND FOR THE NEAR TERM, ARES MEETINGS SHOULD BE VIRTUAL.
PLEASE USE VIDEO AND AUDIO CONFERENCE METHODS AS WELL AS RADIO NETS FOR YOUR MEETINGS- INCREASE THE NUMBER OF MEETINGS AS NECESSARY FOR TRAINING AND MAINTAINING MEMBER CONTACT.
STAY SAFE AND WELL.