I am glad to have the opportunity to serve as president of ECARS this
Thanks to the Net Manager, Luke KA1SE for
doing the most difficult job of scheduling. There is a weekly email that
indicates current opening for each week and it is amazing how few times
there is no NCS station on 7255. If you are a member in good standing
and wish to be a substitute or fill in NCS please as to be put on this
NCS - Thanks for all your continued
service. There is always a need for more NCS and a good place to start
is as a substitute or fill in. Being a NCS is a lot of fun and if you
are interested in giving it a try let the Net Manager know.
This year we will look for opportunities
to make the administration of ECARS simpler while maintaining the NET as
one of the premier regionals nets. There has been good activity in
checkins and in keeping the net going but seeming little interest in
voting, or meetings which are both requirements to maintaining out
current status as a 503c nonprofit so we will be looking at continuing
as an unincorporated nonprofit association.
of the challenges for members and especially NCS is dealing with
malicious interference. Generally we should totally ignore any type of
attempted disruption to the net. Do NOT acknowledge it in any way. I
would also encourage all NCS stations to listen to Riley Hollingsworth
speak on this. Here is a link to a one hour presentation that Riley gave
at a club meeting a couple of years ago -
There are some good insights and stories from the former head of the FCC
Enforcement Bureau. You will hear him check into ECARS as K4ZDH
Read the operations manual. Most of the
information you need to know about how the net operates is contained and
it needs to be reviewed from time to time.
Back in the 'old days' before cell phones
we used to use ECARS for actual communications. I knew I could traffic
passed from a 10 W mobile and it is important to maintain this service
so always give mobiles priority and call for mobile checkins
Keep the net friendly and fast moving.
Make checking in a pleasant experience and people will tell others about
it. This is how I learned about ECARS over 30 years ago, another ham
told me it was a group of friendly and courteous hams that always
welcomed anyone to check in and say Hi!