Washington State Emergency Net

Welcome to the Washington State Emergency Net (WSEN). This net has been in service for many decades for the purpose of on-air support of the various volunteer emergency communication (EMCOMM) organizations in our state.  This includes, but is not limited to, Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and Auxilliary Communications (AUXCOMM) teams.   Members are encouraged to use the net to test and maintain the communications capabilities of their equipment, as well as that of the field resources of their respective organizations and teams. 

The WSEN is not an organization, but a summary of local (primarily by county) communication capabilities for High Frequency radio.  The WSEN includes state teams, but focuses on counties.   There are no cities or tribes listed, but those are welcome to participate as well.  The ARES section and district organizations are used because those are long standing volunteer EMCOMM organizations, and are generally associated with the local emergency management agency (city, county, or tribe), or a non-governmental organization (NGO), such as the Red Cross or Salvation Army.  

This is because all disasters start and end at the local level.  So when a significant emergency occurs, sooner or later, response, resources, and (eventually) recovery are coordinated and managed by local and state governments.  It may take a while, and some bumbling around, but that's the intent of the National Response Framework.  

Ideally, local and state agencies have contingency plans, and should have some idea as to what they need for emergency communications, and that's the place to start.  Each and every one of us lives in a specific location, and rather than waiting for someone to tell us what to do after an emergency occurs, it's better to ask what to do BEFORE the emergency occurs.  More to the point, should your home town need EMCOMM, you and other hams will be the ones to step forward.  You won't get a phone call from someone, somewhere else.  

So this page is less about organizing an emergency net, and more about coordinating net operations at the local jurisdiction levels, and encouraging HF radio operators to join a suitable volunteer EMCOMM group.  

Local amateur radio clubs are often associated (formally or informally) with one or more EMCOMM groups.  Or you can contact your county or city emergency management agency, and ask them about an ARES or AUXCOMM group.  The Red Cross, Salvation Army, and other NGOs are always looking for volunteers as well.

Please note that while the WSEN roster reflects the ARES structure, AUXCOMM and other similar groups are welcome to participate.  Contact the net manager if you want to be identified on the WSEN roster.

The WSEN meets according to the schedule near the bottom of this page, but always starts on 3985 KHz.  Net control may change frequencies due to interference or prior occupancy as necessary,  If you do not hear a relay station, please check the secondary frequencies on 75 meters, and then the alternate frequency.  Net rosters and the preamble may be downloaded from the link at the bottom of the page.

All amateur radio operators interested in emergency communications are invited to check in.  If you are not currently on the roster, check in anyway when your geographical area is called. Out-of-state or international visitors will be checked in after roll call.  

Members and newcomers are asked to forward roster additions or changes through your AUXCOMM leader or Emergency Coordinator.  Please copy the net manager (see contact information below) as well.

Please send your questions, comments, and suggestions to the Net Manager (AL1Q *at* ARRL dot NET).  

You can also check out the WSEN Facebook page for current discussions, and to ask questions as well!  It's a closed group, so please ask to join, answer the membership question, and be patient while waiting for approval.  Membership requests are being disapproved to avoid fake profiles.

Net Control Stations for March 2020 (District 4):

  • Not reported

Operational comment:

The net is currently limited to 75 meters due to poor propagation conditions.  The primary frequency is 3985 KHz, and secondaries on 3990 and 3995.  Unfortunately, foreign broadcasts interfere in some parts of the Northwest, and alternate frequencies are used.  The net control of the day determines which frequency is used.  

The best practice is that net control announces the change, asks other stations to relay that change, and then designates one or two stations to remain on 3985 KHz to announce the switch until the net opens at 0900 Pacific Time.  

However, not all stations may receive that message, for one reason or another.  The alternate frequencies are published so that individual operators can check the other channels for the current net, if they don't hear anything on 3985 KHz.  This is also a best practice.

Thank you for your cooperation.


 April 5, 2020
  • NET ROSTER UPDATED:  Posted in the folder (link at the bottom of the page).
  • WSEN REPORT POSTED:  K7DKK ran an excellent net as well, and the report is posted.
 March 28, 2020
  • WSEN REPORT POSTED:  KE7IN ran a superb net today.  His report is posted.
  • NET ROSTER UPDATED:  This is posted in the folder (link below).
 March 22nd, 2020
  • WSEN REPORT POSTED:  The report for March 21st is posted, courtesy of K7SH.
 March 17th, 2020
  • WSEN REPORT POSTED: The report for March 14th is posted.  Thank you, KC4ONA.
 March 8th, 2020
  • WSEN REPORT POSTED:  The report for March 7th is posted in the folder.  Thank you, K7SH!
 March 3rd, 2020
  • NET REPORT POSTED:  The report for February 29th is posted on the folder.  Thank you, N7HNO!

Roster Administration

  • County and District ECs are asked to work with the net manager to vet the current roster for membership availability and capabilities, and to confirm  new members.  
  • New members are encouraged to check in as before, but are asked to work with their local emergency coordinator as well

Note to Net Control operators: 

  • Please get on frequency 10-15 minutes early, and use the time to check conditions for propagation, interference, and prior occupancy.  Many net members tune in early for this purpose, and may be available for relay stations as well.
  • Conditions permitting, ask for volunteers as relay stations.  Early check-ins may be taken as well. 
  • It's a good practice to ask for relays at the end of each district, as well as at the end of the net.  
  • Once the net is over, please send your report as noted below.

Sending in a net report:

  • All NCS operators are asked to send in a report once the net is over.
  • District Emergency Coordinators are asked to send the reports to the net manager for compilation, at their convenience.  Or the DEC can ask the operators to send reports directly to the net manager, and copy them on the e-mail. 
  • A net report is the completed roster, any new stations and visitors  and comments from the operator about band conditions, interference, or other issues.  
  • Suggested ways to send in the report:
    • Send the Word or PDF file with any additional information by e-mail.
    • If you use pencil and paper, scan the report, and send by e-mail.  Sending a clear photo of each page will work, or use a suitable application.
    • Send by snail mail.  Contact the net manager to arrange this.

Net contact information: 

  • Net Manager: Jeff Stidham, AL1Q, e-mail: AL1Q -at- ARRL dot NET
WSEN Net Operations Schedule

Monday: Regional and county, 1830 Pacific Time (or as determined by the DEC or EC)
Saturday: Statewide, 0900 Pacific Time

Nets may not be held on holidays.  Check this page for the latest announcements.

WSEN Net Frequencies

  Start on Secondary
 Primary     3985 KHz 3990 and 3995 KHz
 Alternate 7245 KHz 7250 and 7255 KHz

Other frequencies may be directed by net control as necessary.