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 ARES, RACES, and ACS organizations in our state.  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 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 an ARES/RACES/ACS member and are not currently on the roll call, 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 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, and be patient while waiting for approval.  If you don't answer the question (name, call sign, and other information), the administrators will assume that you are a fake profile, and won't accept your request.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT (September 21st, 2019):

As the WSEN Manager, I am requesting ARES/ACS emergency coordinators at the county level to review their part of the WSEN roster. The roster has a couple hundred names on it, and I am unable to determine whom is still active in EMCOMM, or even in Amateur Radio. This is important because the roster is a resource for determining what HF capable stations are available for EMCOMM.  The best source to review and confirm that list are those who live and/or work in the area: the local emergency coordinator.  

This request was first sent out several months ago. So far, only 7 counties (out of 39) have completely updated their membership. Two more have dones so only partially. The current roster shows which county is updated, partially updated, or unconfirmed.

If you are an EC, please review the list, and advise me (by e-mail, AL1Q at ARRL dot NET) whom to add, delete, or confirm as still being active. If there are no changes, please advise me of that. If you have a call sign for your city or county EOC, and wish to have it published, please provide it. If you are not an EC, please pass this to your group for their consideration.  

Thank you.


 December 8th, 2019
  • WSEN REPORT POSTED:  Thank you, W7RMH!  See the link at the bottom of the page.
 December 3rd, 2019
  • WSEN REPORT POSTED:  Thank you, KF7SYS!  See the link at the bottom of the page.
 November 26th, 2019
  • ROSTER UPDATE:   The latest WSEN roster is posted to the Google drive (link below). 
 November 25th, 2019
  • WSEN REPORT POSTED:  The report for the November 23rd net is posted -- thank you, W7TSC!
 November 10th, 2019
  • ROSTER UPDATE:  The latest WSEN roster is posted to the Google drive (link below).  Pacific and Snohomish Counties updated their membership.  State and section staff are updated as well, and the check in sequence revised.
  • PREAMBLE REVISION:  A new version of the net preamble has been posted to the Google drive.
 November 4th, 2019
  • WSEN REPORT POSTED: Thank you, KF7SYS!  See the link at the bottom of the page.

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.