myGMRS National Net System
- General Structure & Checking In
- Main Groups
- Information for Repeater Owners
- Net Control Documents
- History of the Net
- Network Map
The myGMRS National Net System is a series of general purpose radio nets that facilitate open discussion and traffic management, integrating net control operations simultaneously at both regional and national levels in order to efficiently manage communications between large groups of people over a wide geographic area. The system frequently fields well over 100 check-ins from over 50 linked repeaters all over the country!
Join us on any of the linked GMRS repeaters active on the myGMRS network. The schedule of nets is as follows:
Note that the National Net is now on the last Sunday of each month.
General Structure & Checking In
The system is organized into several regional nets that collectively handle the check-in process for a larger national net. Regional nets operate independently from the national net; each is able to set their own script, and agenda.
In doing so, we’re able run an efficient parallel check-in process, have more relevant and pointed discussions at a regional level, and still facilitate the general discussions and exchange of messages at the larger national level.
In order to participate in the national net, you must first check in with one of the regional nets in your area (see above schedule). Alternatively, you can also bypass the regional nets and check into the national net directly by signing up in advance online: myGMRS National Net – Online Check-in. The national net does not have an on-air check-in portion.
The following map depicts which regional nets correspond to each state in the contiguous US:
This approach forms a cohesive system that is unique to the myGMRS network, and is required to efficiently manage discussion between an otherwise very large group of people in a reasonable amount of time. In order to join the net, you must have access to one of the repeater systems on the myGMRS network.
The following repeater groups have played a vital role in the success and growth of the net; please visit the relevant group in your area to find out more about each of their repeater systems and what can be done to support them:
- Tucson GMRS Association (Coverage in Arizona)
- GMRS New Mexico (Coverage in New Mexico)
- Midwest GMRS Repeater Network (Coverage in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, South Dakota)
- NC Linking Initiative (Coverage in North Carolina, Virginia)
- CSRA GMRS Network (Coverage in South Carolina, Georgia)
- Texas GMRS Network (Coverage in Texas)
- Other repeaters may also connect at times in states not listed here; you can find these on myGMRS
Information for Repeater Owners
The net system relies on the use of regional traffic hubs operated by various groups on the network. To partake in the net, your repeater will need to be linked to the corresponding hub in its area at the times given on the schedule above. The following is a map of regional hubs, color coded with their respective service areas:
The above shows the typical relationship between regional hubs during the national net. Node 100 is the national traffic hub – no repeaters should directly connect to this node as it is meant for other regional hubs only.
The following shows the typical relationship between regional hubs when the regional nets are active:
Note that the regional hub for the associated service area never changes – for example; a repeater in Arizona will always connect to 176, in Georgia, you’d always connect to 174. The routing of traffic between regional hubs and/or national hubs is automated based on the net schedule given earlier on this page.
Net Control Documents
The following shared documents are used for net control operations:
- Integrated Logging Worksheet
- National GMRS Net Script
- Regional GMRS Net — Eastern Script
- Regional GMRS Net — Midwest Script
- Regional GMRS Net — Southwest Script
- Direct check-in form (typically not used by net control)
History of the Net
The National GMRS Net originated as the Southwest GMRS net and was started as the result of a conversation between David, WQVS960 in Arizona, and Kevin, WRCX527 in New Mexico. A small net was kicked off, held every two-weeks between the New Mexico GMRS group and the Tucson GMRS Association. The Tucson GMRS Association had recently linked to the New Mexico GMRS group in an effort boost on-air activity in the Tucson area, which was generally silent.
The first two nets were a success, with a modest 10 people checking in for the first net, followed by 23 check-ins for the second net.
Shortly thereafter, a regular link was established adding in the Midwest GMRS group coordinated by Corey, WQVA593 in Wisconsin. Given the change in scope of the net, the decision was made to rename the net to the National GMRS Net now held weekly since there were now many states involved. Session 3 featured 27 check-ins, by session 8 this would balloon to over 100 check ins on a net that lasted over 3.5 hours, ran by then first time net-control operator Darren, WRCU527.
With the rapidly growing net; interest grew from other groups on the myGMRS network. North Carolina joined by Session 9, New Jersey by Session 10, and Texas and South Carolina joined by Session 11. A record check-ins of 125 was reached by Session 15. The net continues to grow, the groups participating in the net have seen a steady surge in local interest as a result of the varied traffic heard by many on Sunday nights with regular check ins from over 21 different states.