WDN Member Guide

WDN Frequencies

Simplex Night -- Not Observed at This Time. --

VHF THIN (Traffic Handlers Information Net)

Counties Covered By The WDN...

Western Wayne

Liaison Policy

WDN Picnic and Coffee Get Together (When We Have One)


Book Traffic
Helpful Hints For Net Control Stations

Guidelines For Net Members

Calling the Western District Net The call-up procedure for A WDN session should include the following.
Example of Call-Up

Calling the Western District Net. Calling the Western District Net.
This is (Your Call) your Net Control for this Session of the Western District Net.
Good Evening, my name is (Your Name) and I am located in (Your Town). Is there any Emergency or Priority Traffic on frequency? If so, Please call (Your Call).

The Western District Net is a Directed Net. Please do not transmit without the direction of Net Control. If you must leave the net, Please inform me before leaving. All stations are welcome and encouraged to check in regardless of your traffic handling experience. The Western District Net is a local net and meets daily, at 9:30 p.m. for the purpose of handling formal written traffic and training in traffic handling. The Western District Net is part of the National Traffic System and handles traffic into, out of and throughout Western New York State. Comments concerning Net Operations may be directed to the Net Manager:

Gary - KB2YAA in Springville, NY

Or Assistant Net Manager Tim KD2IWN in Hamburg.

When Checking into the Net, Please give my call, let up on your microphone to insure that you are not doubling, Like This (Unkey and Key after the Beep) followed by your call, location and the word "Traffic" if you have any; Please list your traffic at that time.

Handle Any and All Net Business (i.e. - Traffic, Additional Check-ins, Words, etc.)

With no further Net Business I'll close this session. Thank you All for joining us. A Special Thanks to our Liaison Stations, Members who brought and received traffic, and The Net Members in General for your Participation. The Net meets again at _______. This is (Your Call) closing this session of the Western District Net and returning repeater K2ISO Call back to other amateur uses, Thanks to the BARRA Group for allowing us to hold our nets here on the K2ISO repeater (145.170). 73 to All. (Your Call) is Now Clear.

Station and Net Reports

WDN Net Reports:

The following is an example of a typical WDN net report. All reports should follow this format and be sent to the Net Manager for the session of the net you ran as soon as possible.

121 R WB2SXY 29 Pitsford, NY Nov 15

Arcade, NY

November 15 WDN Stations 20
Traffic 4 Minutes 23 AA2JI

The letters after the call signs are as follows and in this order:

N = Net Control O = Outgoing Liaison I = Incoming Liaison A = ARES

Note: Do Not list the nets names the liaison stations are coming from or going to, just use /I or /O

Station Activity Report

Station activity reports are your opportunity to let the Section Managers know how busy you are during the month. Send these reports to Mike Johnson, N2WKT Salamanca, NY (STM) and John Mueler, K2BT Falconer, NY (SM). They would appreciate them no later than the 6th of the following month. You may send these reports as book traffic. You must have a minimum of 70 points to qualify for the PSHR section. If you don't, just send in the Station Activity Report section.

  1. Originated - A message originated by someone other then yourself and filed for initial transmission at your station.
  2. Received - Any message received over the air at your station.
  3. Sent - Any message sent over the air at your station.
  4. Delivered - Any message received at your station and delivered to someone other than yourself. This delivery must be an off air function by telephone, mail, or in person etc.
  5. Total


15/16 R KB2DQ 12 Arcade, NY Nov 15

15 Mike 16 John
  N2WKT   K2BT
  Salamanca, NY   Falconer, NY

November Traffic Originated 0 Received
3 Sent 2 Delivered 1
Total 6      

Public Service Honor Roll

This section is available to armatures whose public service during the month that includes 70 points or more in the six categories below. Please note the maximum points for each category.

Catagory Points Max. Points
1. Checking Into a Public Service Net 1 pt. Each 40
2. Number of Traffic Handled 1 pt. Each 40
3. Field Appointment 10 Pts. Each 30
4. Time in Public Service Events 5 Pts/Hr No Max.
5. Unplanned Emergency 5 Pts/Hr No Max.
6. Operate an Automated Digital Station 10 Pts No Max.


15/16 R KB2DQ 21 Arcade, NY Nov 15

15 Mike 16 John
  N2WKT   K2BT
  Salamanca, NY   Falconer, NY

November Traffic Originated 0 Received
42 Sent 16 Delivered 0
Total 58 PSHR 40 40
10 130 0 0 Total

International Third-Party Traffic

US amateurs may handle third party traffic with:

V2 Antigua/Barbuda 6Y Jamaica
V3BelizeV7Marshall Islands
T9Bosnia-HerzegovinaV6Micronesia, Federated States of
VE, VO, VYCanadaHO-HPPanama
D6Comoros (Federal Islamic Republic of)DU-DZPhilippines
TI, TECosta RicaVR6Pitcairn Island  *
CM, COCubaV4St. Kitts/Nevis
HIDominican RepublicJ6St. Lucia
J7DominicaJ8St. Vincent and the Grenadines
HC-HDEcuador9LSierra Leone
YSEl SalvadorZR-ZUSouth Africa
C5Gambia, The3DASwaziland
TGGuatemalaGBUnited Kingdom
HQ-HRHonduras4U1ITUITU - Geneva
4X, 4ZIsrael4U1VICVIC - Vienna

Notes: ** The Marshall Islands are independent, but the FCC presently honors the previous agreement until a formal agreement can be made.

Notes: *** Limited to special-event stations with call prefix GB (GB3 excluded) and stations on Pitcairn Island (VR6).

Notes: Since 1970, there has been an informal agreement between the United Kingdom and the US, permitting Pitcairn and US amateurs to exchange messages concerning medical emergencies, urgent need for equipment or supplies, and private or personal matters of island residents.

Please note that the Region 2 Division of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has recommended that international traffic on the 20 and 15-meter bands be conducted on the following frequencies:

The IARU is the alliance of Amateur Radio societies from around the world; Region 2 comprises member-societies in North, South and Central America, and the Caribbean.

At the end of an exchange of third party traffic with a station located in a foreign country, an FCC licensed amateur must transmit the call sign of the foreign station as well as his own call sign.

Western District Net - Historical Highlights
(Compiled from the WDN Archives)

June 15, 1976
The first session conducted by founder and Net Manager, Don Partis, WA2AIV, on 146.640 repeater at 9:30 p.m.
September, 1978 WB2KHT becomes Training Manager, N2AOB Records Manager.
March 1, 1979 N2APB appointed ANM, WB2KHT and N2AOB leave respective positions.
May 1980 N2APB appointed new Net Manager as WA2AIV resigns.
August 1980 KG2D appointed Assistant Net Manager.
October 1980 WDN "Simplex Night" established, last Sunday of each month.
January 1981 Traffic Handlers Information Net (THIN) starts.
May 1981 WB2OWO appointed new Asst. Net Manager replacing KG2D who resigns.
August 16, 1981 First WDN Picnic, Letchworth State Park.
August 22, 1981 6:30 p.m. Session established; now two sessions daily.
January 1, 1982 WDN "Honor Roll" established (Top 10 Check-ins each month).
April 1982
KA2GOH appointed Simplex Night Manager, WB2IDS and KA2GOH co-managers of THIN.
September 1, 1982 KC2QQ (ex-KA2GOH) appointed new Net Manager as N2APB resigns.
October 1982
N2ABA becomes Simplex Night Manager, WB2PID and KC2QQ become co-managers of THIN as WB2IDS resigns.
February 26, 1984
NCS KA2QIK breaks old record of 45 with 52 check-ins at 6:30 session with unusually high traffic volume as a direct result of K2GXT (R.I.T.) Valentine Massacre.
April 1, 1984 WDN/Morning Session established at 11:00 a.m.
August 4 1984 WB2OWO appointed Net Manager as KC2QQ resigns.
September 2, 1984 KA2QIK appointed Assistant Net Manager.
Nov. 23, 1984 KA2QIK resigns as Assistant Net Manager; replaced by KA2DQA.
January 1, 1986 KA2DQA resigns as Assistant Net Manager.
April 1, 1986 N2ABA appointed new Assistant Net Manager.
May 17, 1986 N2EVG becomes new Simplex Night Manager.
December 31, 1989 WB2OWO Retires as Net Manager, N2ABA Resigns as Asst. Net Manager.
January 1, 1990 N2EVG appointed Net Manager; WB2OEV Becomes Simplex Night Manager.
August 1990 WB2OEV becomes Assistant Net Manager.
April 1, 1992
AA2CX appointed new NM as N2EVG resigns; AF2K becomes ANM and Simplex Night Manager.
January 1, 1994 N2GUN becomes new ANM and Simplex Night Manager as AF2K resigns.
June 1, 1994
AA2CX and N2GUN both resign. Net Managers established:
WDN/Morning   AF2K NM   K2BCL, ANM
WDN/Late   WI2G NM
August 1, 1994
WI2G resigns as WDN/L NM, WB2DYJ appointed new WDN/L NM with N2TOY new ANM.
April 1, 1995 WB2OWO resigns as THIN Coordinator.
May 1, 1995 N2JRS becomes new WDN/E Net Manager as ND2S resigns.
June 15, 1996 WDN Observes 20th year of continuous operation and enters third decade.
August 1, 1996
KB2TIY appointed WDN/L Net Manager as WB2DYJ resigns; KB2UQZ becomes ANM. N2TOY becomes new VHF THIN Manager.
July 1, 1998 WB2UQZ (now W2GUT) appointed WDN/L NM as KB2TIY resigns.
July 1, 1999 KB2VVD appointed WDN/M NM as AF2K resigns.
July 28, 2001 KA2IWK appointed WDN/M NM as KB2VVD resigns.
July 1, 2004 KB2DQ appointed WDN/L NM as W2GUT resigns.
June 15, 2006 Celebrated WDN 30th Anniversary on the 6:30 Net.
July 1, 2006 KB2DQ appointed Simplex NM as AF2K resigns.
February 1, 2007 KB2DQ appointed WDN/M NM as KA2IWK resigns.
May 1, 2007
KB2DQ resigns as WDN/M, WDN/L and WDN/Simplex NM and N2JRS Takes Over As WDN NM and the Morning Net and Early Net Sessions are Discontinued.
Sept. 23, 2007 The 146.640 Repeater is Down - Using 145.450 Repeater.
January 1, 2008 KB2DQ appointed WDN NM as N2JRS resigns.
August 7, 2008 The 146.640 Repeater is Back Up.
November 1, 2008 The 146.640 Repeater is Down - Using 145.170 Repeater.
Nov. 15, 2008 Last night for Simplex Night as Simplex Night is Discontinued.
January 6, 2009 The 146.640 Repeater is Back Up.
July 22, 2009 The 146.640 Repeater is Down - Using 145.170 Repeater.
Dec. 19, 2009
The 146.640 Repeater is Back Up - Still Using 145.170 Repeater. Obtained Permission From BARRA to Use the 145.170 on a Permanent Basis.
April 10, 2010
Start Early Net Session (6:30 pm) on Saturday and Sunday, KB2DQ Appointed as WDN/E NM.
January 1, 2011
It is with deep sadness and regret to report that Western District Net founder Donald C. Partis, WA2AIV, of Batavia, NY became a Silent Key January 1, 2011 at age 74.
March 7, 2011 N2WKT Appointed Assistant Net Manager.
June 26, 2011 End Early Net Session (6:30 pm) on Saturday and Sunday.
July 23, 2012
KC2VUX Appointed Net Manager for the VHF Thin Net as W2GUT resigns. KB2DQ Appointed Assistant Net Manager for the VHF Thin Net.
July 23, 2012 KB2YAA Appointed Assistant Net Manager for the VHF Thin Net as W2GUT resigns.
Sept. 1, 2013
KB2DQ Steps Down as Net Manager for the WDN. (Temporary Health Reasons.)
KC2FEN Appointed Temporary Net Manager for the WDN.
Sept. 29, 2013
KC2VUX Resigns as Net Manager for the VHF Thin Net.
KB2DQ Appointed Net Manager for the VHF Thin Net.
Oct. 16, 2013
KC2FEN Resigns as Net Manager for the WDN.
KB2DQ Appointed Net Manager for the WDN.
April 1, 2014
KB2DQ Resigns as Net Manager for the WDN. (Health Reasons.)
N2WKT Appointed Temporary Net Manager for the WDN.
June. 1, 2014
N2WKT Resigns as Temporary Net Manager for the WDN.
KB2VVD Appointed Net Manager for the WDN.
June. 1, 2014 KB2YAA Appointed Assistant Net Manager for the WDN.

146.640 and WDN Origins