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USPS Amateur Radio FAQ

Amateur radio plays an important part in personal communications, both afloat and onshore. To aid communication, the USPS Squadron Activities Committee maintains a frequently updated online directory of some 400-plus amateur radio operators in USPS and the Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons. The committee also sponsors the USPS-CPS Amateur Radio Net and the USPS Amateur Radio Club.

Here are some frequently asked questions about USPS Amateur Radio:

What’s the purpose of the USPS-CPS Amateur Radio Net?

Is it a traffic net, a conversational net or both?

What is the USPS Amateur Radio Club?

When does the USPS ARC meet?

How do I become a member of USPS ARC?

How do I register or change my net directory listing?

How do I know that my registration has been received?

Is the net directory a USPS-CPS private or public document?

Is personal information shared outside USPS-CPS?

Question: What’s the purpose of the USPS-CPS Amateur Radio Net?

Answer: The USPS-CPS Amateur Radio Net provides an on-the-air gathering place for radio amateurs throughout the U.S. and Canada. The net discusses squadron and district operations as well as marine radio technology. Nonmember amateur radio operators are encouraged to join the discussions and learn more about the objectives of USPS and CPS.

Question: Is it a traffic net, a conversational net or both?

Answer: The net is primarily a conversational net. Stations are invited to check in and air any topic they deem fit or comment on any topic under discussion. Check-ins without comment are welcomed. Message traffic—emergency or otherwise—is always accepted and handled if practical.
 
Question: What is the USPS Amateur Radio Club?

Answer: The USPS ARC is a group of people interested in promoting marine amateur radio. Regular membership is open to USPS amateur radio operators, associate membership is open to USPS and CPS members, and honorary membership may be conferred upon  anyone outside USPS who has given conspicuous service to the club.

The USPS Amateur Radio Club promotes amateur radio among recreational boaters and supports relationships between USPS and the American Radio Relay League. The club also plans and operates special event stations.

Question: When does the USPS ARC meet?

Answer: The USPS ARC meets at each USPS Governing Board meeting.

Question: How do I become a member of USPS ARC?

Answer: Membership is by application. Contact a club officer for more information. ARC officers include President Carlton E. Lee Jr., W2PTZ; Vice President Don Stark, N3HOW; and Secretary/Treasurer Bob Schloeman, WA7MOV.

Question: How do I register or change my net directory listing?

Answer: Submit your change or registration using the online form or print and mail the form to the database manager listed. The form allows you to add, change or delete your registration. Please make sure the correct option is selected before submittal. If your personal information changes, please use the form to change your directory information.
 
Question: How do I know that my registration has been received?

Answer: After the forms have been double checked, the information entered into the database and the websites updated, the database manager sends an e-mail acknowledging the change.

Question: Is the net directory a USPS-CPS private or public document?

Answer: The Amateur Radio Net Directory is considered a private document and is not available to anyone outside USPS or CPS. Your privacy is password protected.
 
Question: Is personal information shared outside USPS-CPS?

Answer: The USPS-CPS Amateur Radio Net Directory is only available to USPS and CPS active members and is not shared with any other organization or party.

Please join us every Saturday at 1700 UTC on 14.287 MHz for the USPS-CPS Amateur Radio Net. There’s also a 10-meter net on the first Saturday of each month at 1800 UTC on 28.357 MHz. Note that standard time is followed year round.

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