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An amateur radio net is an “on-the-air” gathering of amateur radio operators. Most nets convene on a regular schedule and specific frequency, and are organized for a particular purpose, such as relaying messages, discussing a common topic of interest, or simply as a regular gathering of friends for conversation.

A Skywarn Net is a formal, directed, amateur radio net, consisting of a Net Control Station, Spotters, and Liaisons. The Net Control Station is in charge - all participants will direct their traffic to Net Control, unless permission is given (by Net Control) to contact another station directly. Liaisons are participants in multiple nets, relaying pertinent traffic between them. (For example, from County level to District level, or from one county to another)