A ‘Net’ is a regularly-scheduled communications network and is a great way to practice,
become proficient with your equipment and make contact with like-minded patriots in your area.
These are local range nets using FRS, MURS, CB (license not required) and 2m or 70cm (license required). If you do not have a Ham Radio license, you can still monitor the 2m and 70cm nets and check-in on FRS, MURS or CB during the CH3 project relays.
AmRRON Members have access to a live Chatroom during the Schedule Nets.
Use your AmRRON member password to access the AmRRON chatroom.
If you can’t check in on the radio, or you are listening on a scanner, you can check in electronically using the Net Check In Form.
If you don’t see an AmRRON net in your area, start one and it will be add it to the directory below.
A * as the first letter of the state shows we have received a reply and the net is Still Active
Local Voice Nets Directory Listed By State:
|Alabama||Baldwin Co||2m||146.420 simplex||Voice||1st & 3rd Thursday||1900 local|
pl 77 hz
|Voice||Every Sunday||2100 hrs local|
|Alabama||Jefferson Co||70cm/Ch3||444.700 +5m 156.7 tone||Voice||Every Wednesday||2000 hrs local|
|Arizona||Glendale Co.||MURS/FRS/CB||CH3||Voice||Every Saturday|
2nd & 4th Wednesday
|1500 hrs local on sat
1800 hrs on wed
|* Arizona||Golden Valley||FRS/2m||FRS 3|
|Voice||1st Thurs||1900 hrs local (frs)
1905 hrs (2m)
|Arizona||Western Maricopa Co|
|2m||146.420 simplex||Voice||1st Thursday||1930 hrs local|
|* Arizona||Prescott Valley||2m/FRS||146.420/462.6125||Voice||Every Sunday||1900 hrs local|
|Arizona||Yavapai County||2m||145.290- pl 127.3||Voice||Every Tuesday||1900 local|
|California||Fresno||2m||146.42 Simplex||Voice||1st & 3rd Thursday||1930 hrs local|
|California||Glenn||2m||145.410 -600 pl123.0|
alt 147.105 +600 pl110.9
|Voice||2nd and 4th Thursday||1930 hrs local|
|California||Modoc Co||MURS ch3||151.940 no PL||Voice||Every Monday||2000 hrs local|
|California||Oakhurst||2m||146.420 simplex||Voice||1st & 3rd Saturdays||1900 hrs local|
|California||Sacramento Co||2m||146.610 PL 136.5 (-)||Voice||2nd & 4th Tues||2000 hrs local|
|Voice||1st & 3rd Wed|
1st & 3rd Wed
|1900 hrs local
1903 hrs local
|California||Los Angeles /Orange/ |
|2m||146.610 pl 103.5 (-)||Voice||Every Friday||2000 hrs local|
|Florida||Pinellas||FRS/Ch3||462.612mhz FRS-3||Voice||Every Friday||2000 hrs local|
|Georgia||Metro Atlanta||2m||146.925- pl 88.5|
|Voice||Every Tuesday||2000 hrs local
0000 hrs Zulu
|* Georgia||Columbia Co||2m/FRS/CH3||146.985- pl 71.9hz|
|Voice||Every Monday||2045 hrs local FRS/CB
2100 hrs local 2m
|Idaho||Benewah||FRS 3, 2m||462.6125|
|Voice||Every Sunday||1800-1820 FRS
|Idaho||Bonner Co||2m/CH3||146.420 simplex||Voice||1st and 3rd Thurs||1900 hrs local
1910 hrs ch3 checkins
|Idaho||Kootenia Co||2m/CH3||*146.420 Simplex||Voice||1st & 3rd Thurs||1930 hrs local
*1945 CH3 Relay
|Idaho||Latah Co||2m/CH3||146.420 Simplex||Voice||1st & 3rd Thurs||2000 hrs local|
|Idaho||Sagle/Sandpoint||2m/MURS 3||146.420 simplex|
|Voice||Every Sunday||1930 local 2m
1945 local MURS 3
Owyhee Co, Gem, Boise, Canyon,Ada, Elmore,Payette,Twin Falls, Valley
linked to the 147.360 PL100
|Voice||Every Wed ||2000 hrs local Simplex
2030 hrs local Rpt
|Illinois||Champaign Co/ Urbana||2m/GMRS/FRS||146.420 simplex|
|Voice||Every Friday||2000 hrs local|
|Illinois/Wisconsin||Lake Co, McHenery Co/ Kenosha & Racine Co||2m||145.410(-) pl 114.8|
146.460 simplex backup
|Voice||Every Thursday||2100 hrs local|
Amrron of PIA/TAZ-Wood Net
|2m||2m 147.330 - |
|Voice/Digital||Thursday||2000 local 2m Voice|
|Indiana||Indianapolis||CB/FRS||Ch3||Voice||1st Saturday of the month||2000 Eastern|
|Iowa||Ankeny||2m||146.420 simplex||Voice||2nd & 4th Sunday||1930hrs local|
|* Kansas||Sedgwick||2m/FRS3/CB||146.420 simplex/ FRS 3||Voice||Every Saturday||2100 hrs local|
|Massachusetts||Lakeville||CB/Gmrs||CB-3/GMRS-3||Voice||2nd & 4th Wednesday||2000 hrs local|
|Massachusetts||Palmer||CH3/CB,FRS,MURS||CH3/CB,FRS,MURS||Voice||Every Sunday||2000hrs local|
|* Michigan||Kalamazoo||2m||146.20 simplex||Voice||Every Sunday||1845 hrs local|
Michigan Patriot Unified Radio Network
|2m||146.20 simplex||Voice||Every Monday||1930 hrs local|
|Minnesota||Washington Co||2m, CH3||146.420 simplex with checks on ch3||Voice||1st & 3rd Thursday||2000 hrs local|
|Minnesota||Watanwon Co||10m||28.305 USB||Voice||Every Thursday||2000 hrs local
|Mississippi||Madison||2m||145.450- pl 77hz link to 441.700 Raymond MS|
Echo 39154 Sharon,MS
|Voice||Every Thursday||1930hrs local|
|Missouri||Newton||MURS/CH3||151.940||Voice||Every Tuesday||1900 hrs local|
|Missouri||Willow Springs||2m||146.420||Voice||1st & 3rd Thursday||1900 local|
|2m||146.86- pl100||Voice||Every Thursday||1900 hrs local|
|Nevada||Washoe Co||2m||146.420 simplex||Voice||Every Thursday||1930 hrs local|
|New Jersey||Sayreville||MURS 3||151.940 simplex||Voice||Every Wednesday||1000 hrs local|
|New York||Fishkill||Uhf||449.9750 pl 88.5|
N2DXL rpt Clove Mtn
|Voice||Saturday||2030 hrs local|
|New York||Orange Co||CB & MURS GMRS|
|CB CH 3 (26.985 Mhz.) |
MURS CH 3 (151.940 Mhz.)
GMRS/FRS CH 3 (462.6125 MHz.)
462.600 + pl192.8
443.700 + pl141.3
|Voice||1st Thurs ||2000 hrs local|
|North Carolina||Brunswick Co.|
Carolina Crusader Network
|Voice||Every Sunday and |
|1600 hrs local Sunday
1900 hrs local Thurs.
|2m||146.790- pl 107.2|
53.950 -1 pl100
53.310 -1 pl100
|Voice||2nd & 4th Thursday||2030 hrs local
|North Carolina||Rowan Co||2m||145.410- Pl 136.5||Voice||Every Monday except the 2nd Monday of the month||1900 hrs local|
|North Carolina||Union||2m||146.420 simplex||Voice||1st & 3rd Tuesday||1930 hrs local|
|Ohio||Lucas Co||GMRS||462.575+ pl 186.2||Voice||Saturdays||2100 hrs local|
|Ohio||Lucas Co||2m||146.610- pl 103.5||Voice||Every Friday||2100 hrs local|
|Oklahoma||Ardmore||2m||146.420 simplex||Voice||2nd & 4th Tuesday||1330 hrs local|
|Oklahoma||Canadian Co||2m||146.420 simplex||Voice||Every Monday||1900 hrs local|
|Oklahoma||Comanche Co||2m||146.420 simplex||Voice||Every Tuesday||1900 hrs local|
|Oklahoma||Creek||2m||146.420 simplex||Voice||Every Sunday||2000 hrs local|
|Oregon||Hillsboro||2m||146.420 simplex||Voice||1st & 3rd Sunday||1800 hrs local|
Gilbert Peak Repeater
|462.725 pl 141.3|
|Voie||Every Sunday||1900 hrs local|
|Oregon||Oregon City||2m||146.420 simplex||Voice||Every Monday||2000 hrs local|
|Oregon||Sutherlin||2m||146.420 simplex||Voice||Every Monday||1930 hrs local|
|Pennsylvania||Exton||2m||146.420 simplex||Voice||Every Thursday||2030 hrs local (EST)|
|Pennsylvania||Greene||2m||146.420 simplex||Voice||3rd Thursday||2000 hrs local (EST)|
|Pennsylvania||Jefferson Co||2m/10m||146.520 simplex|
|Voice||3rd Saturday||2000 hrs local|
|2m/CH3||146.420 simplex||Voice||Every Wednesday||2000 hrs local|
|Voice||Every Thursday||1900 hrs local|
|2m||147.080 + pl 103.5||Voice||Every Thursday||1930 hrs local
This net starts at the close of the "Survival" net which starts at 1930
|Texas||Brazoria Co||2m/70cm||147.180 147.380 |
444.300 pl 141.3
|Voice||Every Monday||2100 hrs local|
|Texas||Shackelford County||2m||146.420 simplex||Voice||Every Sunday||1900 hrs local|
|Texas||Dallas||2m||1920 DMR 31648|
1930 Watuga ch88 &
Ceader Hills ch30
1940 DA6880 ch 7 &
1945 CI5350 ch36 &
|Voice||Every night during AmCON 3||1920 hrs local
|Texas||Decatur||2m||146.420 simplex||Voice||First Tuesday||2030 hrs local|
|Texas||Guadalupe||2m||146.42 simplex||Voice||4th Tuesday||0200 utc|
|Texas||Jasper Co, Kirbyville||2m/CB 3||146.420/ CB ch 3||Voice||Every Thursday||2030 hrs local|
|Virginia||Clarke||2m||146.430 simplex||Voice||2nd & 4th Wednesday||2000 hrs local|
|Virginia||Mechanicsville||FRS/CB/CH3||FRS/CB/CH3||Voice||1st & 3rd Thurs||2000 hrs local|
|Washington||Lynnwood||2m/FRS3/Murs3||146.520/FRS-3 /Murs-3||Voice||Every Wednesday||2100 hrs local|
|Washington||Pend Orielle Co.||CH3/FRS||FRS-3|
|Voice||Every Wednesday||1915 hrs local|
|Washington||Puyallup||2m||146.420 simplex||Voice||1st Wednesday||2000 hrs local|
|Washington||Snohomish||2m||147.180 +600 pl103.5||Voice||Every Wednesday||1900 hrs local|
(Mill Creek area)
|Murs 3/FRS 3/CB 3||Murs/Frs/CB-3(Am)||Voice||1st Monday||2100 hrs local-Murs
followed by FRS
|Washington||Stevens Co||2m||146.620 pl 77|
|Voice||1st & 3rd Thursday||1900 hrs local
1915 hrs local approx
|Voice||every Thrusday||2000 hrs local|
Local Digital Nets Directory Listed By State:
|Colorado||Colorado Springs||2m||144.5||MT63-1KL||Every Monday||2030 hrs local|
|Idaho||Benewah||2m||144.48||MT63-1KL||Every Sunday||1840-1915 local|
|Idaho||Canyon Owyhee Ada Gem Elmore||2m||144.500|
|start on C 4/250|
|2nd & 4th Mondays||1930 hrs local
|Tennessee||Henry Co||2m||144.5||contestia 4/250 |
|Every Thursday||1930 local|
|Washington||Spokane Co.||2m||144.48||MFSK32||1st & 3rd Wednesday||2000 Local|
|Washington||Stevens Co.||2m||144.48||MFSK32||1st & 3rd Thurs.||1800 local|
|Texas||Tarrant Co.||2m||144.58||MT-63 1KL||Every Tuesday||1830 Local|
This is cool!!!
We have more and more nets!!!
Please send my contact info to the AmRRon member who is heading up the Sacramento net. I would like to give them whatever help they may need to be successful here locally. Thanks!
Delta Sierra 07
Is there any more info required for the Sacramento net; 146.610 – 136.5 tone? Anything else I need to program into CHIRP??
Sierra Papa 05
Please change the 2m Owyhee Co. voice net to say SW Idaho as we also cover Canyon and Ada Counties. Thanks.
Go Grants Pass Or
I monitor the frs/murs channel 3 in Maricopa County every wednesday, but always the fourth wednesday.
If someone would like to help out running the new Northern IL nets, please let me know. I have a rotating work schedule so I won’t always be in the area when the net should be up.
How is your Northern Illinois Net doing???? One started up in Lake County this summer on 146.420. but there wasn’t many check-ins. Like two of us. My QTH is Lake Villa, Il.
QTH is EN52jw Might hit your AO simplex with a 2m yagi.
Now that the days are getting shorter would anyone like to get a net going on the state line area????
When is this Lake County net? I just joined and would like to check-in
If you are looking at the local nets chart, Il Lake Co is a simplex net every wednesday at 19:30. Being a simplex net, you may or may not be able to hear it.
any nets in Houston Texas?
HF Nets cover the entire continent. There are no known local nets in Houston at this time. Sounds like there’s an opening for NCS in Houston!
I have a tech. license and do 2 meter and 70 cm.
What happened to the Flathead County, MT net?
Unfortunately we need someone to step up and get that going again. Anyone?
There is also a net for the Glendale, AZ/Maricopa County, AZ area for the second wednesday of the month at 1800 and 1830 hours local for murs/frs/cb channel 3 program. This is in addition to the one on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
Warthog, looks like these nets are posted in the net schedule. Let us know if any updates need to be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks for running your local nets!
I am in Sacramento County and might be interested in the NCS. Can i get more info? And also forward my contact to the current NCS. I’d like to ask about the repeater coordination.
Hello, were you able to get in contact with the Sacramento NCS. Pretty sure I had passed along your info want to make sure you were able to make contact. Thanks, Polly-01
Anyone running an echolink node?
I’d be interested in setting one up.. we could link our areas for those who don’t have HF capabilities.
I would like to get a net going in the Ft. Meade area of Maryland.
2 meter or FRS would be best. If you live in the Ft. Meade, Piney Orchard, Odenton, Severn, Gambrills areas or anywhere else near Odenton contact me.
Hello Mike Hotel-03, I just saw your comment. Can you please complete this form and we can get your net added to the net schedule. Thanks for stepping up and starting a net!
IL-Rockton nets: 2nd Thursday of each month.
CB/FRS/MURS CH3 @ 2000 hrs local
2 meter 146.420 simplex @ 2020 hrs local
I’ve added your 2 meter simplex net to the existing schedule. Let me know if any changes need to be made. For future net updates, please email email@example.com to make sure we see them right away. *be sure to include your AmRRON call sign. Thanks! Polly-01
Polly please change our Thur Pima County AZ net to Friday same time slot thank you Yes the list is getting bigger and bigger very cool
I will get this updated for you. Thanks! Polly-01
CA-San Diego nets: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.
2- meter simplex (146.420) @ 1900 hours local
CB & FRS CH3 net check-ins @ approximately 1903 hours local
(The 2-meter net pauses for the CH3 check-ins and then resumes.)
Tango Whiskey-03, The San Diego net has been added to the net schedule. Thanks!
Submitted a request to include the Georgia Preppers Network HF Net!
Does anyone know if the Dallas tx scheduled net on 147.180 107.2 is still on Wednesdays at 0100 zulu. 8pm I have been trying to make contact.
For Redouters & Patriots or anyone participating in the T-Rex 2014 exercise in the Houston Tx area I will be giving situation reports on 2 meters 146.420 simplex & Ch3
I plan on starting a local net around Knoxville TN. I am new to HF and even newer to 2M so I would appreciate any and all help.
Thanks for stepping up! You’re in the right place, so welcome aboard. The regularly-scheduled AmRRON and TAPRN nets will be a huge help, especially if you’re in the chatroom while the nets are going on. The ‘Starting a Net’ page at https://amrron.com/net-resourcestools/join-or-start-a-net/ should get you off to a great start. Don’t forget to check out the PDF file that’s linked there as well. It should answer a lot of your questions. Keep us posted!
is chatzy not working keeps telling me wrong password.
It should be operational now. Thanks.
i noticed none in michigan .. i planon starting one for the state and several small ones.. one for each zone ..i am a maj in the michigan 3% comms for the whole state .. AMRRON fits perfect any help would be apreciated..
We are starting a new Net in NC.
Mondays 2300 hrs Zulu EDT
Band: 2 Meters
Frequencies: Input 144.810 MHz – Output 145.410 MHz
Offset: – Negative
PL Tone: 136.5 Hz
Antenna/Elevation: Vertical at 880ft
Awesome! Don’t forget to get it added to the roster by filling out the New Net Form: https://amrron.com/scheduled-nets-update-request/
John, I have submitted the information.
I see that you are in Rowan. We have a few folks in Meck that were going to start a net as well. I’m pretty sure we can hit your repeater, will check tonight and maybe try to check into your net on Monday. Once we get a little more organized here, we’ll start up a Meck Net. I’d ultimately like to get one running 2M simplex if possible.
I don’t see you in the directory as “Rick”. If you’d like to coordinate, please shoot me a contact request via amrron contact relay. thx Zulu02.
Zulu-02, I can forward your contact info to “rick”.
Zulu-02 Thanks for the “Z” net contact. Feel free to give me a yell.
We actually have a Rowan Oath Keepers net on Monday evenings which is very similar to AmRRON format. I am going to ask to merge the two forms together at our next meeting,
yes, we have several people I hear on our repeater from your area. I would think you should be able to hear it.
Are you part of Oath Keepers?
Thanks Polly-01, I think we’re connected at this point.
Good deal, I’ll connect with you on Znet. I joined OK a few years ago but am not active. Looking forward to building up our NC nets and membership.
Filled out the local net form a couple months ago for our Thursday net in Western, KY but I still don’t see it listed. Do I need to do it again?
Darkhorse-06, I just double checked the inbox for the Scheduled Nets Requests and I do not see your request. It must have fell through the cracks somehow? New nets are generally added within 48 hours. Can you please resend and follow up if you don’t see it by the end of the week! Thanks, Polly-01
Net Request Form- https://amrron.com/?p=1564
New request sent!
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New member here in orangevale, ca. Sacramento area. Need info or contact to join the net here. Workin on tech license presently. VHF/UHF via a UV5.
Hi there. If you’re a new member who has recently joined AmRRON, welcome! To join the active nets in your area, you can simply go to the Local Nets Schedule from the dropdown menu under the ‘AmRRON Nets’ tab on the website. There you’ll see the frequencies listed for the local net. Since you’re not yet licensed, you may want to try checking in on CH3 (CB, FRS, or MURS) when they call for those check ins. If you’re out of range for CH3, and you can still hear them on your radio during the 2m nets, you can still report in and let them know you were out there and heard them. Simply submit the online Net Check In Form at https://amrron.com/monitoring-station-nets-check-in-form/
Also, remember to use your AmRRON code name in any correspondence, including emails and when posting comments. Thanks, and welcome aboard!
I sent this originally as a PM.
Would anyone in the Tulsa area be interested in a Sunday evening Net prior to TAPRN? say 0100z?
Maybe a 2m simplex, and a 10M rtty, or even a 40m OK, TX, MO, AR, KS regional type NET, Tulsa being center?
My thought is a 2m simplex at 0100z on 146.420 (chatzy should be open for TAPRN so it could be utilized in tandem)
during this time the TAPRN regional digital NET occurs on 1st and third Sundays as well.
I see a local net in Anderson Texas. Is that the town of Anderson in Grimes Co or is that in Anderson Co?
I just checked with the nc station for this net, he says its “Palestine in Anderson County”.
Hope this helps.
Just started a new net in Grimes County Texas on 1st Wed of the month. See the calendar for information. Houston members should easily hit repeater if interested.
Glad I was able to connect in the Sacramento area last night; looks like there are more than a few out there where I live!!
Sierra Papa 05
Your not alone, and the list just keeps growing. Glad you got connected
Beginning August 20, 2015, to facilitate communication among central Arizona members, about half of whom have no HF capabilities, I am initiating a Central AZ VHF net:
1st & 3rd Thursdays, 1900 hrs local, 146.420 MHz simplex
Please feel free to contact me in advance with your suggestions and interest.
Thank you for stepping up to get a local net started! There is protocol in place for Net Control Stations and starting up new AmRRON nets. Here is the link- https://www.amrron.com/net-control-page/ Once approved, your net will be added to the AmRRON Net calendar so operators in your area will see there is a local net!
Please update the Marion/Kalispell net for Flathead County in Montana to read every Thursday instead of the 1st & 3rd.Thank You!
Can you please fill out the Net Update form located here —> https://www.amrron.com/scheduled-nets-update-request/ Thank you for keeping us updated and for stepping up as NCS!
wish there were central florida nets!!!
Start one!!! They don’t magically appear. Each net in the directory started with a radio operator saying “I wish there was a net [here]”
I don’t see any nets in Indiana. Does anyone know of any?
I see a New Mexico Net, but there is no Washington County in NM, Well at least the last time I checked! Will the net owner please clarify?
Thank you. We sent an inquiry to the net owner for clarification. UPDATE- The net is in Minnesota. It has been updated. Thank you for bringing that to our attention.
How can I get in contact with the NCS for the NY Orange County net?
A contact request had been submitted. The volunteer that handles that, will forward your contact information to the NCS of the NY Orange County Net. You will be notified once that request has been sent.
Never heard back from NCs.
I don’t believe the Orange county local nets are active. If anyone knows otherwise, please let me know.
Hi all, just checked the net schedule and I can’t believe there isn’t a net in the entire state of Florida. Did I miss something?
There is a Florida HF regional net that is new. As far as local 2m nets… no idea. All it takes is for one or two people to step up and say “Hey, I want to start a local net in my area.” We’ll help as much as we can, but it’s really about the stations on the ground and their willingness to network. Nets are running in many places across the country. -JJS
I tried the Hillsboro Oregon 2m net tonight but found no traffic. Is this net normally up and running?
I am in the Baker City Oregon area and monitor Ch 3 cb also 146.42 and repeaters 145.27 – 110.9 which will reach east into Idaho and 146.8 – 123.0 which will reach north into Washington on 2m. Evenings and weekends.
please remove the Pend Oreille county net we are now combined with Northwest AmRRON 2 Meter Net out of Colville washington on the 146.620 reapeater thanks j-19
Need one in south east Iowa.
Here is the link to “join or start a net”. If there isn’t a net in your area, you can start one! If you have additional questions, you can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org ! Thanks, Polly-01
W7LPN- I will be joining the SW Idaho Amrron net on 146.880. I was very impressed with you repeater coverage. Very professional net. Look forward to getting more involved.
I’m starting a local net in Sedgwick Co. Kansas. I’ll be on 146.420 on the first Saturday of the month at 9PM CST and on FRS ch. 3. Sometimes I’m monitoring on FRS 3, 446.0, 223.5 and/or 146.52 on many evenings.
Love to have more people in SC participate!!
I’m looking to communicate with AmRRon about starting a local net in the Seattle / Seatac area of Washington state. emails have been sent. I gather my name should be added to the members list first. Waiting on that as well. I know you deal with a lot so just looking to get a ETA on that.
I’m relatively new but have listened in on the Yakima 2m net and have never heard a peep.
Any idea who is running the net or if the times have changed?
Thank you for letting us know! There are several nets on the roster which no longer are taking place, and there’s no way to check them all unless folks like you speak up.
If there seems to be an abandoned net which is listed on the net roster, and if you have an interest and are able, contact us at email@example.com to inquire about taking over and running a particular net.
Is there any grms nets in Ohio
Not sure. Probably not if it isn’t listed, but you could certainly try to get something started in your area.
Any nets going on in Illinois? I’m in LaSalle county.
I’m wishing for an HF digital net on 40m or 80m in North Idaho … and digital nets in S or SW Idaho. Anything on the horizon, literally, for these areas?
Does anyone know if the SW Idaho net is still active? Also when we check in, are we supposed to use our fcc call sign and the call sign for amrron?
Mike Golf – 07
I’m new to every thing ham related and need help. I have a Baofeng UV-5R and don’t know what I should program into it. I’m not licensed yet, but I want to get this thing programmed so I can at least listen in. Can someone help me, or point me in the direction for help? I live south of St Lois MO. I also want to help friends & family get ready in case of SHTF.
For programming your radio, here’s a great tutorial vid on using the free CHIRP radio programming software to program a Baofeng.
For finding frequencies of ham repeaters and other public service frequencies in your area, go to Radio Reference dot com
New member here in South Dakota looking for a net, I have GMRS at the moment and a scanner, looking for more people in my area that are interested in communicating and maybe being an Elmer to a newbie here, as I want to be more involved in the Ham Radio community!