On Saturday Morning the net controller calls CQ at around 0730 Hours. Stations call in to set up communications. It’s usual to establish communications first on 3.722 Mhz and then establish the order in which stations transmit. The next round of overs comprises weather, location and signal reports (radio checks basically). After the last station reports the net controller initiates another round of overs – stations go in the order decided.
In this over we usually present some views of our various projects or branch matters and anything goes within the terms of the licence. We may make several overs.
(It helps to plan what you are going to say to keep it brief and to the point.)
The net controller can decide whether to close down the net or QSY (change frequency) to 60M on 5.371.5Mhz. (If QSY and that frequency is occupied we usually have a second or guard channel – See here.)
(You can find various recording of the net on various days throughout this site.)
On 60m we listen out for both amateur and military call signs and exchange contact details, do radio checks and various experiments before closing down.
New callers must first call in and prove comms with the net controller. Also each other station on net will want to exchange contact details for QSL purposes.
Becoming a regular.
After your first call in you may want to think about becoming a regular caller. This helps us to perfect our radio stations, keep our gear in good condition and tuned up.
Wot no sixty meters?
If you can’t TX on 60m then it you have the option to listen and report via G3RE at QRZ.com or QSL or send emails afterwards. (But see below).
Listeners are welcome to report on all nets. On the menu bar above “Listen In” is a link to a web shortwave receiver where you can get excellent “armchair copy”.
For the future
As there are more than three novice and intermediate licensees in the branch – we are actively considering the opening of a third frequency on the 40meter band. It may be we need a volunteer to run this but it is early days.
If you are a novice or intermediate licence holder join us on 80m. If you have a view about how we can improve our activities, or want to join in as an organiser then please let us know.
Stu – G4IYK said that