WØAKI Orientation & Elmering (O&M) Program - This page is meant to share learning in order help use move ourselves ahead in this wonderful hobby. I have friends that are very knowledgable and I have no problem calling on them for assistance and encourage you to do the same. That is one of the hallmarks of Amateur Radio and we call it the "Elmer". As an Elmer one helps another move along there Ham Radio journey by assisting and teaching. You don't have to be "official" to be an Elmer and you don't have to be an OT ('Ole Timer) either. All you have to do is to know something that can help someone else and be willing to share that knowledge.

I have friends who have been Hams for much longer than I and they all tell me that it was an Elmer or several Elmers that helped them along the way and many of them honor that help by giving it back, from time to time, to help another.

As a member of the ARRL I would encourage you to visit the League's Educational & Technology Program site. It offers a wonderful overview of Amateur Radio. I encourage you to use this page to learn and to share your knowledge with others - Helen, WØAKI

For an overview of what Amateur Radio is all about, watch a short video produced by the American Radio Relay League by clicking on the "Amateur Radio Operators" image to the right.




The Missouri SLOW-speed CW training & FUN weekly net.
(ARRL LearnCW on-line resources)

Please join us every Wednesday evening on 80 CW for some Morse code fun. This is a low impact - no stress net. You don't have to know all the letters or be proficient in Morse code to participate, and its OK to just listen and copy what you can.

All you need to do is have the desire to try!

Wednesday evenings at 8:30 PM on 3.546 MHz. (+1kHz if QRM).

Missouri SloSpeed Net Control Stations (NCS)

Steve, WØSJS - Tori, KCØEEP

Basic CW Net Procedures & Examples:
  • The Net Control Station (NCS) will begin the net by calling QRL on the frequency several times to ensure that the frequency is clear.

  • The basic process for checking in is as follows:
    • NCS will call CQ CQ CQ MO SLO SPEED NET MO SLO SPEED NET DE WØSJS QNI

      (which means CQ CQ CQ Missouri slow speed net Missouri slow speed net from WØSJS check in now)

    • After the pro-sign QNI you can make your presence known by sending one letter from your callsign. Typically this is the letter after the number so Dick, K2HT, would send the letter H.

    • NCS will hear the letter H and repeate it back letting Dick know he heard him and for him to formally check in. Dick would then respond as follows: K2HT QNI QRU

      (which means my call is K2HT I am checking in and do you have any thing for me)

    • NCS will acknowledge Dick's check in like this: K2HT GE Dick PLS AS

      (which means K2HT good evening Dick please stand by)

    • The NCS will then call QNI again asking for more checkins and repeate the process above until everyone is checked in.

    • Once everyone participating in the net is checked in the NCS will call back each station and turn the "key" over to them for any comments, this is done like this. The NCS will say K2HT DE WØSJS thanks for checking in Dick how are things with you BK

      (the BK means back to you at which Dick will respond with comments and then turn it back to the NCS in the same manner)

    • This process of back and forth will be repeated until everyone has a chance to make a comment. At that point the NCS may continue the net or end the net depending on what the NCS determines to do.

    • NCS ends the net by telling everyone GE or good evening and using the pro-sign QNF which means the net is over and the frequency is free.

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