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How to do Net Control

When you start getting active on one of the HF nets or even a 2m net, you might want to try being Net Control…or at least think about it. Here's the Preamble we use on our two nets:

Thursday Night Net Preamble

Friday Morning Net Preamble

Make an Elevation Map

When you want to talk to someone on your radio, do you know what might be in the way? This tutorial will tell you how to generate an elevation map to show what might be between you and your QSO.


CHIRP is a free tool for programming the channels on your amateur radio. It supports most brands and both mobile and handheld radios. It works on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10, the latest version of Mac OS X, and Linux.

Tx from Puerto Rico Balcony

Carol, a MINOW member, shows us her set-up on her eighth story balcony in Puerto Rico. Carol was able to reach our Friday morning MINOW Net.

Ria Jairam - N2RJ - Contributor

Ria is one of our YLs on the Thursday night ALARA net. She's from New Jersey and has given us permission to repost some of her tutorials here. Here's a little aobut Ria:

My name is Ria (pronounced Ree-ah) and I am originally from Trinidad and Tobago. I have been licensed there since 1997 and got my FCC Extra class license in 2001 when I emigrated to the United States. Yes, I took all exams in one sitting and got a license, including full solid copy of the 5WPM code. It's not really amazing though, as I had been licensed 3 years in 9Y before that, and took 12WPM code there.
I have always been around radio and electronics since I was 4 years old. My dad was a casual SWL, and had a friend who was into electronics. I first learned of ham radio from Mr. Tony Lee-Mack, 9Y4AL (SK) who was a local school teacher but elmered many people. He was a very interesting person, and will be dearly missed. He had a love for radio like few others did, and not just ham radio but also SWL and scanning. But he especially liked homebrew and kit building. This was the hobby's main appeal to me - its experimental nature. I could never be solely an "appliance operator." I am a tinkerer, a builder, and a hacker. He would tear out or photocopy pages from his magazines for stuff for me and others to build. Some projects were pretty interesting. Alas, cancer took him in 2014, and he is now playing sweet music in Heaven. Maybe he's sending some CW too, or listening on a scanner. Who knows?
I am a mom to 3 adorable and amazing triplets, two girls and a boy, 6 years old. I hope that they can be licensed soon. They enjoy talking on the radio with me or just sitting in the shack and listening.

Morse Code

Anne on the ALARA net talks extensively on learning Morse Code/CW and highly recommends checking out the CWOps website at CWOps.org - CW Academy. She has taken two of their CW classes and has even hooked up with another student to practice with.

CW Academy is a program put on by the CW Operators' Club aimed at increasing the number of competent CW operators on the HF CW sub-bands. It addresses all levels of enthusiasts: from those aspiring to become licensed operators who want to learn and use Morse code; to veteran operators who are intent on increasing their CW skills, speed and activity.

There is no cost or obligation to participate in CWops CW Academy Classes and membership is not required. Enrollment is open to anyone with the desire to learn or improve their proficiency in Morse Code.

The class comes highly recommended by Anne if you want to learn CW the right way. Give it a try.