Newly Licensed Hams…
Welcome to the CARC Two-Meter Net
Editor’s Note: This information was first posted over a year ago. The content remains an important part of our Club approach to encouraging involvement and participation in ham radio events. I am re-posting the content with minor revisions as needed due to the COVID-19 situation.
A good friend of Ham Radio shared with me a story. The story involved a newly licensed Amateur Radio Operator who set out to make some radio contacts after receiving his license from the FCC. His call sign and his on-the-air techniques revealed that he was a newcomer to ham radio.
To make the story short — this newly licensed ham received a somewhat chilly reception to his on-the-air communications attempts and may have been turned-off by the whole experience. How sad.
The Cumberland Amateur Radio Club would like to warmly welcome newly licensed hams.
We stand ready to provide assistance enabling you to get on the air and to make contacts with other hams who appreciate the hard-work you put into studying and passing the Licensing Exam.
First, we invite you to attend our Club Meetings. Details are in the THINGS TO-DO/CARC EVENTS page of this website. We have a special FREE MEMBERSHIP OFFER for newly licensed hams. How can you beat that? If you are looking for help selecting and setting up your first radio station this is a good place to begin.
Second, if you already have ham radio equipment we invite you to participate in our weekly Two-Meter Net. CARC Members and guests gather each Sunday Night at 7 p.m. local time on 146.490 MHz, FM Simplex in the Two-Meter Band. No Repeater Offset, No PL Access Tones. Simply tune your transceiver to 146.490, listen for the Net Control Station to announce the net. Frank, KB3PQT, usually is our Net Control Station. He is a friendly guy and a great supporter of the Cumberland Amateur Radio Club and ham radio in general.
When it is time, key your microphone, say your call sign, release your mike, and wait to be acknowledged by the NCS. The Net Control Station will say a few words welcoming the people who checked into the net, and then give each person his or her opportunity to speak by saying that person’s call sign. Tell us your name, your location, and perhaps let us know if you have questions. After you have said what is on your mind, simply say “This is [your call sign], Back To Net Control.” and release your mike. It is that simple. No worries, No pressure, No cold shoulders.
If you experience any difficulty when trying to participate in the Cumberland Amateur Radio Club Two-Meter Net please email me your name, call sign, location, and a few words about your radio and antenna. We will try to perk-up our ears and listen more carefully for you the next week. eMail: Andrew Forsyth AF3I@RadioClub-CARC.com
• Author: Andrew Forsyth AF3I