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WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts

George White (KD7YVV) on July 8, 2014
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I'm sure a lot of hams when they first get their General license, one of the awards they set out to get is the Worked All States award.

Well, about 4 years ago, while still in Kirkland, WA I was up early one morning and stumbled upon a net that I'd never heard before. People were exchanging signal reports, and I was hearing states I'd never hear in the daytime. It was the HHH net on 40 meters, and I started working on my first ever Worked All States. Unfortunately, before I could complete it, I ended up moving to Ocean Shores, WA. Since I was more than 50 miles away from where I was, I had to start over.

Well, now 4 years being here in Ocean Shores, I'm 4 states away from getting WAS. While there are other nets at earlier times, since I was up at 0700Z anyway, I started checking into the HHH net again. Some of the people I have cards from have become SK, and there are new calls to the net that I haven't heard before. One of the things that made it easy is a program called Netlogger. You could see who was checked into the net, and get the states you needed. I am actually having fun doing it.

Most nights we get DX stations that check in. Having almost nothing between me and the Pacific Ocean, it's easy to hear them. The east coast is another matter. Rare states are Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia and Wyoming.

The other night I finally got Delaware or in this case, “Delarare” (hihi). I couldn't believe it. 4 years trying and I finally got it. Naturally, there is more activity on the weekends, but I've found that it's been a real challenge, and I can't wait to get those last 4 states.

Some may say that WAS is easy to get, and in many cases it may be, but I've found the challenge of doing it on one frequency, one net, and only 100 watts to be the most fun I've had on radio in a while.

My YL thinks I'm nuts, but when I get a new QSL card from a state that I don't have, I know I'm that much closer to my goal.

It's also true what they say, if you work hard for something, the taste of satisfaction is much sweeter!

So, what happens when I finally get WAS? Then I start collecting HHH WAS numbers!

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WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by N5LXI on July 8, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
I did the same thing. I then moved to the 3905 Century Club which operates on 40, 75 and 160 meters. I have WAS on all but 160 (missing four states). And then the Geritol net on 75 meters. I worked a lot of states QRP (5 watts). Nets are good for QRP operators.

I was a 3905 Century Club net control on 40 and 75 meters for several years and really enjoyed it. I called it a 'QSO Fiesta' and tried to keep it fun. I got tired of keeping up the log and printing QSL cards. My call in Texas is not exactly rare.

I'm sure I'll get active again sometime. I made a lot of friends and had a good time. I have some more WAS and DX net info on my website, http://www.n5lxi.com .

73, joel / N5LXI
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by KB0XR on July 8, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
I was on the HHH net for about 6 months back in the '80s. At that time it was "run" by W2LTP an older windbag named Alfred Greenberg or something like that. It was a lot of fun with many dubious contacts. HHH even had it's own QSL bureau.

I hold HHH WAS certificate #119. 73
 
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by N8LBF on July 8, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
What frequencies are these nets on, please?

Dave, N8LBF
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by KB2FCV on July 8, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
with some patience, the w1aw portable stations have been on.. about 2 states per week for all modes and most/all bands. You can get QSL's from w1aw. For a quicker confirm, they are on LoTW.

NJ Rare? LOL I thought we were a dime a dozen! I guess its rare to someone that does not have it yet :)
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by KD7YVV on July 8, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
The net is on 7190 at 0700Z.
NJ is a rare state on that net because 0700Z is 0300
in NJ and not many hams are up at that hour.
It's been a lot of fun. Still missing some states, but
hopefully I'll get them before I sell the house and
move again. Still though, it's a fun net. Sadly some
of the people I have QSL cards from are now SK, but
here's to hoping new people and those that haven't been
on the net in a while check in. I haven't tried the
3905cc net yet, I want to wait until the house is sold
and I'm at the new place before I tackle that one.
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by KB2FCV on July 8, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Ahh.. yes at 3am NJ would be pretty rare! I think I have stumbled across that net a few times and checked in to hand out NJ to anyone who needed it. I work fairly weird hours in my line of work sometimes so if I'm up and I have a little spare time I'll spin the vfo around.
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by K6AER on July 8, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Your YL is a wise woman, marry her.

Why not offer $40 per State confirmed QSL. Advertise on E-Ham. Camp out in 7155 from 7-8 PM. Do the same in the mornings for the higher bands. In a week you will be covered from 10-40 meters.

Offer $100 for each new country. Again it would only take two weeks for your DXCC.

OR...Just go to some hole in the wall island for a week. Same results just a lot more money.

Or do it the old fashion way and make friends along the way. Life is not a race but a journey.
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by WA7OPV on July 8, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
My how things have changed. When I was 14 I tried to get WAS in 1969 on 15 meters with a single crystal on 21.150 CW only with an all tube radio and straight key. Had a dipole up about 15 feet in parallel with the rain gutter on my parents two-story house. Got 35 states before moving away. I think things are in somewhat different conditions and it is much easier now.

-david BTW
 
WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by K3ANG on July 8, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
This is the first time I've heard that Maryland is a rare state on 40 meters. Delaware was a hard state for me, and I 'live' next door. I had Hawaii and Alaska before I had Delaware.
 
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by JOHNZ on July 8, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
IMHO, based on my experience getting WAS, the top three rarest states are Rhode Island, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Ham population in these three states, according to FCC records compiled by KE6UZM Mapmash and current as of JUNE 2014 is:

RI - 2,137
ND - 1,632
SD - 1,947

I highly doubt that New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia should be considered rare. According to the above quoted source, ham population for these three states is:

NJ - 15,212
MD - 11,937
VA - 20,052

Rhode Island was the very last state I confirmed for WAS, and I had to actually drive to this ham's home, for a prearranged meeting, in order to get my QSL. He told me he does not send out QSL cards, and that was quite evident when he showed me thousands of QSL cards and letters from hams, pleading for a QSL card from Rhode Island for WAS.
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by WO7R on July 8, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
LOTW has really changed the game here.

In the '80s or so, when I was freshly made Advanced (I skipped General -- one very nice VE session), I hung around places like the Century Club. Can't say enough good things about it. I was new to hamming and so (as long as you didn't let net control help you too much), you could get the job done and fast.

It was great -- unlike direct QSLing, you could get the cards cheaply and reliably. The HHH net is probably the same.

Now, however, the best way to go is to do contesting. Thanks to LOTW almost all of them upload to LOTW (in former days, they often didn't QSL but now they LOTW very reliably).

I have spent whatever the minimum is (it is not much) to achieve a Triple Play award -- by definition, all with LOTW and in three modes no less. Almost all done with contesting.

I have "4BWAS" confirmed in my new Arizona location as well all LOTW almost all contesting. Ten to go on 80.

Another great resource is:

http://www.obriensweb.com/sked/index.php?board=lotw

. . .friendly bunch and they ALL, by definition, use LOTW.

For a basic WAS, there really is nothing easier these days.
 
WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by DL1MEV on July 9, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
During contests a lot of states can we worked in Europe, even on 80m. I have worked all states, but SD is not confirmed yet. QSLing via bureau requires some patience.
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by KF4HR on July 9, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Each to their own, but some might argue that the term "working hard" for a WAS Award doesn't equate to checking into one net and using one frequency.
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by KF4HR on July 9, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Each to their own, but some might argue that the term "working hard" for a WAS Award doesn't equate to checking into one net and using one frequency.
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by KF4HR on July 9, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Each to their own, but some might argue that the term "working hard" for a WAS Award doesn't equate to checking into one net and using one frequency.
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by KB0XR on July 9, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
In addition to WAS on the HHH net, I also worked a fair amount of DX check ins from time to time.

I see nothing wrong with the nets as far as WAS or even some DX. One could argue that DXCC should be only by contacts made by chance rather than various DX spots on the internet? But of course, that is dumb. Right?
 
WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by KB4QAA on July 9, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
The hard work of checking into a net! Oh my!! ;)
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by W6GF on July 9, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
This is like being on patrol and knowing where you are going to get ambushed

George, W6GF
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by AD7DB on July 9, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Not all states check in every night. Even when they do, you might not be able to work them. Also, the NCS is not going to relay any reports - YOU and the other station do have to hear and work each other. It's not a spoon fed thing. But, some people don't want to do it on such nets, and that's fine. I've had a lot of fun on the 3905CC over the years. HHH was too late for me even back when I worked swing shifts.
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by K3LRH on July 9, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
.......Delaware....where is that? Never heard of it.
73 de Len, K3LRH in "Delawhere?"
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by W4KVW on July 9, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Just adding the word NET takes away the fun.Wait your turn for someone else to tell you when you can all & can't call? For sure not for most of the Ham Radio community but whatever makes you happy I guess. LOL It's not that hard on HF to get WAS without an net. {:>)
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by K7CB on July 9, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
I'm just three states away from getting WAS - Arkansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. All states have been worked on SSB, 100 watts and a dipole.
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by N4JTE on July 9, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Having been an active member and NCS of the OMISS nets on 40 meters and 80 meters for 30 years, I must say that most everyone has worked WAS in many shapes and forms like date of statehood and other variations.
The great majority of checkins are on the OMISS to say hello to lifelong and new friends and also to try out new equipment/ antennas etc.
The newer additions obviously want to condense their time, like everyone these days, and try to accomplish their goal of WAS on a controlled net.
To each their own, but having 70 to 90 stations on one frequency, 7.185 at 0100, is I think better for all concerned.
Bob
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by W5TTW on July 9, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Working all states is easy. Getting them confirmed is the challenge.
 
WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by KH6DC on July 9, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
The HHH is a great net. I was active up until 2000 when I went to grad school. I used to be net control as AH6OK and a relay station regular. when I returned (though sproadically) most of the regulars went SK. It starts at 2100 Hawaii time and usually I'm reading to our son before his bedtime. Now that I have a 40 g5rv up, it gives me no excuse to come up.

You can work for the many other awards plus WAS awards.

Have fun and 73,

Delwyn KH6DC (fmr AH6OK)
HHH Net #686
 
WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by KD8SAV on July 9, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Another good way to get WAS is enter the Sweepstakes Contest - that's how I did my last few, including Vermont and Delaware.- on CW.
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by KJ3N on July 10, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Four years for WAS? Seems a bit long in the tooth to me.

While confirmations are one thing, working all the states shouldn't take more than a year. In fact, if you hit the right contest (like Sweepstakes), you should be able to work all 50 states in a weekend.
 
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by KC0W on July 10, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
I guess some people like taking the easy way out. Using a Net to achieve WAS? Gimmie a break. In my opinion there would be zero satisfaction getting WAS that way.

Whenever I want a good laugh I listen to the DX Nets or the WAS Nets. "Last heard you were five five, over. "I think he gave me a five five"? "Yes he did, good copy".

Terrific, now go shoot some more fish in a barrel.


Tom KC0W

 
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by RSHIRE22 on July 10, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Your YL is correct!

I have been a ham since the 1970s. I have never sent a qsl card to anyone ever but once I sent a postcard to a ham from when I live in Nevada (resort something).

Every ten years or so I receive a mail folder with a bunch of dx qsl cards from the arrl wondering where did they get my address. I look at the pretty pictures from the cards and the photographs of operators withs names like Lothar or Sigfreid then throw the cards away.

I'm right with author's YL. I'm not crazy either. If I wanted to penpal I would do the penpal hobby whatever it is called.

RS
 
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by RSHIRE22 on July 10, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Anyone notice that the pictures of the operators on the pretty cards look like old world nazis and kgb officials sitting at radio equipment. I always get a hoot out of that. I once showed the cards to neighbors and coworkers and warned them I know them and not to mess with me.
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by KD7YVV on July 10, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Well, my YL married me when I asked 15 years ago. :)
To some, checking into a net to get WAS may seem like
the easy way out, but even though I'm in WA, how many
nets are on at 0300 east coast time? That's what makes
some of the east coast states rare on the HHH net.
My friend Dallas (W7DAL-SK) would sometimes listen in
while we chatted on Skype. We were having a discussion
about how ham radio must have been 100 years ago.
This was shortly before he passed away. Sure, the internet
and echolink and irlp make worldwide contact as easy as
pie, but maybe it's just me. For me, there's always that
bit of magic on HF that just can't quite be gotten anywhere
else. Straining to pick up that weak station just under
the noise level. My YL often jokes that I was born too
late, and I should've been born 100 years before I was.
When I finally do get WAS confirmed, then I can try
another net. Who will I talk to? Who will hear me?
Who knows? It's fun! The award may be the end of the
journey, but the journey itself, now THAT's the reward.
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by N6AJR on July 11, 2014 Mail this to a friend!





I spent some time on the HHH net. They are a nice bunch of hams. There is quite often some DX and lots of domestic folks to work. Keep up the good work!!


tom, N6AJR HHH # 773
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by K3ZL on July 11, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
If my memory is correct, I think the founder of the Triple H net was Hank Greenberg. Triple H meant Hanks Helping Hand, as I recall. The net was subjected to severe intentional QRM...the worst I have ever heard. Thats back in late 70s and early 80s. I have wondered why the net was subjected to that kind of abuse and if the FCC was able to track down the perpetrators. I am glad to hear that the net is still on 40.
 
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by KD0UN on July 11, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
I'm not sure if this tongue in cheek or serious.
 
WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by W4VR on July 11, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
The last time I remember running 100 watts was in 1964 using a Heathkit DX-100...
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by N6AJR on July 12, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
serious
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by WO7R on July 12, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
<<<< I guess some people like taking the easy way out. Using a Net to achieve WAS? Gimmie a break. In my opinion there would be zero satisfaction getting WAS that way.
>>>>

Which is why I advocate (in 2014) using contests and LOTW.

That said, if you were working WAS in the '80s, good luck actually getting the damn cards.

In those days, sad to say, two contesters out of three would not return a direct QSL for stateside anyway.

I used the nets back then simply because it was the only economical and (most of all) _sure_ way to get a confirmation so you could actually get the award.

If net control was too helpful, nothing stopped me or anyone else from just letting him or her say "good one" and then not QSLing it.

If you're not into LOTW, it's still the '80s as far as all of this goes.

Anyway, I never heard that breaking pileups were a requirement to achieve a QSO. You'll have to point out where that regulation lives. Not in the part 97 I read.

Meanwhile, nets still have their place. Some are new or relatively new to HF. The nets remain a great place to get started.

Nobody was born knowing their way around a pileup, big or small.
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by K5TEN on July 12, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
I did the HHH Net back in the 80's (as KA9SOX) and worked all states in less than 3 months and confirmed them, cards in hand less than 2 months later. I'd work/call one state until I got one to QSL and it was neither a laborious or expensive propasition. HHH # 323.

Patience IS a virtue -- and some nights it may be a bust with poor propagation, you might get two calls and no valid contacts and other nights it's running HOT...DX from the Pacific (especially) little DXCC Islands all over that add up to DX smorgasbord. Hang in there and come back often.

One thing that seperates the HHH Net from other stateside "WAS and DX" nets is when DX -- rare and not pop on to work the list. You could get 2 to 4 rare ones a night sometimes. MAIN REASON: It's on so blessed late (0700Z) that only USA hardcore night owls are on and the DX are peaking in -- sometimes during their peak gray line.

WAS is fun to get and the far flung DX are the icing on the cake. Guys who go via the HHH QSL net are WAY more apt to QSL than average contacts.

The net controls and relays are among the best I have heard in 40 years.

 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by ZENKI on July 13, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
HHH net has also become very infamous for using ridiculous signal reports. They might as well call it the triple gun net.

You hear reports like:

"Bang, Bang, rifle shots" (22)
or "speed limit" (55)
44 magnum magnum
double nickle
etc etc all stupid signal reporting that makes sense to a very small audience

Standard ham signal reports works fine and there is no need for this ridiculous report system that would only be understood by a limited audience.
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by WO7R on July 13, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
<<< "Bang, Bang, rifle shots" (22)

You need to get out more. There are many WAS nets that use those kind of reports.

At this point, since that sort of thing has been happening for 30 years and maybe more, it's as traditional as anything else in ham radio.

Officially, signal reports aren't even required (WAS goes out of its way in the rules to say so), but all of these organized nets require them for their own little awards (most have their own little set of them).

It seems to be reasonable to require something more than an exchange of calls in a situation like this. What's more, they seem to be realistic reports, not just a 59 that is used in just about every other situation (and, why not, it's not really a requirement).

In the Century Club, they go so far as to require or at least strongly wish BOTH reports to be printed on the card. (http://www.3905ccn.com/newsite/qslcardinfo.htm) Nobody else I know does that.
 
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by K5YC on July 22, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
I operate QRP most of the time--5 watts or less.
The last couple of years I have been chasing
awards. I now have WAS/QRP on 80, 40, 20,
15 and 10. Only need 1 state on 160 and 6 meters.
Best DX was to Zambia Africa running just
250 milliwatts SSB 15 meters. ALSO have managed
to work DXCC, Grid square Award, All continents,
many over 1000 miles DX contacts on 9 bands,over
100 counties qrp. Just finished working WAS/QRP
on 80 meters contacting only extra class ops
at 1 watt ssb POWER. Fun yes! But a challenge.
Antennas are everything.

Gud luck on your WAS.

JIM K5YC NEW MEXICO
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by N5GGG on July 30, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
I check in to OMISS on 7.185 at 0100z every day. Its a great place to compare antennas, and make new friends.

Got my WAS mixed band in 29 days, WAS 40m was a little harder, since its daylight in Alaska 24/7, but finally worked him for WAS 40m in a little over two months.

Did it with 100W, then bought my amp. Its not for everyone, but there is a lot more going on than just two two rifle shot, over. The friends made in just three months on the net, far outweigh the enjoyment I would get getting DXCC with the 5/9 QRZ contacts.
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by K1RC on July 31, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Seems like the lazy way to do it. What ever happened to scanning the bands and calling CQ? Half the fun is hunting and searching for contacts, rather than having them just handed to you. You may even learn how propagation works on different bands at various times of the day/night. But, that's just my preference.
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by WO7R on August 1, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
And yet, it is probably harder on the nets these days than working a few contests.

Even on a net, you have to know a bit about propagation, too.

Calling CQ is for WARC bands WAS in 2014.
 
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by G4ZOW on August 2, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Does two bands count?

10 & 11m, all 50 states from the mobile here in London, UK.

Then worked both bands & all 50 'mobile to mobile'.

That was tough going, and included a surprised a US Mail man mobile in Nome, AK early one morning.

Started around 78 ended circa 83.

Yaesu FT301D (10w pep) > Varmint 8 transistor CB amp before upgrading to a Metron MA1000 > Texas Bugcatcher.

G4ZOW

 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by KD7YVV on August 5, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
<<<I guess some people like taking the easy way out. Using a Net to achieve WAS? Gimmie a break. In my opinion there would be zero satisfaction getting WAS that way.

Whenever I want a good laugh I listen to the DX Nets or the WAS Nets. "Last heard you were five five, over. "I think he gave me a five five"? "Yes he did, good copy".

Terrific, now go shoot some more fish in a barrel.>>>

Tom KC0W

Actually Tom, I think it's easier to scan through the
bands on a contest weekend and get WAS than to do it
the way I'm doing it. While it's true the net control
helps to coordinate things, it's a bit harder on the
HHH net because of the time this particular net is on.
I just wanted to see if I could do WAS in one location,
one frequency, one radio, one antenna. Sometimes the
propagation works, sometimes it doesn't. I'm up when
the net is on, it gives me something to do, and it
fun, at least to me. I could do an earlier net like
the 3905 century club, but a lot more people are
awake at that time. I wanted to try something different.
I do have to agree with the other gentleman
about the "cute" signal reports. I prefer actual
numbers.

To the gentleman who throws received QSL cards
away, you do realize that you're required by the FCC
to keep your address current? Maybe it's just me, but
a QSL card is the final courtesy in confirming a contact.
Sure we have LOTW and EQSL but where's the fun in that?
I actually find it sad that you throw your received
QSL cards in the trash. You do know you can donate
them. I do remember hearing about a program or something
where you could donate unwanted QSL cards to the
those who are in an assisted living facility.
I don't remember where I read that, but there are people
who collect stamps that might enjoy them.
Anyway, I'm having fun, enjoying the hobby, and if
a contact with me helps someone get their WAS be it
on a net or not, it's not a bad way to pass the time.



 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by KI4WCQ on August 11, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Club nets or WAS nets are a love/hate issue with many hams. I regularly participated in them for my first three years after licensing and I found it beneficial as a new ham, without an Elmer, due to the amount of listening required compared to the contact time when it was "your turn". I think a net is good for new hams as they listen far more than they transmit, and in that they should learn something about propagation.

I found some ham friends on the net, and because of their help learned how to operate digitally and subsequently learned CW. Yes, the 3905 club had digital and CW nets for me to learn and practice on. Yeah, I was a no code license, but now have worked 249 and confirmed 233 on CW. Would I have done CW without the nets guys helping and teaching? Doubtful, or at least not as well as I have done.

Yes, I got my first WAS on a net, (the club WAS award), and later got WAS on other bands (off net) as well as the Triple Play. With LoTW and a contest, you now can pretty much finish WAS or DXCC in a weekend. I learned from the experience, and became comfortable operating outside of the "net womb", and now have 8BDXCC, working on the 9th.

I think nets provide an environment for new hams getting their feet wet without getting smacked around by older hams. After I "graduated" from the nets, upgraded to Extra and expanded my operating, I still encounter an occasional old timer on SSB telling me "you're out of band" with my 2x3 call. I never ran into those type operators on a net, nor did I have to explain any current rules to them.

I still check into a net about once or twice a month to just hear old friends and hear the newly minted hams getting their feet wet.
 
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by W3TTT on August 11, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
I enjoy Ham Radio. I like building equipment, antennas, and setting up a station. I like making contacts on CW and SSB, and even AM. I like sending and receiving QSL cards. Especially receiving.
But I am not into any contests or any awards. I participate with 3509 CCN and OMISS, and Night Owls just for the fun of it, not the awards.
The HHH is a new one for me. If I am up at 0300 z I might just try it. Look for me - I am a "rare" one.
73, Joe, W3TTT Maryland.
 
RE: WAS, One Net, One Frequency, 100 Watts  
by KD7YVV on August 15, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Well, even though I've been a ham for over a decade,
I still find the hobby fun. You get to try new things.
As of yesterday, I confirmed NY and RI.
I need to confirm NM and NV, and still need
NH and WY. Still working on it, but it's a blast.
Since my schedule is weird, I think it's great I can
flip the radio on and always find someone out there
to talk to. It's also great to hear a NJ accent once in
a while.
 
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