To keep the nets moving along so that everyone gets an opportunity to participate, it is important to make your contacts on the net as brief as possible, exchanging callsigns, providing and ackowledging signal reports, and then returning control back to the NCS
When it is your turn, the NCS will state your number, call your station and tell you it is your turn to make a call
It is polite to thank the NCS and then make your call to another station on the net. Keep this as brief as possible,
using the Amateur Radio Phonetic Alphabet
Example: Your callsign is A1ZB and you are calling number 21 on the netlogger list K9WR, whose name is Dave.
This is Alpha One Zulu Bravo calling number twenty-one Kilo Niner Whisky Romeo
Good evening Dave
If you heard the station either checking in or participating in another call, provide the signal report you last heard
Last heard you were five-nine, five-nine, over
If not, you can ask for numbers "on the over":
Numbers on the over, over
Please do not give a weather report or any other extraneous information during your call, or during your response when called by another station.
Each station must state their callsign during the contact so that the NCS knows the contact was made by the correct stations
Here is an example of a full exchange:
NCS: Number seventeen, Jim, Alpha One Zulu Bravo, it is your turn for a call
A1ZB: Thanks Gary. This is Alpha One Zulu Bravo calling number twenty-one Kilo Niner Whisky Romeo. Good evening Dave. Last heard you were five-nine, five-nine, over
K9WR: This is Kilo Niner Whisky Romeo. Thanks for the five-nine Jim. I roger that and you are also also five-nine, over.
A1ZB: Roger the also also five-nine. Thanks Dave. Alpha One Zulu Bravo back to net.
Unless otherwise stated by the NCS, if you first call a NEW station (Only those designated as "NEW" on NetLogger), you may make one additional call
If the station you are calling does not respond after a few seconds, you may try again, but if still no response then you should move onto another station.
The exception to that is if the station you are calling has been previously helped by the NCS to let them know they are being called.
This occurs sometimes with mobile and portable stations who may have a hard time hearing that they are being called.
In this case, the NCS may assist you by calling the station to let them know they are being called by your station.
If that is not the case, then you should try another station.
Always be courteous and have fun!
Sample QSO from our 40m SSB Net: