The amateur radio operator should procure a copy of the "Amateur Message Form", FDS-218 (2/91) from the ARRL HQ,- commonly called the "pink card" - to find a list of the "Q…." signals and common CW abbreviations.
General net procedure:
The Carolinas Slow Net (CSN) starts at 20:00 ET on 3571 KHz and ends when all listed traffic has been handled, or when directed by the Net Control Station (NCS). It is a directed net, that is, all stations checking in must follow the directions of the NCS and confine all comments to the NCS. The NCS is the boss. All stations checking in are requested to run at 8 to 10 wpm.
To begin, (1) the NCS opens the net with a preamble welcome statement, then (2) he asks for other net representatives to check in, the Carolinas Net (CN), the North Carolina Evening Net (NCEN), and then the South Carolina Nets (SCN), and finally (3) NCS invites all other stations with or without traffic check in and list any traffic they may have, if any.
Stations with traffic may be asked to pass it here on this frequency or to move (QSY) to an adjacent clear frequency and when complete to return to the net frequency.
Each station checking in will be excused individually by the NCS when there is no more business for the station.
When all check-ins have been excused, the NCS closes the CSN, freeing the frequency for normal amateur use.
See the "pink card" for explanation of the Q signals.
Two letters underlined here means send them together as one, like AR and SK.
To Check into the net:
After NCS sends QNI K and pauses, send a unique identifying letter like the first letter of your name or station suffix. NSC repeats it to recognize you. When recognized, send
DE (call sign) QRU [or QTC & list your traffic] then AR
Being excused from the net:
When NCS sends your call sign, you send the letter R, to say "here",
Then he’ll send:TU <your name> QNI NW QRU QNX K (pause for response)
When excused, respond:
TU 73 DE (your call sign) SK
Example check-in sequence:
NCS: CSN DE K8SKX QNI K
Don: DE N0SU HI DICK QRU AR
NCS: N0SU HI DON AS
This repeats with the next station sending a single letter. NCS may repeat request for check-ins by sending: CSN QNI K
Each station stands by until called by NCS for traffic handling or is excused from the net.
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