VK CW Nets

For a schedule in date/time order of all known scheduled CW activities in VK and the region, please see Skeds page

Sunday morning 7025 CW Net

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Held every Sunday since 11 March 1973 (thanks Col VK4CU-SK), the CW Net provides operators with the chance to make new contacts and catch up with old friends. The net is managed by a controller who pairs up stations and allocates them to a frequency. Stations may chat as long as they like and make as many contacts as they wish during the two hours. This net has been going strong since 1973 (43 years) with over 2,000 weekly sessions.

Time and frequency

Every Sunday (except RD Contest)

0000Z-0200Z Winter and 2300-0100Z Summer. i.e., 1000-1200 EST Winter, 0900-1100 EST Summer. 1000-1200 DST Summer.

Net control frequency: 7.025MHz

Check into the net by sending your callsign followed by QNI (or if you want to annnounce / request leaving, QNX). Read the June 2002 article from Amateur Radio magazine by Drew VK3XU about the net with photos and examples. Also see Sunday-Net-History.

Please try to keep QSOs to 15 minutes or less and report back QNX if leaving so net control will know your frequency is available for reassignment to other net participants. Multiple check-ins (QNI) are encouraged, have as many QSO as you like. Always remember to check your assigned frequency by listening and QRL? before transmitting.

A list of check-ins will be provided at the close of the net. Recent online list of net check-ins please add QNS lists!

If you are available once a month or so for net controlling duties, please inform one of our current net controllers. Provision can then be made to slot you into the roster at convenient times. Net controlling is a good skill to learn and encourages fellowship between your CW friends.

Upcoming Roster of Net Controllers will be published here: Roster

For more information about this net and recommendations please see: 7025


CW Check-in Nets

0603UTC 14349kHz (daily or weekdays), 0848UTC 7051.2kHz (weekdays only), 0900UTC 3553.5kHz (winter weekdays only)

ALL WELCOME to check-in, usually there are one or more net controllers. QNI means please check in (call in) with your callsign.

Net controller (also known as QNN) will acknowledge check-ins and then call you when it is your turn.

After that, just follow your nose, it will become clear as there is a net controller to help you and all others. It's a great way to keep in touch with other VK CW stations, with a simple check in and then optional to stay longer or even have QSO after the short formal part of the net closes (QNF means the net is now closed, free for all).

When it is your turn you will be called by Net Control, now you can ask for check-out by sending "QNX", or check out immediately with "QNO". If you would like a QSO with any other station in the net, send QSO CALLSIGN (of the station you want to QSO) and Net Control will let you QSO after closing the check-in net and after any messages have been passed, or assign you both a frequency to QSY to.

Other optional codes you can use are listed below. Signal reports are not usually exchanged in the first part of the net to keep it short, or just Q1 = Unreadable, Q2 = Readable at times, Q3 = Readable with Difficulty, Q4 = Good Readable, Q5 = Very strong.

The following Q codes may be useful in these nets but don't be intimidated, you can keep the list handy or send "?" if you don't understand and net control will give you plain text. The format of these check-in nets is first to take check-ins, then give each station a turn number (QRY) for a short transmission during which you can use e.g. QRU, QSO, QTC (see codes below) or just a signal report. Checking into these nets is as easy as sending your callsign once when net control sends QNI K or QNI PSE K

QNC - Message to All on the Net
QND - This Net is directed, follow instructions
QNE - Entire Net please stand by (wait)
QNF - Net is now closed, free for all
QNG - Please take over net control
QNG1 - Please make one "CQ CW Net DE YourCallsign" call in case others cannot hear the main net control
QNG2 - as above but please call twice if no answer etc.
QNI - Please check ins call now, or "I am checking in"
QNM - You are causing interference please standby
QNN? Who is the net controller? (if no answer within 3 minutes of net start time, by all means, take control of the net)
QNN - Net Control station is …
QNO - I am checking out now
QNP - Cannot hear station…
QNS - List of stations who have checked in is: …
QNT n - I will be back in 'n' minutes
QNX - Permission to check out
QNX? - May I check out please?
QNZ - please zero beat with net control (come onto frequency, one more stations are off frequency)

QRU - I have nothing for you (no news, no messages)
QSO - Requesting QSO with … (callsign)
QSR - Please repeat your call on the calling frequency, I did not hear you
QSU - I am listening here AND on … kHz
QTC - I have a message for … (callsign)
QTC? - I would like to practice formal message exchanges after the net
QTX - I am monitoring this frequency until further notice

Optional themes (for the net and afterwards):

Mondays: You may like to use an older rig than your usual one, or your oldest rig, or one you don't normally use,
Tuesdays: QRS slow speed and/or straight keys, please keep speed down to allow slower operators to participate,
Wednesdays: get out that bug key, or side swiper, and sloppy or defective CW will not be frowned upon, let's hear it,
Thursdays: QRQ high speed, go as fast as conditions allow, including your own ability, push it beyond your limit,
Fridays: QRP reduce your power from your normal level, even if half power, or really QRP, try, you may be surprised!

The above are optional themes for each net night, but very much encouraged, so that all types of operators find an evening they can participate in, or try different things from the usual routine!


Col's CW Net

Every Sat & Sun at 3.15pm (0415 UTC) on 7115kHz, Net is run by Alex VK2ICL


FISTS Down Under CW Net

Net Controller: Arthur VK2ASB (VK2FDU)
Tuesdays, 8.00pm EST on 7028 (Summer 0900Z) or 3528kHz (Winter 1000Z)
Note: switches to 7028kHz in December.


FISTS Down Under Slow Morse Net

Net controller: Garry VK2GAZ (VK2FDU)
Wednesday nights 8PM (Sydney NSW local time)

November - April 7.028MHz +/- QRM
May - October 3.528MHz +/- QRM

Call: CQ CQ QRS Net de VK2FDU
Power: any level


VK2CCW RX Practice Sessions

Monday and Friday 8pm Sydney time on 3549.3 CW 3550 LSB

Speeds 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 20 and 26wpm

Also sessions are available on WWW.FDU.ORG.AU for download

New practice files placed on site twice a week or more


Col's CW Net

Every Sat & Sun at 3.15pm (0415 UTC) on 7115kHz, Net is run by Alex VK2ICL


SOTA CW Practice Net

Thursday, 8.30pm EST (0930 UTC) on 7045 (Summer) or 3540kHz (Winter)
Format: SSB check in followed by CW check in. Then some SOTA type QSOs or special practice exercises
Speed: your speed, 5 to 18 wpm
Net control: usually chaired by Ron VK3AFW


FISTS FEA CW Net

All VK CW operators are most welcome to check in to the FISTS East Asia CW Net on Sundays at 0800UTC on or around 14054kHz depending on QRM.


The Gnarly Net

Seven days a week starting at 5am EST on 3599 KHz CW then switches to LSB at 0630 EST on 3600 KHz. Net control is usually Rob, VK4ARQ in Ingham, North Qld with a variety of QRQ, QRS, ele keyers, bugs and straight keys as stations check in and out. Worth a try if you are an early riser!


0600Z 14349 CW Net

QNN (Net Control Stations): VK6RR, VK4QC, VK5EEE

Net starts after 3 minutes listening for urgent calls or QRP or DX stations calling in so you may not hear anything until 0603 UTC

This net is a chance for longer distance VK contacts as well as international contacts with Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Please check in (QNI) and wait your turn as directed by the QNN (Net Control Station). To request a QSO with a particular station send (QSO CALLSIGN), if you have formal messages send QTC. After formal net closes (QNF), it is free for all. A good chance to keep in touch with those further away!

Cross-mode and SSB contacts are also welcome but for SSB please be sure to use USB and ONLY on 14347.0kHz NOT 14349kHz so that (a) you will be heard and (b) you will not stray outside the legal band limit. SSB is generally encouraged to take place AFTER the formal CW net has closed (after Net Control sends "QNF"). If in doubt, just wait until it goes quiet :-) It's a chance to catch up with your CW friends who don't normally use SSB!


Any other CW Nets?

If you know of any CW Nets not mentioned above, or corrections required, please leave a comment below or contact us.


Schedule of CW Activities

For a listing in day/time order of all regular CW activities please see skeds and all are welcome to edit and keep that page updated. You may like to print it out. There are MANY Morse Code activities on a regular daily basis in Australia. If you are starved for activity, take a look at skeds page and join in whatever takes your fancy!

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