For a calendar in date/time order of all known scheduled CW activities in VK and the region, please see Skeds page
Sunday morning 40m CW Net - 7.025 MHz
Held every Sunday, 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
VK CW Net
Weekday evenings 0830Z on 7051.2 kHz (Winter time at 0930Z followed by QSY to 80m)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday evening at normal speeds
Tuesday: QRS slow speed
Thursday: QRQ high speed
Optional themes for each net night: Monday using old rigs, Tuesday slow speed, Wednesday bug night, Thursday speedy gonzales, Friday lower power.
Short quick check-in net with various options, see Net for more details.
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) or 3528kHz (Winter)
Note: Currently on 3528kHz and switching 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
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 Far East Asia CW Net on Sundays at 0800UTC on 14054kHz.
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!
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.