Newcomers & Elmers Net

Net Manager, Robert K4PKM

New to Amateur Radio?   Or, just feel “inexperienced?”  Then this net is for YOU!

The Newcomers and Elmers weekly net is geared toward new people in the hobby, and is intended to be a comfortable place to learn about Amateur Radio.  Our goal is not only to help you learn, but also to give you real-world experience talking on your radio.

Each week, there will be a topic for discussion, but ALL questions are welcome whatever the area of the radio hobby.  If we do not know the answer right away, we will find out!

From the “Elmers” side of things, we know getting on the air and learning about radios and antennas can be hard, and we want to make this net an inviting place for new hams to gain knowledge and experience.  Mistakes are WELCOME!  ALL of us have made AND still make mistakes; this is how we all learn.

If you have something you would like to hear discussed or learn about, let us know! We are always looking for topics which meet the needs of our net participants!

We meet… on-the air, of course!  OH-KY-IN repeater 146.670 – (minus offset 600 kHz) PL Tone of 123 Hz for transmit on Sunday nights, 7:00

Upcoming Topics

August – No nets for the month of August

Back Sept. 1

    • July 2019
  • July 07 – Fighting the Interference Battle
  • July 14 – Antennas Designed to Fight Interference
  • July 21 – No Sunspots? No Problem!
  • July 28 – Inexpensive HF Options

Previous Topics

    • June 2019
  • June 02 – Field Day
  • June 09 – Learning Online
  • June 16 – Fun with SDR
  • June 30 – The QSL: Old and New
    • May 2019
  • May 05 – Dayton/Xenia Hamvention
  • May 12 – Mobile Radios and HTs Pt. 1
  • May 19 – Mobile Radios and HTs Pt. 2
  • May 26 – Accessorize your Mobiles/HTs
    • April 2019
  • April 07 – Understanding Ground Effects on Signals
  • April 14 – A Little Antenna Theory
  • April 21 – Easter No Net
  • April 28 – Arduino and Amateur Radio
    • March 2019
  • March 03 – No Net
  • March 10 – Baluns an Transmission Line Transformers
  • March 17 – Unusual Types of Propagation
  • March 24 – I am a New Ham, “What Now?”
  • March 31 – Experienced Hams, “I’m Bored. What Now?”
    •           February 2019
  • February 03 – Radio Station Shopping
  • February 10 – Grounding and Bonding 2: Lightning
  • February 17 – NVIS Antennas: Setup and Uses
  • February 24 – Partnering Up To Enjoy The Hobby
    •           January 2019
  • January 06 – Grounding and Bonding Part 1- AC Safety
  • January 13 – Simple, Reliable Antennas
  • January 20 – Good/Bad Repeater and Net Manners
  • January 27 – Remote Operating – Not Just for the Big Fishes!
              December 2018
  • December 02 – Annual Christmas Gift Round-up!
  • December 09 – Shortwave: Our (Not So Distant Cousin)
  • December 16 – More Radio Astronomy
  • December 23 – Software Defined Radio: Uses and Options
  • December 30 – Beware of Antenna Shortcuts
    • November 2018
  • November 04 – What Can I Expect on Which Bands?
  • November 11 – Extending Repeater Operations
  • November 18 – A Contesting Guide
  • November 25 – Awards, Challenges, and Paper Chasing
    • October 2018
  • October 07 – What Can I Do in a Solar Minimum?
  • October 14 – Foxhunting and Direction Finding
  • October 21 – Radio Test Equipment You Might Want to Explore
  • October 28 – HomeBrewing (Without a Still)
    • September 2018
  • September 02 – Equipment Care and Feeding
  • September 09 – Understanding Resonance
  • September 16 – Programming is not just for Computer Geeks!
  • September 23 – Opportunities to Expand in Radio
  • September 30 – No Net – Back Next Week!
    • August 2018
  • August 05 – AAA: Apps for Apple and Android
  • August 12 – Books that Belong in your Radio Library
  • August 19 – No Net
  • August 26 – Bad Habits, Good Habits On and Off the Air
    • July 2018
  • July 01 – Mobile Antennas as a Base
  • July 08 – Cube Sats
  • July 15 – What’s above 2 meters?
  • July 22 – Experimenting with VHF/UHF Antennas
  • July 29 – More Pi, Please! Raspberry, That Is!
    • June 2018
  • June 03 – An APRS Primer!
  • June 10 – Digital Voice, Digital Pictures
  • June 17 – Keeping an Eye on the Weather
  • June 24 – What Makes for Good Audio?
    • May 2018
  • May 06 – Repeater and Non-Repeater Necessities
  • May 13 – Going Portable with Amateur Radio
  • May 20 – 6 Meters: The Magic Band
  • May 27 – Planning for Field Day
    • April 2018
  • April 01 – Easter – No Net
  • April 08 – LF and VLF Radio
  • April 15 – A Little Bit of History!
  • April 22 – More Radio-Related Web Sites!!
  • April 29 – ATV (Hint: Not a Vehicle!)
    • March 2018
  • March 04 – Computers and Amateur Radio
  • March 11 – ARRL And Why (I Believe) You Should Be A Member
  • March 18 – Hunting Down Used Equipment
  • March 25 – Speakers, Headphones, and Microphones
    • February 2018
  • February 04 – Ground Conditions
  • February 11 – Mystical Powers 1: The SWR Beast
  • February 18 – Mystical Powers 2: Tuners to Manage The SWR Beast
  • February 25 – Supporting Your Antennas
    • January 2018
  • January – 07 Propagation Hints and Tips
  • January – 14 Ground Conditions (rescheduled for February)
  • January – 21 EMCOMM Protocol and Emergency/Public Service Nets
  • January – 28 Why Work With Wire? Antenna Basics
    • December 2017
  • December – 03 Getting What YOU Want for Christmas!!
  • December – 10 Of dBs, Meters, Filters and More!
  • December – 17 Microphones And Amateur Radio
  • December – 24 Christmas Eve, Informal Net (No Topic)
  • December – 31 Finding Interesting Nets on the Air – Check Here And Here
    • November 2017
  • November – 05 Working Satellites (Guest Nathan KA3MTT!)
  • November – 12 General License Review Special Guest Brian K4BRI
  • November – 19 Technician License Review
  • November – 26 What Motivates/Discourages You Getting on the Air?
    • October 2017
  • October 01 – Equipment Maintenance and Protection
  • October 08 – DMR Equipment and Operation
  • October 15 – Recent FCC Band Allocations/Enhancements Part 97 Updates shown Here
  • October 22 – Weak Signal Digital Modes Update – Users Guide Here
  • October 29 – Dummy Loads (“Who You Callin’ Dummy!”)
    • September 2017
  • September 03 – Transmission Lines/Feedlines
  • September 10 – Battling RFI
  • September 17 – More Antenna Myths
  • September 24 – QRP Adventures
    • August 2017
  • August 06 – Understanding HTs and Mobiles
  • August 13 – YouTube Gems and Other Web Resources
  • August 20 – Kits for Building/Experimenting
  • August 27 – Pushing Your Limits/Expanding Your Horizons
    • July 2017
  • July 02 – Digital Explorations
  • July 09 – Sound Card Interfaces and Power Blocks
  • July 16 – Emergency Power Options
  • July 23 – Antennas For VHF and UHF
  • July 30 – Optional Accessories for HTs, Mobiles, and Base Rigs
    • June 2017
  • June 04 – Discovering the Heart of Amateur Radio
  • June 11 – Field Day: More Than Just A Contest!
  • June 18 – Getting Serious with Dongles – What They can Teach Us
  • June 25 – Moving Into HF and a General License
    • May 2017
  • May 07 – Dayton Hamvention
  • May 14 – HF Antennas in an Apartment
  • May 21 – Amateur Radio Astronomy
  • May 28 – Traffic Nets: Who, What, and Why
    • April 2017
  • April 02 – Cross Band Repeat
  • April 09 – Digital and SDR Web Linking Services
  • April 16 – Easter – No Net
  • April 23 – HF Radios on the Cheap
  • April 30 – Antennas on the Cheap
    • March 2017
  • March 05 – ARDF and Foxhunting – Brian K4BRI
  • March 12 – Digging into APRS
  • March 19 – Working with NVIS – Jerry W1SCR
  • March 26 – Antenna Gain and Efficiency
    • February 2017
  • February 05 – Working with Weak Signal Digital Modes
  • February 12  – More Electronics Skills
  • February 19  – Trying Out the Satellites
  • February 26 – Weather Spotting
    • January 2017
  • January 01 – New Years Day – No Net
  • January 08 – Repeater Etiquette: A Refresher!
  • January 15 – North American QSO Party SSB
  • January 22 – Reading Up on the Hobby
  • January 29 – What Can I Do with a General License?
    • December 2016
  • December 04 – Christmas Gift Ideas (For Dropping Hints, Notes,Something other than a Tie!)
  • December 11 – What’s Indispensable in Your Shack?
  • December 18 – Planning for the New Year
  • December 25 – Merry Christmas! (No Net)
    • November 2016
  • Nov. 06 – Reading Propagation Charts Part 1
  • Nov. 13 – Reading Propagation Charts Part 2
  • Nov. 20 – Reasons to Learn Morse Code
  • Nov. 27 – Gaining Some Basic Electronics Skills
    • October 2016
  • October 02 – Do I Need a New HT?
  • October 09 – Mobile Radios: What Should I Look For?
  • October 16 – VHF to Microwaves
  • October 23 – Batteries, Batteries, All About Batteries
  • October 30 – All About Power Supplies
    • September 2016
  • September 04 – Fixing Common Problems
  • September 11 – Experimenting with Small Antennas
  • September 18 – Computer Modeling Software
  • September 25 – New SDR Developments
    • August 2016
  • August 07 – What Can I Do On the Air
  • August 14 – Open Forum Q & A
  • August 21 – More Stealth Antenna Options
  • August 28 – Fixing Common Problems

(Postoned)

    • July 2016
  • July 03 – Apartment/Restricted Space Antennas
  • July 10 – The Art of the QSL
  • July 17 – Science and Amateur Radio
  • July 24 – Contesting Clues for Beginners
  • July 31 – “Mistakes I Have Made as an Amateur”
    • June 2016
  • June 05 – 3-Year Anniversary of the Net
  • June 12 – Getting On 6 Meters!!
  • June 19 – Installing a Radio in a Vehicle
  • June 26 – Fusion and P25 Digital Modes
    • May 2016
  • May 01 – Dayton Hamvention
  • May 08 – DMR vs. D-STAR
  • May 15 – Setting Up Dedicated Monitoring Posts
  • May 22 – Ham and Raspberry Pi – What a Meal!
  • May 29 – Getting Ready for Another Field Day
    • April 2016
  • April 03 – Making the Most of a Tech License Pt. 1
  • April 10 – Making the Most of a Tech License Pt. 2
  • April 17 – Techie Things Your Tech License Didn’t Teach You Pt. 1
  • April 24 – Techie Things Your Tech License Didn’t Teach You PT. 2
    • March 2016
  • March 06 – Getting Your Computer to Talk to Your Radio
  • March 13 – Typical HF Radio Features/Use
  • March 20 – Using Auxiliary Sound Hardware/Software
  • March 27 – Easter: No Net
    • February 2016
  • February 07 – Wire Antennas
  • February 14 – More Wire Antennas
  • February 21 – Programming HTs and Mobiles
  • February 28 – Accessories for HTs and Mobiles
    • January 2016
  • January 03 – Books, Books, and More Good Books!
  • January 10 – Analog and Digital Volt Meters
  • January 17 – Repeater Etiquette (Revisited!)
  • January 24 – How to Shop Around for Deals
  • January 31 – What is Grey-Line Propagation?

2015:

    • December 2015
  • Dec. 06 – Christmas Gifts to Make the Season Bright
  • Dec. 13 – Building an Indoor Antenna
  • Dec. 20 – Experimenting with “Bad” Antennas
  • Dec. 27 – New Year Radio Plans
    • November 2015
  • Nov. 01 – Satellite Listening
  • Nov. 08 – Traffic Handling Stories
  • Nov. 15 – Emergency Services
  • Nov. 22 – Public Service
  • Nov. 29 – Let’s Talk (On the Air!)
    • October 2015
  • October 04 – Why Work Contests?
  • October 11 – Finding a Partner (No, not a Dating Service!)
  • October 18 – Inexpensive Ways to get on HF
  • October 25 – Working Nets – a Review
    • September 2015
  • September 06 – Getting Ready for the Winter Radio Season
  • September 13 – Around the World: DSTAR, IRLP, and Echolink
  • September 20 – DSP Filters
  • September 27 – Software-Defined Radios: An Update
    • August 2015
  • August 02 – Repeaters Down
  • August 09 – Favorite Radio-Related Websites
  • August 16 – APRS
  • August 23 – APRS in Space
  • August 30 – Small Computers for Radio Uses
    • July 2015
  • July 05 – Good Audio On and Off the Air
  • July 12 – What is Resonance?
  • July 19 – FM DXing
  • July 26 – Favorite Books about the Hobby
    • June 2015
  • June 07 – Fighting RFI (Interference)
  • June 14 – Simple Setup Antennas
  • June 21 – Directional Antennas
  • June 28 – QSL/QRZ/LOTW
    • May 2015
  • May 03 – Buying Equipment Old and New
  • May 10 – Operating Tips
  • May 17 – Operating Tips Pt. 2
  • May 24 – Takin’ It to the Streets!
  • May 31 – Field Day is Almost Here!
    • April 2015
  • April 05 – Easter (No Net)
  • April 12 – What Else can my Soundcard Do?
  • April 19 – NVIS Antennas
  • April 26 – Dayton Hamvention’s A-Comin’!
    • March 2015
  • March 01 – Cancelled
  • March 08 – What is “Ground” Anyway?
  • March 15 – Antenna Supports
  • March 22 – Equipping a Workstation
  • March 29 – Building Kits
    • February 2015
  • February 01 – SWR, Reflected Power, and Gain: What are They?
  • February 08 – Tuners/Matching Networks
  • February 15 – Transmission Lines Myths and Misconceptions 1  Notes for 1 and 2 are HERE.
  • February 22 – Transmission Lines Myths and Misconceptions 2  Notes for 1 and 2 are HERE.
    • January 2015
  • January 04 – Apple and Android Apps for Amateur Radio Pt 1
  • January 11 – Apple and Android Apps for Amateur Radio Pt 2
  • January 18 – Interpreting Propagation Banners Pt. 1
  • January 25 – Interpreting Propagation Banners Pt. 2

2014:

    • December 2014
  • December 07 – Packet Radio
  • December 14 – Digital Fun Part 1
  • December 21 – Digital Fun Part 2
  • December 28 – Operating Excellence!
    • November 2014
  • November 02 – When things Go Wrong!
  • November 09 – Traditional Radio Options
  • November 16 – Software Defined Radio Options
  • November 23 – Shortwave Radio is the BEST!
  • November 30 – Christmas Gift Ideas!!
    • October 2014
  • October 05 – Satellites – Yes You Can!
  • October 12 – Keep The Learning Going!  (Discussion)
  • October 19 – What’s Your Radio Pleasure?
  • October 26 – Finding and Working Contests  .
    • September 2014
  • September 07 – Battery Options Now and in the Future
  • September 14 – QRP-The Real Story
  • September 21 – Directing Traffic
  • September 28 – Emergency Communications
    • August 2014
  • August 03 – HF Propagation
  • August 10 – Antenna Theory Light
  • August 17 – Some Practical Wire Antennas
  • August 24 – Coax Do’s and Don’ts
  • August 31 – Setting Up Shop
    • July 2014
  • July 06 – 2m/440 antennas
  • July 13 – Exploring a Typical Handheld Radio’s Operation
  • July 20 – Exotic Radio: Getting More from your Handheld
  • July 27 – VHF/UHF Propagation
    • June 2014
  • June 01 – Field Day
  • June 08 – Summer Radio Opportunities
  • June 15 – Volunteering as a way to Learn
  • June 22 – Expanding Knowledge Testing/Certification Opportunities
  • June 29 – Emergency/Public Service Net Operations Protocol
    • May 2014
  • May 04 – All About Feedlines
  • May 11 – Listening In to Radio
  • May 18 – The Effects of Ground on Signals
  • May 25 – Hiding Antennas Inside and Out
    • April 2014
  • April 06 – Roadtrip! Going Portable
  • April 13 – Going to Dayton Hamfest
  • April 20 – Easter No Net
  • April 27 – Buying New and Used Equipment
    • March 2014
  • March 02 – Safety
  • March 09 – Scanning with Amateur Radios.
  • March 16 – Spreading the Word about Amateur Radio
  • March 23 – Morse Code Instruction Resources.
  • March 30 – Thinking Like a Radio
    • February 2014
  • February 02 – Best Amateur Practices.
  • February 09 – Radio Frequency Interference (RFI).
  • February 16 – (More) Simple Wire Antennas.
  • February 23 – Getting Ready For Skip Season.
    • January 2014
  • January 05 – FCC Rules and Regulations.
  • January 12 – Participating in Nets.
  • January 19 – Remote Operation.
  • January 26 – Incident Command System.

2013:

    • December 2013
  • December 01 – Digital Communications, Part 1.
  • December 08 – Digital Communications, Part 2.
  • December 15 – Getting the Most from your Radio.
  • December 22 – SDR Radio.
  • December 29 – Dstar, Echolink, and IRLP.
    • November 2013
  • November 03 – Contesting for Beginners.
  • November 10 – QSLs-a-Plenty.
  • November 17 – Amateur Radio Resources.
  • November 24 – Troubleshooting Issues.
    • October 2013
  • October 06 – Computer Control and Logging Software.
  • October 13 – Antenna Myths and Misunderstandings.
  • October 20 – Traffic Handling.
  • October 27 – Tuning Into Shortwave Radio.
    • September 2013
  • September 01 – Local and DX Contacts.
  • September 08 – A Basic Ham Station.
  • September 15 – Finding an Operating Niche.
  • September 22 – Satellite Operations.
  • September 29 – Low Power Operation (QRP).  .
    • August 2013
  • August 04 – Homebrew Project Ideas.
  • August 11 – Propagation.
  • August 18 – Battery Power Options.
  • August 25 – Emergency Services.
    • July 2013
  • July 07 – Basic Antenna Theory.
  • July 14 – Antenna Options for 2 meters and 440.
  • July 21 – Simple HF Receiving and Transmitting Antennas.
  • July 28 – Experimenting with Different Antennas.
    • June 2013
  • June 02 – Learning How to Use Your Handheld Radio
  • June 09 – Things You Can Do With a Handheld Radio
  • June 16 – Repeater Etiquette (Do’s and Don’ts!)
  • June 23 – Getting Involved on the Air.
  • June 30 – Going Mobile!

Check back here often for future topic notifications!

The Newcomers and Elmers Net preamble for net control stations may be found HERE.