Newcomers & Elmers Net

Net Manager, Robert AK3Q

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.

We will be discouraging folks from checking in who are neither newcomers nor Elmers (Elmer is amateur radio-speak for someone who passes along helpful knowledge and experience to new Hams), as there are plenty of nets for experienced hams.  But all who want to learn or who are willing to help others learn in an encouraging way are definitely welcome!

Due to the overwhelming success and growth of the net, as of January 2017, the net now meets at 6:30 p.m. every Sunday evening. That’s an extra 30 minutes every week!

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

Upcoming Topics

    August 2017

  • August 20 – Kits for Building/Experimenting
  • August 27 – Pushing Your Limits/Expanding Your Horizons

Previous Topics

    August 2017

  • August 06 – Understanding HTs and Mobiles Notes are Here
  • August 13 – YouTube Gems and Other Web Resources Notes are Here
    July 2017

  • July 02 – Digital Explorations Notes are Here
  • July 09 – Sound Card Interfaces and Power Blocks Notes are Here
  • July 16 – Emergency Power Options Notes are Here
  • July 23 – Antennas For VHF and UHF Notes are Here
  • July 30 – Optional Accessories for HTs, Mobiles, and Base Rigs Notes are Here
    June 2017

  • June 04 – Discovering the Heart of Amateur Radio Notes are Here
  • June 11 – Field Day: More Than Just A Contest! Notes are Here
  • June 18 – Getting Serious with Dongles – What They can Teach Us Notes are Here
  • June 25 – Moving Into HF and a General License Notes are Here
    May 2017

  • May 07 – Dayton Hamvention Notes are Here
  • May 14 – HF Antennas in an Apartment Notes are Here
  • May 21 – Amateur Radio Astronomy Notes are Here
  • May 28 – Traffic Nets: Who, What, and Why Notes are Here
    April 2017

  • April 02 – Cross Band Repeat Notes are Here
  • April 09 – Digital and SDR Web Linking Services Notes are Here
  • April 16 – Easter – No Net
  • April 23 – HF Radios on the Cheap Notes are Here
  • April 30 – Antennas on the Cheap Notes are Here
    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 Notes are Here
    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!  Notes are HERE.
  • 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!) Notes are HERE.
  • December 11 – What’s Indispensible 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?  Notes are HERE.
  • October 09 – Mobile Radios: What Should I Look For?  Notes are HERE.
  • October 16 – VHF to Microwaves  Notes are HERE.
  • October 23 – Batteries, Batteries, All About Batteries
  • October 30 – All About Power Supplies  Notes are HERE.
    September 2016

  • September 04 – Fixing Common Problems  Notes are HERE.
  • 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!!  Notes are HERE.
  • 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  Notes are HERE.
  • May 15 – Setting Up Dedicated Monitoring Posts
  • May 22 – Ham and Raspberry Pi – What a Meal! Notes are HERE.
  • 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  Notes are HERE.
  • March 13 – Typical HF Radio Features/Use
  • March 20 – Using Auxiliary Sound Hardware/Software  Notes are HERE.
  • March 27 – Easter: No Net
    February 2016

  • February 07 – Wire Antennas  Notes are HERE.
  • February 14 – More Wire Antennas  Notes are HERE.
  • February 21 – Programming HTs and Mobiles  Notes are HERE.
  • February 28 – Accessories for HTs and Mobiles  Notes are HERE.
    January 2016

  • January 03 – Books, Books, and More Good Books!  Notes are HERE.
  • January 10 – Analog and Digital Volt Meters  Notes are HERE.
  • January 17 – Repeater Etiquette (Revisited!)  Notes are HERE.
  • January 24 – How to Shop Around for Deals  Notes are HERE.
  • 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  Notes are HERE.
  • 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!)  Notes are HERE.
  • October 18 – Inexpensive Ways to get on HF  Notes are HERE.
  • 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  Notes are HERE.
  • August 16 – APRS  Notes are HERE.
  • August 23 – APRS in Space  Notes are HERE.
  • August 30 – Small Computers for Radio Uses  Notes are HERE.
    July 2015

  • July 05 – Good Audio On and Off the Air  Notes are HERE.
  • July 12 – What is Resonance?  Notes are HERE.
  • July 19 – FM DXing  Notes are HERE.
  • July 26 – Favorite Books about the Hobby  Notes are HERE.
    June 2015

  • June 07 – Fighting RFI (Interference)  Notes are HERE.
  • June 14 – Simple Setup Antennas  Notes are HERE.
  • June 21 – Directional Antennas
  • June 28 – QSL/QRZ/LOTW
    May 2015

  • May 03 – Buying Equipment Old and New
  • May 10 – Operating Tips  Notes for Pts. 1-2 are HERE.
  • May 17 – Operating Tips Pt. 2  Notes for Pts. 1-2 are HERE.
  • May 24 – Takin’ It to the Streets!  Notes are HERE.
  • May 31 – Field Day is Almost Here!
    April 2015

  • April 05 – Easter (No Net)
  • April 12 – What Else can my Soundcard Do?  Notes are HERE.
  • April 19 – NVIS Antennas  Notes are HERE.
  • April 26 – Dayton Hamvention’s A-Comin’!
    March 2015

  • March 01 – Cancelled
  • March 08 – What is “Ground” Anyway?  Notes are HERE.
  • March 15 – Antenna Supports  Notes are HERE.
  • March 22 – Equipping a Workstation  Notes are HERE.
  • March 29 – Building Kits  Notes are HERE.
    February 2015

  • February 01 – SWR, Reflected Power, and Gain: What are They?
  • February 08 – Tuners/Matching Networks Notes are HERE.
  • 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  Notes for 1 and 2 are HERE.
  • January 11 – Apple and Android Apps for Amateur Radio Pt 2  Notes for 1 and 2 are HERE.
  • January 18 – Interpreting Propagation Banners Pt. 1  Notes are HERE.
  • January 25 – Interpreting Propagation Banners Pt. 2  Notes are HERE.

2014:

    December 2014

  • December 07 – Packet Radio  Notes are HERE.
  • December 14 – Digital Fun Part 1  Notes are HERE.
  • December 21 – Digital Fun Part 2  Notes are HERE.
  • December 28 – Operating Excellence!  Notes are HERE.
    November 2014

  • November 02 – When things Go Wrong!  Notes are HERE.
  • November 09 – Traditional Radio Options  Notes are HERE.
  • November 16 – Software Defined Radio Options  Notes are HERE.
  • November 23 – Shortwave Radio is the BEST!  Notes are HERE.
  • November 30 – Christmas Gift Ideas!!  Notes are HERE.
    October 2014

  • October 05 – Satellites – Yes You Can!  Notes are HERE.
  • October 12 – Keep The Learning Going!  (Discussion)
  • October 19 – What’s Your Radio Pleasure?
  • October 26 – Finding and Working Contests  Notes are HERE.
    September 2014

  • September 07 – Battery Options Now and in the Future  Notes are HERE.
  • September 14 – QRP-The Real Story  Notes are HERE.
  • September 21 – Directing Traffic  Notes are HERE.
  • September 28 – Emergency Communications  Notes are HERE.
    August 2014

  • August 03 – HF Propagation  Notes are HERE.
  • August 10 – Antenna Theory Light  Notes are HERE.
  • August 17 – Some Practical Wire Antennas  Notes are HERE.
  • August 24 – Coax Do’s and Don’ts  Notes are HERE.
  • August 31 – Setting Up Shop  Notes are HERE.
    July 2014

  • July 06 – 2m/440 antennas  Notes are HERE.
  • July 13 – Exploring a Typical Handheld Radio’s Operation  Notes are HERE.
  • July 20 – Exotic Radio: Getting More from your Handheld  Notes are HERE.
  • July 27 – VHF/UHF Propagation  Notes are HERE.
    June 2014

  • June 01 – Field Day  Notes are HERE.
  • June 08 – Summer Radio Opportunities  Notes are HERE.
  • June 15 – Volunteering as a way to Learn  Notes are HERE.
  • June 22 – Expanding Knowledge Testing/Certification Opportunities  Notes are HERE.
  • June 29 – Emergency/Public Service Net Operations Protocol  Notes are HERE.
    May 2014

  • May 04 – All About Feedlines  Notes are HERE.
  • May 11 – Listening In to Radio  Notes are HERE.
  • May 18 – The Effects of Ground on Signals  Notes are HERE
  • May 25 – Hiding Antennas Inside and Out  Notes are HERE
    April 2014

  • April 06 – Roadtrip! Going Portable  Notes are HERE.
  • April 13 – Going to Dayton Hamfest  Notes are HERE.
  • April 20 – Easter No Net
  • April 27 – Buying New and Used Equipment  Notes are HERE.
    March 2014

  • March 02 – Safety
  • March 09 – Scanning with Amateur Radios.  Notes are HERE.
  • March 16 – Spreading the Word about Amateur Radio
  • March 23 – Morse Code Instruction Resources.  Notes are HERE.
  • March 30 – Thinking Like a Radio  Notes are HERE.
    February 2014

  • February 02 – Best Amateur Practices.  Notes are HERE.
  • February 09 – Radio Frequency Interference (RFI).  Notes are HERE.
  • February 16 – (More) Simple Wire Antennas.  Notes are HERE.
  • February 23 – Getting Ready For Skip Season.  Notes are HERE.
    January 2014

  • January 05 – FCC Rules and Regulations.  Notes are HERE.
  • January 12 – Participating in Nets.  Notes are HERE.
  • January 19 – Remote Operation.  Notes are HERE.
  • January 26 – Incident Command System.  Notes are HERE.

2013:

    December 2013

  • December 01 – Digital Communications, Part 1.  Notes are HERE.
  • December 08 – Digital Communications, Part 2.  Notes are HERE.
  • December 15 – Getting the Most from your Radio.  Notes are HERE.
  • December 22 – SDR Radio.  Notes are HERE.
  • December 29 – Dstar, Echolink, and IRLP.  Notes are HERE.
    November 2013

  • November 03 – Contesting for Beginners.  Notes are HERE.
  • November 10 – QSLs-a-Plenty.  Notes are HERE.
  • November 17 – Amateur Radio Resources.  Notes are HERE.
  • November 24 – Troubleshooting Issues.  Notes are HERE.
    October 2013

  • October 06 – Computer Control and Logging Software.  Notes are HERE.
  • October 13 – Antenna Myths and Misunderstandings.  Notes are HERE.
  • October 20 – Traffic Handling.  Notes are HERE.
  • October 27 – Tuning Into Shortwave Radio.  Notes are HERE.
    September 2013

  • September 01 – Local and DX Contacts.  Notes are HERE.
  • September 08 – A Basic Ham Station.  Notes are HERE.
  • September 15 – Finding an Operating Niche.  Notes are HERE.
  • September 22 – Satellite Operations.  Notes are HERE.
  • September 29 – Low Power Operation (QRP).  Notes are HERE.
    August 2013

  • August 04 – Homebrew Project Ideas.  Notes are HERE.
  • August 11 – Propagation.  Notes are HERE.
  • August 18 – Battery Power Options.  Notes are HERE.
  • August 25 – Emergency Services.  Notes are HERE.
    July 2013

  • July 07 – Basic Antenna Theory.  Notes are HERE.
  • July 14 – Antenna Options for 2 meters and 440.  Notes are HERE.
  • July 21 – Simple HF Receiving and Transmitting Antennas.  Notes are HERE.
  • July 28 – Experimenting with Different Antennas.  Notes are HERE.
    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!)  Notes are HERE.
  • June 23 – Getting Involved on the Air.  Notes are HERE.
  • June 30 – Going Mobile!  Notes are HERE.

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