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HF WAS & DX SSB Nets
by joel Sampson / N5LXI
The WAS (Worked All States) and DX (distance) SSB nets are a great way to make contacts, make new friends and have fun. New check-ins will make a ton of contacts! Check out How to Get Started on HF WAS/DX Nets and other operational guides below. They will help you get started on the nets and HF.
You don't need a lot of gear to work HF nets. A 100 watt transceiver and a dipole will work fine. I use a 132' dipole fed with ladder line and QRO is 100 watts. Some stations only operate mobile and there are also several professional 18-wheel drivers on the nets that give us a lot of great contacts in rare states and state capitals. If you are a CW operator, there are many HF CW nets.
My favorie HF nets are the 3905 Century Club 40-, 75- and 160-meter late nets. I'm on vacation from net control duties, but used to NCS the Monday 40-meter late and Friday 75-meter late nets. Listen for a QSO Fiesta when I guest NCS. Most 160 meter nets do not operate in the Summer.
The 75-meter Extra Geratol Net is fun and less QSL card oriented. It runs in the Winter only. If the band conditions are good I'm likely to be running 5-watts QRP, unless I'm net control.
Original N5LXI HF Operational Guides
Getting started in HF WAS and DX nets
Reporting signals on SSB
Phonetic Alphabet - know your A, B C's
State capitals and call district
QSL Card Dividers
Free QSL Card Dividers
If you work the nets you will collect a lot of QSL cards you need to organize. I use plastic boxes made for note cards or photographs. I also designed the dividers below to organize my cards.
state_dividers.pdf (144k) - Download, print, cut and make QSL Card Dividers. File cards by state, plus Canada and DX. Requires free Adobe Acrobat reader.
N5LXI awards, nets and memberships
If you work me the HF nets, you might want to know my numbers.
|3905 CC Awards ||40-meters ||75-meters ||160-meters|
|100-point # ||2114 ||2376 ||297|
|WAS ||843 ||864 || |
|Nite Owl ||205 ||225 ||19|
|Alphabet Soup ||345 || || |
|Certificate Hunter ||314 || || |
|Bakers Dozen (mobile) ||1044 - W9JAY|
1111 - K5DUG
|1112 - KG4NBL ||1185 - KG4NBL|
|Net Control ||Net Controller Award 2/9/02 |
Journeyman Net Control 4/28/02
Expert Net Control 9/11/02
2003 40-M Late Net Outstanding NCS
2004 40-M Late Net Outstanding NCS
|Other Nets ||Notes ||Number|
|Geratol Net ||3.668 MHz @ 1:00 Z;|
Oct 1 - April 30
|Director's Award ||444 |
|QCWA ||Life-member ||32,121|
|OMISS ||Catch me on 20-meters ||4372|
|10-10 International ||Life-member, but not as active as I would like to be. ||722.76|
|Triple H Net ||7.190 MHz @ 07:00 Z ||WAS 768|
|Ham of the Month ||April, 2001|
|10-10 QRP Award ||14|
|10 Club Station ||18|
|10 State Trucker ||29|