A Message from the Net Manager:
For those of you who are new to 80 meters and/or Amateur Radio:
Usually 80 meters has a short skip. That means you hear people who are close to you and not those far away. However, in the winter time the skip can lengthen out dramatically. That means your radio signal goes right over the top of those close to you and you can’t hear them. You only hear those who are far away. This will last for several months- till the time changes back and sunset is later in the evening (spring).
During winter time, we use our Relay/Net Control stations who are far away (Nevada, Montana and California) to run the CBN as much as possible because they can hear most everyone. They work very hard for us and we need to be as courteous as possible to them.
You should be able to hear the Net Control call the net but you probably won’t hear very many of the people who are checking in. When you hear Net Control or one of the relays call for your city, check in. DO NOT CALL OUT BLINDLY THAT YOU CAN’T HEAR NET CONTROL. This interferes with those who do hear the Net Control, creates chaos, and extends the Net time for no good reason. The bottom line is: in the winter, you have to be patient.
Amateur Radio is the backbone of emergency communications and we have to be ready to relay information under difficult conditions. We’ll have to consider winter our practice.