Joining a Radio Net (CW)

Post date: Jul 2, 2020 4:09:24 PM

Despite the efficiency and resilience of Continuous Wave (CW) emissions, many operators are reluctant to try using the mode. Not only is there the matter of learning Morse Code, but there are all of the procedure signs (prosigns). It can seem daunting and may not seem relevant to the modern radio message handler.

COTN is a part of a system of traffic nets, allowing for relay of messages not only across town or across the ten counties of Ohio ARES District 7, but also to the rest of the state, and beyond. Among the Section and independent traffic nets that COTN liaison stations can use are CW traffic nets, including regular sessions of Buckeye Net as well as the Hit and Bounce Net.

New operators need to jump in the deep end of the pool and worry about everything all at once. COTN Net Manager Matthew Curtin KD8TTE offers a quick demonstration of the first step to operating in a CW traffic net: joining the net.