The City of Lights CW net is at 28.150 MHz. The net is informal and intended to let anyone with even minimal skills enjoy a little CW.  Depending on the checkins, speeds might run from 8 to 20 WPM.  If you have trouble copying the Net Control’s (NC) speed, just send QRS and he or she will slow down.  Although this is a 10-10 net, you don’t have to be a member of 10-10 or the City of Lights to check in.  If you don’t have a 10-10 number, just send “NR  0.”

The NC (Kermit, W9XA) will typically start the net with

CQ  CQ  CQ  COL  DE  W9XA                                           COL = City of Lights

GE THIS IS THE CITY OF LIGHTS NET OF TEN-TEN     GE = Good Evening

INTERNATIONAL – WE WELCOME ALL RADIO          -- = Double dash ( - … -)

AMATEURS TO CHECK INTO THE NET –

DE W9XA QND QNN                                                QND=Net is directed QNN=Net                                                                                        Control  

NAME IS KERMIT  QTH IL NR 73844                      QTH=My Location

CQ COL DE W9XA QNI  K                                         QNI = Please Check in now

                                                                                       K = Anyone call

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>QNS QNS  <lists calls separated by a comma>                              QNS=Here’s who is checked in                                                                                                            

 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>(See typical net check in and conversation routines below)

At the end of the CW net:

LAST CALL CQ COL DE W9XA QNI K

NIL                                                                                                       NIL=Nothing heard

COL DE W9XA QRU QNX QNF 73 SK                                            QRU=I’m doneQNX=You’re done

                                                                                       QNF=Closing the net

                                                                                       SK=End of communication

The “Q” prosigns above are special for CW NETS.  They are not required, but speed up the net’s communications and are another fun thing to learn, along with your Morse Code, that makes CW operators special.

When Net Control sends QNI K, those wishing to check in should send only one letter of their call.  Usually use the first letter of your call’s suffix, but if there are often several checkins with the same first letter of their suffix, use any other letter as long as you are prepared to respond when you are acknowledged.  For example, WA9OFH might send “O” so AB9OS could instead send an “S.”  Upon hearing a letter, The NC will send one he heard . . . such as “O.”  When Gary, WA9OFH heard an acknowledgement of the “O” he sent, He checks in with his call, name, QTH and 10-10 number if he has one (Gary does).  After you have sent this information, send BTU or BK which turns it back to NC.   

BTU = Back To You

BK (sent together) = Break

After all checkins are logged, NC will call on each of the checkins to hear what they have to say – if anything. This net is relatively short in length to allow checkins to QSY to the SSB net that starts a half-hour later at 28.720 MHz.