Radio Etiquette


Hey everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio. This past Sunday I was lucky enough to be off during one of my local Christmas Parades. This parade is one that my ham radio club always helps with. Due to my job, I am not always able to help with club functions or make the monthly meetings but I do when I can.

When I was active in the club, I had been an officer since the club started in 1995 and was/am Vice President of it the last time I was able to go. I assume that since I haven’t made but one of two meetings in the past year or two that I am no longer VP.

One of the other things that I did in the club was Chief Net Control. With that aspect of my job, I did at least an annual training on net or radio etiquette if net operations. One of the main topics in my training was listening and paying attention to what was going on during the net. It doesn’t matter if you are the net control or a net operator, you should always be listening to what is going on and what is being said.

By doing this, at the very least, it will keep you from asking the same question that someone else just did. At the most it will keep you from interrupting someone trying to get important information or that is having an emergency.

During our Christmas parade event this past Sunday, I am sorry to say, but it appears that something is lacking. Several times during the net, I noticed that people were walking over each other or not paying attention to what else was going on and transmitted when they shouldn’t have.

This is one thing that everyone that has a license should be use to and I wouldn’t think that this would be an issue. Whether you are participating in a net or just in everyday QSOs you should be practicing this.

I wonder if this is a problem in other club? Has your club ever had this problem on a net? Leave a comment below.

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