[AMRadio] roundtable ettiquette

Jim Wilhite w5jo at brightok.net
Thu Jun 23 21:31:17 EDT 2005

Everyone has had good advice for PJ and I want to add that anyone who would 
inquire here before flipping the transmit switch is welcome into any 
conversation he hears W5JO.

In the past few decades we have complained about those who do not ask and do 
some of the things Grant mentioned.  PJ you are to be commended on wanting 
to do things right, congratulations and welcome to the group.

Most everyone will work with you as time goes by, just announce your call 
and listen to how the group participates.  Here in the Southwest things are 
a little different than on the East coast.  Just don't be intimidated.

>From me, thanks for asking.

73  Jim

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Grant Youngman" <nq5t at comcast.net>
To: "'Discussion of AM Radio'" <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2005 8:01 PM
Subject: RE: [AMRadio] roundtable ettiquette

>> Is there anywhere printed the 'netiquette' type of rules for
>> joining and leaving a voice communications (AM) round table?
> It's pretty loose :-)
> 1.  Find someplace besides right smack dab on top of the existing round
> table to tune up.
> 2.  Wait for someone to turn it to the next person in the rotation and 
> just
> throw out your call.  "Break <your call> works, too.  AM'ers  generally
> leave a "space" between transmissions just for this purpose.  If it's a 
> more
> VOX-like exchange in progress, wait for a break and then announce 
> yourself.
> Virtually all AM QSO's welcome anyone that happens by.
> 3.  Leaving is about the same.  Let people know you're going, that this 
> will
> be your last transmission, etc.  Don't just vanish.  If you have to leave
> out of turn, use that space between transmissions to jump in quickly and 
> let
> folks know you're going, then pass it to the person that was next in the
> rotation.
> 4.  The bigger the group, the shorter your transmissions ought to get.
> There's nothing worse than a roundtable of 6-8 or more people all making
> long old buzzard transmissions -- it can be an hour (or longer) before you
> get to open your mouth again :-)
> What else? -- I don't know --- leave the bodily noises outside the radio
> room, and remember that you probably have a bigger general audience on AM
> than you would on sidband.  If I'm working in the room but not 
> participating
> I'd MUCH rather listen to an interesting AM QSO than the other stuff ...
> Grant/NQ5T

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