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Are You New to HF?
Are You New to Ham Radio?
OMISS is the place for you!
W
hat a welcome back to amateur radio OMISS has
been. In the late 60’s I got a Novice ticket
WN5AMJ and enjoyed working CW from my old Heathkit
DX-60 transmitter and HR-10 receiver, with a fan invertedV up about 20’. Now 40 odd years later my wife Linda
suggested I get back
into ham radio as I
approached retirement (probably to
keep me out of her
hair). I did and got
my General Class
ticket on January 12,
2010, as KF5ENB
and later changed
my call on February
12, 2010 to W5JDF. On May 25, 2010, I passed the test
for my Amateur Extra Class license, and received it on
June 1, 2010.
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www.omiss.net
The Friendly Place For New Amateurs!
Greetings, fellow amateurs!
My name is Charlie W4UZI, and I’m the
current President of the OM International Sideband Society.
Known as O.M.I.S.S., we are a Worked
All States and Awards-type net, forever
dedicated to promoting goodwill to all
Amateur Radio Operators.
On behalf of OMISS, I’d like to take this
opportunity to invite you to check us out. We are a fun group of
Amateur Operators from all walks of life, from all over the country, and from all over the world. You do not have to be a member
to check in—OMISS welcomes all Amateurs.
OMISS operates in the general portion of seven different bands
(10m, 15m, 17m, 20m, 40m, 80m, and 160m). We conduct at least
three nets each day, and on the weekends, there are multiple
nets to enjoy. Having over 8000 member stations on our roster,
it won’t be long before you will get the chance to work stations
in all fifty states. Add to this, the many DX stations who check
in, and you will soon realize that the OMISS community is truly
worldwide in its scope.
My first contact as a new General Class was K4QND,
Harry in Memphis, TN., on 40M. I made the contact on my
new/old Kenwood TS-530s on a long wire from the peak
of the house to a tree across the yard. I later put up an
OCF Inverted V and eventually a three element tri-bander,
and more.
Would you like to earn your Worked All States Award quickly?
OMISS is the place to do it. In addition to the basic WAS Award
offered to our members, OMISS also offers dozens of other
unique and challenging awards.
I
ran across the OMISS Nets on 20M in April of 2010.
On April 17th I worked K2RND #6845 and N8DY #4833
to become an OMISS Life Member. I have been addicted
to OMISS ever since as
OMISS #6949. I enjoy pursuing the awards, achieving
my WAS on 15M, 17M, 20M,
40M, and 80M, and working
on 160M. I also got the
OMISS Membership Award
(Mixed), OMISS DX Award,
and Statehood Award
(Mixed) and many others.
Following my retirement in March of 2011, I had another
goal realized by becoming a certified OMISS Net Control
Station and then went on to become the 20m Net Coordinator for OMISS.
OMISS is a great bunch of guys who have made this a
great hobby for me, and I look forward to becoming more
involved with OMISS. Since retiring in 2011, I now devote
full time to my career as a Honey Do'er for the XYL and
being a HAM.
W5JDF, OMISS #6949, Jerry in Vernon, TX.
Want to save money while sending and receiving QSL Cards?
OMISS operates a free, world-class QSL Bureau.
NETLOGGER SCREENSHOT
The OMISS Nets have been operating continuously since 1981.
During this thirty years of being on the air, we have maintained
the long and proud tradition of welcoming and extending friendship to all Radio Amateurs. Several of our members have been
checking in for many years, resulting in countless long-term
friendships being formed over the air. Check in as often as you
wish. You don’t need a big signal to participate–we have stations running QRP mixed right in with stations running a full
kilowatt. So, don’t be bashful. Jump on in and check in with us.
We will be glad to help you get started.
Sound like fun? We certainly think so! We look forward to welcoming you to OMISS and helping you achieve the most possible enjoyment from our nets. If you want to obtain more information about the OM International Sideband Society, please
visit our state-of-the-art website located at: www.omiss.net.
There, you will find everything you ever wanted to know about
OMISS.
Best regards and 73….. Catch you down the log.
Charlie W4UZI
OM International Sideband Society (OMISS)
President
OMISS
OMISS NET FREQUENCIES AND TIMES
CHECKINS USUALLY 30 MINUTES
PREVIOUS TO NET START
Band
Freq
Day/Time
Net Coordinator
160M
1.930
MHz
Sat & Sun
0400 UTC**
KE5WDI, Danny
#6421
80M
3.942
MHz
Daily
0200 UTC
KJ4KKB, Edwin
#6915
80M
Late
3.942
MHz
Sat & Sun
0500 UTC**
KJ4KKB, Edwin
#6915
40M
7.185
MHz
Daily
0100 UTC
W0VD, Dan #4162
40M
Late
7.185
MHz
Sat & Sun
0400 UTC
W0VD, Dan #4162
20M
14.290
MHz
Daily
1830 UTC
W5JDF, Jerry #6949
17M
18.165
MHz
Sat & Sun
1900 UTC
N7YLZ, Dean #7824
15M
21.395
MHz
Sat & Sun
1700 UTC
K6HP, Ed #7019
10M
28.665
MHz
Sat & Sun
1800 UTC
ND8F, Homer #774
** Seasonal Winter schedule: These Nets begin during the
last weekend of October and end the first weekend of
April.
Please check our website at WWW.OMISS.NET for
updates about special events and expanded nets on
holidays.
While visiting our website, please check out Netlogger. It
is a FREE program that provides REAL-TIME check-ins
plus a chat window during the net. Netlogger also tracks
contacts, and it has the ability to printout QSL Cards.
COMMENTS FROM MEMBERS
F
or many, if not most of us, Amateur Radio is an
exhilarating hobby. Making the giant leap from
Technician to General or Extra class is a monumental
achievement. Once that new FFC license is hung
proudly on the wall the question is where do we go to
get our feet wet? CQing is awkward for many of us if
not downright intimidating; likewise for jumping into an
existing “rag chew”. However, this is where the OMISS
nets come to our rescue.
T
he OM International Sideband Society is an
Awards type net with its primary focus on newer
Amateurs ready to jump into
the wild world of radio communications. With a huge
membership dating back to
the early 1980s, OMISS has
been an introduction for
many with limited “on air”
experience. OMISS conducts nets on seven bands,
so, it is easy to find a net
that fits your schedule.
The OMISS membership is
one of the finest groups of
individuals anywhere on the
amateur bands. After your call sign is heard, our Net
Controllers and relays provide a clear and inviting opportunity to join. Not only do we exchange signal reports over the air but we supplement interactive communication in real time over the internet using a program called Netlogger. This program keeps track of
who is online by position number and shows information such as Call Sign, OMISS number, state and so
on. Netlogger also features a small chat window called
AIM [Almost Instant Messenger], where logged members pass information and comments..
As a member myself for about three years, I have
found the OMISS nets to be almost addictive as I establish new friends and keep in touch with old ones.
Often I think maybe the organization should change
the name to the OFISS.net [Old Friends International
Single Sideband Society]. Becoming a member is an
easy and very rewarding process. All hams General
Class or higher are welcome to join!
73 Jack [AKA OJ]
N7BBX #6437, Arizona
COMMENTS FROM MEMBERS
A
s a new ham, I was welcomed into
the OMISS network with open arms.
Still mike shy and not knowing exactly
what I should be doing, the old timers running the net were patient and understanding. They were a perfect example of how I
should conduct myself on the air. As I progressed in my technique and skill, they
gave me the opportunity to run some of
the nets. I also get great encouragement
from the other members. I have made
what I believe are going to be long lasting
radio friendships with OMISS.
Kurt Cathcart, KR2C OM #5916
“What you have stumbled across is the
OMISS Net…” With those kind words
from the Net Control station, I was welcomed into the
finest group of
amateur radio
operators
for
which one could
ever ask. Since
that
chance
check in on a
May night, I
have been a
regular participant on the OMISS nets, have made
thousands of contacts, and have made
many, many friends. OMISS is like a big
family. Whether trying to make a contact
with a station, looking for a solution to a
problem, or just wanting company, everyone on OMISS is there. Now, I like to
turn the tables by giving the warmest welcome I can to those checking in for the
first time.
Bob, K9UDX OM #6508
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