Roundtables and "Turning it Over"

When more than two amateurs are in a QSO, it is often referred to as a "Roundtable" discussion. Such a QSO's usually go in order from “Amateur A” to “Amateur B” to “Amateur C” ... and eventually back to “Amateur A” again to complete the Roundtable. To keep everyone on the same page, when any one amateur is done making a transmission, they "Turn it Over" to the next station in sequence (or out of sequence, if so desired). Without turning it over to a particular station when there are multiple stations in the QSO, nobody knows who is supposed to go next, and there ends up either being dead silence or several stations talking at once. At the end of a transmission, turn it over to the next station by naming them or giving their callsign, such as "...and that's that. Go ahead Ray." or "....and that's that. Go ahead XYZ." If it's been close to 10 minutes, it's a good time to identify at the same time as well, such as "...and that's that. N3XYZ, go ahead Ray."

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Posted on MAY 01, 2015