FAQ

General

When you quick key, you are keying up your radio and talking without giving a 1-2 second pause.  The Win system is a large network, worldwide.  It takes those 2 seconds for all repeaters to TX and your voice heard.  Give it 2 seconds then speak, so we call all hear that first word in your transmission.

The WIN System (Western Intertie Network) is the network of repeaters we use to present the Insomniac Trivia Net each night.  The WIN System is a system of network linked repeaters in various states, countries, IRLP reflector 9100, and Allstar Hub 2560.

You can reference this list of WIN System repeaters to find a repeater near you or while on you are on the road.  http://www.winsystem.org/repeaters/

Trivia Net

Yes, if you do not check into the net you are part of, you can drop off.  Tell your net control operator if you expect to be away more than one week. They will take care of you.

Many controllers will remove you if you miss 2 weeks in a row.

We do not keep or publish players scores. We want everyone to participate and have fun without the pressure of being correct each night.  Instead we do tally general numbers of how many participants there were that particular night. We also tabulate how many players got 1, 2, 3, or 4 answers correct.  In addition we have a special spotted owl for each that get 0 correct but we never announce names.

Each Net Controller has their own style and preference with how they maintain their roster.  Some organize it by location while others organize it by attendance. Each night’s calling order on the roster will be different. Those individuals who become members of the WIN System are given a higher place in the calling order as a way of saying thank you for supporting the WIN system.

The typical calling order is: Net Controllers and System Operators, WIN System Members, Regular Roster, Late and Missed Members of the Regular Roster, and Guests and Visitors to the net.

Every controller will call the roster for the night of the week.  Once the roster is called, Network controllers and net control stations are called for late or missed. Next is the normal roster late or missed.  Once complete, visitors/guests are called.  They will ask for your suffux. (Everything after the number in your callsign.)  Provide it phonetically, twice.  Slowly.

Once you have checked in 2 weeks in a row, in the visitors/guest section, you would be added to that night’s roster.

A net control station is a person running the net for the evening.  They will call on you, on a roster to provide answers to the trivia questions.

The suffix of your callsign is the letters after the number.  An example would be, if the callsign is: AB1CDE, the suffix would be CDE.  We use the suffix of the callsign as a shortened way to call stations during the late and missed section of the net.  We also use the suffix of the callsign during Guest and Visitor check in’s.

Each Net Controller is responsible for developing their own questions for their respective nets.  Some players will on occasion, submit questions to the net controllers. Please play along and answer the questions without help. It’s just funner that way. Google is great but what fun is that?

The question development is probably one of the biggest challenges for our net controllers.  Lots of time and effort go into finding just the right questions that span a large non-geographic knowledge base.

The golden rule for all to remember: The Net Controllers answers are always correct.

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