To become a Rooster member, you need to check-in 20 times in a 90-day period between 0600 and 0700 Eastern Time. Keeping track of those check ins is the responsibility of the candidate.
Upon completion of the 20th, he or she should let the net control know you are ready to "crow in". They will ask for 5 Roosters to act as judges. You may be asked to make a transmission to confirm the judges are hearing you.
You will then be given the following list of 5 things you need to complete (perform) in order on air.
1. Climb up on the back of your chair.
2. Face the east.
3. Flap your wings.
4. Announce your call sign.
5. Then crow like a ROOSTER!
When you have completed the list/performance to the satisfaction of the judges, you have become an official, numbered Rooster.
Don't be surprised if you do not pass on your first try. Our highly experienced judges can be and are, shall we say, sticklers, and have a strict set of rules they must follow.
So here are a few tips to help you along the way.
Keep in mind this is theater of the mind, like old time radio was in it's hay day. Announce each step as you perform it, and do them in order. Also "Cocka Doodle Do" just will not cut it as roosters do not have lips! A good crow comes from the gut and sounded in the throat.
You will then be given instructions on what information we collect for our membership database, and where to send same via email.
You will then be asked to offer a brief acceptance speech.
Believe it, or not there really is a reason for this madness;-) Simply our intention is to deeply know our members. It is from the camaraderie both on, and off the air that makes us who we are. Plus we are proud of it! We also have learned that being a Rooster is not for everyone. Unfortunately we have lost prospects along the way. However we also have many other operators who check in semi-regularly just because they may have a friend who is, or just enjoys our net. We hope you will too!