As described in detail in our Bylaws, to become a CWops member you must be capable of sending and receiving International Morse Code (CW) at no less than 25 words per minute and should be capable of carrying on a conversation in English using CW. The membership process requires that you be nominated by a current member and sponsored by three other members, all of whom have worked you twice within the previous 12 months. The nomination process must be completed within a period of five months.
Once you have your sponsors, you will receive an email invitation to join that outlines the registration and dues requirements. The dues are $12/year, 5 years for $50, or the lifetime option of $100. To help speed the membership process, you may want to participate in the weekly CWT sessions, make schedules with existing members, or even solicit sponsorships from members you have worked in the last year at 25+ wpm.
Feel free to check Membership Roster to see who our members are. Also, look for members on the air “on the 8’s,” i.e., x.008, x.018, x.028, x.038, etc., and feel free to arrange schedules with members you know.
Sponsoring new members
Current members may nominate or sponsor prospective CWops members by going to the “Members Only” page on this website. Follow the “Nomination Form” link. You can also track current nominations by following the “Nomination Status Report” in the Members Only area.
Note: All sponsors must include the reasons for sponsorship, including why the nominee qualifies for membership. They also must state that they have had CW radio contact with the nominee on at least two occasions within the previous 12 months.
We have set up two methods to pay your annual dues: via PayPal or personal check. The preferred way is to use PayPal. The PayPal system takes credit cards if you don’t have a PayPal account.
Click here to pay your dues.
If you prefer to send a check (US members only), make it payable to “CWops” and send it to our Treasurer:
Craig Thompson, K9CT
1603 N HOLIDAY LN
TRIVOLI, IL 61569-9643
If you have questions, please contact Craig via email.
We look forward to welcoming you as a CWops member and joining in the CW fun