I'm a new General and have been having a lot of fun making contacts with my 20W G90 on battery power and SOTAbeams dipole set up in the back yard. This weekend, I heard a lot of calls from DX stations I would have liked to contact but they were calling "CQ Contest." I took that to mean that you shouldn't respond unless you were also participating in the contest? I also hear a lot of calls from Nets. They solicit responses from anyone on the frequency but I don't really know anything about nets (other than my club's 2m/70cm ragchews and tech nets) so I don't attempt to contact them. It sounded like the guys were taking turns trying to contact specific calls and using the others on the net to relay the calls? I couldn't really figure it out and didn't listen for long. What's the scoop on contest protocol/etiquette and nets?