The question of where do I tune to to hear something came up at a recent chat at the club site. The suggestion was to check into a net. Most nets are welcoming, will give you an honest signal report, and make tuning suggestions if necessary. They are a good way to check your equipment, and have a good relaxed QSO.
Of the nets in our area the East Coast Amateur Radio Society or ECARS always seems to come in strong. The net is on 7.255 MhZ and is going most of the day. You can read more on them at http://www.ecars7255.com/
For the early birds you can’t beat the Roosters Net. http://www.roosternet.org/
Another way to find nets in the area is through the ARRL’s net directory. Here you can narrow your search by net type, location, or band. http://www.arrl.org/arrl-net-directory-search
For the mother load of nets listed in groupings the following website is also a good resource. http://www.ac6v.com/nets.htm