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Posted: 3/19/2020 12:46:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: Gyprat]
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Update (03/01/22):
Due to popular demand and improved propagation conditions we are back to doing the net on 40 meters.


ARFCOM (American Radio Friendship Community net), weekly SSB Phone net. Each Tuesday, at 8:00 PM Eastern Time on 40 meters.  

It seems like using UTC time created more confusion in the past, especially among new hams. Most guys here are located within the USA territories and they know how far they are behind (or ahead) of the Eastern Time Zone (New York time).

Sometimes, after the net is over on 40 meters, we will switch to 80 meters to pick up several guys who can't directly check into the net due to skip. Please let NCS know if you want to go to 80 meters after the net.

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Primary 40m Arfcom Frequency: 7.213 Mhz +/- QRM.
Secondary 40m frequency: 7.285 Mhz +/- QRM. We use this frequency most of the time due to the primary frequency being busy.

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Due to the frequent 80m band congestion and multiple "rag chew" nets, it's not practical to use Arfcom frequencies on the 80m band.

We'll post a frequency after we switch to the 80m band.


We'll try to keep it near 3.861 Mhz, +/- QRM (usually +10, -10 Khz but not always)

We'll keep it within the "General Class" portion of the band.


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Everyone is encouraged to participate. Feel free to give us your situation report.
For the newbies: This net is held on shortwave amateur radio frequencies. You need a General, Advanced or Extra class, amateur radio license and all appropriate radio equipment to participate.
Want to become a ham? Read here first. Feel free to ask any questions or post your suggestions.

73!
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 2:26:48 AM EDT
[#1]
Originally Posted By Gyprat:
Let's see who is interested.  If interested, please tell us what time / day of the week works best for you. Should we try 40 meters first? Maybe switch to 80 meters if 40 is not cooperating?
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I'm interested.  For the next month, perhaps three, I am working at home (at the direction of the company for which I am working).  Thus, I could join a net at any time after 1300 UTC, and before 0200 UTC.  I suspect 40 meters could work, and I can do either 40 or 80.  Another possible band would be 20, depending upon the time.

Stay safe.
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 6:47:03 AM EDT
[#2]
I’m a novice at all this stuff. But would love to try to connect if I can.
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 7:19:26 AM EDT
[#3]
I'm open to any day of the week. 1300 UTC is when my day gets busy but I can usually find time. After 0100 UTC to 0300 UTC is best.

I just moved my main 7200 into my office so I can monitor throughout the day. Prob best chance on 40.
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 7:19:58 AM EDT
[#4]
Sounds like a great idea.
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 7:22:40 AM EDT
[#5]
I’d like to try it would all come down to time for me as my station is set up at work.
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 7:28:12 AM EDT
[#6]
in

what happened to the old 80m thread ?

I met a bunch of you guys on SSB 40 & 80, about 10years ago

Link Posted: 3/19/2020 7:36:10 AM EDT
[#7]
I am home for the duration. I will be available at whichever time and freq the rest of you want to give it a go. I don't have a tier one station, but it all works. East Central Illinois if that gives you a rough idea of my qth. ( just south of Champaign County).
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 9:13:10 AM EDT
[#8]
Interested.  Am in SE PA.

73,

de Ray
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 10:36:08 AM EDT
[#9]
I would be interested! I can't get on every week due to working rotating hours, but I would like to improve my HF phone skills and get more proficient on my radios.  Northwest Ohio here.  I like the idea of 40m first, then 80m if needed too.
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 10:39:20 AM EDT
[#10]
I would be interested.
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 11:36:35 AM EDT
[#11]
HF amplifiers are a must...I'm in.  
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 11:38:16 AM EDT
[#12]
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Originally Posted By K9-Bob:
HF amplifiers are a must...I'm in.  
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QRP.....
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 11:43:46 AM EDT
[Last Edit: Colt653] [#13]
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Originally Posted By swampfoxoutdoors:

QRP.....
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QRO

last time we did this, the guys like gyprat and k9bob could be heard ( because they had amps )

the 100watts and mobile guys had a tuffer time on 40 & 80

then somebody, probably pic, tried to take over the 3898 guys, it was pitiful

.....like the japanese at alligator creek

arfcom was mowed down by kilowatts

Link Posted: 3/19/2020 11:53:44 AM EDT
[#14]
Taggage
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 12:56:08 PM EDT
[#15]
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Originally Posted By Derek45:
QRO

last time we did this, the guys like gyprat and k9bob could be heard ( because they had amps )

the 100watts and mobile guys had a tuffer time on 40 & 80

then somebody, probably pic, tried to take over the 3898 guys, it was pitiful

.....like the japanese at alligator creek

arfcom was mowed down by kilowatts

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Originally Posted By Derek45:
Originally Posted By swampfoxoutdoors:

QRP.....
QRO

last time we did this, the guys like gyprat and k9bob could be heard ( because they had amps )

the 100watts and mobile guys had a tuffer time on 40 & 80

then somebody, probably pic, tried to take over the 3898 guys, it was pitiful

.....like the japanese at alligator creek

arfcom was mowed down by kilowatts

I'm gonna be running barefoot, would love to have an amp someday but I don't play radio enough to justify the cost.  Maybe if I got one, I'd use it more... hmmm
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 1:00:59 PM EDT
[#16]
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Originally Posted By K9-Bob:
HF amplifiers are a must...I'm in.  
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Yep.  Only way to go on SSB.

But if we do it on 20m during the daytime, I'll give it a shot with my 100w.  40m on my random wire with 10w.....not even worth trying.
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 1:01:37 PM EDT
[#17]
I'm down for it if we do it in the evening.

I don't have 80m but I can do 40m.
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 1:23:11 PM EDT
[#18]
I used to get into the old net with my FT-857, then TS480HX and TARHEEL II mobile

May have to print up some more QSL cards

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Link Posted: 3/19/2020 1:31:57 PM EDT
[#19]
Id give it a try. 20, 40 or 80m works. Anytime after 4pm central, any day.
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 2:06:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: Alembic] [#20]
I can do after 2100 hrs EDT, except for Monday and Wednesday. Anywhere on 40 meters and up to 3.810 on 80. Prefer 40.

Running 100w only but eyeing amps this weekend. Could pick up an AL-80B f the seller is willing to meet me halfway ~200 miles
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 4:43:17 PM EDT
[#21]
I will give it a shot with what I have.  I'm only rocking a 40M dipole and 100w at the moment, but I'll try my darndest.  
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 4:57:47 PM EDT
[#22]
I would be interested. Dunno when I'll be able to play. About to tear my station down for a move.
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 5:06:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: penrod72] [#23]
I am good with this. Not sure if it would make sense to start on 20, then move down in freq.
Also working from home mostly, so days and time can be flexible.

Avoid Mondays during day before 4:00 eastern if possible please.
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 5:06:38 PM EDT
[#24]
I am good with this. Not sure if it would make sense to start on 20, then move down in freq.
Also working from home mostly, so days and time can be flexible.

Avoid Mondays if possible please during day
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 7:03:22 PM EDT
[#25]
I'm available almost all the time, I do however step out now & again.
Please keep it in the General class range.
Thanks
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 7:29:52 PM EDT
[#26]
I would love to check in on a net with the guys around here. Probably 40 or 20 for me. If you get something worked out I'll certainly try to join in once in awhile.
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 9:25:18 PM EDT
[#27]
Count me in. If I'm not at work when you hold it I'll join in if I hear you. I have talked to Gyprat on 40 meters before, so I know I can talk to him. The way my dipole is oriented it talks good North and South. The farthest west I've ever made contact was Texas. I'll sure give it a try.
Link Posted: 3/19/2020 11:26:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: rara1141] [#28]
Interested.  Las Vegas, NV - Evenings better  furloughed today so anytime !
Link Posted: 3/20/2020 12:03:57 AM EDT
[#29]
I should have my hf sorted tomorrow and since I'm working from home I'm game to try anytime.
Link Posted: 3/20/2020 12:59:49 AM EDT
[#30]
Interested from SE FL.  Open to times, days and bands.

73

BJD
Link Posted: 3/20/2020 8:23:01 AM EDT
[#31]
I'm WFH also, so I'd likely be able to join.

Las Vegas
Link Posted: 3/20/2020 9:02:46 AM EDT
[#32]
So looks like there is a interest.

14.250  1900 CT everyday

7250  same time everyday

If it doesn't work out we try something different

73
Link Posted: 3/20/2020 12:28:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: Jester_MP] [#33]
I'll be sitting in front of the radio most all of the next foreseeable future, tell me a freq area to monitor and I'll just haing out there.

I'll sit at 7250 during the weekday, just call cq arfcom and If I hear ya I'll answer. NW PA.
Link Posted: 3/20/2020 12:34:07 PM EDT
[#34]
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Originally Posted By Apple123:

14.250  1900 CT everyday

7250  same time everyday
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Is there a "bridge" between 14.250 and 7.250, since our net is on both frequencies at the same time?

1900 CT?  So, 0000 UTC.

I'll try 7.250 first, since that seems to be reasonable at that time of the evening.
Link Posted: 3/20/2020 1:06:52 PM EDT
[#35]
7.250 will probably have AM broadcast at night
Link Posted: 3/20/2020 2:16:06 PM EDT
[#36]
We don't have to use amps. Perhaps this net will motivate us to improve our current antennas.
40 meters will probably be our best choice. It seems like 80 meters has turned into another CB band by a bunch of entitled individuals who think they own 'their frequencies'.

What if we do a trial run this weekend? Say, Saturday evening?
Link Posted: 3/20/2020 2:18:08 PM EDT
[#37]
I'll try to be listening this evening as well as tomorrow.
Link Posted: 3/20/2020 4:32:18 PM EDT
[#38]
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Originally Posted By Gyprat:
We don't have to use amps. Perhaps this net will motivate us to improve our current antennas.
40 meters will probably be our best choice. It seems like 80 meters has turned into another CB band by a bunch of entitled individuals who think they own 'their frequencies'.

What if we do a trial run this weekend? Say, Saturday evening?
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Lets do Arf primary on 40 - 7.213 at 0100UTC (2100EDT)
Link Posted: 3/20/2020 6:10:38 PM EDT
[#39]
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Originally Posted By LT_Beaker:

Lets do Arf primary on 40 - 7.213 at 0100UTC (2100EDT)
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Fine with me. I just need to be on another net at 10 pm ET.
Let's see if this time works for the rest of the crew. If not, propose a different time.
Link Posted: 3/20/2020 6:34:40 PM EDT
[#40]
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Originally Posted By LT_Beaker:

Lets do Arf primary on 40 - 7.213 at 0100UTC (2100EDT)
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I’ll see if I can get on there. It’ll be my first time on HF.
Link Posted: 3/20/2020 6:42:30 PM EDT
[#41]
When the weather breaks, and I can get my HF antennas installed, I'll have time anytime.
Link Posted: 3/20/2020 7:17:24 PM EDT
[#42]
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Originally Posted By Gyprat:


Fine with me. I just need to be on another net at 10 pm ET.
Let's see if this time works for the rest of the crew. If not, propose a different time.
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Firing Up ye old Hollow state coax tester
Link Posted: 3/20/2020 7:25:39 PM EDT
[#43]
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Originally Posted By Derek45:

7.250 will probably have AM broadcast at night
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It's 23:22 UTC now and there is a very strong broadcast station coming in. I believe the language they are speaking is Spanish so I don't even know where it's from. My friend Jorge isn't here to translate.
Link Posted: 3/20/2020 7:51:39 PM EDT
[#44]
not a lot of space on 40m tonight

Link Posted: 3/20/2020 8:10:35 PM EDT
[#45]
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Originally Posted By Gyprat:
We don't have to use amps. Perhaps this net will motivate us to improve our current antennas.
40 meters will probably be our best choice. It seems like 80 meters has turned into another CB band by a bunch of entitled individuals who think they own 'their frequencies'.

What if we do a trial run this weekend? Say, Saturday evening?
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What's going on with 80? More 14.313 chaos? I'm not on 80 right now anyway just curious
Link Posted: 3/20/2020 8:16:14 PM EDT
[#46]
yea to be honest its been worse then that, like CB channel 6 on 5 or 6 different frequencies
Link Posted: 3/20/2020 8:31:33 PM EDT
[#47]
Alright been on 20 and 40 calling my head off and not one answer. So I guess this was a lost cause. If we are going to do this let's make it every night screw the Saturday night shit. I'm past 80 and Im not waiting week to week. There's "Germs" out there trying to kill me

Got on 7213 and talked to a station in La, didn't know anything about Arfcom.

Did anyone hear anyone?
Link Posted: 3/20/2020 8:32:00 PM EDT
[#48]
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Originally Posted By LTCetme:


What's going on with 80? More 14.313 chaos? I'm not on 80 right now anyway just curious
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Originally Posted By LTCetme:
Originally Posted By Gyprat:
We don't have to use amps. Perhaps this net will motivate us to improve our current antennas.
40 meters will probably be our best choice. It seems like 80 meters has turned into another CB band by a bunch of entitled individuals who think they own 'their frequencies'.

What if we do a trial run this weekend? Say, Saturday evening?


What's going on with 80? More 14.313 chaos? I'm not on 80 right now anyway just curious

I have 80 meter capability, and it works better than 40, but it's horrible right now. I think 11 meter was more civil back in the 80's. People seem to lay claim to "their" frequency and only they and the ones they approve can use it. I've heard some of the most vulgar things said over the air on 80. When I first got my Tech back in 94, they made you believe if you did things like that the FCC would revoke your ticket and take your gear. I guess nobody fears that anymore.
Link Posted: 3/20/2020 8:34:58 PM EDT
[#49]
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Originally Posted By Apple123:
Alright been on 20 and 40 calling my head off and not one answer. So I guess this was a lost cause. If we are going to do this let's make it every night screw the Saturday night shit. I'm past 80 and Im not waiting week to week. There's "Germs" out there trying to kill me

Got on 7213 and talked to a station in La, didn't know anything about Arfcom.

Did anyone hear anyone?
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Give a call. I'm on 7.213 right now. If you're west of the Mississippi River I won't hear you.
Link Posted: 3/20/2020 8:38:29 PM EDT
[#50]
I need to trim my antenna because it stinks on 40M.  I don't hear anyone on 7213.
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