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Posted: 10/4/2010 3:08:16 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/25/2017 2:24:58 PM EST by km]
In this thread some of us were discussing an arfcom net on 3.898 Mhz.
Time we are going to try it is 0130Z wednesday morning. (9:30pm EDT tuesday) If you aren't on eastern time do your own conversion.
Everyone is welcome to join in. Several of us in Indiana have been on 80 meters several times in the last few weeks. This time of evening should give pretty good regional coverage.
If 3.898 is busy we will try to get close to that freq. If we are far off we can post here.
We came up with 3 simple rules that must be followed on this net.(every net needs rules)

1. have fun
2. maybe learn something
3.refer to rule 1
Link Posted: 10/4/2010 7:52:20 PM EST
You need a Preamble.

Let me dig one up for you.


And you can say, "... this net meets on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights at 01:30 UTC on or about 3.998 mhz..."
Link Posted: 10/4/2010 8:20:28 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/19/2010 2:31:17 PM EST by A_Free_Man]
This is a very generic preamble and script, alter as needed:


Is this frequency in use? (pause to listen) Is this frequency in use? (pause to listen)

Hearing nothing...

CQ, CQ, CQ, This is (YOUR CALL) calling the (YOUR NET NAME) net. This is (YOUR CALL), my name is (YOUR NAME), and I am located in (YOUR CITY/STATE).

The (YOUR NET NAME) net meets each (STATE DAYS AND TIMES, both UTC and local time) on or about 3.898 Mhz. This net is an informal round table discussion concerning matters of interest to the members of the (YOUR NET NAME).

When checking into the net, please give your call sign, name, and location. After taking checkins, I will open up the net for any announcements, comments, questions or discussions that anyone may have. All amateurs are welcome to join the net.

––––-

"Is there any emergency or other time sensitive traffic for the net? If so, please call now."

(pause to listen)

"Is there any Health & Welfare traffic for the net? If so, please call now."

(pause to listen)

"Are there any QST's or announcements for the net? If so, please call now."

(pause to listen)

"Are there any QRP or mobile stations that may soon be out of range that would like to check in? Any station may relay. If you are a QRP or mobile station that would like to check in, please call now."

(pause to listen)

"Now taking general checkins. If you would like to check in, please call now."

or

"Any checkins for the (YOUR NET NAME) net, please call now."

––––

"Since there are no additional checkins, at this time I will open the net for general ragchew."

––––

Is there any further business for the net before I close?

Hearing nothing, this is (YOUR CALL) closing tonight's session of the (YOUR NET NAME) net. I would like to thank everyone who participated in the net and those who stood by during the net. The (YOUR NET NAME) net will return next (TIME AND DATE). This is (YOUR CALL) returning the frequency to general amateur use. 73.
Link Posted: 10/4/2010 9:04:55 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/4/2010 9:05:46 PM EST by Mndless]
Cuss... don't have my 80m antenna up yet....

Link Posted: 10/4/2010 9:31:34 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/4/2010 9:32:51 PM EST by CaptSchofield]
Found this an hour late
Link Posted: 10/4/2010 9:43:24 PM EST
Originally Posted By CaptSchofield:
Found this an hour late


it's tomorrow night.
Link Posted: 10/4/2010 9:44:49 PM EST
I'm in another 80 meter net now that has checkins from all over the continental USA. no Alaska or Hawaii on tonight.
Link Posted: 10/4/2010 10:25:31 PM EST
Some think that you can't work nationwide on 80. Tonight I worked CA, TX, MS, MA, CT and many in between. Still some static but it is dropping. In the next few weeks things should get even better.
So give it a try tomorrow if you can.

Link Posted: 10/5/2010 1:46:43 AM EST
Originally Posted By km:
Originally Posted By CaptSchofield:
Found this an hour late


it's tomorrow night.


Duh!
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 6:43:01 AM EST
tag
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 12:07:22 PM EST
I'll try to join in.
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 3:33:18 PM EST
Anybody consider that a digital mode like Olivia would likely expand the area over which stations can be heard?

I gotta imagine 80 meter Olivia would allow pretty much anyone in the US to check in.

Just a thought,,,
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 3:59:01 PM EST
Originally Posted By pcsutton:
Anybody consider that a digital mode like Olivia would likely expand the area over which stations can be heard?

I gotta imagine 80 meter Olivia would allow pretty much anyone in the US to check in.

Just a thought,,,


I'd definitly be up for it. I do more digital than voice.
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 4:12:53 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2010 4:13:11 PM EST by CaptSchofield]
Originally Posted By NAM:
Originally Posted By pcsutton:
Anybody consider that a digital mode like Olivia would likely expand the area over which stations can be heard?

I gotta imagine 80 meter Olivia would allow pretty much anyone in the US to check in.

Just a thought,,,


I'd definitly be up for it. I do more digital than voice.


I think Olivia would be Ok, except for the newbies, It would leave some of them out
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 4:14:59 PM EST
Originally Posted By CaptSchofield:
Originally Posted By NAM:
Originally Posted By pcsutton:
Anybody consider that a digital mode like Olivia would likely expand the area over which stations can be heard?

I gotta imagine 80 meter Olivia would allow pretty much anyone in the US to check in.

Just a thought,,,


I'd definitly be up for it. I do more digital than voice.


I think Olivia would be Ok, except for the newbies, It would leave some of them out


Time for an "ARFCOM HOW TO OLIVIA" thread?

We all have computers, but i'm guessing not all of us have the capability for computer rig control.

Maybe a separate Olivia net after the voice net?
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 6:05:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2010 6:07:07 PM EST by BigDaddy0004]
Originally Posted By NAM:
Time for an "ARFCOM HOW TO OLIVIA" thread?

We all have computers, but i'm guessing not all of us have the capability for computer rig control.

Maybe a separate Olivia net after the voice net?

I'd be interested in learning about using Olivia and any digital mode Arfcom net. Hell, I just got my feet wet with PSK31!
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 6:07:14 PM EST
Wire is up... It tunes on 80... But hasn't been tested... We'll see how she does
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 6:55:51 PM EST
Originally Posted By NAM:
We all have computers, but i'm guessing not all of us have the capability for computer rig control.

I'm sure you don't mean "rig control" since it's a luxury not a necessity. Just sayin'.
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 7:06:07 PM EST
Originally Posted By JaxShooter:
I'm sure you don't mean "rig control" since it's a luxury not a necessity. Just sayin'.


Well.. quite true. I should have worded that differently. I started out with PSK via holding the mic to the speaker, and vice-versa.
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 7:25:27 PM EST
So, is this on for tonight? I'll give it a try from SE NM. Don't know if 100W into a wet spiderweb will do it, but I'll try!
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 7:34:56 PM EST
Still an hour early, but AFAIK, it's still on.
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 7:38:25 PM EST
I will try to check in...

WA8P
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 7:44:23 PM EST
This may sound dumb, but is a 40 meter dipole workable on 80 meters without a tuner? a half-wave dipole would be a quarter wave on 80 right? Or am I totally off base?
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 7:54:29 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2010 7:57:10 PM EST by NAM]
Originally Posted By Bill2k1:
This may sound dumb, but is a 40 meter dipole workable on 80 meters without a tuner? a half-wave dipole would be a quarter wave on 80 right? Or am I totally off base?


Try it. Only one way to find out.

ETA: 3.898 sounds pretty busy right now. lots of nearby traffic.


Strong signal on 3.897.
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 7:56:13 PM EST
haha, I know I can at least listen to that freq range, I've done it before. I may as well put on some pants and get my antenna up.
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 8:03:22 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2010 8:05:57 PM EST by BigDaddy0004]
Originally Posted By Bill2k1:
haha, I know I can at least listen to that freq range, I've done it before. I may as well put on some pants and get my antenna up.


You know, Bill, that radio works indoors, too. It's a lot more comfy inside in your underwear than outside in 40*F freezing your nurples off!
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 8:06:38 PM EST
I'd be in if I didn't have S9+ noise. I can tune up on 80 and even have a KW, but I can't hear shit due to QRM.

However if there's a digi or CW net, I'd be all over it. Anybody interested in doing PSK or CW after the voice net?
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 8:07:29 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2010 8:07:46 PM EST by NAM]
Originally Posted By phurba:
I'd be in if I didn't have S9+ noise. I can tune up on 80 and even have a KW, but I can't hear shit due to QRM.

However if there's a digi or CW net, I'd be all over it. Anybody interested in doing PSK or CW after the voice net?


not sure how long i'll be around afterwards, but if anyone wants to try, I'm monitoring now. Name a freq and mode.
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 8:16:35 PM EST
I'm in a net with some friends from our church. I may be a few minutes late. if someone wants to start it out go ahead. I'll be there as soon as possible.
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 8:26:03 PM EST
I made it on time. My other net just closed. tuning to freq now
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 8:34:19 PM EST
I hear someone under the noise, but can't quite make it out.
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 8:39:43 PM EST
I think it is anothr QSOI am hearing at 3898. Pretty weak though.
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 8:44:42 PM EST
Originally Posted By ClingingBitterly:
I think it is anothr QSOI am hearing at 3898. Pretty weak though.


No that's us
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 8:45:34 PM EST
looks like we have 8 checkins so far
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 8:46:04 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2010 8:46:32 PM EST by BJDFL53]
Trying to call in from Fort Lauderdale, but I think I am too far in the weeds
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 8:47:13 PM EST
I think I just heard someone I had a QSO with on 40 last night. Not coming in too great on 80.
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 8:47:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2010 8:48:20 PM EST by ALKVA]
Originally Posted By RedHotChiliPepper:
I think I just heard someone I had a QSO with on 40 last night. Not coming in too great on 80.


Yep that was me My antenna is pretty low so I'm pretty much NVIS on 80m.
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 8:47:51 PM EST
Okay. I'll wet up the spiderweb a bit and check back!
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 8:51:29 PM EST

Originally Posted By ALKVA:

Yep that was me My antenna is pretty low so I'm pretty much NVIS on 80m.

I actually made out your call pretty well considering band conditions at my QTH.

Everyone must be up Indiana way as I don't even hear one station over the rest.
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 8:53:28 PM EST
I called several times... can hear the net fine, but apparently need to get my antenna a bit higher....

Link Posted: 10/5/2010 8:55:35 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2010 8:57:19 PM EST by RedHotChiliPepper]
Something about an IC-7000 and 46.2 miles. BigDaddy or KM? KM.
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 9:00:09 PM EST
Pretty impressive net tonight, relatively speaking. In other words it was marginal but that's a big improvement over what we've had this summer, which is nothing!

Keith (KA9xxx) was booming into my location (KB1xxx) at S9 and completely readable. I could also hear WOxx, W4xxx and WA8xx all S7 and readable with difficulty.

I'm running an IC7000 through an SG239 into a Cobra Ultralite Senior at 25ft.

FB all!
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 9:01:50 PM EST
Even though conditions were a bit challenging tonight I had a blast. It was great to hear you all and I hope to join you again soon. 73
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 9:02:01 PM EST
Originally Posted By RedHotChiliPepper:
Something about an IC-7000 and 46.2 miles. BigDaddy or KM? KM.

That is the distance between Me and km he is directly east of me

Link Posted: 10/5/2010 9:04:06 PM EST
Most came in pretty well. Net control is 10 over.

Capt. Schofield, you varied from 10 over, to unreadable. sounded like you might have had a problem....or a beam
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 9:05:59 PM EST
km,

Are you located in xxxxxn, IN, your address starts with 2, and your email address ends with 7?
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 9:07:29 PM EST
Dang, I could hear NC about 3X9 for a while, but DSP isn't much help - there is another QSO on the freq, at least one of them a 7 call. Probably 'til I get moved and put up a real antenna I'm not gonna get out of 5 land anywhere lower than 40M. But I'll try again next time!
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 9:09:17 PM EST
well, I think it went pretty good for the first time.
anyone up to trying it some more weeks?
as we get into the winter the band should be getting quieter.
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 9:09:55 PM EST
Nice to hear everyone tonight!
I need to put up another wire for 80m. All I had up for tonight was a NVIS wire antenna and my IC-703 with 5w.
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 9:09:57 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2010 9:10:20 PM EST by SVGA-1]
Sure..I am up for it...BTW km your were 20 over S9 here.
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 9:10:43 PM EST
Originally Posted By RedHotChiliPepper:
km,

Are you located in xxxxxn, IN, your address starts with 2, and your email address ends with 7?


I'm in indiana but my address doesn't start with 2 and my email doesn't have a 7 in it
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