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The Essex 4m FM Weekly Net? (29 replies)

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M0XTA
4 years ago
M0XTA 4 years ago

Hi Guys,
I am thinking about starting an Essex-Wide 4m (70MHz) FM net either on a Wednesday or Thursday evening.
Saying that, I believe something like this needs to be done to encourage existing 4m users and also gain new 4m users within Essex to come onto the 4m band, using it in general and participating in the weekly net.
Other than my proposed Weds or Thurs evenings from 8pm? Can anyone else think of a better day or time? (I can't do Tuesday or Friday evenings)
I would like all who reads this to lend me their support in my idea and give me their help and feedback.
Please let me know and I need to promote the 4m band within Essex and show it can be a shining success and spread all over the UK!
Thanks,

Selim M0XTA

Rachel
4 years ago
Rachel 4 years ago

Hi Selim, i couldn't do a thursday night as i am on the acorns net. I think a wednesday night might be good as there are not many nets on that night.

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Paul M0XMT
4 years ago
Paul M0XMT 4 years ago

Hi Selim, I'd be interested. I have a rig that will do it.

Paul M0XMT

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M1ECC
4 years ago
M1ECC 4 years ago

Wednesday night as i will be running my 2m gb3da net Thursday from 8pm

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Paul M0XMT
4 years ago
Paul M0XMT 4 years ago

Salim I contacted Dave 2E0TRF tonight so i know i can get out now. So deffo up for anything you have planned for 4M. I can only do FM at the mo

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M0XTA
4 years ago
M0XTA 4 years ago

I've decided to start the Essex 4M net on Wednesday Evenings from 8pm on 70.475 FM.

I hope to catch many of you on!

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Paul M0XMT
4 years ago
Paul M0XMT 4 years ago

OK lets see if I can come up with something a bit more reliable than my fishing pole setup before next Wednesday. I'm also looking at 4m to 10m transvertors on ebay. £38 for the basic kit to £100 ish for ready built. SSB included :-) Might be able to tempt some peeps who have 10M capability already. It was only my first QSO but seemed a lot more reliable for me than 2M. Lets see how we go..

Gordon M6IRX / 2E0IRX
Gordon M6IRX / 2E0IRX
4 years ago

Sounds great! Looking forward to it. Is this definitely on for Wed 12th then? I hope you get lots of success with this.

G4HTZ
G4HTZ
4 years ago
G4HTZ 4 years ago

Great idea selim ...4m coverage is a lot better than 2m ..operating on 4m will encourage people to improve their stations , antennas , coax etc etc .....can't see much point in 2m nets working through DA and other repeaters...which were originally meant to be for mobile use I may add ....all it proves is that you can get into a repeater...not difficult And doesn't encourage anyone to improve their station !!!!!

Pete M0PSX
Pete M0PSX
4 years ago
Pete M0PSX 4 years ago

It's great that Selim's running the 4m net - Please do your best to support Selim in this.
Steve G4HTZ: Yes, accessing a local repeater doesn't require much in the way of a technical challenge for many, but a 2m net has a huge number of advantages - open to most people, not expensive and doesn't require much in the way of hardware. Agreed, it may not push the boundaries of the hobby, but it does provide an excellent starting ground for newcomers, and most importantly, connects people together. Our net typically gets around 15-20 people a week together to ask questions, share knowledge and chat - lots of friendships have been made. Over 120 people have taken part so far this year, so there's demand. Hopefully as well as joining Selim this Wednesday, you'll perhaps join us on a Monday some day too - perhaps to explain the benefits of other bands / modes and encourage some activity elsewhere on the amateur bands?

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G7OED
4 years ago
G7OED 4 years ago

Dorothy and I cannot make the 1st week but will be up laindon hills for the 2nd one so long as we have the car back.

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