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

M0XTA
5 years ago
M0XTA 5 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

G8CYK
5 years ago
G8CYK 5 years ago

One major problem is that I have no source of 4m signals that I can use to bench mark and compare my antenna efforts.

DA, DB and ER and the other 2/70/6 repeaters provide instant feedback, I can only do this on a Wednesday night at 8pm. Not helpful. I can also use hackgreen for checking 160/80/60/40 transmissions - and Andorra for 40/20m frequently works.

We need to put up a 4m beacon reflector (not a full blown repeater - something you can send a 10 second transmission into that rebroadcasts like the Skype echotest - and maybe with signal strength information added, on the same frequency) in mid essex somewhere . I am advised Ofcom will not object.

M0XTA
5 years ago
M0XTA 5 years ago

Do you have a suggestion where in Essex a 4m beacon will go?.....

Rachel
5 years ago
Rachel 5 years ago

Just ordered up a 3/4 wave vertical antenna from Radiozing off ebay, cost £57:50 including P&P and should be with me on Monday or Tuesday. When it comes, it will be going onto a 5mtr pole on the balcony to replace the small dipole i already have up and hopefully improve my signals both ways. I might even be able to join in on the nets.

Paul M0XMT
5 years ago
Paul M0XMT 5 years ago

Up early this morning so knocked this up from bits from B&Q. For about a tenner. SWR 1.5:1 off the bat and QSO into Basildon with G0UCH first call. 2 x 20mm conduit, 4 elbows, 4m of wire and a bit of terminal block. Google 4M Moxon and click 70mhz.com for the plans. Damn! Essex ham won't let me upload the pix. Pete. Help!

M1ECC
5 years ago
M1ECC 5 years ago

Well done Paul M0XMT you will soon be getting great signals out on 4m band keep up the good work

Paul M0XMT
5 years ago
Paul M0XMT 5 years ago

Sadly I have work things on Wednesday and Thursday so the shiny new moxon will have to wait till next week. I think I have found my favourite diy antenna. I realised that my problem was not making antennas but mounting them. The moxon seems OK just taped to the pole.

M0XTA
5 years ago
M0XTA 5 years ago

A reminder that the net will be on again this evening from 8pm.

I will be running the net on high ground in the centre of Essex. I hope to hear many on!

G0TUD
5 years ago
G0TUD 5 years ago

Listening here QTH Benfleet. Just caught a G7??? and M0??? (probally G7OED & M0LMR?) pop out above the noise, so quick could not get full Callsigns. Phonetics would help. Will try better aerial next week. Alan G0TUD with FT-847.

M0XTA
5 years ago
M0XTA 5 years ago

Guys,

I would like to say thank you to all stations who have participated in my Essex 4M net in the last 2 months. I'm very grateful for your support!

The net is now on break for the X-mas and New Year period and it will start again on Weds 4th Jan 2017 at 8pm - 70.475 FM.

I hope to hear you all then!

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