Monday Night Net 01 Feb 2016

Handheld Microphone The Essex Ham Monday Night Net for 01st February 2016 started at 8pm local time on GB3DA, the 2m repeater located at Danbury, near Chelmsford.

Live Chat: During the Net, we run an Internet chatroom. Go to to get chatting during our nets – You need to create a free Essex Ham account to access our chatroom.
Internet Feed: Not in range of GB3DA? Several Internet feeds are available, including: Monday Night Net uStream (Thanks to Nick M0NFE) – There’s also Essex Ham’s Audio Feed (In BETA, and not always online). On a Smartphone, try SouthEastRadio on Zello

Net Attendees

Here’s the attendance list for this week’s net:

  1. Pete M0PSX, Southend-on-Sea
  2. Paul G7BHE, Paul, Mobile near South Woodham
  3. Rachel G6AMY, Ockendon
  4. Brian 2E0WHB, Chelmsford
  5. Dorothy M0LMR, Basildon
  6. Steve G4GHO, Chelmsford
  7. Colin M1EAK, St Osyth (first time)
  8. Terry G4POP, Burnham
  9. Tim M6LXG, Hertford – Operating portable on just 3 watts.
  10. Dean 2E0CZR, Kent
  11. Steve 2E0UEH, Southend-on-Sea
  12. David M1ECC, Basildon
  13. M6NCR – Readable, just, but a struggle
  14. Ozzie G1OFL, Kent
  15. Keith M0KNG, Billericay
  16. Laura M6LHT, Southend
  17. Keith G1NHW, Wickford
  18. Jim 2E0JTW, Hullbridge
  19. Neil G0RNU, Tilbury
  20. Dean 2E0DSX, Witham
  21. Rob G1XNC, Rainham
  22. Nick M0NFE, Westcliff
  23. Nick M0NIB, Brentwood
  24. Gordon 2E0IRX, Witham
  25. John G3ZJZ, Hockley
  26. Lisa M6KIS, Witham
  27. Glynis 2E0CUQ, Hullbridge
  28. James 2E1GUA, Chelmsford
  29. Sarah M6PSK, Southend
  30. Richard G7OED, Basildon
  31. Kristian M0SSK, Basildon
  32. Paul M0DVD, South Woodham Ferrers

32 people – Smashing our previous record of 26 in 2013

The workpad from the Monday Night Net 01 Feb 2016
The workpad from the Monday Night Net 01 Feb 2016

Topics for the evening, as follows:

In tonight’s net, here’s what was discussed:

  • Thanks to Rachel G6AMY for an update on the Thurrock Acorns SOS Day
  • Discussion of the MARTS ISS talk by Steve M1ACB
  • The Suffolk RED skills night last week – excellent event
  • RAYNET – What’s it role today?
  • Reminder that this Saturday at 8pm is the Essex YL Net
  • The Essex Ham Kitten Video
  • Sunday – CANVEY RALLY – Doors open at 10:30am
  • The next Thurrock Acorns 2m activity day is set for the 26th of March 2016
  • Airlink – Check what obstructions are blocking line-of-sight
  • St George’s Day event – 23 April at Galleywood Common

Happy Hamming!

The future of amateur radio

The net was set to wrap up just after 10:30pm, but a debate started about the future of amateur radio, which ran for another 3 hours. Lots, and lots, and lots discussed. The highlights:

  • 2m is quiet – Solution… Run more nets. Rather than complaining about the lack of activity… pick a time, promote it on Facebook or Twitter, and run a net. It’s not an accident that Monday’s Net gets ~20 people a week, you know – it’s because people gravitate
  • The Internet is killing amateur radio. Is it? Really? Mixed opinions on this one, but we all entered the hobby because of “radio”, so it will always be the driver. Yes, there are Internet modes and VoIP, and yes, there are Echolink, DMR and D-Star repeaters that use the Internet… but it’s still all about the magic of radio that brings us together
  • Newcomers leave – We don’t do ourselves any favours. Club nights on overly technical (or unrelated topics) are all well and good, but what about the newbies?
  • Low amounts of new blood – here we also don’t do ourselves any favours. Sitting under headphones, backs to the public, on a Morse key does not inspire others
  • The missed opportunity of the ISS publicity
  • Essex Ham, and why only some of the clubs want to use it
  • Public events – more and better
  • Elmers to help newbies stick with the hobby
  • Clubs offering construction nights for beginners
  • Higher power limits – Do people progress to get more power, or to learn and show they’re committed to learning and the hobby?

A very productive session – not everyone agreed, but the 8 gents that stayed to the end, understood and discussed  things openly and honestly.

We finally wrapped up at 01:25am – And I finished writing this at 1:50am


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Pete M0PSX, hosting the Essex Ham Monday Night Net
Pete M0PSX, hosting the Essex Ham Monday Night Net


Thanks & Disclaimer

Essex Repeater Group LogoEssex Ham would like to thank the Essex Repeater Group for allowing us to use the GB3DA for our weekly net. This repeater, together with GB3ER, GB3DB and GB7ZP are managed by volunteers. ERG would appreciate your support which can be by membership or donation, online at
Please note that the Monday Night Net is recorded for the protection of our participants. Audio from repeaters around the UK, including GB3DA, may be streamed online and via web SDRs.
The views and opinions expressed by participants of the Monday Night Net do not necessarily reflect the views of Essex Ham.

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