Monday Night Net 08 May 2017

Monday Night Net MNN LogoOur Monday Night Net launched back in 2011 and is still going strong. Everyone’s welcome to join, especially those who’ve recently got their licence and are looking for help with getting started in the hobby.

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The Essex Ham Monday Night Net for the 8th of May 2017 started at 8pm local time on GB3DA, the 2m repeater located at Danbury, near Chelmsford. Here’s a quick summary of who joined this week’s net, and what was discussed…

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 the GB3DA? Several Internet feeds are available, including: Essex Ham’s Audio Feed , Essex Ham on TuneIn or the Monday Night Net uStream (Thanks to Nick M0NFE). On a Smartphone, GB3DA is sometimes streamed on the SouthEastRadio Zello channel


Net Attendees

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

  1. Pete M0PSX, Southend-on-Sea (in the chair)
  2. Rachel G6AMY, South Ockendon
  3. Steve G4GHO, Chelmsford (Steve’s final net, now that he’s moving away
  4. Dorothy M0LMR, Basildon
  5. Paul G7BHE, South Woodham Ferrers
  6. William G8CYK, Dunmow
  7. Keith M0KNG, Billericay
  8. James 2E1GUA, Chelmsford
  9. David M1ECC, Basildon
  10. Glen G7BJQ, Barling
  11. Dave M1AMI, Colchester
  12. Steve G8UDD
  13. David M0WDG, Kent
  14. Sid 2E1HAT, Laindon
  15. Jay M6JVD, Shoebury
  16. Gary G0BDY, Brentwood

The Net wrapped up at 11:15pm

Monday Night Net Participants 2016
Map of Monday Night Net Participants 2016

Topics for the evening, as follows:

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

  • BBC Panoroma – Worth a watch for talk of how much we’re exposing on Facebook
  • Well done to the two successful Orsett Air Cadets who’ve just passed their Foundation
  • Remembering Dave Speechley from SEARS. It was his funeral and wake today
  • Next Monday is a Skills Night, including the first auction organised by David M1ECC and Mike G4NVT
  • Several local hams have a broadcast radio connection
  • Remember h2g2? The BBC’s online predecessor to Wikipedia, with a hint of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
  • The magic band – 6m
  • Clubs!! (See below)

Let’s Talk About Clubs

A hot topic for this week’s net was “amateur radio clubs”… always an emotive subject. Discussed this week:

  • Are clubs doing enough to encourage and support newcomers to the hobby and stop them losing interest?
  • Are club members guilty of not engaging more with their club? The same old people attending events – where’s everyone else?
  • Weekly meetings instead of monthly meetings?
  • Is a club with a shack / dedicated premises a good idea?
  • What do people want / need from their club?
  • What does this continued chat about clubs actually get us?



Pete M0PSX's shack in Monday Night Net Mode
Pete M0PSX’s shack in Monday Night Net Mode

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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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