Monday Night Net 11 Feb 2013 Summary

Handheld MicrophoneHere’s a summary of the activity on the Essex Ham Monday Night Net this evening, Monday 11th February 2013:

The net started at 8pm on GB3DA, the local 2 metre repeater for Essex. For details of the net, see www.EssexHam.net

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

  1. Pete M0PSX in Southend, in the chair
  2. Fred M6BZW in Maldon
  3. Rob M6KDP in Maldon
  4. Ian M6HPR in Buntingford
  5. Nick 2E0CGW in Brentwood
  6. Norman M0FZW, mobile on Canvey en route to his quiz night
  7. Paul G8IUG, Stevenage
  8. Tim M0TWW, Westcliff-on-Sea
  9. Ken M6BZS in Eastwood
  10. Matt M6VNE in Colchester (licenced for just two weeks, with thanks to the Havering club)
  11. Lucy M6ECG in Brightlingsea
  12. Tom 2E0TNC in Tiptree
  13. James 2E1GUA in Chelmsford
  14. Peter G1FOA in Chelmsford
  15. Mike M6KEB on Canvey
  16. Dave M0WDG mobile in Kent
  17. Clive M3SSB in Danbury
  18. Gary G0BDY in Brentwood

Topics for the evening as follows:

  • The Two Tree Island field day
  • Hot topic for the night was training: Why is it so hard to find an amateur radio course in Essex? (More on local training: Ham Radio Training in Essex)
  • Local clubs and their websites, which are either out-of-date, or have no training course dates listed. Lots of positive words for CARS in Chelmsford for their courses, as well as the Havering Club
  • Should clubs and local radio suppliers offering a “getting started pack”? Good suggestion Nick!
  • What was missing from your training course:
    • Putting up antennas and feeds.
    • Doing things in the right order. Principles > Build > QSO
    • How to operate in a net or on a repeater
  • QRZ – Thanks to Mike for reminding us that when entering a QSO in QRZ.com – check both sides of the input screen – as some settings are set to a default (including power, mode, etc)
  • The idea of personal development for amateurs – Like Lego blocks… perhaps getting more watts for getting M6 experience and completing more practicals. (Thanks Ian)
  • Is there enough of an incentive to progress?
  • How can we keep M6s in the hobby? More activities? More club nights?
  • Plans for Ofcom to reclaim callsigns not in use. If you’ve progressed from M6 to Intermediate, you may lose your M6 callsign in the not too distant future.
  • Thanks to Gary for recommending a 70cm contest tomorrow… 432.200MHz SSB

Thanks to everyone for attending tonight’s net! We wrapped at 23:05… a great night, and lots discussed.

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The Essex Ham Monday Night Net is on GB3DA, the repeater based on Danbury. Please show your support by joining the Essex Repeater Group, or making a donation.

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