On Net is turning into an irregular Bulletin about Radio Communications in the Royal Engineers focussing currently on Amateur Radio Activity and published by the Royal Engineers Association Radio Branch.
Net Activity on 80m and 60m this week (25th April).
Net timings were tested this week and a reasonable net was opened on 3.722 at 0730 Local continuing on 5.3715 at 8AM for half an hour.
I continued my experiment with WebSDR and found near perfect reception. The topic of the net included Noise Filtering and Jack G3PWK gave us a tip about a device he uses from BHI. I later found a video on you tube here which gave a demonstration. If you have been following my experiments with Web SDR then this would be a worthwhile option to buy into but as I got “Armchair copy” from a receiver in Nantwich, streaming via the internet I felt absolutely spoilt by having an excellent signal with great audio available. I will be taking steps here to deal with the noise but this is proving to be both interesting and educational. I was interested to be able to see who else was logged into our frequency via the WebSDR.
It was interesting to hear news about absent friends and peoples various other exploits from Jack G3PWK, Gordon G3WOV and Derek G3XWD and their RSI Course (Number 14).
Generating More Activity
Mike Gater G4ICC wrote:
(In On Net Today…dated 18th April) You have covered a lot of ground regarding future activities and I think consideration should be given for an additional net during the week. There are numerous nets for RSARS members and Wednesday afternoons appear to be free. (This would certainly fit in with sports afternoon for serving soldiers – SD Said that).
3.722 and/or 7.100 might be suitable and could also be used as calling frequencies. Similarly, nominated REARB calling frequencies could be selected for the HF bands. A CQ call from G3RE (Royal Engineers) could produce numerous contacts.
(On this point Mike that is a very interesting prospect – if the station operator uses the G3RE call it will generate some regular contacts for the Log. What do others think?) I proposed we should set up central logging in an earlier communication – SD – said that)
I am not keen on the idea of of operating a high power DX station remotely and I am not sure if there is provision for this in the current Licence. It is different from remotely operating one’s home station.
Its not everyone’s cup of tea I agree. But it is covered in the current licence, and very modern amateur radio and I was thinking more of using the technique to encourage new people into the hobby from the corps and implementing a station on one of our own sites.