Please see below for operating skeds next week and some thoughts about amateur radio and possible options for future operating and encouraging newcomers and listeners to our hobby.
Your comments would be welcome.
Net Operating Times and Schedules
Gordon has suggested we operate for an hour next week.
|—–Original Message—–From: Gordon MacNaught [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 18 April 2015 09:08
As promised, this email outlines frequencies and times for next week the 25th April.
0730 local, open on 3.722 Mhz
0800 local, open on 5.37150 and if busy, change to 5.39850.
Stu, I have sent this only to those on the net this morning.
Please can you forward to others on your normal mailing list.
Thanks and see you all next week!
73 de Gordon G3WOV/G3RE
If we adopt this as a plan going forward, it will allow for those stations who are not licensed to operate on 60m to join in.
New Licence Conditions
Has everyone read their new licence and does everyone agree that 5Mhz can be used to contact military stations? If so then we could encourage this as a feature of the net. This is quite an exciting possibility. It’s worth doing a double take and setting something up if I read it right.
People can listen to the net via the Hackgreen Web SDR or shortwave radio.
Royal Engineers Club Stations G3RE and G3XRE
In the corps, two amateur radio stations serve to highlight the corps presence and interest in radio and electronics. ( as well as local radio and electronics clubs which have operated from time to time in units). Special events are mounted from time to time which highlight historical events involving the corps.
Traditionally G3RE has been operated by the veterans of the corps, and using conventional kit it operates at the home of the operator on a rotational basis. G3XRE is usually operated by serving soldiers at its signals training wing (as far as we know – as veterans this is still the case).
In conversation with Spike, G4AKQ about operating G3RE as a club station, (after OFCOM waived the requirement to notify them in advance what address we are operating from), we concluded there are advantages and disadvantages to operating as we do. While the current way G3RE operates has limitations it works very well for the club members. The disadvantages are:
- Lack of central logging and we suspect QSLing to be rare. (This is a shame as we need to have our cards seen. To get over this I proposed we set up a central log on the web and then send out an eQSL card for callers and short wave listeners.).
- G3RE can’t be operated legally, as a club station can, by intermediate and foundation licensees under supervision.
- Signals are variable due to different equipment at different sites. I would not operate G3RE for example until I had sorted out the noise issues affecting my receiver. (Can’t hear ‘em, can’t work ‘em.) Until recently I didn’t have the power to be confident I could reach everyone. These are quite common and increasingly so.
(It has advantages, for me the advantage is it encourages self-training in HF Techniques particularly NVIS and the study of spectrum use, and propagation, etc)
Amateur Radio in the 20th and 21st Century
Having listened to many views it is plain to see amateur radio means different things to different people.
Amateur radio is changing and evolving into a highly complex digital hobby which is still very relevant in this day and age. We also keep alive and showcase skills which go right back to the early days of radio – some of which are still highly relevant.
Some things can’t or won’t be digitised because it isn’t possible, desirable or safe yet to commit them to cyberspace.
Remote Radio Stations
However as Digital modes and Software defined radio are taking off we noticed software defined radio can be easily remotely controlled via the internet or telephone line and in the conversation with Spike we concluded we could overcome the disadvantages of operating two separate club stations.
In my investigations of this I have found that you could hire a well sited DX Station with remote high gain antennas, sophisticated HF Receivers and High Power Transmitters for 50 Cents a minute and opeate it from the comfort of home. So some benefits are obvious for contest operators with moderate equipment and money to burnJ.
How could we take advantage of this?
In the conversation with Spike we thought about the possibilities for G3RE and what the advantages would be of remote control for us if we could set up such a station. It would certainly provide a single stable operating base with a consistent signal and open our station up for wider use by all interested parties. Listeners would be attracted, new operators would be attracted, The corps would be seen to be at the leading edge developments and foundation and intermediate licensees could train under supervision.
73 de Stu