20210307 Ham Radio Enthusiasts Weekly Report

Amateur Radio, Weekly Report

Weekly Net

Please join us tonight at 7:00PM  for the Five County Ham Radio Enthusiasts net on the Carolina 440 network. You will be able to find your closest repeater at https://www.carolina440.net/440uhf-repeaters/repeaters-on-link.html.  If you are not close to the repeater or  are unlicensed and you would like to  listen on line try  https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/34503 Tony Hall (WW4TCH) is our regular net control station. 

If you have thought you would like to serve the community during an emergency the best way to get ready is to learn to call a net. Let me know if you are interested in becoming a net control operator.

Thanks to the Carolina 440 net for the use of the repeater. If you would like to help see https://www.carolina440.net/membership/support.html.  Tell them FCHRE sent you.

February Activity

Our total checkins for February was 25. Thanks to all that checked in.  Try to put Five County Net Sunday night on your reminder.

VE Team Report for February

Thanks to the VE’s KK4QEF, WW4TCH, NC4KG, WA2KQY, K9JWS, KI4CFS, N4MQU K7RLH

25 applicants 14 Technicians 5 New Generals,2 Upgrade to General, 1 New Extra, 1 Upgrade to Extra

Groups IO Growth

We had 25 new members sign up in February. For a total of 175 people on the list.  I invite all the new applicants but not everyone accepts.

March 6 Exam

Thanks to the VE’s KK4QEF, WW4TCH, N4MQU, K7RLH and new VE KY4EC

8 new technicians, 1 general, and 1 extra.  Unfortunately the FCC.gov website has the following notice Title: Effective Friday, March 5, 2021 from 10:00 PM to Tuesday, March 9, 12:00 AM: Nightly Batch Processing Down for Scheduled Maintenance.  So they may not be able to get their call signs until after that period.  

DMR Net

Our weekly DMR net is Wednesday at 9:00 PM on the TGIF Talk Group 1870.  The net is kind of in a stand by mode.  Feel free to throw out your call at any time.  A few of us try to monitor that channel.

Mark Gibson (N4MQU)

Team Leader FCVET 

http://www.fivecountyhre.org/

 

20210228 Weekly Report

Amateur Radio, Weekly Report

Weekly Nets

Please join us tonight at 7:00PM for the Five County Ham Radio Enthusiasts net on the Carolina 440 network. You will be able to find your closest repeater at https://www.carolina440.net/440uhf-repeaters/repeaters-on-link.html. If you are not close to the repeater or are unlicensed and you would like to listen on line try https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/34503 Tony Hall (WW4TCH) is our regular net control station.

If you have thought you would like to serve the community during an emergency the best way to get ready is to learn to call a net. Let me know if you are interested in becoming a net control operator.

Thanks to the Carolina 440 net for the use of the repeater. If you would like to help see https://www.carolina440.net/membership/support.html. Tell them FCHRE sent you.

Our weekly DMR net is Wednesday at 9:00 PM on the TGIF Talk Group 1870.

VE Team Report

We had a great testing session yesterday. Thanks to the VE’s WA2KQY, K7RLH, K9JWS and N4MQU. We had 7 Applicants, testing for 10 Elements. 3 New technicians, 2 new generals and 1 upgrade to extra. They should be getting their callsigns tomorrow. This session was planned at the last minute to help to relieve some of the crowd from the test session next week. A savings of $105 was made for our applicants.

First Contact

Five County’s First Contact program started with yesterdays new applicants. Each new applicant was informed of the new program. Our intention is to follow up with the new applicants until they let us know they have made their first contact and even longer if they need us. I have had several new technicians tell me they were interested ham radio in high school many years ago and got interested in it again this year. I love those stories. Feel free to send me a private message with your story and I will put it on the website.

Have you got on the air yet since you’ve been licensed? Reach out to us if you have questions or just don’t know how.

NC QSO Party
Look for me on the band today. I most likely will be on 40 meters and hope to work a little CW and phone. De n4mqu

20210221 Weekly Report

Amateur Radio, Weekly Report

Ham Radio Enthusiasts Weekly Report

Weekly Nets

Please join us tonight at 7:00PM  for the Five County Ham Radio Enthusiasts net on the Carolina 440 network. You will be able to find your closest repeater at https://www.carolina440.net/440uhf-repeaters/repeaters-on-link.html.  If you are not close to the repeater or  are unlicensed and you would like to  listen on line try  https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/34503 Tony Hall (WW4TCH) is our regular net control station.

If you have thought you would like to serve the community during an emergency the best way to get ready is to learn to call a net. Let me know if you are interested in becoming a net control operator.

Thanks to the Carolina 440 net for the use of the repeater. If you would like to help see https://www.carolina440.net/membership/support.html.  Tell them FCHRE sent you.

Our weekly DMR net is Wednesday at 9:00 PM on the TGIF Talk Group 1870.

VE Team Report

Since September 2018

Applicants 224, Exams 351, T 120 G 38 E 20 Savings $3,360 (Not including retakes)

March 6 Exam 24 applicants registered. (Almost full)

Laurel VEC announced that the teams will not have to send paperwork thru the post office a savings of $7.50 for each package we send out.  Thanks to the owners of Supreme. T-shirts & Apparel Paulette (K4PKD) and Stan (WA2KQY) Disbrow for the Banks Road testing facility and the new Printer/Scanner they purchased for our use we now have a turn key operation. I will not have to bring any supplies or computers for the exam.  The VE team discussed the possibility of adding another day to test but the majority opted in for a longer day on the first Saturday of the month and that means we will start at 9:00 AM and end at 4:00 PM.  This does not mean we will not do exams by appointment during the week or other times applicants need us to facilitate at a mutually agreeable time.

 

IRLP History

I talked to a station out of Michigan yesterday on the IRLP.  That brought back some memories of using that back around 2001.  Here is an article in the Repeater Journal http://www.echolink.ru/downloads/seratic1.pdf  You may see a familiar call mentioned in the article.

Member Submitted Article

Thanks to K7RLH Richard Hall for submitting another article for the website A SLIGHTLY OFF-CENTER-FED DIPOLE

Thanks for reading.