Calling all radio amateurs!

Calling all radio amateurs!

The HSRR two meter net will be resurrected on Tuesday, November 20, with an old-fashioned twist. We'll be calling the net on 146.520 simplex. No repeater, no CTCS tone, just your station reaching out as far as you can, and doing relays for stations out of range of the NCS. That's how ham radio worked in the old days before we had repeaters, but why do that now?

The answer is in today's headlines. Hurricane Michael took out just about all communications in several panhandle counties, and that included police and fire repeaters, ham repeaters, all phones and the Internet. Anything that depends on a repeater or the Internet, went down. Two county EOC's lost all communications. They were reduced to FM simplex communications, mostly provided by local hams! Now imagine that Michael had turned right while he was still in the northern Gulf...

That's why we need to master old-fashioned simplex techniques. Some day, lives may depend on your simplex capability and operating skills. The HSRR simplex net is a great way to sharpen your skills and a great incentive to upgrade your station's simplex capability. Take it from an old-timer, VHF simplex is a challenge, but meeting the challenge is very satisfying and a lot of fun!

The net will be called at 20:15 every Tuesday starting on Tuesday, November 20. The NCS's will be WA4HHC and N4LTT. Both will be using vertically polarized omnidirectional antennas. We are announcing the net this early so you will have time to upgrade your simplex capability. We recommend you focus on installing an outdoor antenna as high as you can. This doesn't have to be expensive. We're attaching plans for a very simple dipole and a two element colinear. You can build either in about an hour with only a length of RG-58 coaxial cable, a 10' length of gray electrical conduit with one end cap, a sharp knife, and an electric drill. These rugged antennas can easily be supported by a rope thrown over a high tree branch. You'll be amazed what your HT can do when connected to a good outdoor antenna! Tip: Use RG-58 for the antenna as called for in the plans, but NOT for the feedline. A long run of RG-58 feedline will have enough loss to negate the advantages of the antenna and the added height. Instead, use a low loss feedline like LMR-400.

If you have questions or comments about the net, please contact Gary, WA4HHC, at 

For antenna questions, please contact Hal, WA4QLA, at

73, and hope we'll see you on the net every Tuesday night starting November 20!

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