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.