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Old 01-11-2009, 10:46 AM   #11
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Hey Guys,

To be honest we had no plans for setting up a "net", but that ain't a bad idea. I'm glad I thought of that !!!

Mark, Andy and I were just setting up a schedule to see if we could make contact and get acquainted on the air. I can talk much faster than I type. We had tried it last weekend and tried to coordinate it via e-mail. I decided I would post it on ORR, incase others wanted to join. I don't know if 40 meters is the proper band. Conditions are sure strange as of late. I felt sure 40 meters would work for Mark (Miami) and I and knew it would probably be a stretch for Andy (CT). I just chose 7230 because that is where the RV Service Net meets and I think a lot of RV'ers and mobiles hang out around that freq. Thoughts were, if we could get a discussion going, we could spread the word about ORR a little more as well.

At 1 PM ET I heard Mark maybe once, but way down in the noise. I could hear a lot of stations (Q-5) to the north (Tennessee and Virginia areas). On the 4 PM ET attempt, I could hear Texas, Tennessee and up into Virginia. I could barely hear Mark down in Miami. Signals to the south of me didn't compare to the signals I was receiving from the north and the west. I worked that one guy in Raleigh, NC without a hitch and he was only running 4 or 5 watts. If Andy had not skipped out to go eat with friends I think we could possible have worked. I think Andy will "throw you down the well where food is involved". Texas was coming in good and could have probably worked you OK Ken. I know without a doubt it would have been a pipeline to the Atlanta area Wade.

I don't know anything about 17 meters, never even been on that band. I'm game though lets start setting up some skeds and see if we can get to know each other on the air. There are a number of ORR members out west, I'll load something up to work 20 or another band to get out there.

Got any ideas or sked times ? Post 'em up on the board and I'll try to work around things to make the contacts and get acquainted. Ken and others on ORR, we can do this several times a week. Whatever is convenient for you. Just post a message with a day, time and freq and I (and others I'm sure) will try to make it. A few of us have a little time on our hands. We are fortunate enough that we don't have to punch a clock anymore, at least not righ now.

Wade, sorry to hear about Matt's accident. I assume he was not injured from the way you spoke. That's a bummer. My son has a little '95 Ranger that we bought new. Great little trucks. I know Matt's going to miss his but, that F150 is just a step up.

Got to get out of here and get ready for Church. I'll be checking back and looking for schedules from anywhere.
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Old 01-11-2009, 01:11 PM   #12
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I called CQ for about 10 minutes on 7230 and had one distant return. I could not get him out of the mud and could not get a call. Band is in sorry condition.

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Old 01-11-2009, 03:08 PM   #13
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Gee, I hope you guys don't mind me announcing your 40 meter net on top of the portal page...

I think that's great. The more involved the better.
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Old 01-11-2009, 03:11 PM   #14
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2:10 PM CT -- 7230 is Quiet here. Will be in and out and leave the receiver on that freq this afternoon.
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Old 01-11-2009, 04:41 PM   #15
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Ken (KE5DFR) 3:40 PM CT

Answered you several times. I could copy you FB. I hear you in QSO with a staion in Witchita Falls. Can copy both of you above the noise. Not real strong but Q5 most of the time.
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Could hear you in the mud, but barely make out the call sign. We'll try again another day.

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Old 01-11-2009, 06:38 PM   #17
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I missed the posts on the attempt today. Think its a great idea to attempt to form a net. Seems to me that it would be great to meet and perhaps talk about some of the subjects on the thread and get to know fellow HAMRVers. Seems to me that it would probably need to move toward a directed net given propigation conditions etc. Given the number of nets on in the mornings, miight be best at noon or early afternoon 1300 EST. Anyway. Sorry I didnt get to hook up with you Jim and look forward to working everyone on the air.
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Old 01-11-2009, 08:58 PM   #18
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Could hear you in the mud, but barely make out the call sign. We'll try again another day.

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Ken,

How high was your noise level ? You recall ? Did you have a high noise level or was I just that weak ?
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Noise level was about an S3 or 4 here. You were weak and back in the noise. I could not even hear you on the vertical (ground mounted Butternut HF9V). The dipole is a Carolina Windom 80 Special, 50' up in the pine trees. I was running about 110 watts, and the dipole is roughly N-S oriented.

We'll have to try when the band conditions are a bit better.

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I was running about 110 watts as well Ken. I was loading a 75 meter inverted "V" with the apex at about 30 ft. It's broadsided in your direction.

Not sure if I will be around next weekend. But, we need to try some 20 and maybe 17 meters. I'll probably skip over Mark but could possibly work you and Andy.

I read an old thread on iRV2 where you had tried to get a group together there. I think a storm came through and found no further comments on it.

40 and 80 meters has been unusual lately. I think I'll be in the rv next weekend for about a weeks trip near here.
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