Hello, fellow TALARCians,
Our monthly 20 meter net is a valiant effort (boy, I wish I had an old Valiant), but propagation has not been our friend. Perhaps things will improve as summer wanes, but, who knows? Oh, and then there are the old grumble bunnies who want to run us off any frequency we light upon. Phooey!, I say.
I belong to several high volume nets. Some are specialty gatherings, like the Kenwood Hybrid Net for those of us torn between tubes and transistors and others that are general free-for-alls like the very friendly 72-Hundred Club. Thing is, the majority of them are on 40 meters and work really well most of the time, which tells us something. By gum, I think it's time we established a secondary HF net on the 7 MHz band, perhaps on a weekday evening. The challenge will be, of course, to find a free frequency and time.
Any ideas when and where? Maybe we can piggyback onto one of the established 40 meter nets. According to the ARRL Net Directory, there are 32 of them meeting daily: http://www.arrl.org/arrl-net-directory . We're getting to be a very large club (what is it - over 1,600 members now). We deserve some of our own space on the air, dontcha think?
And, how about a digital mode get together on a regular basis? PSK31 is robust and popular and occupies little bandwidth. It's worth thinking about, too.
Lastly, we REALLY need at least a couple more net controllers. With my barefoot rig and saggy dipole, I'm near useless. Thankfully, Bill, KI0CW, does a fantastic joib out of South Dakota as does Everett, WA3DVO in Maryland and Bob, our other great, energetic neighbor. But it'd be terrific to have somebody in OH, IL, IN, WI, MO -- well, the "heartland" -- to help out, too. Ideally, we should have a half dozen or so NCSs from disparate QTHs to both spread the duties and spread the TALARC gospel. And multiple, regional nets would be wonderful, too. I'll bet we could have something cooking every night of the week eventually with chats about our post activities, volunteer project ideas and just plain fun rag chewing (peppered with marginally fictionalized "there I was..." war stories, too, of course).
This is a volunteer organization after all. So -- any volunteers??
Hope to CU down the log real soon,