New 2-Meter Simplex Club

Discussion in 'Contests, DXpeditions and Special Events' started by WF5TX, Oct 28, 2007.

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  1. N3GHX

    N3GHX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Nice of you to consider the extra bands and modes and good luck with that as simplex is lots of fun and you get to know the capabilities of radios, antennas, bands, modes, etc. much better when simplex and best of all, I don't have some repeater club sitting there with their hand out. Don't get me wrong as they have their place, but why should I pay them to talk to people I can talk to without a repeater?
    As to this "the n3ghx expansion". That's is too long as the name doesn't need to be expanded. Nor does my call need to be on it, but thanks anyway. [​IMG]
  2. WF5TX

    WF5TX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was just kidding about actually using your call, n3ghx. It was just my way of recognizing your input here in the forum.

  3. KC2ESD

    KC2ESD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am very responsible for getting hams in my area using 2 Meter simplex instead of repeaters. I started a simplex net on 146.580Mhz on the first Fridays of every month about 3 years ago and since last year it’s every Friday except the 3rd Friday of the month due to a Ham Radio club meetings. I am the Net Control Officer for almost every simplex net and others fill in if I can’t do it such as having to work on a Friday night. The net starts at 7:30pm EST (00:30UTC) and is in the Atlantic City Area. Since my simplex nets started simplex activity has increased in the South Jersey area near Atlantic City. wf5tx Good luck on your simplex project. A hope you get hams using 2 Meter simplex like I did.

    73 de Rick KC2ESD
  4. W8GTF

    W8GTF Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'd love to get involved, but it seems that Ohio was completely passed over.
  5. WF5TX

    WF5TX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hello Tim!

    I'm a little confused. How was Ohio passed over?

  6. WF5TX

    WF5TX Ham Member QRZ Page

    We've got a new name (Simplex Preservation Society) and new web address (…but the old one…… will still get you there), plus a new blog and forum. The forum includes "local" discussion areas for 100+ cities. We're working on a national "continuous simplex event and tossing around the idea of a National Simplex Week whereby folks try to use "direct" communications only during that period. It's all in the formative stages. Drop by and check it out! TNX

  7. KI4ZJI

    KI4ZJI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great idea...

    I know there is not an EMCOMM focus to this, but the fact is that repeaters will fail when an emergency strikes. Sadly, we have a lot of EMCOMM people who do not have the faintest idea of how to operate on simplex.

    When we started our club a few months ago, we decided to shy away from a repeater. Since then, I've discovered a local simplex frequency that is more active than any of the local repeaters!

    I'm in, and I will be passing this on to our local club (CCARS)
  8. WF5TX

    WF5TX Ham Member QRZ Page

    KI4ZJI.... Thanks!

    I'm hoping all club members viewing this topic will encourage their clubs to conduct a regular simplex net in addition to any repeater nets they may be running. It's possible that the first few simplex sessions will reveal important "weak" spots (stations) that would never have been discovered on the repeater net. The "fixes" for those "weak" stations might be as simple as raising an antenna another 10 feet, using a better antenna, upgrading the transmission line, etc.


  9. KD8DVR

    KD8DVR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I joined...

    I believe support for *FM Simplex* is needed! FM is overlooked. During a good band opening, FM is effective for hundreds of miles. I joined today.
  10. N0XE

    N0XE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good idea

    This is a good idea if the activity will hold, I am all for it, also hopefully it may even stir up some interest in more vintage AM activity as well as FM and even bring more activity to weak signal work like CW, SSB which has dropped off a lot in the last several years. We need to use the bands and although repeaters, remote base operations and even the flood of internet radio options have their place, it is important to be able to understand the roots and basics of Vhf and Uhf operations as well. I also think hams will enjoy the challenge of long distance communications on these frequencies and get them motivated to improve their stations and make 2 meter FM exciting again just like 2 meter and 6 meter AM was back in the 50's and 60's.
    I have not been on two meters in years, but I will probably join this.
    73 Jim N0XE
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