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Transcontinental 2M Simplex Relay...

Discussion in 'SKED - QSO Scheduling' started by KI4CLZ, Dec 8, 2012.

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  1. KI4CLZ

    KI4CLZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I know this is very possible, not quite sure if anyone has tried it before,
    but would like to arrange, see who would be interested, and really
    seriously do this, regularly... Here locally (EM63) we have a 2M simplex
    net on Sunday nights that has setealdily grown to cover most of the state,
    we have done this in response to the recent disasters that have plagued
    our state, as power failures can knock-out even the best of repeaters, grid
    power being what it is, so our little simplex net draws in most of the state
    and oters as well, through "remote" net controlers, "Hill Toppers" and
    the guy everybody loves with the four thousand element beam....
    but I digress, we have discussed doing this on a national level, but getting enough folks
    together without having committees, donations, and a budget is like
    pullin' teeth... so if your interested, which if you've read thus far you are,
    get on the air on Sunday night and lets see if we can get this done, don't let
    the naysayers stop you, if we can grow from a little net that covered
    Birmingham, to a bigg'un that covers the whole state; you can join us in
    this venture...

    Call "CQ Simplex Net"
    on 146.580 FM
    at 10:00 PM CST - 04:00 AM UTC

    Come Join us 73's, KI4CLZ
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  2. W6PXL

    W6PXL Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'll give it a shot but, it's a stretch from just north of San Francisco......

  3. KB3FXI

    KB3FXI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good idea, Josh. The only thing to keep it from working is for good hams to do nothing.

    Any thoughts on doing digital modes to extend your reach?

    We successfully run MT63 modes with NBEMS/FLDIGI on VHF/UHF FM simplex on weak paths on which voice comms would be impossible. And all you need is a computer with a working speakers and an internal or inexpensive plug in mic. Relays with the digital modes are as easy as cut, paste and send.

    -Dave, KB3FXI
  4. KD8RWR

    KD8RWR Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    That's just after our HAMARC (look it up) 10m Roundtable. I'll tune to 146.580, and give a cpl. shout out's.
    I'll also pass-on, to my buddy's and HAMARC's club members.

    Thank's, for the idea. 73's, -Thom "Caveman" KD8RWR EM79
  5. KA1MDA

    KA1MDA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Not going to work out here where I am- some idiot has a repeater output on 146.580!
  6. W0AAT

    W0AAT XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Switching to 2m SSB and horizontal polarity would greatly extend the range.
  7. KC7YRA

    KC7YRA Ham Member Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    Problem is going to be in states like mine (Wyoming) where the population density of hams is too low. The distance between hams may far and away exceed the capability of 2 meter FM.

  8. KC9UDX

    KC9UDX Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Well, it's a stretch, but what the heck. Now all I have to do is remember.
  9. KB3FXI

    KB3FXI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Agreed on the technical aspect, but how many ops to you cut out of the loop by going to SSB?
    -Dave, KB3FXI
  10. N9RLO

    N9RLO Ham Member QRZ Page

    I think it's a fine idea in the tradition of amateur radio. Those old timers back in the spark days were able to relay across the country in a short amount of time. I think 2 meter FM simplex is a good way to try it. It wouldn't be as easy as SSB or digital, but I think that's the point. The bigger the challenge the better. 73, John N9RLO
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