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20 Meter RV Service Net Manager Needed

The WBCCI Amateur Radio Club’s RV Service Net is looking for a new manager for its 20 meter nets. Anyone interested in volunteering to serve as the 20 meter net manager should contact Richard Paschall (AJ4UX). Click HERE to send an email message to Richard.

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Added  2 October 2015 – Comments? Questions? Updates?

October 02 2015 | Nets | Comments Off on 20 Meter RV Service Net Manager Needed

Important message from the Director of Nets

Hello fellow hams, members of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI) Amateur Radio Club (ARC), and members of the various RV Service Nets sponsored by WBCCI ARC.

Back in April of this year, I sent out a query to everyone concerning interest in beginning a D-Star net.  I have received 39 responses in all, of which 19 indicated interest (and some with current capability) and 20 indicated no interest in getting D-Star equipment or participating in such a net.

Several folks were very uninformed about D-Star, and for them, I suggest a simple visit to Wikipedia:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-STAR

This explanation will help.  I am not conversant about this technique, but do understand that ICOM is the only major manufacturer of D-Star radios; it seems to be a proprietary means of digital communication, both over the air and via internet where D-Star repeaters might not exist.

Also, ARRL has a publication that is good:   http://www.arrl.org/shop/Nifty-E-Z-Guide-to-D-STAR-Operation

Unless we have adequate volunteers to set up, manage and operate a D-Star net, I cannot recommend to the officers of the ARC that we should begin such a net.  Several folks who responded to my April email did volunteer to help, but I need specific volunteers to be net manager and net control stations.  Also, we would need agreement on specific days/times.

Currently, our 40-meter nets seem to be vibrant and doing well.  Our two 20-meter nets have suffered from adverse propagation this summer, but, more importantly, do not have volunteers to be net managers.  Also net control stations are not available all five weekdays of operation.

For the 20-meter nets, on 14.3075 MHz, I have questioned the viability of two daily nets, one at 12 noon ET/9 am PT, and one at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT.  The original purpose for these nets to be sponsored by the Amateur Radio Club of WBCCI has long been superseded by cellular/mobile phones, and that was to keep up with WBCCI caravans as they traversed North America.  I believe that the ARC is willing to continue to sponsor these nets and to provide information exchange in the twice-yearly newsletter if we can sustain them.

So, I am asking those of you who do check into either of the 20-meter nets to send me an email and let me know the following:

  1. When/how often do you check in and which net, 12 noon ET or 5 pm ET?
  2. IF we were to reduce the nets to one time M-F, which time works better for you and which time doesn’t work at all for you?
  3. Would you be willing to be the net manager for one 20-meter net?
  4. Would you be willing to be a NCS on a particular day?  If so, which day is best for you?
  5. Would you be willing to be a substitute NCS if you cannot commit to a regular weekday?

Your input will effectively determine what we do about the D-Star potential and about the current 20-meter nets.  An informed decision is better than the alternative, so please speak up and give me your input.

73,

Richard Paschall  AJ4UX
aj4ux@arrl.net
 

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Added 14 September 2015 – Comments, Questions, Updates?

September 12 2015 | Nets and News | Comments Off on Important message from the Director of Nets

Pacific Coast RV Service Net’s Fall Rally

The Pacific Coast RV Service Net’s fall rally is scheduled for October 5-8, 2015 at San Lorenzo Park in King City, CA. The cost for a full-hookup site for all four (4) nights, plus game prizes and continental breakfast is $182.00. Extra days are $38, to be paid to the Wagonmaster.

Contact John Portune, W6NBC, Wagonmaster, 519 W. Taylor Street, SPC 111, Santa Maria, CA 93458, for more information about this rally.

Directions to the campground are on http://pacificrvservicenet.com.

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Added 27 August 2015 – Comments, Questions, Updates?

August 27 2015 | Members and Nets and Rallies | Comments Off on Pacific Coast RV Service Net’s Fall Rally

40 Meter Eastern and Central RV Service Net Controllers

Sam Haynes, WA4ICK, released the schedule for the net control operator for the 40 Meter Eastern and Central RV Service Net. Sam serves as the director for this net.

The current net control operators are:

40 Meter Eastern and Central RV Service Net
DAY 0700 HRS Eastern 0800 HRS Eastern
MONDAY John, W4CCQ Fred, WK1F
TUESDAY Steve, KK9W Richard, AJ4UX
WEDNESDAY Bill, KI4OCN Sonny, N4FOH
THURSDAY Bill, VE3BXP John, W4BXI
FRIDAY Harry, WB2SFZ George, KL7IEK
SATURDAY Vern, KB4NZJ Bob, N0AZA
SUNDAY Sam, WA4ICK Mike, W4CYJ
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Updated 21 August 2015 – Comments, Questions, Updates?

August 21 2015 | Miscellaneous and Nets | Comments Off on 40 Meter Eastern and Central RV Service Net Controllers

Web Pages Updates

July 2015 – Updated club officers for 2015-2016.

Today the Club revised the Nets Schedule page to reflect Pacific Coast added time for early check-ins.

Also today, the Club posted the Summer VE Session in Farmington NM (Saturday Jun 27 at San Juan County Fairgrounds.)

The May 2015 edition of The Bulletin is on line for members at this link (requires your member password.) If you want to read it and aren’t yet a member, check out our easy membership application system. We can get you signed up easily (and inexpensively) and you can be reading the newsletter in no time at all.

If you’re already a member and can’t get your password working, please email us and let us help you.

WBCCI ARC Member Services
email us at rvsvcnet@wbcci.net

May 23 2015 | Members and Nets and News | Comments Off on Web Pages Updates

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