WOW. I am astounded at the number of repeaters, reflectors, talkgroups, nodes (of two varieties) that are connected/linked/bridged/whatever. I might be stretching here, but my conclusions are: a lot of you are in California (or your heart is in CA through OverlandBound), and a lot of you like Amateur Radio and do some amazing things with the InterWebs. (In comparison, I took at look at the city near where I grew up and they have two (2) repeaters, and the next closest repeaters are, well, a day's drive away. Ya, Canada is big and full of a lot of empty spaces, eh?)...
Overland Bound Ham Radio Net
Conference Node 357087 (Starlink)
["Reflectors" are a D-STAR thing isn't it? And BM a separate thing--they call 'em '"TalkGroups'" --so this heading should perhaps be "Digital Radios" and counts as two (2) networks]
DMR Reflector XLX830 Module (C) K4CEG
DMR Reflector XLX830 Module (D) AB5JK
Brandmeister DMR Bridge 3124829
Brandmeister DMR Bridge 3148905
Repeaters and Links:
[Aaaand I'll count ALL linked analog repeaters as one network]
Live Streaming Audio: (Anyone may listen in)
White Mountain Repeater Association
[BTW, Thank you White Mountain Repeater Association ;) ]
Hi DonEd, hold my beer. I think I need both hands to count this high. How many networks are connected???
WOW. I am astounded at the number of repeaters, reflectors, talkgroups, nodes (of two varieties) that are connected/linked/bridged/whatever. I might be stretching here, but my conclusions are: a lot of you are in California (or your heart is in CA through OverlandBound), and a lot of you like Amateur Radio and do some amazing things with the InterWebs. (In comparison, I took at look at the city near where I grew up and they have two (2) repeaters, and the next closest repeaters are, well, a day's drive away. Ya, Canada is big and full of a lot of empty spaces, eh?)
Oh, yes, I didn't see a conclusion, but is it too late to put in my vote for keeping the net on Friday? I suppose it's an on-the-drive-home net for some folks in CA (for those that venture out for the workday), but for me, and I suppose a good number of others in the rest of the U.S.A. and Canada it would be into the evening, and a nice way to wind down and wrap up the week. Sorry I haven't checked in for a couple of months, but the work at home grind has kinda worn me down, and our online training activities with the SAR team have been going like gangbusters. (I've hosted two sessions on radio comms, and another coming up in a couple of weeks!) But somehow I managed to find the time to cram in some study time, practiced the exam a bunch of times, then wrote and passed my advanced level. I celebrated by getting myself an additional call sign, so...
73 de VA2EV (also VA2EEK) Don
Sorry to hear you are loosing connection Jon. Let us know if you find the culprit and it's something that may benefit the group.You know I could talk about APRS but as usual my weekend job gets in the way. May try to listen in but the last couple of times I have tried that I kept losing connection.
|Overland Bound Amateur Radio Net||Announcements|
|Topic: Open topic, APRS, Ham tech questions|
|KE6GGVK||MIKE||AZ||X||NETWORK ADMIN. REMINDER TECH ROUND TABLE TONIGHT 19:00 PST/22:00 EST|
|VA2EV||DON||QUEBEC||NEW CALL SIGN, ADV CLASS UPGRADE. FT991A NEW RADIO FOR BIRTHDAY. 160M CONTEST W RADIO, WAS INTERESTING. APRS WITH 710 IS NICE RIG. HAVE COUPLE IN SEARCH RESCUE RIGS. CAN DO CROSSBAND REPEAT. ONE IN CMD POST USED TO PICK UP FROM KENWOOD HANDHELDS, TACTICALLY DIGITAL FREQUENCY. USE APRS ALSO BUT LIKE OTHERS ONLY USE 10% OF FEATURES. USE IT TO SEND TEXT/EMAIL WITHOUT CELLULAR. CAN SEE WHERE OTHER PEOPLE OR DIGIPEATERS ARE AROUND ME. DEPENDS ON INFRASTRUCTURE AROUND TO GET PACKETS OUT THERE. PRACTICAL APP NOT MUCH DIFFERENT THAN POSITION REPORTING IN DMR. SARS TEAM BOUGHT 15 NEW RADIOS.|
|KI5BEE/VE3||CALVIN||ONTARIO||LOOKING INTO CANADIAN CALL. HAVE USED CROSSBAND IN PAST, FISHING TRIPS, AND USE TO HIT RADIO IN TRUCK WITH HANDHELD.|
|KO4BDT||MIKE||ROANOKE VA||SETTING UP FOR SUNDAY TRIP. LIMITED APRS EXP BUT DOING WELL.|
|KE7MU||BRAD||VAIL AZ||LOOKING INTO MOVE TO NORTH OF SEATTLE. DONE LITTLE OVERLANDING WITH 2017 PROMASTER VAN, SUITED FOR IT. LEARNED ENGINE CODE READER WILL GIVE PERFORMANCE OF ENGINE AND BLUETOOTH. CONSIDER INTERESTING FOR RIG. TALKED ABOUT PORTABLE HIGH PRESS PUMP TO CARRY WITH FOR AIR DOWN/UP. PICKED UP SUN/SAIL SHADE FOR VEHICLE. USES MAGNETS TO HOLD TO VAN WITH D-RINGS AND PAINTER POLES FOR OTHER END. 8X12'.|
|KT4OZ||TERRY||VA||MOBILE - HERDING KIDS AROUND. OBD2 DONGLE, USE APP CALLED TORQUE FOR ANDROID ($7) FOR SEVERAL YEARS. BOUGHT USED SUZUKI 4 WHEELER. COMPLETELY DISASSEMBLED IT. :) DOING MAINT AND CLEANUP. TRAIL RIDING WITH KIDS. APRS USEFULNESS. MAY BE RESTRICTED BY INFRASTRUCTURE TO MAKE APRS USEFUL. CAN SEND TXT TO HAMS CELL PHONE. ABILITY TO SEND LOCATION VIA GOOGLE MAP LINK. CAN SEND RECEIVE SHORT EMAILS OVER APRS BETWEEN HAMS. DON TOUCHED ON CROSS BAND. QUICK POINT THAT CANNOT CROSSBAND BETWEEN HAM BAND AND OTHER SERVICE.|
|VK7VWK||RANDALL||TASMANIA||INTERESTED IN THE OBD2 DEVICE. HAVE A MORE EXPENSIVE DEVICE. LOOKING FOR DRONE TO TAKE ARIAL SHOTS. WORKING ON FRIENDS DRONE THAT CRASHED.|
|KF0AJN||ROB||CO||OBD2 from scan gauge. Having trouble stay ing, using 2tel. SMSGTE.ORG SMS GATEWAY SITE FOR APRS. AS FOR RX DROP, THINK ITS IN CONFIGURATION. CAN RECONNECT BY PUTTING SPACE IN CHAT AND SENDING.|
|K7BWH||BARRY||WA||6 meter rover. Has APRS which lets Barry travel as long as wife knows where he is. APRS is fun, drives cross country. Feature in kenwood, pickup beacons heard. Idea to use list to talk to people to pull other kenwood frequency. APRS IDEA, VOICE ALERT. CONFIG OWN RADIOS APRS TO REACH PEOPLE. TRAVELING AND TRYING TO RAISE SOMEONE. SET A TONE SQUELCH ON APRS CHANNEL BOTH RX AND TX. EVERYONE ELSE THAT DOES SOMETHING SIMILAR. CAN CALL ON APRS FREQ TO BRING UP SOMEONE DOING THE SAME. http://www.aprs.org/VoiceAlert3.html|
|KM4PJN||JIMMY||ROANOKE VA||1ST VAR FOOTBALL GAME OF SEASON. 39 DEG. SONS FIRST GAME.|
|KN4YHM||TROY||LAKE CITY FL||FIRST TIME ON NET. MY RIG IS 2006 WRANGLER TJ. HAVE NOT DONE TOO MANY MODS. GIFT OF 2" SPACER AND BADLANDS WINCH AND COUPLE LIGHTS. LOOKING FOR HD ROOF RACK. NOT SURE IF WANT TO DO ROOFTOP TENT OR CUSTOM BUILD TRAILER. TRAILERS ARE PRICED HIGH BUT LOOKING. FAIRLY NEW HAM (2019). FIRST TIME HEARING ABOUT APRS. HAVE SOME RESEARCH TO DO.|
|VK2DY||ROBERT||AUSTRALIA||BEAUTIFUL FIRST 5 DAYS OF AUTUMN. TODAY BACK TO RAIN. HAVE USED APRS ON PHONE BUT NOT ON RADIO. NOT FOUND PRACTICAL USE OF APRS OVER RADIO. TALKED ABOUT MITSUBISHI DELICA WEEKS AGO, IMPORT COMPANY FOUND A COUPLE THAT LOOKED INTERESTING.|
Some ideas would include “Why Upgrade”, “How Overlanding and Amateur radio supplement each other”, SOTA, POTA, how digital communications can be used in an emergency.Hey Everyone,
I'll be your net control for the next couple of weeks and am looking for topic suggestions.
Linked on the OB homepage is an article about the 'Ultimate Overland Checklist'
It's an interesting list but I'm wondering what you would add that might not be included. If everybody throws out a few (or many) 'don't leave home without' items, I'll take it all down and publish here in the forum thread.
The following Friday is wide open. APRS is on the table to revisit. Any other topic suggestions?
Ed - N7PHY
|BOG (bug out bag)|
|24 Hrs of essentials. Ready to go for search and rescue.|
|Contractor grade garbage bags (multiple uses)|
|Flashlights (2 or more)|
|Small air horn|
|Keep stocked pantry of shelf stable foods (3-4 days worth)|
|FRED (flaming ridicules eating device)|
|Personal / 1st Aid|
|Benedrill pills and cream for allergy symptoms|
|Fingertip pulse oxy monitor|
|blood pressure monitor|
|Bandages, band aids, gloves|
|Specialty sockets such as torx bits.|
|HF radio. Can use to call for help in remote location.|
|Aluminum foil. Multiple uses such as patching manifold.|
|Zip ties, various sizes|
|Bailing wire, Pliers,|
|Clamptite wire tool kit|
|Make a list of what was not needed after each outing.|
|2 is one. 1 is none.|
|Headlamp recommended as one of the lights|
|Learn to program radio through keypad|
|Try not to take too much or overload.|
|Thank about what you might need to make a repair.|
|Keep mindful of expiration dates.|
|Find training from reputable instructor.|
Agreed that it was a great discussion. Lots of great info.Absolutely amazing net yesterday. Thank you everyone who could make it. Below is our check-in list and the checklist items we came up with for our pre-packed or 'don't leave home without' items.
Feel free to add to the list here in the forum thread.
Hope to catch you again next week.
KI7WPG Lora WA x VA2EV Don Quebec CAN KI5BEE Calvin Ontario CAN KI5GPI Donna TX kj6DHG Renay CA KC0POB Chad AZ K5TIN Shane LA KE6GVK Mike AZ x K7XPO Brien AZ KJ6DHG Vinny AZ VK7VWK Randall Hobart Tasmania KB7RSV Scott WA x W7BR Brett WA? KF0AJN Robert CO N7BMH Brian ID x VK2DY Robert Sydney Australia KO4BDT Charles VA KM4PJN Jimmy VA KB1YAI Thomas AZ
I have connected using DMR in the past, and it does work, though with my bad hearing I prefer the rich tone of FM (even over Echolink) rather than the sound of digital.... does anyone else join via the Brandmeister connections? ...
There are a few of us that do both POTA and SOTA. Next month I will be activating a state park or 2.Anyone out there interested in the Parks on the Air (POTA) program? Digging into the details it looks like fun, and I'm in these parks and forests anyway.
Thought it might be a good topic for this weeks net if there is interest.