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Simulated Repeater Failure Net 3/11/2010

CARP Net Control
March 3, 2010

Simulated Repeater Failure Net 3/11/2010

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers Net for 3/11/2010 will be conducted as a simulated repeater failure net. The Net will be conducted on 147.675 MHz simplex at 19:00 local time. This net normally meets on the K6ARP Repeater system. We invite all amateurs in the area to take part in this Net.

After a power and subsequent generator failure during a powerful storm that caused a repeater outage at the high level repeter site, CARP has decided to have periodic simulated Repeater Failure Nets.

Net control station for this net will be Patrick May, KI6QOH located in Clovis near Gettysburg/Fowler. Stations with directional antennas should orient them in that direction. Stations should take note of stations that check-in but are not recognized by Net Control and relay that station to net control when the relaying station is called.

All repeaters will be disabled for the duration of the net.

We look forward to hearing from as many stations as we can.

Thursday, March 11, 2001 – 19:00

147.675MHz Simplex
Net Control will be KI6QOH located in SE Clovis.

Nobody Talks To Me!

by Steve Ford, WB81MY, Assistant Technical Editor
QST October 1993 p.63

All revved up and no place to go. You know the feeling….and so do I. You just unpacked your first 2-meter FM transceiver and you’re dying to use it. You punch in the frequency of the local repeater and listen. Silence. This is the moment of truth. You key the microphone and, in your most confident voice, announce, “WB81MY listening.”

The repeater transmits for a few seconds, then stops. Surely someone is reaching for their microphone. They’ll call you in just a few seconds…won’t they?The seconds stretch into minutes. “WB81MY listening,” you announce again, this time with added urgency.

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The Proper use of “Break”

The Proper Use of Break in Amateur Radio Communications

by Rob Mavis AE6GE

January 30, 2007 -There are many terms used in amateur radio communications that have specific meanings or purposes. The term break has three accepted uses. The Compact Oxford English Dictionary defines the word break, in this application, to mean an interruption or to interrupt. In all uses of the term it means just that, to interrupt an ongoing radio communication.


Break is also used to signify there is higher priority traffic. For example, a conversation is in progress between two or more stations about the current weather conditions at their respective locations and another station needs to report a traffic accident. The station with the accident report should, once a station un-keys, key his transmitter and say, “Break. The other stations should immediately acknowledge the breaking station and allow him/her to pass the urgent traffic.

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How to Call CQ

…or even answer one!

by Steve Katz, WB2WIK/6

It seems impossible, but it’s very true that most new hams don’t know how to call CQ. And a lot don’t know how to answer one, either!

We’re all to blame for that. There just isn’t as much “CQing” as there used to be, except during contests. One reason might be that we’re mostly using transceivers with VFO control – as silly as that sounds. Here’s the explanation: Back in the good old days (for me), we used mostly crystal controlled transmitters with separate, tunable receivers. The odds of having a crystal on exactly the same frequency as someone else who was on the band, and within range, at the same time was pretty slim. So, it was common to call CQ, then tune around, looking for answers.

Well, today, we needn’t tune around looking for answers, any answers will be right there on the same frequency we’re on. Experienced operators know it’s easy to break into an ongoing QSO, if you know how and when it’s appropriate to do so. I make a lot of my contacts like that: Just overhear an interesting conversation, wait for a pause, insert my callsign, and join the group. But many newbies, as well as some old-timers, are too shy to do this, or maybe just not very good at it. And it is frowned on by most to break into a conversation when you’ve absolutely nothing to add to it.

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