Aaron Vogel, W6TDR, has started a ham radio net specifically for 4×4 folks of all interests. It is a low stress and fun way to get familiar with your ham radio, learn to program a repeater into your radio, practice using a repeater, and converse with like-minded off-roaders. Full details are posted on Expedition Portal. Aaron’s introduction of the newly created net follows below.
The net happens every Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. on the W6SRR repeater: 147.045+ 94.8 NFM. The W6SRR repeater sits on the summit of Sunol Ridge and is easily reachable using a handheld radio from many East Bay locations including my home in Pleasanton.
If you need help programming your radio for this repeater then post a comment here or email me (Darrel) and include your radio brand and model. I’ll help you get the repeater setup in your radio so you can join the net. If you have my ham radio programming then you already have this repeater in your radio; it is the entry named SUNOL2.
———————————— Aaron’s Introduction ————————————
I wanted to share our newly created ham radio net information with you in the hopes that some of your members might care to join us. The net is specifically for 4×4 folks of all interests.
I saw on the clubs page that you’re advocates of ham radio use in rigs. I’m of the same mind and have been advocating with my own little group that ham radio is a better way to communicate for 4-wheelers. What I saw, though, was a lack of anywhere to practice off the trail. There’s plenty of repeaters around the bay area, but without a reason to get on them I couldn’t convince anyone to actually use their radios, or even get their license in the first place.
So, that’s why I’ve started this net. I’m trying to promote with various clubs in the area/region to grown attendance – after all, what’s a net worth without people to talk to?
I’d love it if some of your members would join us, and I’d love to have them promote your club specifically if they’d like to make calendar, advocacy or trail info announcements during the net. Hopefully it could be a win-win for everyone.
All the details are here on Expedition Portal. Basically every Weds. at 7:30pm on W6SRR 147.045+ 94.8 PL NFM.
The repeater I’ve chosen should cover the better part of the Bay Area as well as over to Livermore and even out to Stockton and the valley. It’s also an IRLP node, so if anyone outside the coverage area has access to an IRLP station they can dial in.
Hope to hear you on!
aaron.vogel <at> @gmail.com