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April Activity Meeting

The April meeting will be held on Sunday the 28th of April at Steve VK3FSWB’s QTH at 120 Walnut Avenue.It is between 9th and 10th Streets on the City Centre side of the street. The festivities start at 1200 with BYO Lunch (A BBQ will be available).
Brian VK3BBB/VK2CCP will speak about Digital Modes including D-Star, DMR, WSJT and FreeDV.
Don’t forget to bring a chair and a few dollars for the club raffle

HF Net

Only 4 of us made it last night, and one apology. All the usual suspects, hihi, no names or callsigns, but we really do need to show stronger support for our club. What do we need to do to make it a better net? is 80m the right band? I know a few of us (me included) have antenna problems at 80m. The theory is, that 80m groundwave communication is best achieved with a vertical antenna giving a range of around 90km. Well, we all know how theories work out!

I know my little tri-band trap vertical (20 – 15 – 10m) looks horrendous on 80, and only the services of a tuner allow the rig to transmit at all. Remember tho’, the tuner doesn’t fix the antenna problem, it just makes the transmitter think it has!

Perhaps we need a homebrew project to build an 80m vertical? Post a reply. It willbe moderated and published right here!

norm, vk3xci