LOL, mine too! Ah well...This is great, count me in. My lady is going to give me crap for sitting in the truck at night, in the driveway just for the sake of talking on the radio :ylsmoke:
Yes, definitely! I'll be following a pretty standard net opening script that outlines protocol. It will be a directed net, not an open forum, so we'll be doing check-ins, all traffic will need to go through net control, etc... I'll go through this at the beginning of every net and possibly a re-cap in the middle just in case people come late. I'll add some version of that info to the top post as well. Thx!I would suggest that the first X minutes of the net be some one or a couple of assigned people to go over the basics of how the net conversations are going to go as far as keying in, requesting permission to comment, announcing yourself with your call sign when keying in, etc. I frequent a few repeaters around the Bay, and have noticed a sizable difference between repeater edict and trail edict. For those who have never been on a repeater, it is a whole different "rule book" than chatting on the trail. So something either here, or at the beginning of each net session would be a good idea to familiarize everyone and newcomers to the "system".
That's awesome! My count is only at 1 so far, but I may start taking credit for anyone that joins the net as a new ham. :wings:I make Ham Radio a participatory requirement on all trips I lead. I'm directly responsible for at least 35 tech licenses in the last 2 years so I think this is a very good net topic. I'll tune in.
Absolutely! First thing is to find a testing location. There's a bi-weekly test, every other Saturday, at the Saratoga Fire Department proctored by the Silicon Valley Volunteer Examiner Group. This is the most often test that I'm aware of. Their next test is on Jan 7th. Simply show up with $15 cash or check, your ID and SSN (card itself not required).I want to get my license first. Any suggestion where to start?
I was inspired to get my tech license about 2.5 years ago from following one of your trip planning threads (wasn't in Bay Area at the time). Haven't really used it though so I'll try to tune in on my cheapo handheld.I make Ham Radio a participatory requirement on all trips I lead. I'm directly responsible for at least 35 tech licenses in the last 2 years so I think this is a very good net topic. I'll tune in.
Did you get a radio with Cross Band Repeat? If so, you could sit in the house and get annoyed looks instead!This is great, count me in. My lady is going to give me crap for sitting in the truck at night, in the driveway just for the sake of talking on the radio :ylsmoke: