Archive for March, 2015

Next Practice; Sat. April 11, 2015

March 29th, 2015

Greetings 2 Meter Critical Mass Radio Practice Friends,

Our next radio practice will be Saturday April 11, 2015, from 1000 hrs. to 1200 hr., again at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park (36th Ave. and Fulton St.).

That’s the second Saturday of the month. Most of our practices in 2015 will now be held on the 2nd Saturday.

Try not to miss this practice as we are planning an exercise where everyone will get to use their radio and have some mysteries explained.

As always there will be someone to help you, or you can be that person to help someone. You can be an Elmer, or as I just learned – the ladies call themselves a Wilma when they are helping another ham.

Two new activities for the practice:

1.)   Beginning at 0930 check in on the Travel Net as you travel to the lake. Use 146.550, PL 100.0, simplex. Check in even if you are not coming to the practice. No need to reveal your location. Just say “Good Morning, Check in only”.

2.)   When the practice is over and as you leave, tune your radio to 146.520, simplex, no PL, and see/hear who you can make contact with as you are headed to your next destination. 146.52 is the 2M National Calling Frequency. Say your call sign once or twice and someone might hear you.

Bring your radio and the operator’s manual, charge up the battery, bring paper and pencil, and bring your questions about operating your radio. Someone will be there to help you.  I learn something every time we meet.

Best Regards,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

2MeterCriticalMass.com

 

Next Practice: Sat. March 14, 2015

March 2nd, 2015

Greetings 2 Meter Critical Mass Radio Practice Friends,

Our next radio practice will be Saturday March 14, 2015, from 1000 hrs. to 1200 hrs., again at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park (36th Ave and Fulton).

That’s the second Saturday of the month.  Most of our practices in 2015 will now be held on the 2nd Saturday.

Come early and you can be the Net Control Operator taking travel check-ins as everyone drives to and arrives at the lake. Travel check-ins will be taken from 0930 hrs. until 1000 hrs.

New for our practices: Beginning at 0930 hrs. Saturday, make contact and check in on the Travel Net, 146.550, simplex, PL 100, as you drive or walk to the lake, and then again when you arrive at the lake. Monitor the frequency as you are traveling to the practice.    Check-in even if you are not coming to the practice. No need to reveal your location, just say “Good Morning, Check-In Only”.

Also new for our practices: When the practice is over and as you leave,  tune to 146.52  simplex, no PL, and see who you can make contact with as you are driving or walking to your next destination.  146.52 is the 2M National Calling Frequency and we can discuss the protocols for using it. This informal “walk-about” net will start about 1200 hrs., so if you are not at the practice, tune to “five-two” and make contact with the 2MCM Travelers as they take off for other places.

Bring your radio and the operator’s manual, charge up the battery, bring paper and pencil, and bring your questions about operating your radio. Someone will be there to help you.  I learn something every time we meet.

Best Regards,

Peter McElmury AA6SF

2MeterCriticalMass.com