Bunbury Radio Club Experimenter’s Net

The BRC Experimenters’ Net Overview

Inspiration

“If the wireless men are itching for new experiments, let them have them immediately, in order to transfuse a vitalising spirit into their blood which will stir them up and band them together, stronger than ever.”

The Daily News, Perth, 7th September 1925

Background

The idea for the BRC Experimenters’ Net came from the testing and experimentation that Richard VK6PZT and Brian VK6TGQ carrier out in the second half of 2014.  We have experimented with the following:-

  • Richard’s 2m Ground Plane and Yagi
  • Voice via Satellite (still working on that one!)
  • Slow Scan TV (Digital and Analogue)
  • Echolink
  • Packet Radio (Converse mode, Including via the ISS)

Having the opportunity to simply try things to see how they work has been a great way to learn.

Purpose & Operation

The purpose of the Experimenters’ Net is to have fun while learning about a new piece of Equipment or a new Operating Mode.

In order to get most benefit from the ‘Air Time’ on Sunday mornings, there will be some planning (via the BRC Google Group) prior to each session.

Many of the digital modes simply require a connection between a transceiver audio and the sound card in a computer.  This can be done by holding the microphone of one next to the speaker of the other.  It can also be useful to connect the computer to the transceiver Push To Talk, although operation can be manual in most cases.

Net Timing
The Experimenters’ Net will convene at 10:00 Bunbury time on the Sundays after the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month.  The net will close down at around 11:00 (or 11:30 or 12:00 depending on activity).  The Experimenters’ Net may also convene at other times to take advantage events such as a favourable satellite passes pass.

Net Frequency
Initial Check In and final Check Out will be on an agreed frequency.  We need to consider HF, VHF, and UHF.  Ideally we would mix this with Echolink, IRLP, or Allstar, or something similar to provide maximum opportunity for Members to join the Net.
Experimental Activities will take place on appropriate HF, VHF, or UHF as appropriate.

Example Activities
The following list provides some examples of the types of activities that Club Members have suggested.

  • Testing / Tuning Antennas
  • Site Surveys
  • Testing of Vintage Radio Equipment
  • Packet Radio
    o Converse Mode
    o Digipeating Terrestrial / Satellite
    o BBS
    o APRS
  • Slow Scan Television
    o Analogue / Digital / Hybrid Modes
    o HF / UHF
  • Digital Voice Modes
  • Internet
    o Audio Streaming
    o EchoLink
    o IRLP
    o AllStar

 

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