Flex users net

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Is anyone interested in starting a Flex users net at night in the Southeastern US ?
Is their one already in operation?
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WA6FXT Mike

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How about all Flexer's? 40mtrs?


73's de Mike WA6FXT

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Norm - W7CK

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I might check in every once in a while.  I'm not one for nets but I wouldn't mind an informal group that is more in lines with a rag chew session.  Nets where folks just check in and tell the group what equip they have and call out for any emergency traffic seem boring to me and without purpose, so may as well just have a general rag chew.

Maybe just pick a frequency where folks hang out when they aren't somewhere else?
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Lee - N2LEE

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I am usually on at night and would find an informal hang out on 80 or 40 a good idea. Like Norm I am not much for "Nets" but a place to ask and answer questions and just get to know other users would be something I would be enjoy.

Alan, pick a frequency and lets see what happens.
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George - AB4FH

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Alan,

Sure, why not. I'll check in occasionally. We should probably keep the CW speed below 30 wpm in the interest of greater participation, though. ;-)
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Lee - N2LEE

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CW ? C W?  Oh yea thats one of them "thar" digital modes right ?  It's like JT65 but faster, I think.  :)
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James Kennedy-WU5E

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Alan sounds good. a Elmer's  group. For the Flex 6000 series radios..I'm a DX'er always have my eyes glue to the cluster and like a few Contest like the WPX this weekend. Rag chew I'm not a big fan of only if the topic is the radio

Jim

WU5E

Woodlawn, TN


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Dale KB5VE

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I am on 75 most nights have a group I check in with on 3.838 but several of us have migrated to 3.720 to talk about our flex radios and several on the community have found us and joined in. It is in the extra portion but gen portion is really packed.

I enjoy discussing the functions and issues we might have. Also setting up the many software programs. If anyone wanted to make it a regular let me know. Several of the people are ones I have sold flex radios to.
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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There are some of us, old friends for long back, but mostly using flex radios, that gather from about 8- 10 pm Eastern Time on or about 3.817 +/- QRM.  When summer static increases, we move to 40 Meters, about 7.217 +/- QRM.  We call ourselves the "earthquake net."

There is another group of flexers that gathers on 3.990 in the evenings, about the same time.

I have run into several rag-chew informal nets that are flexers, and/or audiophiles scattered across 80 meters.

Perhaps someone could assemble a list.....
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Dan -- KC4GO

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3.720 = Advanced also :)
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Dale KB5VE

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yes you are correct I do not understand why they do not grandfather the advance into extra I would have no issue with it.
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Dan -- KC4GO

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@Ken - NM9P
I didn't do much hamming for about 20 years after got the Advanced. Spent most of that time working communications projects 3rd world countries middle east, Africa,  South and Central America.  I purchased the 6500 and an incentive to get back active. Part of that is a commitment to also get the Extra.
A lot of what is on today's extra is stuff that was on the old Advanced. I just find it a bit harder getting up to speed at 70 verses 30...
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Jay / NO5J

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I cheaped out and ended up with the extra, Went in for testing when I thought I had enough CW ability for a license, I asked if I could try for the General If I passed the Technician, because I wanted the General. They said no problem no extra charge if done that same night. Scraped by and passed the code test, passed the Technician, 
then Passed the General, Then was asked If I planned to hang around and attempt the extra,

"It might be good to try it so you'll be less afraid of it when you come back."

Darn it, passed the extra, and never got to be a Novice, Technician, or General. I'm not a no code extra, I'm a cheap extra. I spent the savings on an SDR1000.

73, Jay - NO5J
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Burt Fisher

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How hard is the exam? My daughter got her license at age 8
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Dale KB5VE

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I took the novice in 1961 and again in 1973, then the tech, then the general, then the advance, then the extra . I can assure you the advance was the most technical and the hardest of any of them. The next was the general then the extra then the novice then the tech. .
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Jay / NO5J

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Wasn't hard for me, except for the code portion, that wasn't really all that hard either.
just copied a few minutes of code, I was prepared to have to repeat the testing until I got the General, didn't have to.
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Dan -- KC4GO

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In my bucket list for this year 
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There is a flex net on 20 meters 14.329 on Sunday at 1 pm central time.  Anyone can check in but I would say about majority of checks ins are flexors.  You can discuss or ask questions regarding flex, it is a well informed group. 
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With all of the HOA business now a days, there might be greater participation on 40m than 80m due to antenna size.  Its certainly the case for me.
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Jay / NO5J

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40m would work better for me too, I can work portions of 80m I'll see if I can get tuned up on 3.720. 
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Alan W4FBI

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Agreed. Can't do 80M here due to HOA
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Jay / NO5J

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Ok tune up on 3.720 is good, I love this AT2K, ZS6BKW is really too short for the bottom half of 75m. I'll be listening regardless. Did we lock in on 3.720 and a time frame?
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Dale KB5VE

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I will be there a little after 8 central time if busy will move up 2 And2
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Lee - N2LEE

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Will look for you guys on 3.720
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Bill -VA3WTB

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I will join you, I didn't know about 3.720. But we should all find something, should be fun. Oh and it should be open to all flexers not just 6000.
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Jay / NO5J

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Some of us might even use an SDR-1000. So It won't feel left out. It's old but doesn't have any knobs so maybe no one will notice if it sneaks in. 
73, Jay - NO5J
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Dale KB5VE

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yes you are correct I do not understand why they do not grandfather the advance into extra I would have no issue with it.
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Lee - N2LEE

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No matter what frequency you pick someone will not be able to participate so just pick one and lets see what happens.
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Oscar Lee - N5LN

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I've just gotten on the air with my new 6500.  I would like to join a net (or two) as there is so much for me to learn.  My last really fine station was my KWM-2A & 75S3C.  After I got over the shock of not being able to dip the plate and peak grid current, I'm beginning to enjoy the rig-- hi hi.  Seriously,

I would love to have a list of net frequencies and bands to find one that fits my schedule!   I would check in often

Lee Nugent  - N5LN. 

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Lee wan is tough tonite but several of us are meeting at 3.720 at 8 central time
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Jay / NO5J

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ThunderBoomers to the North of me. Y'all Talk LOUDER! 
We've moved up 4 to 3.724.
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Jay / NO5J

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Dale suggested AGCT 0 and FAST and raise the slice volume and headsets and they are audible in between the strikes. Hint: ride the slice level with the FlexControl.
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Lee - N2LEE

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good tip
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Dan -- KC4GO

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I can hear some of it but QRN QRM got it 80% of the time
Think I need little more antenna for 80.... 
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Bill -VA3WTB

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I'm not hearing anyone well,,speak up gang!!!
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Norm - W7CK

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Anyone in the Southwest want to try 7.208 this evening?
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WA6FXT Mike

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What time?
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As soon as I can get my station setup and on the air in Florida; I love to join the net.
However, I hope the topics are related to Flex operations, setup or issues  etc...

NO weather report,  towers, antennas or health issues; Those topics are rather  boring and not related to Flex.
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Well Enrest, there were only 3 of us on 40m this evening - lots of fun.  It was Jay-NO5J, Mike-WA6FXT and myself Norm-W7CK.  Topics tonight centered areound on Microphones, EQ, recorder, programming etc.....  We did some recording and playback which was fun.  Also talked about antennas and some other Flex related operational stuff.   Nice an informal since there were only 3 of us.  If we get a larger group, I'll have to be better at passing it around so everyone gets their turn.

80m is a bit of a stretch for my antenna.  It will tune up on 80m but I don't think its very efficient.  I may have been a bit late this evening on 3.720 - 3.724 but when I did arrive, I didn't hear anything.... 

I think I'm going to try to leave a panadapter and slice on 7.208 all of the time.  Although I'm not around the shack much, at least when I am here I'll be listening.

Maybe we should try to get on around 02:00 Zulu.   Does that sound about right for folks?
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Nice net Norm! I had fun.
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Ernest - W4EG

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Thanks Norm ...
I am looking for a place to have my new car alter with an antenna to run my knob mobile radio.
Hope to join the conversation soon: The topic you discussed are very relevant for the subject.  
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Norm - W7CK

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Last night there were a bunch of folks using 7.208.  After I listened in for about an hour it was evident, the group is there most every evening.  So, 7.208 isn't going to work.   Does anyone else have a 40m frequency that appears to be fairly clear in the evening starting between 01:00 or 02:00 Zulu?  Conditions are pretty good on 40m most of the time.  It would be nice to have a frequency where Flex folks can just hang out any time of the day.
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Jay / NO5J

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Locally most of 40m SSB is staked out, and subject to SW broadcasters later in the evening. keeping it in the general section will mean trying to find some space. everything is usually "Owned" by some group. there's at least a 2-3  6000 series owners on 7.195 but we don't own the place, the regulars tolerate us, but will want to drop the subject, and move on to the regular, "politically incorrect" discussions,  if we talk Flex too much. that usually runs off most intruders. I'd definitely join a 40m FlexNet if you find it a home.

73, Jay - NO5J  
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Dale KB5VE

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Good try to night I know there were more than talked thanks Jim in tenn and Sam we will keep trying if the noise floor was at 100 we would have been ok. Good start
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Just to remind everyone that there is a Flex Users Net on Sundays at 1 PM Central Savings time , on 14.329 MHz, USB, and also on Echolink , node 79336 (or my call WA5QPZ)  and CQ100 , 14.329,  and podcasted on   http://livestream.com/wa5qpz      also   all at once.   

Usually runs about an hour.  

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Is anyone going to be on tonight? 80 or 40 will be fine.