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rmollise
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Astronomy Net on 20 Meters? new
      #5548450 - 12/01/12 09:12 AM

CQ you astronomy hams, and I know there must be plenty of y'all on CN...

Is there still a wide-coverage astronomy net on the air? I know there used to be one on 14.292, but I do not hear them any more...


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Re: Astronomy Net on 20 Meters? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5548988 - 12/01/12 03:37 PM

was discussed in earlier thread and it looks like it is gone.

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/5388762/page...


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Re: Astronomy Net on 20 Meters? new [Re: bob71741]
      #5549143 - 12/01/12 05:42 PM

Thanks...

OK...which of you OMs or YLs is an experienced NCS and would like to start a new one? There NEEDS to be an amateur astronomy net on the air!


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Re: Astronomy Net on 20 Meters? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5549390 - 12/01/12 08:56 PM

I don't know of one on the radio but I enjoy listening to this one HERE via the internet.

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Re: Astronomy Net on 20 Meters? new [Re: LoveChina61]
      #5550012 - 12/02/12 09:35 AM

Thanks...but just not the same...

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Re: Astronomy Net on 20 Meters? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5550179 - 12/02/12 11:32 AM

Quote:

Thanks...

OK...which of you OMs or YLs is an experienced NCS and would like to start a new one? There NEEDS to be an amateur astronomy net on the air!




We just need a time and a frequency.
-KE5SWU


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Re: Astronomy Net on 20 Meters? new [Re: James_826]
      #5551618 - 12/03/12 07:51 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Thanks...

OK...which of you OMs or YLs is an experienced NCS and would like to start a new one? There NEEDS to be an amateur astronomy net on the air!





We just need a time and a frequency.
-KE5SWU




And to get the word out...and a person willing to serve as Net Control...but I suppose it could happen...


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Re: Astronomy Net on 20 Meters? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5552270 - 12/03/12 03:25 PM

How about 0200 UTC daily on 5.7Ghz?
(Sorry...it's been a slow day...)

Seriously, it seems like the nets start off well and then drop off. I participated for a bit on one based on 2 meters (accessed via Echolink since it was far out of state for me). It was a good net, but after a month or so it seems the moderator abandoned the net. I encouraged him to move it to 40 meters, but he couldn't since he was only licensed as a tech.

I have a feeling that the online forums may be pushing such radio nets into obsolescence.

73, KB8FGC


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Re: Astronomy Net on 20 Meters? new [Re: caheaton]
      #5552406 - 12/03/12 04:58 PM

Quote:

How about 0200 UTC daily on 5.7Ghz?
(Sorry...it's been a slow day...)

Seriously, it seems like the nets start off well and then drop off. I participated for a bit on one based on 2 meters (accessed via Echolink since it was far out of state for me). It was a good net, but after a month or so it seems the moderator abandoned the net. I encouraged him to move it to 40 meters, but he couldn't since he was only licensed as a tech.

I have a feeling that the online forums may be pushing such radio nets into obsolescence.

73, KB8FGC




Nah. Get on 40 and you'll find lots of net activity. It seems to growing, as a matter of fact. The Brothers Net, for example, is on every day I believe, and Nightwatch may be too, to name just two examples.

I don't think it's so much that people lose interest in a Net, it's a different and in some ways better experience than a cotton picking Internet board. More like a non-virtual club meeting. The problem is usually that the one or few folks running the Net just can't do it over the longhaul...

Hope you find lots of friends on 5.7

I would like to see an amateur astronomy net back on. Several of us tried Echolink for a while...but I dunno...Echolink turned out not to be something I liked on a regular basis, and I assume the other folks felt the same.


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Re: Astronomy Net on 20 Meters? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5554695 - 12/04/12 09:45 PM

I'm interested, maybe not in being a NCS initially as I don't have the experience, but I'd love to participate in a net that is not just let's-all-check-in-and-we're-done type thing.

One of the first things I did earlier this year when I got on HF was look for an astronomy net and was disappointed (and surprised) I couldn't find one, given the frequent overlap of the two hobbies.


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Re: Astronomy Net on 20 Meters? new [Re: Michael Rapp]
      #5555235 - 12/05/12 07:54 AM

Well, keep watching this space. If I hear of one or of somebody starting one, I'll post here. I believe 14mhz would be the most practical band, since there are just so many nets on 40.

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Re: Astronomy Net on 20 Meters? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5555934 - 12/05/12 04:21 PM

Quote:

Well, keep watching this space. If I hear of one or of somebody starting one, I'll post here. I believe 14mhz would be the most practical band, since there are just so many nets on 40.




Yea, but the problem with 20 meters is that the "skip zone" might not allow everyone to check in. I can generally hear both coasts from here in the middle of the country, but not anything inside of about 600 miles from me. Also, 20 meters is one of the most popular bands, so it is hard to squeeze yet another net on that band. On 40 meters, I can hear a lot out to near both coasts, but the foreign broadcasters tend to make it hard to listen in places. In the early 1980's we once had an "Asteroid Intercept Radio Net" on 40 meters late in the afternoon to pass on last minute ground path predictions for asteroid occultation work, but since the Internet, that has kind of gone by the wayside. I suspect one of the Internet chat rooms would have more potential to get people talking than an HF net would. Clear skies to you.


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Re: Astronomy Net on 20 Meters? [Re: David Knisely]
      #5557038 - 12/06/12 08:21 AM

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Yea, but the problem with 20 meters is that the "skip zone" might not allow everyone to check in. I can generally hear both coasts from here in the middle of the country, but not anything inside of about 600 miles from me. Also, 20 meters is one of the most popular bands, so it is hard to squeeze yet another net on that band. On 40 meters, I can hear a lot out to near both coasts, but the foreign broadcasters tend to make it hard to listen in places. In the early 1980's we once had an "Asteroid Intercept Radio Net" on 40 meters late in the afternoon to pass on last minute ground path predictions for asteroid occultation work, but since the Internet, that has kind of gone by the wayside. I suspect one of the Internet chat rooms would have more potential to get people talking than an HF net would. Clear skies to you.




Typing in a chat room is not the same as working someone on the air. Not by a long shot. And there are already a million Internet message boards; all about the same. Well except for the glorious CN, of course.

Twenty meters is really the only game in town for a wide converage net. As you observe, 40 is pretty messy due to international broadcasters. It gets a lot better below 7200, but that area is already filled up with nets, many run on a nightly basis. Below 7175 is really nice, and I really like it...but...there's a lot of DX there that a net would disturb, and that lower part of the fone band is not available to folks who do not have their Extra.


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