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20110911 - F-troop update

posted 12 Sept 2011, 01:19 by Onno Benschop
Every week since June there has been a local 'net that is open to all callers, but specifically intended for new-comers to Amateur Radio. The 'net is called F-troop and it runs every Saturday from 8:00 to about 9:00 on the VK6RAP repeater.

Since our first F-troop, we've had contacts with 34 stations across the metropolitan area. The format is simple, relaxed and you're encouraged to join in and key your microphone.

Yesterday we talked about building antennas, how to check an SWR meter and dummy loads.

As the host of F-troop, I'd also like to thank those stations with more experience who take the time to join in and share the benefit of their experience - without you, F-troop would just be a kindergarten without any teachers.

So, feel free to listen in, better still, don't be shy, join in and participate. If you're unsure how to actually do that, the frequency for the VK6RAP repeater is 146.700 MHz FM and the input frequency is 146.100 MHz. If you've not set your shiny new transceiver up for repeater use, visit the Hills Amateur Radio Group web-site at and click on the F-troop link. If you're furiously scribbling, the frequency to listen on is 146.700 MHz in FM and the website is