vks 737

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 09, 2005 at 09:44
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We've finally got our HF radio up and running for our kimberly trip in April. We're interested to know of anyone else who is a member of VKS 737 who would like to have a chat on the hf. We need to practice using and talking on the radio.
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Reply By: Steve - Wednesday, Mar 09, 2005 at 09:54

Wednesday, Mar 09, 2005 at 09:54
Romeo 433 here... what's your call sign..am sometimes/usually on the side of channel 2 in the evenings (in Sydney)
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Follow Up By: brumac - Wednesday, Mar 09, 2005 at 13:09

Wednesday, Mar 09, 2005 at 13:09
Romeo5958. We are in Canberra. Have been listening to skeds in evenings.
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Reply By: brian - Wednesday, Mar 09, 2005 at 09:58

Wednesday, Mar 09, 2005 at 09:58
Romeo 149 here based in illawarra as above what is your call sign,location,time and frequency happy to help.
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Follow Up By: brumac - Wednesday, Mar 09, 2005 at 13:16

Wednesday, Mar 09, 2005 at 13:16
We're in Canberra. Listening to skeds on the weekend we heard people in Qld talking so I assume we would be able to talk to you in Sydney. We would love to give it a try. Maybe channel 2 after the 8.10pm sked finishes.
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 17:49

Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 17:49
Brumac
R28 here (just outside ACT in the scrub). Your assumption about reception is not correct. A nearer station might fall within the 'skip' zone. So you can talk to QLD from Canberra but people in Sydney may not receive.
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Reply By: Member - Banjo (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 09, 2005 at 11:59

Wednesday, Mar 09, 2005 at 11:59
Bru - as well as private contacts, if you are interested ..............
This is a quiet time of the year for all VKS bases - the sked operators would be happy to take any contacts for any purpose during sked times (I'm an operator - Adelaide base - one or two nights a week) - just call in for a radio check, any base any time. Advise that you are new and would like the practice - no problems - you can get feedback on your signal quality - even try other frequencies (5455khz is used most skeds as a second channel - 8022khz is the main). If you ran around all bases over a week or so you'd get a good idea on routines.Whatever. The main thing is you want to be a user - not just an owner - you might really need that HF one day !
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Follow Up By: brumac - Wednesday, Mar 09, 2005 at 13:20

Wednesday, Mar 09, 2005 at 13:20
Thanks for the info. Yes we did talk to Adelaide and StMarys on Sunday night. I just didn't know if we could keep calling them when we are just sitting in our driveway playing. The operators were very nice. They made you feel very comfortable even though we were very nervous. Loads of fun. Can't wait to get on the road in 6 weeks.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 09, 2005 at 12:01

Wednesday, Mar 09, 2005 at 12:01
Whiskey 622 here........

I don't often have the radio on except when on a trip, but if we can sort out a pre-arranged time, I would be happy to go for a short drive (need to be out of town away from power lines etc).

Cheers and good luck.......BTW a good idea is to listen on the skeds and talk to the operator/s at various base stations; they usually aren't too busy at this time of year and you could practice on them.

Roachie
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Reply By: Member - David 0- Wednesday, Mar 09, 2005 at 22:27

Wednesday, Mar 09, 2005 at 22:27
Channel 5 3Mhz is a chat channel, so any time (night time is best after 6pm your local) you want to give me a call feel free. selcall 8800 message me if you want to chat
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