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Local Nets & Events

Here's a list of all of the radio nets in the South West of England from the Region 11 groups.io Wiki page, compiled and maintained by Andy Jenner G7KNA. See the original here.

Monday

  • 3.663MHz 10:30 every Monday managed by Torbay ARS (Kerry M0KRE 07725999973)
  • 1.982MHz 20:00 every Monday managed by Torbay ARS (Kerry M0KRE 07725999973)
  • 145.400MHz 20:00 (19:00UTC) every Monday managed by Mid-Somerset ARC (David G8BFV/Richard G4JJP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. replacing <AT> with @)
  • 145.475MHz FM 20:00 every Monday managed by Poole RS, if 145.475 is busy, then next clear channel up
  • GB3SW 20:00 every Monday managed by Sidmouth ARS (Dave G6XUV 07721436810)
  • 50.155MHz 20:30 every Monday managed by Torbay ARS (Kerry M0KRE 07725999973)

Tuesday

  • 3.165MHz AM 10:45 - 11:00 every Tuesday managed by South Dorset RS. Note this switches to 3.776MHz SSB at 11:00
  • 3.776MHz SSB 11:00 - 12:00 every Tuesday managed by South Dorset RS
  • 70.475MHz FM 19:30 every Tuesday managed by South Bristol ARC (Paul G4PDC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • GB3EW 19:45 every Tuesday managed by Exeter ARS (Ivor G6ATJ 07927628685)

Wednesday

  • 14.270MHz 09:30 every Wednesday managed by Torbay ARS (Kerry M0KRE 07725999973)
  • 7.130MHz +/- QRM 10:00 every Wednesday commencing 10 November 2020 managed by Sidmouth ARS (Dave G6XUV 07721436810)
  • 3.663MHz 10:30 every Wednesday managed by Torbay ARS (Kerry M0KRE 07725999973)
  • 145.475MHz FM 14:30 every Wednesday managed by Poole RS, if 145.475 is busy, then next clear channel up
  • 145.400MHz 19:30 every Wednesday managed by Taunton and District ARS (Mike M0CIE)
  • 145.250MHz FM every other Wednesday from 22/04/2020 managed by Bath and District ARC (Paul G4PDC)
  • GB3BS 20:00 every Wednesday managed by North Bristol ARC (Dave G7BYN)

Thursday

  • 145.375MHz +/- QRM 14:00 every Thursday managed by Trowbridge and District ARS (Russ M0WYB/Shaun G0BKU This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. replacing <AT> with @)
  • GB3WR 19:30 every Thursday managed by South Bristol ARC (Paul G4PDC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. replacing <AT> with @)
  • 145.475MHz FM 20:00 every Thursday managed by Poole RS, if 145.475 is busy, then next clear channel up

Friday

  • 145.400MHz 15:00 (14:00UTC) every Friday managed by Mid-Somerset ARC (David G8BFV/Richard G4JJP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. replacing <AT> with @)
  • GB3AC 19:00 every Friday managed by North Bristol ARC (Dave G7BYN). Note this switches to GB3BS at 19:30
  • GB3BS 19:30 every Friday managed by North Bristol ARC (Dave G7BYN)
  • 145.575MHz 20:00 every Friday managed by Shirehampton ARC (Ron G4GTD)
  • GB3SW 20:00 every Monday managed by Sidmouth ARS (Dave G6XUV 07721436810)

Saturday

  • 3.663MHz 10:00 every Saturday managed by Torbay ARS (Kerry M0KRE 07725999973)
  • 950 Net 19:00 every Saturday on the South West Cluster DMR Network Talk Group 950 Timeslot 2 managed by North Bristol ARC (Matt G7FBD This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. replacing <AT> with @)

Sunday

  • 3.65MHz 08:30 every Sunday ending at 09:00 prompt for the GB2RS News Broadcast managed by Dave M0HDJ
  • 14.27MHz 09:30 every Sunday managed by Torbay ARS (Kerry M0KRE 07725999973)
  • 145.575MHz 11:00 every Sunday managed by Shirehampton ARC (Ron G4GTD)
  • 145.575MHz 12:00 every Sunday managed by Torbay ARS (Kerry M0KRE 07725999973)
  • DMR net 144.925 simplex DMR at 20:00 every Sunday managed by Sidmouth ARS (Dave G6XUV 07721436810)
  • GB3AC The 20:00 net ended on 26 April. The repeater is monitored informally.
  • GB3AA It has been suggested that a net on GB3AA might replace the original GB3AC net but nothing definite at this time (24/0/2020)

South West Data Net Experiment 8th December

South West EnglandThis Tuesday at 2100 the Isle of Avalon ARC will trial an 80m Data net for the South West of England, using NVIS.

All interested Radio Amateurs are invited to participate. Starting with Olivia 16/500 on 3.584 MHz (Data in USB), the net will be run by G7LEE Richard and G5FM Martin. 

For full information including data settings on FLDigi and talk-back, see the IoA Website page here

Net Control Instructions click here.

The purpose of the experiment is to see whether it is possible to run an effective data network using the 80m band for the South West of England as part of Wessex Ham's development across the region, which theoreticallly should give full coverage over the region using both ground wave and Near Vertical Incidence Skywave propagation. 

The critical frequency falls at night, so 80m is not a bad choice for an evening net, however, skip will greatly increase QRM on 80m at the 9pm slot.

Yachties Net

Yachties Net

8.00am Tuesday Mornings, 3.765 +/- QRM

In the South West of England we've got a fabulous coastline and excellent ports and marinas. Not only the large commecial shipping ports of Falmouth, Plymouth, Southampton and Bristol but many smaller marinas and former fishing ports like Dartmouth, Salcombe, and Weymouth, along with a host of anchorages.

Many Radio Amateurs own boats or yachts, and many yachtties and boaties fit radios to their boats for short wave listening or weather reception at sea.

So we're keen to establish an 80m net for yacht and boat owners, along with others who are interested in yachting and boating.  A natter net, but with the focus on boating in the South West.

We made our first contact between MX0WSX in Shepton Mallet and Geoff MM5AHO just south of Falkirk in Scotland, on Tuesday 12th.  Propagation was not the best, and there was a fair bit of continental QRM, but MX0WSX received a 5/9 report and we were able to have a brief conversation.  We will continue to test this time and frequency for a few weeks.

There's a thread discussion about this net on the YBW Practical Boat Owners's Forum.  Link is here.

If you're a short-wave listener but don't have a receiver, you can hear us (propagation permitting) via the internet on the Web SDR at Hack Green: http://hackgreensdr.org:8901/

If you'd like to help get the net going, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

SW Data Net Experiment 14 Dec - Results

South West EnglandRichard G7LEE has posted the results of the follow-up data net experiment on Monday 14th December.  The aim was to test NVIS connectivity in order to provide a data net that covers the South West of England.

Richard's full write-up can be found here

He writes:

'It was a lot more successful than the last Tuesday evening’s attempt. All stations were able to copy each other, there was some fading so copy was very readable but not 100% all the time. We were able to switch to the Olivia 8/500 mode which is notably faster. We did not try Contestia. Olivia 8/500 is about as fast as I can cope with manually ;) There is still some latency, but I did not feel that it impaired the operation of the net significantly.'

Wessex Ham will be taking the results of these two experiments, along with data gathered from the Isle of Avalon's weekly Tuesday evening data net, to consider the development of a South West data net.