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General Category => Net Activity => Topic started by: RadioRay on September 22, 2013, 08:26:05 PM

Title: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: RadioRay on September 22, 2013, 08:26:05 PM
Reminder: every Sunday there is a net held in SSB (apparently voice can be sent over radio - who knew?) Right now the freq is 'around' 7242LSB, depending upon interference.  It will move UP the band to find a clear spot.  Net control is Ruth, whose voice is easy to find on a band filled with grumpy old men.   >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(  :-*  >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(


'SEE' you on the radio.  This is the one time per week I am in voice on the radio.


de RadioRay ..._ ._
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: gil on September 22, 2013, 09:02:11 PM
7240 tonight..
Gil.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: cockpitbob on September 22, 2013, 09:05:04 PM
7240 tonight..
Gil.
Thanks. Listening now.  At first I thought I was hearing QRM but then I realized I had the mode still on CW ::)
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: Archangel320420 on September 22, 2013, 09:07:55 PM
You guys hear me out there? I heard W7ASA pretty good signal. QRN is high in Minnesota tonight.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: gil on September 22, 2013, 09:16:18 PM
I did hear Ray check in.. I can hear you pretty well Ray..
Gil.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: RadioRay on September 22, 2013, 09:18:52 PM
Thanks for the signal reports.  I'm running the old M700 marine SSB from the boat into a 130' off-center-fed dipole up about 70 feet.


>Ray
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: gil on September 22, 2013, 09:25:57 PM
Terry I heard Ruth call you, didn't hear your reply at all...
I tried to check in, wasn't heard.
I might try in CW.

Gil.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: RadioRay on September 22, 2013, 09:29:54 PM
I heard a little bit of Terry directly. He would be easy copy in CW!
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: KK0G on September 22, 2013, 09:34:27 PM
Can't find my microphone but I am monitoring ;D .


Having not been on SSB for close to 2 years now I forgot how tiring it is listening to a bunch of weak phone signals among the horrendous static and various band noise that a wiiiiiiiiiiiiide 2.3 kHz SSB filter lets through. Back to CW now.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: gil on September 22, 2013, 09:41:32 PM
Apparently nobody hears me, 12W LSB. That voice stuff doesn't work!
Gil.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: Archangel320420 on September 22, 2013, 09:44:07 PM
I am running puny SSB signal. Ruth 5/7 to 5/9 here, Jess in OK 40 over/PLUS// PLUS, RadioRay 5/7 to 5/9 some better than Ruth, Ray. Most sigs are 5/5 in QRN. I think Chris is a CW weenie. So Ha!  :)

Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: RadioRay on September 22, 2013, 09:44:48 PM
Send short CW - I'll listen!
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: RadioRay on September 22, 2013, 09:55:51 PM
I heard you easily in Morse!
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: gil on September 22, 2013, 09:56:40 PM
Ha! CW:1 SSB:0.  ;D
Gil.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: RadioRay on September 22, 2013, 09:57:59 PM
This was with the WIDE filters in the marine SSB rig.  It would have been even better with the narrow filters ont he QRP rig. (but YOU know that...)


>Ray
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: gil on September 22, 2013, 10:01:56 PM
First time I used the new feature of CW in SSB mode, from a recent firmware upgrade. Apparently it works..

Gil.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: RadioRay on September 22, 2013, 10:04:20 PM
This was a CLASSIC example of the difference in power REQUIRED for the same path for SSB voice -v- CW.  12 Watts in this condition in voice produced no acknowledgement from the entire net.  One quick call in CW and the NCS and a few others heard you and I easily copied your call sent only once with no warning. So - WHY do I love CW for important communication???


>Ray
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: gil on September 22, 2013, 10:40:45 PM
Makes all the difference if you're bleeding  :o

Gil.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: KK0G on September 22, 2013, 11:08:29 PM
I am running puny SSB signal. Ruth 5/7 to 5/9 here, Jess in OK 40 over/PLUS// PLUS, RadioRay 5/7 to 5/9 some better than Ruth, Ray. Most sigs are 5/5 in QRN. I think Chris is a CW weenie. So Ha!  :)


You're damn right I am ;D
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: Geek on September 23, 2013, 06:49:49 AM
Ha! CW:1 SSB:0.  ;D
Gil.

You might want to consider that post disaster you need to communicate with someone who isn't a CW person, perhaps some relief person who winds up with a radio, or perhaps members of that net.  Ideally you would be able to communicate either way.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: KC9TNH on September 23, 2013, 07:57:54 AM
First time I used the new feature of CW in SSB mode, from a recent firmware upgrade. Apparently it works..

Gil.
Your KX3?  I've seen the back & forth over that firmware upgrade as they ironed some things out RE CW in SSB mode. (mic is still in the box).  I'll have to look into trying that (backup config is saved, current production ver is ironclad).  I'll have to see if she can hear me some night.  Fine & congenial NCS; winter time I might light the tubes but the CW over SSB has me interested.

p.s.  Hat-tip Ray for the QSP functions last night for Chris & I. 40m was running wayyyyy long, so thanks to the good Chesapeake Listening Station for brokering the QSY.  Nice job; now go have yourself an ale or three.
(I thought Chris was running his full-tilt base, but he gave me a big 12 watts - holy S-meter batman.)
 :)

Edit to add:  Gil, are you running 1.61 on your KX3?
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: gil on September 23, 2013, 10:51:30 AM
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Ideally you would be able to communicate either way.

Absolutely, that is why I have a KX3..

Quote
Gil, are you running 1.61 on your KX3?

Yes, and I was using it last night. The CW over SSB is what I was waiting for.. For a case just like last night, when SSB doesn't quite cut it or the band closes on you. Though, of course I rarely use SSB. I've only talked to Ray, the Maritime Net, and one other guy to test my $1.50 microphone ;) I've been a little more active locally on VHF, but voice isn't my cup of tea. The only thing I don't like about the latest firmwares are the TX blocked non-Ham frequencies. They have a program to unlock that though. I think all frequencies should be unblocked, even the CB ones, in case of a life-and-death emergency.

Gil.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: Lamewolf on October 18, 2013, 12:37:56 PM
Reminder: every Sunday there is a net held in SSB (apparently voice can be sent over radio - who knew?) Right now the freq is 'around' 7242LSB, depending upon interference.  It will move UP the band to find a clear spot.  Net control is Ruth, whose voice is easy to find on a band filled with grumpy old men.   >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(  :-*  >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(


'SEE' you on the radio.  This is the one time per week I am in voice on the radio.


de RadioRay ..._ ._

What time UTC are the nets ?
Title: Chatroom for The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: RadioRay on October 27, 2013, 06:26:33 PM
The time is based on East Coast US time so that it's easiest for those on the north American continent to coordinate.  Here's how the schedule usually pans-out.

Every Sunday Night:

8:30pm people are beginning to chat in the TAPRN chatroom:  http://theoriginalpreppernetworks.com/APRN/APRN_blog/?page_id=516 (http://theoriginalpreppernetworks.com/APRN/APRN_blog/?page_id=516)

8:45pm "Pre-Net" there is usually a frequency found near 7242 LSB +- a little incase that frequency is occupied. Tune until you hear 'Ruth' .  A woman's voice is rare on the ham bands, so this is easy.  The chatroom will have posted the final frequency, which is usually quite close to 7242 LSB.

9:00 pm  Net officially begins, then the topic of discussion begins on a round table discussion in the order in which stations checked-on to the net.

-...-

There is talk of moving the net to an 80m frequency as we get into winter propagation conditions.  The net for 80m would be the same east coast time, but on or near 3818.

-...-  "See" you on the radio!


de RadioRay ..._ ._
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: raybiker73 on October 27, 2013, 06:29:10 PM
I think I'll check this net out tonight, I've always wanted to but never gotten around to it. How many (active) check-ins do they usually get?
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: Lamewolf on October 28, 2013, 07:23:51 AM
Reminder: every Sunday there is a net held in SSB (apparently voice can be sent over radio - who knew?) Right now the freq is 'around' 7242LSB, depending upon interference.  It will move UP the band to find a clear spot.  Net control is Ruth, whose voice is easy to find on a band filled with grumpy old men.   >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(  :-*  >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(


'SEE' you on the radio.  This is the one time per week I am in voice on the radio.


de RadioRay ..._ ._

I monitored 7.073 and 7.242 for about 3 hours starting about 7pm yesterday (Sunday) and never heard the net on PSK or on SSB, have they quit running the net ?  I listened also on 3.818 with no luck, so what gives ?
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: RadioRay on October 28, 2013, 05:49:49 PM
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Every Sunday Night:

8:30pm people are beginning to chat in the TAPRN chatroom:  http://theoriginalpreppernetworks.com/APRN/APRN_blog/?page_id=516

8:45pm "Pre-Net" there is usually a frequency found near 7242 LSB +- a little incase that frequency is occupied. Tune until you hear 'Ruth'.  A woman's voice is rare on the ham bands, so this is easy.  The chatroom will have posted the final frequency, which is usually quite close to 7242 LSB.

9:00 pm  Net officially begins, then the topic of discussion begins on a round table discussion in the order in which stations checked-on to the net.
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Radio Preppers has no affiliation with TAPRN or their nets, so those other modes and frequencies you mentioned, I have no idea.  However, TAPRN did just what is says above, finding a clear spot on forty at 7251LSB - until the commercial broadcast station went on air on 7250.  RayBiker was LOUD here in Va, and net control out of Georgia was also widely heard.


>>> Because of winter propagation coming into force, this net will probably move their net to 80m next week, so 3818 and up if QRM.  The times are the same.




de RadioRay ..._ ._
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: madball13 on December 29, 2013, 10:38:15 PM
has this net been happening? been trying to jump on for the last few weeks and haven't heard anything.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: gil on December 29, 2013, 10:40:19 PM
Nope. TAPRN is ongoing though.

Gil.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: RadioRay on December 29, 2013, 11:26:17 PM
This Prepper's Net is definitely operational every Sunday at 9pm eastern and was on tonight at about 3833. Remember, they have to search for a clear frequency, because sometimes 3818 has other operator's using it.  The general rule it 3818 and UP , tune for the woman's voice and/or preppers' talking.


>Ray
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: John Galt on December 30, 2013, 06:35:11 AM
I was listening to 3818 last night but didn't hear much going on.  I'll try again next week and tune around a little.  Thanks.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: madball13 on December 30, 2013, 11:09:37 AM
This Prepper's Net is definitely operational every Sunday at 9pm eastern and was on tonight at about 3833. Remember, they have to search for a clear frequency, because sometimes 3818 has other operator's using it.  The general rule it 3818 and UP , tune for the woman's voice and/or preppers' talking.


>Ray

Thanks Ray, i'll keep trying.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: RadioRay on December 30, 2013, 06:03:54 PM
We do have check-ins from up in your area and either the net control or I will hear what the other doesn't.  CSA - Richmond stopped jamming 'Yankee' radio transmissions a couple of months ago ago, so it's legal for us to hear you down here now   :D


>RadioRay ..._ ._
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: geoffrain on December 31, 2013, 03:43:05 PM
What happened to the website? Seems to be MIA lately...




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Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: KK0G on December 31, 2013, 04:57:10 PM
What happened to the website? Seems to be MIA lately...




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From what I understand it's kind of semi-permanently gone.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: raybiker73 on December 31, 2013, 06:21:28 PM
I'm going to see about checking into this net again once I get rid of some of the wintry weather. Snow and ice seem to make my dipole take a serious dump on 80m and 40m, but it suddenly kicks some serious butt on 12m and 15m. Go figure.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: madball13 on December 31, 2013, 06:49:17 PM

We do have check-ins from up in your area and either the net control or I will hear what the other doesn't.  CSA - Richmond stopped jamming 'Yankee' radio transmissions a couple of months ago ago, so it's legal for us to hear you down here now   :D


>RadioRay ..._ ._

the Yankees up here would call me a copperhead.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: RadioRay on December 31, 2013, 10:26:48 PM
Ha!   Actually, there seems to be a phenomenon where if a person travels North long enough, it's like The South.  Northern Idaho for example:

In Northern Idaho, any place with a sign out front that reads: Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives is NOT a government agency
 - it's a convenience store! 

Moo-ha-ha-ha!

 73 de RadioRay ..._  ._
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: RichardSinFWTX on January 01, 2014, 12:14:03 AM
No, Ray!  You just circled the planet!  You're in Texas!!   8)
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: madball13 on January 06, 2014, 10:02:14 AM
I "Heard" the net last night. I only heard a few stations and after 45 minutes the distinctive female net control voice was recognized but not identifiable. I get a ton of noise on my dipole at the QTH.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: John Galt on January 06, 2014, 12:14:11 PM
I "Heard" the net last night. I only heard a few stations and after 45 minutes the distinctive female net control voice was recognized but not identifiable. I get a ton of noise on my dipole at the QTH.

I had the exact same experience last night.  I could hear the female voice but too much noise for the net to be useful.  I wish I could stick up a big old antenna on a tower but I'm HOA restricted.   :(
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: madball13 on January 06, 2014, 12:39:28 PM
I "Heard" the net last night. I only heard a few stations and after 45 minutes the distinctive female net control voice was recognized but not identifiable. I get a ton of noise on my dipole at the QTH.

I had the exact same experience last night.  I could hear the female voice but too much noise for the net to be useful.  I wish I could stick up a big old antenna on a tower but I'm HOA restricted.   :(

I have a full size 80m Dipole at the house and i think i just need to troubleshoot the noise.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: John Galt on January 06, 2014, 01:05:23 PM
I'm curious as to the geographic location of the net control because I wasn't picking her up well at all.  I'm running a Chameleon Hybrid for an antenna but at the height I've got it, it's probably more useful for NVIS.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: RadioRay on January 06, 2014, 01:58:46 PM
Sunday was not very good for me on 80 meters.  The net control is in Georgia, and she was weak/readable here, while Oklahoma and other distant stations were stronger than usual, indicating that maybe the band had already gone 'long'. I am in Virginia.


>RadioRay ..._ ._
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: madball13 on January 06, 2014, 02:26:44 PM
Sunday was not very good for me on 80 meters.  The net control is in Georgia, and she was weak/readable here, while Oklahoma and other distant stations were stronger than usual, indicating that maybe the band had already gone 'long'. I am in Virginia.


>RadioRay ..._ ._

I heard the OK station, i know the call sign well, and that was the strongest one i heard.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: kat on January 06, 2014, 07:03:25 PM
Had a hard time making out anything from FM19uk.....a lot of noise,but did hear a Georgia accent female distinctly way way down in the noise floor.   Will try again next Sunday.

Sent from my HTC Aria

Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: RadioRay on January 06, 2014, 08:55:38 PM
Hi Kat,

Welcome aboard.  I am south of you a bit at FM17uu and it WAS an unusually weak signal Sunday.  She is normally much stronger.  Probably not pushing the mic button hard enough.   ;)


>RadioRay ..._  ._

Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: John Galt on January 13, 2014, 10:46:03 AM
Did anyone have any luck with the net last night?  I tuned around but never did pick up anything but a couple guys at 3.8175.
Title: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: madball13 on January 19, 2014, 09:05:07 PM
finally got in.

I heard "a" Ray not sure if it was "the" Ray
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: Archangel320420 on January 19, 2014, 09:21:23 PM
HEY!  I heard W7ASA on 3820 Khz tonight. It would be pretty ruff, but I heard your voice, Ray.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: RadioRay on January 19, 2014, 10:05:11 PM
Cool!   I am not much for voice nets, but it's such a good net that I make a point of powering-up the old marine SSB set. (sailboat marine, not USMC Marine - haaar!)



>de RadioRay
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: dhrosso@mac.com on February 27, 2014, 06:23:07 PM
Is this net still active and if so what time and freq?
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: RadioRay on February 27, 2014, 06:52:34 PM
Oh yes - very active.  3818 and UP for QRM, Sunday nights at 9 pm.  More details can be found here.

http://www.amrron.com/nets-regional-national/taprn-regional-net/ (http://www.amrron.com/nets-regional-national/taprn-regional-net/)



>RadioRay ..._   ._
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: NWARadio on March 10, 2014, 09:37:24 PM
Odd to see times in Eastern. I figured all times would be UTC since that's pretty standard. I'll try and check in sometime.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: DogDidIt on April 08, 2014, 10:58:37 PM
TAPRN is switching to 40m this coming Sunday 4/13/14. 
For those interested, click the link that RadioRay provided a couple posts up.
DogDidIt
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: John Galt on April 09, 2014, 10:59:53 AM
TAPRN is switching to 40m this coming Sunday 4/13/14. 

I think the switch to 40 meters is going to greatly improve their coverage.  Or at least I hope.

I've tried to tune in several times and could barely hear anything above the noise.  9pm EST being still daylight in TX this time of year, I'm sure D layer absorption wasn't going to help 80 meters.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: DCJon on July 06, 2014, 09:16:12 AM
Ruth runs a great net.  We had 30 check in's this last week.   
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: madball13 on July 07, 2014, 04:37:35 PM
Ruth runs a great net.  We had 30 check in's this last week.

I heard her pretty well but didn't try to check in. I was getting tired and wanted to go to bed.
Title: Re: The American Prepper Radio Network (Sunday Net)
Post by: DogDidIt on July 10, 2014, 06:09:48 PM
I heard her pretty well but didn't try to check in. I was getting tired and wanted to go to bed.

That brings up a good point - Going forward, NCS will try to remember to take a couple more breaks for additional check-ins during the topic of the discussion.

All,
TAPRN Post-Net Report podcasts are now available.  They provide a summary of each week's topic.  If interested, feel free to click on the following link:
http://www.amrron.com/taprn/ (http://www.amrron.com/taprn/)

Any comments/suggestions on how to improve the net, please let us know.
Thanks,
DogDidIt