The 3rd annual BIG 100 Net is in the books, and again was a huge success. The BIG 100 is a big undertaking, utilizing several modes and Net Control Stations to make it all happen. Our goal is to promote Amateur Radio, weather safety awareness, and get more than 100 people to participate in the exercise.
Radio: We linked up the W4BFB repeater network of 145.230 mhz, 146.640 mhz & 224.400 mhz. This created a wide coverage area of over a 100 mile radius of CLT Metro area.
RMS: We utilized digital modes using the Worldwide Winlink System, allowing amateur stations outside the area a way to check in VIA RMS Express (or similar program).
We used Echolink, giving Amateur Radio stations, yet another way to check in from anywhere.
Email: We didn’t forget about our non-amateur radio WX Spotters. We included our scanner listeners, Facebook & Twitter followers a way to get on the log by submitting a check in VIA Email.
Promoting the hobby
We encouraged non-licensed family members to check in as 3rd party check ins, either by radio, RMS or Email to further promote Amateur Radio.
Weather Safety Awareness
We had a station pass weather related traffic from the Storm Prediction Center with the Hazardous Weather Outlook.
We took over 100 check in’s from Amateur Radio stations as well as non-licensed from all over the Piedmont of NC as well as several different States. Among the states were, NC, SC, FL, GA, NY, OK, all using VHF, Echolink, Email or RMS Express. The net was a huge success, and lasted from 7:45PM till 9:30PM EDT. Thank you to everyone that checked in with us, and to all the Net Control Stations working in the background. Special thanks to John Crowe, N4LBX for serving as the main Net Control Station.
If you missed us this year, the BIG 100 will be back again in May 2016. Check back later for the date. You can always check in with us during our regular nets held each night at 8pm on 145.230 mhz, the Piedmont Spotter Group Net. All licensed amateur radio stations are welcome!
Until next year, 73!