For anyone that missed our special net for John Covington, W4CC, we uploaded it to YouTube.
January 2019 is behind us, and we shook things up here at the Piedmont Spotter Group for the new year!
First, we have had some changes in the nightly lineup for Net Control Operations. Rick McClure moved to Sunday night for John Hull. We also added some new NCO’s to the mix. We would like to welcome aboard Andy Pagoota, W4WNO from Shelby. He moves into the Friday night slot for Joel. Also welcome aboard Bonner Pittman, W4BNR calling the net on Tuesday nights. We also would like to welcome, Bill Owens, KN4PXY from Mt Holly as an alternate NCO. Bill will be calling his first net this month!
We would like to thank Joel Lautzenheiser, K4DKX and John Hull, KN4DOH for calling one of our regular nights nets. Both of these fine young men have recently accepted positions in the Carolina Amateur Radio Club and have taken the reins by the bit! Joel is the President of the club, and John is the Vice-President! And to think we had Ham radio royalty right here at the PSG! HI HI! They have a weekly net at 19:15 on the K4ITL repeater in Dallas, 145.350 each Tuesday night. Be sure to swing by their site too Carolina Amateur Radio Club.
If you’ve been checking with us regularly, you may have noticed a slight change in our net Preamble. Nothing too drastic though. We know there are a lot of nets in our area, that we all like to check into as well. With that in mind we shortened things up just a tad to get to roll call a little faster so you can have time to participate in those other nets too. We are net friendly here at the PSG and encourage you to check into as many nets as you can, with as many clubs and groups as you can. Staying radio active is the key!
We are resurrecting training Wednesdays! Short and sweet, but full of information. If there is a topic you think we need to cover, shoot us a message on Facebook and we’ll definitely consider it! We’re keeping it weather related but can expand to other topics too.
Speaking of nets, there is a new group in town and they have a brand new net to hit the airwaves! The Gaston Radio Club holds their nets on Monday’s, Wednesdays & Saturdays at 20:30 on the W4CQ repeater 444.450 (82.5) in Dallas. It’s a pretty wide coverage repeater to boot, so go and check them out also!
We’ve added EchoLink to the repeater! And when I say we I mean the W4BFB club. The node is under KK4ZIZ-L for now, with plans to add it to the repeater under W4BFB-R soon.
That’s all for this month! See you down the coax!
The EchoLink node of KK4ZIZ-L has been set up and is attached to the W4BFB 145.230 repeater. When up the node will be available to check in to the PSG Net or to use during severe weather to give reports to Charlotte Skywarn.
For those not familiar with EchoLink you can get more information about it here. http://www.echolink.org/
It’s that time of the year again! We’re pointing our antenna’s toward the North Pole to get a few moments on the air with Santa himself! He’ll be joining us on our nightly net on December 15th starting at 7PM and going until 8:45PM. The frequency is 145.230 (-) t118.8 on the W4BFB repeater. Gather up the children and have them talk to Santa during this special net. Adults, ask Santa for that new gear you’ve been wanting! He’s a busy man this time of year getting ready for the big night, so we won’t get this chance again until next year, so don’t miss out! Merry Christmas from the Piedmont Spotter Group.
This weekend (December 8-9) brings our region it’s first real threat of winter weather. While we are still 6 days out, and a lot of things can change between now and then, it’s a good time to go over your winter weather readiness plans.
Our main repeater, the W4BFB repeater (145.230) on Spencer Mtn. is down for maintenance. Until it’s back up, our nets will be held on our backup repeater 145.350 – Tone 82.5 (Dallas NC)
The term for Net Manager and Assistant Net Manager for the Piedmont Spotter group is 12 months and elections are held in June each year. This year we elected 1 net manager and 2 assistant net managers. I am pleased to announce that Greg Huffman, W4GCH will continue to serve as the Net Manager by a majority vote. The positions of assistant net managers will go to Brian Lewis, AF1US and Howard Outland WB4UD also by a majority vote. They will start their new term on July 1st 2017. Congratulations to all three, and thank you for volunteering your time to help your community.