Simplex IS Amateur Radio
Simplex IS Amateur Radio
Simplex Radio means talking to other people on a single radio frequency without the use of repeaters.
5 Watts and a well-placed antenna is all you need. More power works too, but it's all in the height and efficiency of the antenna.
HAVE FUN...make new friends
LEARN...good Simplex takes practice (and a few bucks)
SERVE COMMUNITY...if an emergency arises you'll all be prepared
K.I.S.S. .... Keep It Simplex, Stupid!!
All it takes is a commitment to build a network of licensed Hams:
From the ARRL Operating Manual (2003):
Chapter 3, FM The Friendly Mode, in a paragraph marked "Go Simplex" it says, among other things:
"After you've made a contact on a repeater, move the conversation to a simplex frequency, if possible. The function of a repeater is to provide communications between stations not able to communicate directly because of terrain or equipment limitations. If stations are able to communicate without a repeater, they should always use simplex whenever possible so the repeater will be available for stations that need its facilities." p.3-10
We meet at 8 PM local time (Central) on 146.415 FM Simplex every Saturday and Wednesday.
Watch & Listen to a Simplex Net HERE
Join our groups.io site here
We meet at 8AM 2nd and 4th Sat of each month for coffee/breakfast at:
Charlie Daniels Park, Pavilion 5, Mt. Juliet
Due to Covid-19 we do NOT meet at the restaurant until further notice.
**** Courtney's Restaurant ****
ALL Hams and interested non-Hams welcome!!
We are the only other Simplex-centric ARRL affiliated group in the USA.
Other is the Simplex Club on Long Island in New York
Remember: Repeaters tend to make Hams lazy about local communications.
The best web aggregator of Ham Radio articles and news:
http://hamweekly.com (archive only)
This is produced by one of our Simplex Net participants in Middle TN, Cale K4HCK
Biggest and baddest advocate for Amateur Radio in the U.S. and possibly the World:
You don't have to be a member to access many of their resources. Membership is indeed worth it, though.
Don't be surprised that 146.415 isn't on the list of "normal" Simplex Frequencies, but that's the beauty of Ham Radio: WE decide where to operate on the approved portions of the band.
Many factors affect radio signals, but the important ones are:
See formula below for calculating line of sight distance for radio waves.
The formula, of course theoretically, for how far your signal travels over the face of the earth:
Line-of-sight = Square root of (2 X height of your antenna) PLUS the Square root of (2 X height of 2nd antenna)
Or, if you're bad at math, use the calculator here.
Sounds like a medical condition, but this link will give you the relative (to you) direction of any other station to you so that you know where to point your directional antenna.
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On the air in Mt. Juliet, TN
Grid Square EM66RE
Saturdays and Wednesdays
8:00 PM Central Time
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No Offset----No Tone----Nothing but RF