The Society hold three amateur radio callsigns - G3UES for HF, G7EAR for VHF and G2HS for the 'Echelford DX Group'.
On-air nets are held four times a week - all suitably licensed amateurs are welcome to join in:-
An HF (Top-Band) SSB net is held on 1.979 MHz +/- QRM on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. local time. If possible, members of the HF net are requested to monitor 145.350 MHz (FM) so that members who cannot use HF can still join in. This net is usually preceded by some CW, usually courtesy of Pat, M0AAC. Anyone who cares to join in will be made most welcome.
A VHF net is held on Sunday evenings at 9 p.m. local time, the controller calling 'CQ Echelford' on the VHF calling frequency V-40 (S-20 as we used to know it) on 145.500 MHz. The controller will then QSY to an announced frequency (often 145.325 MHz), chosen at the time according to band occupancy. Call-in will then be conducted on this frequency, not V-40.
A further net takes place on Wednesday mornings, as a pre-cursor to a social gathering of the CWAS - the CW Appreciation Society - at a local hostelry for a lunch-time noggin or two! The 'on-air' part of this arrangement starts at around 10:00 with some CW on 3.610 MHz +/- QRM then changes to SSB at 11:00. The 'in-pub' part starts at 12 noon at various venues, which are published in the Society's newsletter and on this website, and which are confirmed in the 'on-air' net.
A 40-metre 'DX' net, designed to make contact with our country members, takes place on Tuesday afternoon at 15:00 local on 7.180 to 7.190 MHz. Geoff - GI0LAM is a regular attendee, and Dave - G4AFQ pops up from time to time. As 40m has been pretty useless of late (2019/2020), we often try 5 MHz USB. 5.379 MHz seems to be a favourite frequency. Remember it's USB - and 100 watts max power.
|Wednesday||8 pm||above 1.979 MHz on topband||CW Practice - only weeks when no club meeting|