70cms simplex alive and well it would seem

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70cms simplex alive and well it would seem

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I've just put up a new high gain 70cms antenna and heard some stations on simplex I almost choked on my tea hearing all that activity, apparently 70cms simplex has been active for a few days now. That is brilliant to hear. I was under the impression that 70cms simplex activity had died long ago.

70cms is an often over looked band that has so much more to offer than just repeaters.

Often when I've mentioned 70cms simplex in the past PMR446 comes up a lot in the conversation which is all well and good but 70cms would be no different and the same if not better things can be done on 70cms considering you can run actual watts with antennas of your choice legally.

Right time to arrange a 70cms simplex net I think.
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I regularly get QSOs on 70cm, 433.500 and there are RSGB competitions on it. I don't know who has ever overlooked it, I've been using it for a while.
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Ant wrote: 22 May 2021, 19:19 I regularly get QSOs on 70cm, 433.500 and there are RSGB competitions on it. I don't know who has ever overlooked it, I've been using it for a while.
Its gone back to being very quiet now, mind you conditions on UHF are very up & down at the moment. I'm thinking about doing a bit of packet radio on 70cms sometime. I've never done packet radio before and could be something fun to do.

Its great to hear people using 70cms simplex again. :thumbup:
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What freq you planning to run your Net on and what mode? FM SSB? Vertical/horizontal?
It would probably have to be ssb to reach up here into Stoke-on-Trent.
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I was thinking 433.450 MHz FM Vertical antennas.

You'd be surprised how far UHF can go even on FM.
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Well I got the 70cms simplex net sorted, it was easier than I thought.
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Werthers wrote: 10 Jun 2021, 22:42 Well I got the 70cms simplex net sorted, it was easier than I thought.
Ok so post up the details I will see if I can hear you guys on 433.450 Just need day and time the net runs from and too. :thumbup:
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Its on Thursdays from 8:00 sometimes it may start earlier but officially the net starts at 8:00 PM and ends at 9:00 PM :thumbup:
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Werthers wrote: 22 May 2021, 19:01 I've just put up a new high gain 70cms antenna and heard some stations on simplex I almost choked on my tea hearing all that activity, apparently 70cms simplex has been active for a few days now. That is brilliant to hear. I was under the impression that 70cms simplex activity had died long ago.

70cms is an often over looked band that has so much more to offer than just repeaters.

Often when I've mentioned 70cms simplex in the past PMR446 comes up a lot in the conversation which is all well and good but 70cms would be no different and the same if not better things can be done on 70cms considering you can run actual watts with antennas of your choice legally.

Right time to arrange a 70cms simplex net I think.
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