HIDE & SEEK on the HAM bands

Many years ago you could count the number of repeatListening around page photograph 040114 compresseders on one hand and most of the morning and afternoon “drive-time” traffic was on either the VK3RML Melbourne, VK3RMM Mount Macedon or VK3RGL Geelong.

Today you can count the number of repeaters on your hands and feet, plus that of two of your best friends, yet the patronage on the repeaters is next to nothing.

You could scan a whole range of repeaters in Melbourne and not hear a contact for hours. So where have all of the hams gone?

A tune around the simplex sections of the VHF and UHF bands will find some odd frequencies being used for simplex, cross-band and even links.

Oh, and even some frequencies are being used that are between repeater input or outputs, according to the WIA band plan, or direct on the output of repeater frequencies.

So if you are hunting for someone or something to listen to,  you are in Melbourne, on the outskirts with an elevated location or have remote listening access to the area, try the following frequencies.

 VHF Users Notes
145.225 Frank VK3OP & others sometimes cross-band to 432.975
145.525 Brendan VK3MH, Adam VK3FCCC, Ben VK3BLS, Link to 438.335 both ways
146.425 Russell VK3XC, Barry VK3JB, Len VK3BMY
146.45 WANSARC natter channel Club nets Tuesday’s 2000 hrs
146.5 National FM calling frequency
146.575 Simon VK3SIM, Chris VK3AWG and other DX hounds At other times NERG natter
147.4 Amateur TV liaison
147.475 Dave VK3ASE Crossband Wednesday &  Saturday evenings
147.5 Trevor VK3ATX and Craig VK3WAR

UHF Users Notes

432.975 Frank VK3OP sometime cross-band to 145.225  
435.275 Listened >25 minutes no callsigns
438.335 Brendan VK3MH, Adam VK3FCCC, Ben VK3BLS, Link to 145.525 both ways
440.225 Ralph VK3LL and Damien VK3KQ
440.5 Receive link from any traffic on 3.615MHz LSB – usual net stations Peter VK3NPI, VK7OB and VK7ALH

I will add some more frequencies from time to time.

Sometimes you will hear some excellent technical discussions on some of these frequencies, other times you may question what band you are listening to and where have the standards gone.

You be the judge………….oh, and remember that you are not to be entertained as ham radio is not about entertainment.

 

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