Next Meeting – Monday Night, July 8, 2019
Program: To Be Announced Soon!
Location: The NEW Wood Fire Grill (formerly Western Sizzlin’)
1920 Congo Road
Benton, AR 72015
Our third quarterly meeting of 2019 will be held on Monday night, July 8th, 2019 at the new Wood Fire Grill and Buffet, 1920 Congo Road in Benton. This restaurant is just off Military Road, in the old Western Sizzlin’ location, directly behind Harbor Freight Tools. We will begin eating at 5:30 p.m. and then our regular meeting and program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Come and join us–the whole family is welcome and you do not have to have to be a licensed amateur radio operator to attend. As usual, there will be a $1 raffle drawing for prizes at the end of the meeting. (Also, there will be a interesting program, so check back here often).
If you missed it, our second quarterly meeting of 2019 was held on Monday night, April 8th at Whole Hog Barbecue on Cantrell Road in Little Rock. We had excellent attendance. The meeting chaired by our CAUHF Group president, Charles Nix, WD5JPG. Our guest speaker was Keith Monahan, Chief Meteorologist for KARK-TV Channel 4.
Let’s All Get Together!
For quite some time, we have considered establishing standard simplex frequencies for use within the CAUHF Group (and for anyone else who wishes to play along with us). All of these frequencies fall within the ARRL Band Plan for VHF and UHF. Here’s what we’ve come up with thus far. We will not use PL tones on any simplex frequency (unless it becomes necessary in the future). During special events, disaster drills, etc., we can refer to these as “tactical channels”. Please program all of these simplex frequencies into your mobile radios and HT’s. You never know when you might need them.
|VTAC Channel||VHF||UTAC Channel||UHF|
|VTAC-1 National Simplex||146.520 MHz||UTAC-1 National Simplex||446.000 MHz|
|VTAC-2||146.535 MHz||UTAC-2||446.025 MHz|
|VTAC-3||146.550 MHz||UTAC-3||446.050 MHz|
|VTAC-4||146.565 MHz||UTAC-4||446.075 MHz|
|VTAC-5||146.580 MHz||UTAC-5||446.100 MHz|
Some folks just pick any old frequency for simplex but that really is not wise. If you are not careful, you can accidentally pick a repeater frequency. Also, you must remember that VHF simplex frequencies need to be at least 15kHz apart and UHF simplex frequencies need to be at least 25kHz apart (as shown above) to avoid interfering with each other. We began with the VHF National Calling Frequency as the baseline at 146.520, then for each succeeding “channel”, we went up 15kHz. We also began with the UHF National Calling Frequency as the baseline at 446.000, then for each succeeding “channel”, we went up 25kHz.
This is the place to come for the latest news and information about the CAUHF Group. Also, don’t forget to check-in to our regular Tuesday Night Net, held every Tuesday evening at 8:00 p.m. on all of the AR Links System Repeaters such as 443.200 in Little Rock, 444.700 in North Little Rock and a dozen or so more around the state. Click on the AR Links System tab above.