Nothing much new. Still doing meetings on Zoom until Covid is manageable. See below
We are migrating the email list server from whatever we had before to groups.io. The biggest issue we had with the old one was latency for the digest. Joe and others would not see posts sometimes delayed 2 days.
To that end, the migration is already started. You should have seen something in your email on the old server around the beginning of December. The old server will be decommissioned on January 1, 2021. You will need to sign up on the new server before New Years Day to keep getting emails.
The new email address is RMG@groups.io. I am pretty sure if you send a message to that email with “subscribe” in the subject or in the body, you will get an invitation to join.
Sunday Night Net:
The RMG net begins on 144.180 MHz at 2100L (9:00 pm) on Sunday evenings. As the formal net concludes, those on frequency are encouraged to move up through higher frequency bands as their schedule (e.g., work the next day), propagation and conditions permit.
We have two Activity Nights set up. The first is 222 Tuesday. We just get on the air and talk to whoever is there starting at 8PM local on 222.1 give or take. The second is 432 and up on Wednesday also at 8PM local. Meet first on 432.1 and talk to whoever. Neither of the activity nights is a net; just a chance to put RF in the ether and exercise our radios. On Wednesday we scatter to all the higher bands that anyone has on the air. We expect most of the activity to hit 432 and 1296 which covers what most folks have. We will also cover all the bands up to about 10 GHz if any stations have the desire and equipment.
A fair number of folks are using FT8 on Monday evenings on 144.174 starting around 7:30PM local. If you have the capability, come join the fun.
Jenner also reports: I’d add there’s some 1.25m FT-8 activity on 222.174 Tuesday at 7:30p local.
Who We Are
The Roadrunners Microwave Group (RMG) is an organization of radio amateurs located primarily in the southern half of Texas (although membership is not restricted by geography). The focus of RMG is on operation and the technical aspects of microwave communications.
RMG was created to promote operation on amateur bands above 420 MHz. Increasing activity on the bands above 420 MHz within any geographical area requires the involvement of myriad amateur radio operators, and this group provides a focal point for such an effort. We have expanded our emphasis to cover all of the bands above 50 MHz, but especially the bands 50 MHz through 10 GHz.
Become a Member
The only requirement to become a member is to express your interest and join us for meetings. There are no dues or forms to fill. The member page is under construction but will soon contain name, call, and bands for those who are members.
It occurred to me that the best way to have an “official” member list is to send a request to be on the email reflector. I should be able to get a complete list and that becomes our member list! Other ideas or throw rocks at this idea to Ray are welcomed.
Monthly Meetings – RMG Members meet on the first Saturday of every month at Maudie’s Hill Country restaurant. Come join us for a Tex-Mex breakfast or lunch beginning at 11AM, followed by our monthly meeting as soon as our meal orders have been taken. Basically, we now start the “business” part of the event somewhere around 1115. Meetings are held in an upstairs room reserved for RMG.
Dick has been in contact with the manager to see if we can get some light reducing of some sort. We might see something soon (or not).
Well a lot of the worst is over now and restaurants are slowly opening up. However, Maudies will not be able to accommodate all of us and the members of the group are in the very susceptible bracket. So we should probably plan on continued online meetings through the spring of 2021. Travis County is in RED mode right now, so it is not a good idea to meet in person for a while yet.
I am pretty sure that a large number of us are 65 or older. I’ll try to put updates on vaccine availability on the email list server so we can all get vaccinated if desired. It will go a long way towards us meeting in person again. The Governor has set up that Group 1B includes all 65 and over as well as those with underlying conditions. With luck most of us can get vaccinated in January.
January Meeting: 2-January-2021 — On Zoom
Ray Mack is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: January Zoom Meeting
Time: Jan 2, 2021 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 884 0184 4997
Maudie’s Hill Country
12506 Shops Parkway
Bee Cave, TX 78738