I missed Hamvention last year, my first miss, other than the pandemic years when the event was suspended, in nearly 40 years. My typical routine is to spend a long weekend in the Dayton area taking in Hamvention plus all the many off-site events. But I skipped it last year and have made no plans to go this year either. Not in the mood, can’t get that old feeling, whatever, I didn’t want to go.

And now I’m kicking around the notion of running over there on Friday, for a single day visit. It will be busy, it will be a fast turnaround, and it’s a lot of effort for such a brief visit. And of course they are calling for thunderstorms on Friday, so more Xenia mud to be collected on my boots. I’m probably going to make that trip without purchasing a thing but a ticket and a hotdog…

East of the Rockies…

I’m a fan of The Morning Brew, a drive-time repeater chat net that takes place every Monday to Friday 7- 9AM Eastern Time except for holidays. Interesting, breezy conversation typically with a trivia question to get things rolling, the brewmasters do a great job of keeping it lively. Linked repeaters are a nice way to cover wide areas while filling in the growing holes from the hundreds of repeaters with zero activity.

The East Coast Reflector is a linked/bridged network of repeaters, nodes, and technologies that provide amateur radio operators with a convergence of platforms where users of various systems such as AllStar, IRLP, D-Star, DMR, Yaesu System Fusion, EchoLink, Hamshack Hotline, and Hams Over IP can seamlessly communicate across the country and around the world. The East Coast Reflector is not a club nor is it affiliated with any. It is a platform built, maintained, and operated by individual operators.

Dick (WB2JPQ) & Company have done a great job building this network and keeping it rolling. There are many ways to join the fun, check it out and see why I think it’s the best linked repeater system in the USA.