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March DV Flavour - Fusion S2S Evenings - 2/3/2020 & 4/3/2020

Looking ahead to the March DV Flavour, and I have some interesting news, particularly for C4FM activators and chasers in the Midlands, Wales and NW England.

On the evening of Monday 2nd March, from 1930, there should be plenty of C4FM stations QRV. The Stockport Radio Society has very active weekly nets on a variety of bands and modes, running on a monthly cycle. Normally, that first Monday of the month would be a 70cm net, but upon hearing of the SOTA Flavour for the first week of March, they have agreed, in principle, to swap the dates with the 2m C4FM net.

If you’ve ever stumbled across the SRS 2m C4FM net, you will know it typically attracts good numbers of club members, and they are always happy to have a (non-member) SOTA station call in and work down all the members on air. So make a note of Monday 2nd March 2020 in your diaries and get your alerts on for 1930z! A huge number of summits in GW/NW, G/WB, G/SP and possibly other regions should be in easy working range of the Stockport members - plus of course there will be the added opportunties for S2S QSOs if several of us are activating simultaneously.

This event will also mark SOTA’s 18th birthday, so perhaps any activators in the area could convene afterwards at the Harrington Arms in Gawsworth for SOTA’s first legal drink!

In other news, I have provisional pass-outs for Sunday 1st March 2020 and Saturday 7th March 2020, and intend to have some multi-summit days in the Shropshire Hills and Clywydians, activating on 2m C4FM. I’ll try and get out in the evenings of the weekdays in-between on my local summits too.

If any activators contemplating participating in this DV Flavour have local club nets on C4FM, DMR or D-Star, then perhaps you too could coordinate with them and set up a similar DV activity night in your area.

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This depends on which country you are in, in the UK it would be SOTA’s first legal drink, but in Germany SOTA’s legal drink would have been 2 years ago and in North America, SOTA will have to wait 3 years until it’s first legal drink.

Jimmy M0HGY

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…but only two associations (G and GW) have the birthday of 2nd March 2002…

Schoolboy error Jimmy!

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I can now reveal that discussions are in place and it looks like there will also be a 70cm C4FM simplex night on Wednesday 4th March, in conjunction with the North West Fusion Group’s weekly net.

Does that mean that they would also be active on July 1st for the one and only 70cms flavour?

I would assume so Brian as the net is weekly and on a Wednesday.

Nice!

…so does that convince you to, at least, borrow a C4FM handie?

Possibly! I meant that it was a nice alignment of the planets for that flavour in G/GW.

Indeed it is - based on a bit of research by me and making contact with the local groups that are active on DV. My hope is that other activators looking to add to their Challenge score in March, will be similarly proactive in seeking out potential C4FM/DMR/D-Star simplex net activity in their areas.

The potential is there, so why not? It’s a win-win. The added SOTA activity should add interest and traffic to the DV nets, and the DV nets will provide extra “unique-QSO-partner” points back to the activators in the Challenge. And the enhanced activity will provide extra chaser opportunities, especially in the scheduled nets if activators align themselves to them.