The BEARS group recognizes a need for Bitterroot-wide two-way comms outside our repeater network. To that end we are working our own gear towards NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave) as a contingency.
Wednesday at 1700hrs (5:00pm) we will try our hand at communicating locally on 3.850 MHz.
We should have our 2-meters on 146.720 as an alternate route to aid tuning, training and Elmering for folks working to get their NVIS setups working.
Nets tonight include:
BEARS NVIS: 1700hrs on 3.850 MHz
Montana Traffic Net: nominally 1730hrs on 3.910 MHz *
BARC 10-meter: 1915hrs on 28.350 MHz (mostly vertical antennas)
BARC 2-meter: 2015hrs on 146.720 MHz
* (80-meter band conditions deteriorate in the evening,
thus Montana Traffic Net is starting a bit earlier nowadays)