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Every Friday evening from 20:00 to 22:00 EST (00:00-02:00 UTC Saturday Morning)

Quick info:

My Name is Reg, I host the Friday Night TechNet World Wide on the Techlink conference, EchoLink node 9229. I live in Australia and also Retired. My call sign is VK6BQQ; in Canada I have VE3BQQ/VA3BQQ.

Send us your comments via email: rlbagshaw@aim.com

Join us every Friday evening from 20:00 hours local to 22:00 Toronto Time. (00:00-02:00 UTC Saturday Morning)

And the Flying Pigs Net!!!

Reg likes aviation ALMOST as much as ham radio so he's carving out a segment of the Technet for hams that haave a background in avaition (pilot, aircraft mechanic/maintainer, etc) to swap stories and share their avaition experiences.  We've named it "The Flying Pigs Net".   And here folks is the original Flying Pig.  No record could be found giving his call sign though.

800 Weeks!!!!

As mentioned, Reg likes aviation ALMOST as much as ham radio.  So for his 800th week on the air with the Friday Night Technet he convened the net while sitting in the cockpit of a WWII Avro Lancaster at the Aviation Heritage Museum in Bull Creek, WA (no not Washington State).  His fondness for the Lancaster comes from his participation in restoring the airworthy Canadian Heritage Warplane Museum’s Lancaster shown in the 800th week QSL cards below.  She’s named Vera.





Photos from the 800th week broadcast at the Aviation Heritage Museum















Three-quarters of the way to ONE-THOUSAND weeks on the air.

And 50 weeks brfore that.


Connect to The Technet:

We've recently lost the Van-IRLP 9008 EchoLink/IRLP node for the Friday Night Tech Net. This is likely to be a permanent situation. However, VE7KI Michael in Vernon B.C. has come to the rescue. Michael has set up an Echolink conference *TECHLINK* at node 9229 that will now be the primary Echolink connection for the Friday Night Tech Net. The Handiham conference will be connected as well.

To connect via radio through an Echolink Repeater enter *9229.  Just 9229 will try to connect you with an IRLP node.

Though Echolink is no longer connected to Van-IRLP node 9008 you can connect via the Handiham network.

Ontario Repeaters:

VE3TTT Repeater London 147.180 MHz + 114.8/442.300MHz + 131.8 LONDON
VE3SUE Repeater London is 444.400 PL of 114.8 thanks to Dan VE3FLK IRLP Node 2400
VE3SRT Repeater Shetland 447.050 PL of 123.0 thanks to Dan VE3FLK
VE3TCB Repeater Thedford 146.940 PL of 123.0 thanks to Dan VE3FLK
VE3JOP Repeater Vaughan 443.775 145.310 thanks to Shelly VA3KY
VE3PRC Repeater Brampton 443.550 146.880 thanks to Peel Radio Club
VE3RFI Repeater Hamilton 443.250 PL of 151.4 thanks to Al, VA3AM
VE3WOM Repeater Whitby 147.150 PL 103.5 thanks to Whitby Amateur Radio Club
VE3MIS Repeater Mississauga 145.430 PL 103.5 thanks to Mississauga Amateur Radio Club

U.S.A Repeaters:

N0BVE Repeater Minnetonka, MN 145.450 PL -
N0BVE Repeater Minneapolis, MN 444.650 PL 114.8
N0BVE Repeater MSP International Airport 444.325 PL 131.8
W0EQO Repeater Maple Lake, MN 145.470 PL114.8
KC9YZR Repeater Medford, WI 443.975 PL 114.8
KA0KMJ Repeater Chaska, MN 445.000 PL 100
NX0P Repeater Albert Lea, MN 146.685 PL 100
K0VVY Link Rapid City, SD 147.5  PL-
KA0PQW Repeater Ellendale, MN 442.925 PL 114.8; 224.64 PL 110.9
KA0PQW Link Arden Hills, MN 223.94 (-) PL 100
KA0PQW Link Faribault, MN 146.595 Simplex PL 114.8

The Georgia Conference:
Thanks to Worth, (KG4PXG) the Echolink *GEORGIA* conference is now connected to the Friday Night Tech Net

Australia Repeaters:

VK6ZGN Repeater Willetton, W.A.  Thanks to Bob


Also Checkout the Friday Night Tech Net Yahoo Group at:


In a few words:

It all started from a whim in Burlington over 14 years ago by Reg Bagshaw VE3BQQ On 146.550 simplex, his first contact was the late Dave VE3DLK in Hamilton. Over 500 weeks later and still going strong, It has become a Friday night ritual with an average of 50 or more check ins. Using the Internet via IRLP, Echolink, E-mail and of course good old fashion RF radio. The Net initially ran as a Technical Net and as interest and support grew we offered online Emerging and support for those looking to upgrade from Basic to Advanced licence, With the Help of Reg and his knowledge and experience from many years in the communications industry.

Several Local hams have done this, also thanks to the TechNet Team several Hams have helped with Tower Erections, Antenna Installations, Radio Repairs and other technical problems. Today the Net has evolved more into a social gathering place for Hams worldwide to meet and gain insight into what is happening in the world of amateur radio.

200 Weeks Ago



The Team: From Left Reg VK6BQQ,Gary VE3TTO,Dave VE3DV,Erik VE3NFL,Rudan VE3RXY

Reg helping Project Ojibwa




779 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets

In Australia

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"Amateur radio,the best hobby in the world" VK6BQQ 73 :-)


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