Six successfully joined our weekly net on Zoom on 26 Aug, and the picture quality was excellent. We even had what may the first ever visual sign-in on roll call: N6OFB Bob’s HT had a hiccup and wouldn’t catch the repeater, so he waved it at us to sign in (ham ingenuity at work!).
The big lesson learned with Zoom: mute the mic on the Zoom screen if your radio speaker is on, or EVERYONE gets a bad echo.
There’s another Zoom session set up for next week, starting 15 minutes before the net in order to allow time for sign-ins and adjustments. Note that you can Zoom with a smartphone or a tablet, not just a laptop or PC. Give it a try, the more the merrier. (Since it will not be a method all the members have available, we will not try to do club business during the session; but we can discuss anything of interest, and save official action until once the live meetings become possible again).
You join the meeting by using your browser to sign in to zoom.us , then when a meeting ID is requested, enter this: 243 456 9237. It will then request a password. Unfortunately, there can be hackers who like to disrupt Zoom sessions, so it is not advisable to publish the password; therefore I will give it out verbally on our net repeater at the time the Zoom starts (if you joined last week, it will be the same password you used then). 73