Please bear with us as we all learn to use these new tools that are offering us Social Connectivity while being asked to “Social Distance”. Some other amateur groups have begun using this App to transition large meetings to “Virtual Meetings”. Kathi and I have used this for virtual training with our CERT team. It appears to have a short learning curve for “Users” but it is trickier on our Web management side. I am confident we will learn this just as we are evolving with the other list of tools we’ve recently added to our growing Website.
To set up a free account on “Zoom” got to zoom.us on the upper right will ask you to “Sign Up it’s Free”, simply click on that button it will ask you to put in your “Work Email”. Simply use whatever email you entered for club communications (the one Kathi sends you all that club “junk email”) Zoom will send you an email to activate your Zoom account (if you don’t see it check your “Junk” or “Spam” file) click on the email from Zoom titled “please activate your Zoom account”. then click on the button that says “Activate Account” it will take you to a page where you will add your name, create a password, verify that password and click on the “continue” button. Now you get a page allowing you to invite friends through their emails, you can scroll down and click “Skip this step”. You are now a member, fully activated and ready to join any Zoom meeting, event, webinar etc. as a free member, if you “host” a session it will limit you to 40 minutes. GOTAhams is a “Pro” member allowing up to 100 users to stay connected for 24 hours as long as WG6OTA is the “Host”. I believe at this point if you try to “start a meeting” Zoom will give you options for installing the “Zoom App” simply follow those directions and you should be ready for our Tuesday evening Video Chat following our 7:00 PM Net. You will just log in through the website menu on the far right side.
I do think patience is a virtue while we all learn these new “virtual/Social” tools. if you’re having issues, Email, web Chatroom, the WA6FZH repeater are all useful tools for help.
Also there are Android and I-phone apps to use this service, I am working on testing that option now.
Good luck, I hope to hear you on the Net and see you on our Zoom app ’73 Ken KC6WOK
Update: we have been using our Zoom App to participate in nightly video chats at 7:00 PM along with our 8:00 PM nightly radio round-table net on the WA6FZH 446.400 pl 103.5
we are still learning how to use these new tools but by helping each other things are getting better and I personally feel better staying connected to my Social group.
once you have installed the Zoom App, you can use the menu on this website by clicking on “nightly video chat” on the menu bar, then clicking on the link in that page. If you are on the “Zoom.us” website, after signing in you can click on “join a meeting” at the top of the page and entering 572-706-914 in the “meeting ID” button. Good luck and we’ll see you on the radio and/or the “Zoom V-chat Room”