NETS OF NOTE: ADVANCED CLASS PRESERVATION GROUP NETS
PAUL/ANCHOR: In our occasional series Nets of Note, we look at how and
where on the bands amateur radio operators are checking in and what
they're saying. This week Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, gives us a look at the Advanced Class Preservation Group Nets.
KEVIN: Hams like Paul Buescher, N8HHG, and Scott Endsley, W5URX, take
pride in being among the 39,000 radio amateurs who hold an Advanced Class license issued by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC stopped granting these licenses a decade ago, but Advanced Class holders can renew their license indefinitely and many do, celebrating their place in U.S. amateur radio history. Lately, they've even begun meeting up on air in a formal setting known as the Advanced Class Preservation Group Nets. There
are already more than 100 members. There's plenty of history to celebrate: Advanced is the only remaining license class where holders passed the 13
wpm Code test -- and the majority of those licensed before 1984 were
tested at an FCC office, instead of by a volunteer examiner.
According to Bart Pulverman, WB6WUW, Paul and Scott started the nets two months ago on weekday evenings, providing a place for Advanced class
members to check in. Membership is free to Advanced Class members only --
but Extra Class members are also invited to participate. To make things
even more official, holders of valid Advanced Class licenses receive a
free personalized certificate that is suitable for framing. For details on membership and the certificate, send an email to n8hhg at aol dot com (email@example.com
Then, get on the air and join the Nets: they meet on Mondays through
Fridays at 1700 UTC on 14.213 MHz, plus or minus; Monday, Wednesday and
Friday at 2200 UTC on 14.213 MHz, plus or minus; and Tuesdays and
Thursdays at at 2300 UTC on 7.130 MHz, plus or minus.
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.
(BART PULVERMAN WB6WUW)
WORLD OF DX
In the world of DX, listen for Don, K6ZO, who is active as 7Q6M from a
mission hospital at the Loudon Station in Malawi through the middle of December. He will be using CW and SSB at various times, usually on 20, 40,
and 80 meters and possibly 160m. At his residence, he will operate FT8.
You can also listen for him during the CQWW DX SSB Contest on October 24th
and 25th, and the CQWW DX CW Contest on November 28th and 29th. Send QSLs
In the Bahamas, Richard, KN4CV, will be using the call sign KN4CV/C6A from Alice Town, Bimini Islands. Listen on the various HF bands. Send QSLs via
his home callsign.
Thomas, DL2RMC, is on the air as 9G5FI from Accra, Ghana, where he is
likely to be through next year. Listen on various HF bands where he will
be using CW, FT8 and operating through the QO-100 satellite. Send QSLs via DL1RTL, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL, ClubLog and soon LoTW.
In Guadeloupe, Philippe, F1DUZ, is using the call sign FG4KH from
October 16th through November 5th. Listen for him on the various HF bands using SSB and FT8. He will also be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest, Send QSLs
via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW.
(OHIO PENN DX)
KICKER: COOKING UP A COMING-OF-AGE SPECIAL EVENT
PAUL/ANCHOR: Finally, you know you've come of age as a club, when you've Elmered new hams, made new radio friends, and even activated your first special event station while cooking lunch. Here's Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, to
dish out the savory details.
SKEETER: It's been little more than a year, but the Bledsoe County Amateur Radio Club has come of age, and already celebrated some milestones. Formed
in July of 2019, to promote amateur radio in that Tennessee County, the
club was granted the call sign N4BCT this past summer. It also celebrated
the return to radio of one member, a formerly licensed ham who is 93 years old. When that ham, Bryan Knight KO4FHG, upgraded this month and got his Amateur Extra license, the club celebrated that milestone too.
Now the club is cooking up its first special event station - and the
emphasis is on the cooking. Since the season has brought chilly weather to Tennessee, that also means - chili weather - as in homemade chili, that long-simmering often-spicy stew. The Bledsoe County Amateur Radio Club's
Chili Cookoff includes the not-so-secret ingredient of a special event
station with the call sign W4C in honor of the contest. According to
Andrew Albertson, KN4CTG, club treasurer and trustee, W4C will be on the
air from October 23rd to the 25th. On the day of the cookoff itself,
October 24th, a special certificate will be available to anyone working
the station between 2300 and 0300 UTC. Contacts can be made on Echolink
Node 17285, Allstar node 52061, or the KF4JPU repeater.
Radio - and the smell of chili - will both be in the air. Sounds like a
recipe for success.
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH.
(ANDREW ALBERTSON KN4CTG)
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