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Author Topic: HF DX Nets of the 80's & 90's Info Needed  (Read 4654 times)
N5WV
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« on: January 31, 2012, 02:02:11 AM »

Back in the late 8o's early 90's there were several DX nets that I am wanting information on. I have misplaced my notes and would like some help remembering these nets and net control stations.  It must have been cycle 22 when there were dx nets on 20 meters 24 / 7.  One net was on late in the evening "0100 - 0500 Z , I cant remember the frequency but it may have been 14.226.5. It was not the "Family Hour" , It was on around 1100 - 1200-Z.  One net control was in Los Vegas , Nv. Another ncs was a KL7 in W6 land . This was a great dx net.  Another 20m dx net was on 14.160. Im thinking it was called the Echo Tango DX Net. The ncs name was Ed. Does anyone know what Ed's callsign was / is ?  On 40m there was the "40 Meter DX Net that came on around 0700-Z at 7.145 mhz or 7.172 mhz.. The ncs  "net control station" was an older gentleman and the last time that I heard this net was about 1995. Last time I heard the net the ncs had suffered a type of stroke at a hamfest but he recovered. Does anyone remember his callsign ? If anyone can tell me any information regarding the above dx nets " name of net" , "net control's callsign" it would be appreciated.  73  , de  Randy  N5WV
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K7MH
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2012, 04:49:18 PM »

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I cant remember the frequency but it may have been 14.226.5. It was not the "Family Hour"
W7PHO Family Hour was up around 14.256. Also on 10 meters. I don't recall what time they were.
You may be thinking of VK9NS and the DX net he had, The 220 DX net. I think it started out on 14.220 and moved to up around 226 later on but kept the same name. Seems to me it started later in the evening though.
Both of them are SK now sadly.
There was also the Arabian Knights net on 20 out of the Persian Gulf area.
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W0FM
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2012, 11:46:18 AM »

A fellow named Alan (WA2 or WA4) ran a DX net around the 80's and 90's near 14.256. 

If my memory serves me as it normally does, I will remember his full call and last name around 3AM Saturday!   Grin
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W0FM
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2012, 11:51:56 AM »

WA4JTK is sounding familiar.  Something like that.

I can hear him now...."Last two"  "Last two".

Terry, WØFM
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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2012, 11:55:39 AM »

OK, it didn't take until Saturday after all......  

Alan E. Strauss, WA4JTK
The "Two Four Seven DX Net"..

http://us.cactii.net/pipermail/members/2002-April/000245.html

A blurb on QSL.net indicated Alan is a SK.

Terry, WØFM
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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2012, 12:25:58 PM »

W7PHO 

His phonetics = POT HANGS OVER

Most everybody got a 33 signal report from the DX station.  Even if you could not hear the DX all you had to say was, "Last Two Were 33" and you had a new one!

Now that brings back memories.

Dick  AD4U
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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2012, 12:39:51 PM »

Dick,

Or "Five-Five" "Five Five"....."Double Nickels"!

Terry
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2012, 01:26:41 PM »

14.160 Phineas, W6BF
14.235 Africana net; some fellow named Snooky in NH or VT; GW3CDP
14.226 Randy, KJ4JC

VP2MO, Bobby, was active on some net.

Got something from INDEXA, International DX Association.

While looking for my log book I discovered some IRCs from the 80s.

I still have my “Second Op” by N6NJ to figure out beam headings and postage, as of 1981, to the DX countries.

73
Bob
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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2012, 01:31:28 PM »

I always chuckle when I hear or see some op complaining about some other op using "cute" phonetics for their call--real hams don't do that!
73
Bob
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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2012, 01:10:59 PM »

I remember the net on 14.160 back in the late 80's / early 90's. I think I worked 9N1MM on that net or another (I'd have to look back at the logs). I did put quite a few "new ones" in the log using that net. It was exciting to a 16 or 17 year old kid to work all this DX. The only "fight" was to get on the list. I had an SB-220 at the time and a dipole that was waaaay up, so I did pretty well and usually got on quite high on the list. I think they let you work two stations, rinse and repeat the process.

I've only used one once very recently (got alot of flak from it from people here too..), to work VK0TH. I happened to stumble on it when tuning around one early morning.
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« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2012, 07:21:41 PM »

I see posts all of the time from people complaining that some op does not operate the way they should to enjoy "playing radio".

14.160 attracted a lot of interesting DX.  Many times the DX ops just did not want to deal with pile ups and did not want to deal with list after list after lists in nets.  I remember quite a few DX ops mentioning that they did not like checking into other nets.

Phineas used the phonetics of Bull Frog for his call.

73
Bob
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« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2012, 05:05:15 AM »

14.226.5 and 14.247 were the places to hang out, if you wanted to work DX. On 14.226.5, there was always a DX net in operation, 24 hours a day. If I am not mistaken, VK9NS ran the Southern Cross DX Net on that frequency.

I worked over 100 DX entities this way.

So when will we get our sunspots back?
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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2012, 12:06:33 PM »

Was the W7PHO family hour Bill Bemmett, can't remember, that was a long time ago.
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« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2012, 07:43:44 PM »

Was the W7PHO family hour Bill Bemmett, can't remember, that was a long time ago.

I believe so.
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« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2014, 03:57:27 PM »

I just stumnled across this 2 years late!
The 40 Meter DX Net in the mid-1990s was run by John KD0JL (now SK) in Kansas City.  Would come on late 600z-700z and try to find a broadcast-free frequency usually around 7.185 - 7.195 MHz.  Pacific stations and VKs/ZLs would come on.
Also, Dick Wolf, then KL7H/W6, later W6FF(F) (now SK) would run informal nets on 80m.  A very nice gentleman, he helped a lot of newbies (like me at the time) work their first DX contacts.
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