May 1 through 7, 2023 the Chew will be on the air to celebrate a fantastic anniversary. With 19 years under our belts, it took many great hams to come together as founders, net control operators, schedulers and managers to bring a great net to fruition. A hearty handshake and thanks to all who have served the net so well. For an entire week, you will be hearing our K1R special event call from 9am through noon EDT. Once you check in you are not only are you a member for life, but also eligible to ask for our highly collectible K1R QSL card. Each year we change the card, using our mascot “Taz”, to reflect the type of anniversary it is. This is our bronze anniversary so here isa bronze statue of Taz to thank all who participated. Send a stamped, selfaddressed envelope to Loby-WA2AXZ and a personalized card will be sent to you. Please include your call sign on all correspondence. If you would like a few of our previous cards, let me know.
Robert Lobenstein-WA2AXZ 1539 Golden Drive Hubertus, Wisconsin 53033-97
I know it is Christmas time but I just found out that one of our long time check-in’s is hospitalized. John-N8SSE has been battling cancer for a few years and now, sadly, doctors say a mass has now been found in his brain.
A special prayer to John for his recovery and if you could, send him a note of encouragement: N8SSE – John M Beachler 6814 Manning Rd Miamisburg, OH 45342-1626
Friends, Many of us old timers in the chew remember Mary Hobart being the keynote speaker at a few of our early Rag Chew Dayton gatherings, at the Amber Rose restaurant. Right after our founding, and a few years into the early 2000’s, the crowd, almost 100 strong, from our group, Tom-KC8QGJ’s 1721 net and other friends would fill up the banquet hall to enjoy a great meal and enjoy the fantastic speakers that were lined up for the event. Mary kicked off many a session for us regaling us with tales of amateur radio and her efforts in ARRL to bolster finances and start special clubs within the organization. Those of us who remember Mary know how energetic she was, and her smile, from ear to ear, showed all who attended, she was true to her mission. She and I were on a first name basis as we arranged the schedule and annual Dayton dinners.
73 to my dear friend, you will be missed!Loby-WA2AXZ
As of January 19, 2022, I have accepted the position of net scheduler for the 72 Rag Chew, following the retirement of Ken, W3XAF. I want to thank all of you for being a big part of the Chew. Your time and efforts are sincerely appreciated by many, throughout North America and possibly even further.
There are some suggestions I have at this time. The first comes from our good friend, Loby, WA2AXZ. If you hear that there is not a net controller on the air, feel free to pick up the Chew and run with it yourself. Also, encourage non NCS operators to pick up the Chew if there Is not a net controller present. This can help us develop more NCS ops.
My second suggestion is, If you want, pick up the Chew at 12pm ET. It doesn’t have to stop at noon. Several years ago, the 72 Chew schedule ran to a 12pm and, I think, even a 1pm shift. This would also be another way to get more ops interested in becoming NCS ops.
The third suggestion is simply an integral part of ham radio. If you are operating as NCS, ask for relays. If you are listening along and hear a station that isn’t able to reach the NCS, provide a relay. Relaying is an inherent part of ham radio and is a lot of fun as well. It really feels good to help a station make contact when they are not able to get through by themselves.
If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, etc., please let me know.
Chad-KB1HPV our newest Net Control Station has, for years, been an avid woodworker at his old Massachusetts QTH. He has been featured in several Chew Newsletters, highlighting his creations. Chad’s quality woodwork, in the form of a blanket chest, was on display as a special door prize given away at an earlier Kring Point gathering.
Having all the right tools is essential, and at times, using discarded scrap wood, made some quite beautiful pieces.
Chad moved to Virginia, in a beautiful area near the majestic Blue Ridge Parkway. He got busy setting up shop where he could, once again, turn out his products. Everything from cabinets to coffins?
Check in with Chad-KB1HPV Thursday Mornings on the 7.272 Ragchew net, at 9am ET to get an amusing update on what he is working on next.
All, one of our fellow Network Control Stations (NCS) Scott, KG4WEL, had his home destroyed in a house fire on December 19th. There is a GoFundMe page set up for Scott. If you’d like to contribute, please go to: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-scott-rebuild/
Please note that if you do contribute via “GoFundMe” there is a 15% service charge added to your contribution.
It has been an interesting spring, tosay the least, for everyone across the globe. Social distancing, everyone being sequestered in their homes, and the run on toilet paper- (sorry for the pun) have made us irritable and grouchy. The only ray of sunshine has been ensuring the health and well-being of family and friends, and speaking freely to everyone from behind our Covid-19-free microphones. Noting that the continuance of quarantine may continue into the first weeks of May, I have decided to extend our anniversary special from April 27- through May 3, 2020. We will use the special event “K1R” call on May 2 and 3, 2020 and extend a friendly hand to all check-ins during the week to be part of our 16th anniversary.
Anyone checking in with any of our stalwart Net Control Stations during the week will be able to obtain our special, 16th anniversary QSL card. All it takes is a self addressed stamped envelope, sent to Loby-WA2AXZ.