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.
Our 16th Anniversary Collectors-Edition QSL cards are still available. If you would like a personalized card, that will look great on your shack wall, please send a regular sized self addressed stamped envelope to: Bob Lobenstein-WA2AXZ 1958 East 36 Street Brooklyn, New York 11234Many Thanks helping us celebrate 16 years on the “Chew”73, Loby-WA2AXZ
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.
All, due to concerns about COVID-19, the Dayton Hamvention is cancelled.
Loby-WA2AXZ spoke with long-time NCS Mark-KC8SGO June 18, and Mark said his XYL, Paula, passed away Wednesday June 12. All details for the funeral and where to send condolences is on his KC8SGO page, in qrz.com. Paula was in ill health and in a nursing home for quite a while, and now is at peace.
On May 4th and 5th, join the Chew gang in celebration with special event call K1R! Pass the word along!
Happy New Year to all of the 72 Chew community! Our first newsletter for 2019 has been published, and is available on our newsletter page, or from this link.
John W8LWX and Joel KM4NOU have been working to make the transition to the new website. Here’s an update from John:
As I hope you know by now, I gave notice back in March 2018 that I would step back from my dual roles as scheduler and webmaster for the 7.272 Ragchew Net effective September 30, 2018. To aid in the transition, though, I’ve been keeping the old site alive and making the necessary adjustments on the website calendar to reflect day-to-day substitutions, as well as maintaining the newsletter mailing list, up to now.
Today is the day we’ll finally throw the big switch to decommission the old website and redirect all traffic to the new one, which will be run by our new webslave — er, sorry, I mean webmaster — KM4NOU, Joel. Within the next 24-48 hours, your browser should end up on the new site if you direct it to 72chew.net. Please note the following important details about this change:
- If your bookmark (aka “Favorites”) was set to a deeper internal address than 72chew.net (for example, http://72chew.net/us/pnp/autoviewer/autoviewer.php), it might not get where it needs to go. For best results, edit your bookmark to just point to 72chew.net.
- Once the switch is thrown, the NCS mailing address (firstname.lastname@example.org) will not work anymore, until and unless a similar address is re-established under the new site. Our new scheduler, W3XAF-Ken, has been using his own address for disseminating info about schedule changes (email@example.com). Whether something similar to firstname.lastname@example.org will ever be re-established is not in my bailiwick — it’s entirely up to Ken and Joel.
- The newsletter mailing list, the process for adding oneself to it, the Hollerin’ Form, and/or the process for adding oneself to the online roster, might be a bit dodgy for the next few weeks. Or maybe not. We’ll see. Just be patient while Joel gets everything settled into place.
- The e-mail address by which you’ve known me for the past 5 or 6 years (email@example.com) won’t work anymore either, as it was set up under the old site and there’s no reason to re-establish it under the new one now that I’m no longer scheduler or webmaster. If you want to reach me by e-mail, please just look me up on QRZ.com and use the address for me posted there.
It is not possible for me to respond individually to each message I’ve received thanking me for the 6+ years I’ve dedicated to the Chew as its scheduler and the 5+ years as webmaster. Suffice it to say that the number of such messages reflects the depth of understanding of the many hours of effort involved in creating and maintaining the website, keeping NCS slots staffed, and keeping up with schedule changes throughout those years, all begun as a labor of love and in the spirit with which Cincinnatus left his plow when called upon by his countrymen.
The plow is a bit rusty but it will be nice to get back to it. Special thanks to Ken and Joel for making this happen! Meanwhile, I’ll hope to continue to hear from y’all on Sundays, 10-11, on 7.272 MHz!
Our friends at NightWatch and the Brothers Net (K4ELO-Wayne and KB0OPR-Booper) got set up to produce T-shirts for those groups and were nice enough to think of us: “Hey, would you guys at the Chew like some shirts, too?” Our answer, without hesitation: Heck, yes!
To order, go to http://www.hamhandshake.net/shirts.php and fill in all the info there. Thank you, Booper and Wayne, for making this possible.
Prices: Sizes S, M, L, XL are $21.00. Sizes XXL and XXXL are $26.00 including shipping.
Wear it proudly at your next hamfest!
This is an example of the back of the shirt.
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