The W2USA Friday Nite Net


First net - November 4, 1994
Last net - November 7, 2014
Host - George Ftikas, N7TQZ
Frequency - 146.440
Time - Fridays, 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Why a simplex net? There are plenty of repeater nets around. Most radio operators will be satisfied with their station hitting their favorite repeater. But what happens when the repeater goes off the air? You hope there is another repeater that you can work. In a major storm, you might lose many repeaters. This net is designed to see what area can you cover. It has been fun watching stations improve to get a better signal as well as a larger footprint. Some of the results have been truly amazing.

We have covered a pretty good portion of the south end of the Puget Sound area. When conditions are real good, we have had checkins as far as Port Angeles and Oregon. If you are a Technician or above and in the Fort Lewis / Tacoma / Olympia area, feel free to check in and join the fun!

For the eleventh anniversary, it was decided to move from 146.430 MHz to 146.440 MHz. There was a couple of good reasons to make this move. So our new frequency home is not too far from where W2USA called home before. It should be a bit quieter as we have moved from the group on 146.42. So stop by and check in if you are in the area.

For the eighteenth anniversary net, I decided to reduce the net to an hour, but if the net was busy, we would continue on.

Here is what I posted about that net on the W2USA Facebook page:

Starting November 9, 2012, the W2USA Friday Nite Net will be shortened to one hour. Same start time (9:00 PM), just an earlier end time. After 18 years, I think it is time to see what else happens on a Friday night. After roughly 3,275 hours of doing the net, it is time to throttle it back a bit. If the net is busy at 10 PM, obviously, I will keep going. But looking at the number of check-ins, it seems reasonable that one hour will be enough. Thanks to all that have contributed to the net over the years. I may have a longevity record for hosting a simplex net.

The twentieth anniversary net is also the final net. Here is what I posted a few hours before that net on the W2USA Facebook page:

Well, in a few hours, I will be hosting the 20th anniversary and last Friday Nite Net.

This net was started to help get our name out in the local area. It was decided to use simplex rather than a repeater for a few different reasons. With simplex, we could have longer nets. With simplex, we could see what our actual RF footprint was. With simplex, we didn't have to worry with trying to find a repeater that would allow us to have a net on.

What started out to be something different from what the other nets were doing, it somehow became something much more. When I started this on November 4, 1994, I really never expected it to last more than a month or two. Looking back, there has been a lot of folks that have stopped by to help keep it going.

The success of a net is not just the host, but also those that take the time to check in to help keep it interesting. We have talked about almost everything under the sun (within reason!).

I am not sure what the future of Friday nights are on 146.44 MHz, but I hope it stays active.

I want to give my heartfelt thanks to everyone that has checked in over the years, It is a bittersweet feeling to stop doing what I have started so many years ago. But I think the time is right. Radio nets don't seem to be as popular as they were in the past. When we started this net in 1994, it would last until the early morning hours - a few times, it lasted until 8 AM Saturday morning. Two years ago, it was reduced to an hour long net.

If you are in the area, check in at 9:00 PM. I'll try to have my Echolink station up as well for the net.


First Friday Nite Net Check-in List
11/4/94
N7TQZ N7UDS N7PFE
KD6FEA AB7FJ KA7YMF
AA7KN KI7BF KB7TGH

Anniversary Net Check-in List
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
11/3/95
11/1/96
11/4/97
11/6/98
11/5/99
N7TQZ N7TQZ N7PFE N7TQZ N7TQZ
N7UDS KB7RLB N7TET N7PFE N7PFE
N7PFE N7PFE N7SOA KC7KAZ AA7OH
KD6FEA KD6FEA KD6FEA W7IEW N7TET
AB7FJ KC7CUQ KC7KAZ KB7OUZ KB7UTQ
KC7GBO KC7GBO KJ7QR W7EOD KD7EMZ
KC7ICB KC7ICB   KD7AJO KK7TG
KJ7QR KJ7QR   N2OBM KD7DHB
KC7JHO KC7RWA   W7NTF KD6FEA
KC7IYX     KB7UTQ KB7ZDS
KC7ICM     KB7ZDS  
N5KAV     N7UDS  
KC7IUV     KC7LRP  
Melissa
(AB7FJ)
    N7TET  
Number of check-ins, including net host.
14
9
6
14
10

6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
11/4/00
11/2/01
11/1/02
11/7/03
11/5/04
N7TQZ N7TQZ N7TQZ N7TQZ N7TQZ
N7PFE KB7UTQKB7ZDS KB7UTQ KD7TJC
KD7EMZK7CCRKD6FEA KD7UBI KD7JIY
K7YYZ AC7KPKD7NUV KD7VYB KB7VOM
KD6FEAKB7ZDSN3KPU AC7KP K7CCR
KA7WGGKD6FEAAC7KP KD6FEA KB7ZDS
KB7ZDSAC7LRKD7LST KL7FRQ KD6FEA
W7TEL  KC5MPE N7TET N3KPU
  WA7SCA AC7LR N7VIF
  N7TET   AC7LR
      KD7MBO
      N7TET
      KD7GUK
      AC7KP
      KL7FRQ
      KB7UTQ
      KD7VYB
      W7VB
Number of check-ins, including net host.
8
7
10
9
18

11th 12th 13th 14th 15th
11/4/05
11/3/06
11/2/07
11/7/08
11/6/09
N7TQZ N7TQZ N7TQZ N7TQZ N7TQZ
K7CCRKD6FEAN1NUB KI4JOC KD6FEA
KD7VYBKB7VOMKE7KCP KE7ONE N7DOM
KB7ZDSKI4JOCN3KPU N7DOM KE7PHT
N3KPUN3KPUAC7KP N7CJT K7JWD
KB7UTQKB7UTQN7TET KB7VOM N7BRZ
AC7KPKD7VYBKB7VOM KB7UTQ KB7VOM
KB7VOMAC7LRWA7JK N7TET N7KNQ
N7TETN7TETAC7LR W7BRT K7IWH
AC7LR KE7ONE N7BRZ KE7ONE
KD6FEA KB7UTQ N3KPU KD7WZD
  KD6FEA KD6FEA KD7VYB
  W7VB KD7VYB  
  KD7VYB KE7PHT  
Number of check-ins, including net host.
11
9
14
14
12

16th 17th 18th 19th 20th
11/5/10
11/4/11
11/2/12
11/1/13
11/7/14
N7TQZ N7TQZ N7TQZ N7TQZ N7TQZ
N7DOMKB7UTQKB7UTQKB7UTQKA2TTY
K7IWHK7CCRN7RRLKA2TTYW7SJA
N7KNQKE7PHTW7BADKE7KZPWB7EC
KF7GBLW7BADKD7VYBK7IWHKG7HVT
N7CJTN7KZDKA2TTYKD7VYBKF7PXT
KF7JECN7JOYK7IWHKD6FEAKB7UTQ
KE7ONEVK5ZEAKD6FEAKD7GUKKE7PHT
N7RLLK7IWH KD7GUKWB7ECKD7VYB
KD6FEAKE7ONEN3KPU AC7LR
AC7LRW7TEDKE7PHT K7IWH
KD7VYBN3KPU  KD6FEA
KD7AAGKD7VYB   
N7KZDKD6FEA   
Number of check-ins, including net host.
14
14
11
9
12


Last update: 11/7/14


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