The W2USA Friday Nite Net
First net - November 4, 1994
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.
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