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Geratoler Silent Keys

Sorry to report that there are three Geratoler Silent Keys listed in the July QST. W2RK Chuck NC #992, W9NT Gurnee ND #798, and Silver IL working on his basic. Chuck W2RK (Rich Kid) was the voice of NJ for years. He had recently moved to NC. If you needed NJ Chuck would be there in a heart beat. Gurnee had been reported earlier. Gurnee was always a hoot to talk with. N9QS Silver ( Quick Silver) was working on his basic. Silver was big into County Hunting. Sandy and I had many fun times with Silver at County Hunting Conventions. RIP Guys you will be missed. Dave KJ8V

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Geratoler Silent Key

Very sorry to report that Bobby W8DXf # 1787 Ohio is a silent Key. Bobby’s old call was KE8E. Jim WU1N notified me via email of Bobby’s passing. When Sandy and I still lived in Ohio Lou KJ8U (SK) Bobby and I would get together and talk radio and the Geratol Net. RIP Bobby you will be missed.

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GERATOLER SILENT KEYS

Happy to report that there were no Geratoler Silent keys listed the June QST. Dave KJ8V

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Congratulations Dan K2DJL

Congratulations Dan K2DJL on your new Geratol Number 2674. I know you worked hard for it. Have and enjoy the new number. Dave KJ8V

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New Geratol Number

I issued Geratol number 2674. Recipient has been notified and should be on the Net tonight. Dave KJ8V

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Geratoler Silent Key

Gurnee W9NT No. 768 became a Silent Key on April 17, 2019. Any of us that knew Gurnee and talked with him always had a fun time with Gurnee. I can remember many good times with Gurnee. RIP Gurnee you will be missed. Dave KJ8V

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Frosty is OK and home

Just talked with Frosty and he is home from the hospital and is doing fine. He will probably be on tonight. Great news. Dave KJ8V

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Geratoler Silent Keys

Happy to report that the May issue of QST showed no Geratoler Silent Keys. Dave KJ8V

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GNEC What is it ?

What is GNEC you say ?

It’s an awesome tool for keeping track of your progress toward completing several awards, such as the Board, Gold Board, Platinum and Net 500 awards to name a few. The program was created and developed by our Chairman, W0FP – Frosty. I never did ask Frosty what GNEC stands for, but perhaps he can reply to this POST and let us know. My guess would be “GERATOL Net Endorsement Compilation” ha ha Maybe someone else can take a guess as well.

The program must be used in conjunction with WinEqf logging software. You need to log your QSO’s made on the net, or in Extra Class SSB portion of 80M into WinEqf to have the GNEC program functional. Both WinEqf and GNEC are available as downloads off the GERATOL Website.

In addition to tracking award progress, you may use GNEC for keeping tabs on your progress toward completing the 38 challenging Endorsements offered by the net.

Below is a screen shot of a typical GNEC “Front Page” which gives you a glimpse of the Endorsements completed in RED. The Endorsements in ORANGE mean that only ONE appropriate contact is needed for completing that particular Endorsement, and the YELLOW reflects the need that TWO more appropriate contacts are necessary. GREEN buttons reflect multiple appropriate QSO’s are needed for completion.

GNEC Reflecting Endorsement Status

When you click on one of the Endorsement buttons, such as Endorsement #2 in YELLOW above, where you must contact stations in the lower 48 states with “N” one by two call signs, you see the screen shot below:

As is obvious, this operator needs to work two more stations with “N” 1×2 call signs, one from Idaho and one from Oregon to complete this Endorsement. Another nice feature of GNEC is the ability to print out these various reports, so you know exactly which call signs you need, as they check in every evening.

While there are numerous other great features associated with GNEC, two I will mention are at the bottom of the Front Page. Those are the “Update GERATOL Numbers” button and the “Update Director Numbers” button. Hitting those gives you a running total of the numbers you have worked, and more importantly, those you still need.

If you have not already done so, give GNEC a try. It’s a fun and very effective way to track your Award and Endorsement progress on the GERATOL net.

Of course, you may find both the GNEC program, and WinEqf available on the tool bar at the top of the GERATOL home page. Simply go to “Files” then “Additional Aids and Forms for the GERATOL Net” Once you click on that, the files may be found and downloaded off that page. Good luck.

73 Kevin N1KL

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Congratulations Louie

Congratulations Louie on your clubs achievement on completing Worked Canada Award no. 28 a job well done. Dave KJ8V

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