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GERATOL Net Board Mtg Minutes

Below are the minutes from the GERATOL Board meeting held on 10/29/17 as submitted by AA0ZP; Frank; Secretary of the GERATOL Net.

The GERATOL Board of Directors Meeting was called to order by the Chairman on 30 Oct at 0100 UTC.
Present were W0FP, AA0ZP, KJ8V, KJ8W, N1KL, N0HD, and AI4IL. Absent was WX4H.

Responsibility for maintenance of the Web Page has been transferred to N1KL (from AE2T). A motion was made to issue a check in the amount of $63 to cover the cost of the Web Page. Following some discussion, a vote was called:

The motion was passed unanimously.

Another motion was made and seconded to eliminate the statement that the contact was made on GERATOL Net with EQSL’s and that the frequency to four digits needed to be placed the Comments field of the EQSL in the preamble of the net.

This motion also passed unanimously.

A third motion was made to allow LoTW use for GERATOL endorsements, but not for the basic.

This motion passed unanimously.

The chairman adjourned the meeting at 0113UTC>

Respectfully Submitted, Frank Taylor – AA0ZP, GERATOL Secretary

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New Rules for Awards & Endorsements

Effective 10/30/2017 at approximately 01:20 UTC there were two changes to rules approved by the Board pertaining to 1. EQSL submissions and 2. log submissions using Log Book of the World.

  1. EQSL’s Effective as of the date shown above all EQSL’s must have the frequency marked to four digits in the comments field. No longer can the EQSL show/state that the contact was made on the Geratol Net ONLY. The statement in the NCS Preamble stating “the contact was made on the Geratol Net” will be deleted from the preamble.
  2. At the  suggestion of Jeff WE0A and as Awards Manager I made a motion to allow logs from Log Book of the World to be submitted for Awards and Endorsements. This change DOES NOT apply to the Basic WAS award only other awards and endorsements.  QSL cards and the standard application must still be submitted for the Basic Award. The Board approved both of these changes unanimously.

If you have any questions about these changes please either ask me on the air,  send me an Email or call me on the phone at 231-864-2354.

Dave KJ8V Awards Manager



posted by Dave KJ8V in Awards Manager and have Comments Off on New Rules for Awards & Endorsements

How To Register a New Account

I’ve added a page to guide everyone through the registration process. You can find it under the F.A.Q. menu category.

I also disabled the plugin that limited the number of login attempts that I think was giving people concern. I also changed the ReCAPTCHA to only be used on registration and not bug people who are already logged in.

I hope this makes things go smoother for everyone.


posted by god in From the webmaster and have Comments (2)

Suggestions For The Net

we0a says:
October 24, 2017 at 8:58 pm  (Edit)
I’m game. Where do you want NEW posts. I’ve got a couple of topics:
– Later meetup for some west coast station QSOs,
– ARRL Logbook of The World (LoTW) in addition to cards & eQSL

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User Status Changes

The following operators have been assigned the ability to make “Comments” and to “Post” items on the website:

Welcome aboard, and thanks for taking the time to update your account and/or to register as new participants….

Others who have registered, but have not used their call sign as part of their user name and/or e-mail while registering, will retain “read” only privileges on the website.

WG8AR – GEORGE                      K0HB – HANS                        NF4F – MICHAEL

KJ8V – DAVE                                 N5MJ – MIKE                         KA5T – LARRY

NF0J – DAVE                                 W0WT – WARREN                N0HD – BRUCE

N7EN – CONRAD                         W4RG – RAY                           AB8S – GAIL

VA7DP – DOUG                            W0FP – FROSTY                    K0MC – MICHAEL

WD4SCZ – EMIL                          W6VY -BOB                             W0QS – RICK

K9MQ – MARK                             AA0ZP – FRANK                    W3GRG – STEPHEN

N3RC- ROGER                            W4KH – JACK                         KE9TC – KENNY

N2RB – RAY                                 N0SJ – JAMES                         KN0L – STEVEN

K2MF – BARRY                           W4WCR – RUSTY                  VE3VSA – CHARLES

N7UT – DOUG                            AB3RS – RANDY                    KA5T – LARRY

AC9GK – STEVE                         WG5N – DALE                        N0MN – RICHARD

WW8X – JOE                              NO0B -JIM                              AA7VR – MICHAEL

W0CI – JERRY                           KJ8W – SANDY                      WM0G – JACK

K3BO – BARRY                          N4RP – ROSS                          N7BD – DON

WX4H – MIKE                           W9WY – JOHN                       WV2M – FRANK

N9SC – STEVE                           WD1Z – BUD                            NW9M – MARK

W4WLF – TOM                         KA0O – DOUG                         WB5MEX – HURSHEL

K0MXL – JOHN                       NW9M – MARK                       WD4LYV – WAYNE

KJ8F – SHARON                      NS3X – MARK                          AD4BP – BOB

K9TPW – TIM                            K3BOB – BOB                          WS8X – JOE

W9EGB – ED                              VE3FMC – RICK                     K5KHZ – DAN

K0FD – DAN                              WY3W – JIM                            AE4GH – PHIL

WE0FC – FOY                            AI4IL – BOB                             AA4EX – RAY


Please feel free to contact Kevin, N1KL at *protected email* if any of the information above is not accurate.

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Logins, Comments and the like

Kevin and I have been working on this web site and we have noticed a few people have gone ahead and created accounts. It’s great to see the interest.

I have approved all the registrations that were not obvious spam. One problem for any site like this is, there are all kinds of people and bots that want to exploit it for advertising or worse reasons. To prevent nasty posts, we have set things up so that every new user that registers needs to be activated manually by an administrator. If you register and it looks like nothing happened, that’s why.

To help us out so that we can tell the real people from the spammers, to be approved we need to see a callsign in either the user name or the email address. For most of us, that is not a problem, we can do one or the other.

Comments will be allowed on posts, such as this, that appear under NEWS on the right, but comments will not be allowed on pages, such as the rules for an award, or other static information.

We hope that some discussion will be relevant to the topics posted and increase interest in the web site. Please help keep them on topic and civil so they can continue.

The settings and inner workings of the site are complicated and might not work out perfectly at first. If there is a glitch, please bear with us.


posted by Al Gritzmacher in From the webmaster and have Comments (4)

New Links Added to GERATOL Site

Today we added several Ham Radio links to the GERATOL Website,  that may serve as valuable resources not only for pursuing GERATOL activities, but in your day to day resource needs for your Ham Radio hobby.

They include:

  • FCC Universal Licensing System Link
  • QRZ Call Sign Look Up and Ham Radio Forum Link
  • eHAM Ham Radio Resource Link
  • Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) Link
  • AE7Q Call Sign Database and Vanity Call Availability Link

These links may be found on the FILES page of the GERATOL Website

posted by Kevin in From the webmaster,General Ham Radio News,Uncategorized and have Comment (1)

New Gnumber File Available

Frosty has released a new GLIST.  The file,  Gnumber1.dat dated 10/13/2017 can be found on the File pages of our website.

In addition, on the file page you can download the latest GLIST program v1.09    You need this program before downloading Gnumber1.dat dated 10/1/2017.   Gnumber1.dat from 10/13/2017 must be copied into the GLIST folder, overwriting the original .dat file

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Special Thanks

                                                                        THANK YOU        

At the risk of getting my web site mentor mad at me, I would like to take a minute to thank Al,  AE2T for his efforts in keeping the GERATOL web site up and running for so many years.

We reference the web site to all our new check-ins as a resource for all matters GERATOL.   In addition, many of us use the site to get the details on new awards, endorsements, etc. etc.

The site is easy to navigate for new and old users alike,  and all key pointers can be found right on the opening page.

Al recently documented his desire to retire from his GERATOL Web Site efforts as a post on the site,  and take a well deserved break.  We want to thank  him for is efforts, and appreciate his continued support of the GERATOL Net.

Kevin  N1KL



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New award – 50/50 Award

The GERATOL Board  recently approved the launch of our latest and very challenging award called the 50/50 Award.

The gist of this award is to work all 50 states, in keeping with the tradition of our net, and in addition you must work 50 stations who have been continuously licensed for 50 years or more !!!  See details below:


                                               GERATOL NET 50/50 AWARD RULES

The GERATOL NET 50/50 Award is open to all U.S. and Canadian amateurs, with operating privileges in the Extra Class portion of the 75 Meter amateur band. Qualifying contacts for the award, must be made 03/01/2017 or later. Candidates must also use the GERATOL 50/50 Award form, to log and summarize their results.
Successful candidates must complete both of the following criteria to qualify for the award:
1. Make and log contact with each of the 50 United States, starting on 03/01/2017 or later.
a. Two way SSB QSO’s only are permitted
b. Contacts must be made in the Extra Class portion of the 75 Meter Ham band

2. Make and log contacts with Amateur Radio Operators, who have been continually licensed 50 or more years, as confirmed by the station operator being contacted. All QSO’s must be made 03/01/2017 or later.
a. Two way SSB QSO’s only are permitted
b. Contacts must be made in the Extra Class portion of the 75 Meter Ham band
c. Stations with 50 + years licensed can be from any state in the United States
d. Multiple states can be used. For example, a successful candidate for the award, can work as many
licensed hams with 50+ years in a state as he/she can make QSO with

For Example: Working six hams from New Jersey with 50+ years, all six QSO’s would count toward the total of 50 stations with 50+ worked

Stations worked for either segment of the 50/50 Award, (W.A.S. or Years Licensed) may have any formatted call sign, 1×2, 2×1, 2×2, 1×3 or 2×3.

No QSL cards are needed to complete this award. Applications are based on the honor system.

Be sure to inform the Awards Manager how you would like to have your name appear on the award: For example: John A. Smith, or Johnny Smith, etc.

Candidates who qualify for the award, must send the completed 50/50 Award Log form, along with __$ 5___ to the GERATOL Awards Manager, Dave Ertel KJ8V to apply for the award. Please make $5.00 check payable to Dave Ertel.

50 50 AWARD 4 Sample
50 50 Award Application Form


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