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New Files Available:

For those who use Frosty’s GNEC/GLIST, there is a brand spanking new file, with updated “G and D number” listings. The file can be found on our website under the “Files” tab on the tool bar at top of page. Then go to “Additional Aids and Files for the GERATOL Net” tab, and the new file is posted there. Thanks to Frosty for updating the files on a regular basis.

For those who have not yet loaded Frosty’s program, feel free to do so, since it is a great way to keep track of your progress on all Awards and Endorsements.

New GERATOL Website Subscribers:

We would like to welcome Mark, KI5TOC to our GERATOL Website, and to the GERATOL Net. Thanks for taking the time to register on our website Mark, and if you have any questions about the website or the net in general, feel free to email me at n1kl@arrl.net.

GERATOL NET SEASON WRAPPING UP

The net operating season is coming to an end, (April 30th), so if you have not checked into the net for a while, time is running out until the next session resumes on October 1st.

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Come join us before the season ends, just to say hi and renew acquaintances. We still meet at 0100Z on 3.668Mhz. Come on frequency and say hi !!

As this season runs down, stay tuned for some updates on the website during the off season. We are working on some new CHALLENGES for all, both the regulars as well as those folks working on their basic, so keep an eye on the website for future updates about some fun and challenging news about the net.

MANY THANKS TO OUR NCS OPS !!!

Once again, the continued survival of our net, depends on our dedicated Net Control Operators who run the net each and every day, despite rough conditions, etc. Thanks guys for all your efforts this past season, and upcoming seasons as well.

All the best from the Net Administrator, and have a GREAT summer. 73, Kevin N1KL

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Silent Key Update

This update is from Barry – K2MF

I have some news on 3 SKs that I didn’t know about before. I happened to be looking up people who were still listed as being alive and present in the first 200 G#s and sadly, I found 3 who are now no longer with us:

G# 157 W2OJ Bill NJ – QRZ reports him as a silent key with no date. I was NOT able to find a corresponding obituary.

G# 170 W5FRG  Brent AR – His call sign was reissued to his son in September 2020 as reported on his QRZ page.

G#198 W4YH Lee AL – QRZ reports him as a silent key and has a link to his obit.

Thanks Barry, for these updates. May these GERATOLers, and all who are no longer with us, rest in peace.

Kevin N1KL Website Admin

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N1KL/Remote QSL Update

Once again, thanks to all who worked me while I was remote from several different states so far this season, and for the QSL cards you sent, confirming QSO’s with those remote stations from which I transmitted.

This past week I sent out quite a few cards, and today sent out another batch to those who had mailed me QSL cards, confirming the QSO’s. Please keep an eye out for the cards coming in, and if there is anyone who feels I missed a card back to them, just drop a note to: n1kl@arrl.net and I can recheck my log, which was a bit rough, while I was in Florida.

Above is an example of the REMOTE cards I will be sending out, and note the state from which I operated remotely, is shown in the yellow box on all the cards.

Below is how the back of the cards look:

73, Kevin N1KL/Remote

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WELCOME ABOARD !

We would like to welcome aboard, the following ops who recently signed up on our GERATOL Website.

K1HND – John, who hails from the great state of TN, and his 1×3 “K” call is good of course, for GERATOL Endorsement # 10 for 1×3 Call Signs.

KA4CZL – Steve, from NC, who is a regular attendee of our net, and who continues to work hard toward his basic award.

Thanks for taking the time to register on our website guys, and should you have any questions about the website, feel free to send an email to me at: n1kl@arrl.net

73, Kevin N1KL Website Administrator

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N1KL/Remote QSL Cards

Thanks to all who sent me their QSL cards for confirmation from the various REMOTE states which I have activated on the net this season.

Good news is, QSL cards are on their way. Below is a list of the stations/ops and QSL cards going out in the mail tomorrow, (Wednesday, March 15)

KA4CZL – Steve, will receive the following QSL cards for QSO’s with these states:

  • OREGON
  • WASHINGTON
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE
  • CONNECTICUT
  • NEW YORK
  • ARIZONA

W3NU – Frank, will receive the following QSL cards for QSO’s with these states:

  • WASHINGTON
  • OREGON

N5WGA – Chuck, will receive the following QSL cards for QSO’s with these states:

  • WASHINGTON
  • ARIZONA

N5VLF – Dan, will receive the following QSL cards for QSO’s with these states:

  • NEW YORK
  • WASHINGTON
  • OREGON

AC9GK – Steve, have not receive your batch of QSL cards as yet, so have not sent out any, but did log the following states for AC9GK:

  • CONNECTICUT
  • WASHINGTON
  • OREGON
  • NEW YORK
  • GEORGIA
  • MASSACHUSETTS
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE

Please send me a note if I missed any QSO’s, by sending an email to N1KL@ARRL.NET

Thanks, and stay tuned, I am working with a new REMOTE provider, to bring up some new states for the guys working on their basic awards.

73 from Kevin N1KL

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N1KL/R from OR and WA

My thanks to all who gave it a shot to try and work me from the remote stations in OR and WA

The OR station is located in Portland at Grid Square CN85, and is located in Yamhill County
The station is running 500 Watts

The WA station is located in Tacoma at Grid Square CN87sj and is located in King County
and I was running 1500 Watts

I believe both stations are using 4 Square antennas, but need to confirm that

For those who worked me Wednesday evening, PLEASE make sure you put the state I was operating from, when you worked me, so I can make sure when I send out the QSL cards, they have the correct state listed on my QSL back to you.

Regarding QSL cards, no SASE is needed, but patience is appreciated, since I did not bring any QSL cards to Florida with me, but will send your cards out ASAP, once I receive them, and as soon as I return to MA in early March. You can use my QRZ address to mail your QSL cards.

Special thanks to Louis, N9LY for sticking around, and lining guys (without giving their call sigs) up to work me in both states. It was helpful in allowing me to listen closely, for stations that may have been calling me. If I missed your call, we can certainly try again before this season ends, if you still need either state.

All the best, Kevin N1KL

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WA & OR on 3.668 Wednesday 10PM Eastern

Hi all, several of the folks working on their basic are in need of either WA or OR or both. To assist them in working those western states, Kevin N1KL will be operating (pending availability of remote stations) from both states, starting at 0300Z or 10:00PM Eastern time, on 3.668 Mhz this Wednesday evening, 2/23/23.

Given the current conditions, it’s been rough for our West Coast ops to check into the net, before it concludes each evening. To assist those ops in need of WA and/or OR or both, Kevin will on this Wednesday evening.

Both N5WGA and W3NU have confirmed they will be on freq to work one or both stations.

Anyone else who needs the following from OR or WA, feel free to join us:

1×2 Call
QCWA
Initial Call
Navy Vet
G and D numbers

If interested, feel free to join us, and if you wish, send me an email to n1kl@arrl.net to let me know you will be joining us, and I will make sure to put out a call for you.

73, Kevin – N1KL

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New GLIST File

FYI, Frosty has updated the GLIST file with the latest assigned G and D numbers. The file is located under the FILES header in the toolbar at the top of the website opening page. (See below)

From that drop down menu, chose ADDITIONAL AIDS menu, where you will see this page open up:

From here, look for the line which has the following:

Click on this, and you will get the latest and greatest list of G and D numbers available for your GNEC file.

Thanks to W0FP for updating the file.

73, Kevin N1KL

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CONGRATULATIONS !!!

We would like to extend congratulations to Ed, W1EG from TN who recently completed the requirements for the GERATOL Directors Award, earning D # 790 !! Congrats Ed, and thanks for bringing the number on the net recently, to share with other GERATOLers.

In addition to earning his GERATOL Director’s Award, Ed has achieved some other milestones including:

ARRL Awards: Mixed DXCC Honor Roll (337 out of 340); 8BDXCC; DXCC Digital, CW and Phone; WAS Triple Play, and GERATOL #365 (75M Extra Class WAS)

73, Kevin N1KL Website Administrator

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CONGRATULATIONS !!!

We would like to extend our congratulations to Marty – AC8JU from Michigan, who successfully completed the requirements for his Director’s Award, and recently received Director’s Award # 791…..

Marty has been sharing that new number on the net already, but for those who have not worked him yet, join us some evening, and pass along your congrats to Marty live on the air.

Well done Marty, during some rough band conditions on 80, you persevered and achieved the GERATOL Director’s Award. For those not familiar with it, The GERATOL Net Director’s Award is issued to net members, who have already earned their Unbelievable Operating Acheivement (WAS) Award, and have worked 100 other Geratol WAS Award holders and exchanged their numbers. All contacts must have been made after 0500 Feb 13, 1990. Endorsement stickers are available for increments for 200, 300, and 400 contacts after the certificate has been earned.  Any call sign format qualifies, in the U.S. or Canada. 

If there are any GERATOL Website members who recently completed other Awards, such as DXCC, WAZ, etc. please let me know, and we will post the achievement on our GERATOL Website, for your fellow GERATOLers to see.

73, Kevin N1KL Website Administrator

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