MCRN History  


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  • Ken W5NKT started the Wisconsin SSB Net (1961) as well as the North Stars Net. In 1987 he instituted the Midwest Classic Radio Net. He did it in an effort to revive interest in old boat anchor gear that at that time was near worthless. He relinquished control of the net about a year later due to health reasons and also because he felt that a station more centrally located would serve the net more effectively. Ken thought Mark KA9FBX would make a good choice as he was in the Chicago area and ran decent power. (Thanks to Kevin KD∅KME for providing the info on Ken)

  • Mark KA9FBX ran the net for a few years. Mark reportedly was known for his casual operation of the net. Ken reportedly returned to running the net again for a while after Mark.

  • For about two years up to 1996 Ron K5HZ assumed the net control duties.
  • He was followed by Rob WA9ZTY, who on March 31, 1996 began managing the net. Rob ran the net for about 13 years. Rob was extremely proficient in boat anchor history and technical knowledge.

  • Beginning in late 1998 Harry N9CQX assisted Rob on occasion with the net operation. In May 2008 Harry assumed the NCO duties. He decided to manage the net by scheduling volunteer operators. Currently there are three additional operators who share the net control duties:

    • John  K9KEU
    • Lou   W9LRS
    • Rick  N9RK
    • Emergency Contact Coordinator
      • Rex  WA6GYC
    • Webmaster
      • Mike  N9MS

      KEN W5NKT 1 year  

      ROB WA9ZTY 13 years  

      JOHN K9QET 8 years  

      These stations have also helped out with NCS duty
    • Frank   W∅QC
    • Dave    N9WQ
    • Dave    W9WRL
    • Tom     W9QI
    • Roger  WQ9E
    • John    AC8FL
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