GERATOL Net Resumes Operation

Discussion in 'General Announcements' started by N1KL, Nov 21, 2018.

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  1. KM1H

    KM1H Ham Member QRZ Page

    I operated on the net many times in the late 70's and most of the 80's giving out NH which was still fairly rare back then. With 1200W to 1/4 wave phased cage verticals and a full wave horizontal polarized Delta Loop hung from about 90' on the tower. I was heard very well even out to KH6 and beyond. Receiving was via 4 750-1500' Beverages with 3 well into the woods and feedlines up to 1000' so I could hear just about everybody which made me quite popular to the peanut whistle signals.:cool:

    I already had 5BWAS so never participated in any other awards.

    Ham since 1955
    Extra since 1968
  2. KD8DEY

    KD8DEY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Is it on before or after the Colostomy Net?

    I tried getting rich in the stock market by investing in Geritol, Viagra, & Ginseng, but my stocks didn't rise to the occasion.
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  3. N3PM

    N3PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm interested in getting back on the GERATOL net. I have tried to get the current list of numbers but, my PC blocks the zip files on the GERATOL site.
    Is a current list of number holders available elsewhere?
    Also curious if the ARRL was ever involved with the GERATOL system.
    Thanks Mike N3PM
  4. K2MF

    K2MF XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    And just who was that who told you about the Geratol Net? ;)
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  5. KS2G

    KS2G Subscriber QRZ Page

    Some guy who had used it to complete HIS 5BWAS, running a Swan 350 (was it?) barefoot into a wire antenna strung out the window of his 3rd floor apartment across a wide NY City thoroughfare to the apartment of a ham who lived on an upper floor of an apartment across the street. :D
  6. K2MF

    K2MF XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    During the early 1980s, that antenna became affectionately known as, "the wonder of west 57th street". :)
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  7. N1KL

    N1KL Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hi Mike, thanks for the note of interest in the net. I don't believe the net publishes a listing of numbers any longer, but if you download the program created by W0FP, Frosty, called GLIST, you can simply put in the call sign of the station you wish to work, and it will bring up his/her GERATOL Number, D Number and QCWA number. The file can be found on our website at

    Indeed, when I first started checking in, the ARRL did sponsor the net, and issued a special 75 Meter two letter WAS Award, which was serialized. That became the GERATOL Number. They did that in order to encourage (at the time) the use of the newly expanded SSB portion of the 75 Meter band. They have since dropped their affiliation with the net, but a group of folks continue the tradition by issuing GERATOL numbers and an Unbelievable Operating Achievement Award for working 50 states in the Extra Class portion of the band.
    Jump in some evening, it would be great to hear you. Regards, Kevin N1KL
  8. N3PM

    N3PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    GE Kevin - I found it. #1586, issued a while back. Should update my call with the group.
    Thanks Mike N3PM
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  9. N1KL

    N1KL Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    OK Mike, I actually worked you when you on the net when you had W8KZM call sign. We worked on 2/15/93 !!! Good stuff.
    Stop by some evening and say hi to the guys, they would get a kick out of hearing you back on the net for a visit
    Regards, Kevin N1KL
  10. N3PM

    N3PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    GE Kevin - nope, not me. Was KA1VT and KV1M.
    Mike N3PM

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