The "Alligators" on 3895 in the 70s and 80s

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  1. KC1MER

    KC1MER Ham Member QRZ Page

    One of my first experiences with amateur radio was listening the the self-styled "Alligators" who provided nightly entertainment on 3895 KHz SSB in the late 70s. I understand they continued that well into the 80s. I'm sure they broke numerous rules and certainly did not always have good taste. But they were entertaining to 14 year-old me listening on the sly with my headphones. Some of the call signs were K8RXW (Dr. Doozy), WB8MNH (Norman Ham), W4MPE (the Puke a Paducah), WB8BFS (Beefus) and WB9CIK (Percy).

    I recently found a cassette tape with the above-mentioned hams and others operating on 80 meters in late 76-early 77. It is not good quality, having been made with a cheap cassette recorded next to a speaker. However, I imagine it can be improved with technology available now.

    If anyone is interested in preserving this piece of ham radio folklore, please let me know.



    Brian Sullivan
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  2. N3HGB

    N3HGB Ham Member QRZ Page

    but I thought it was no-code CBers who did bad things? How can these tapes be real?
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  3. N0XL

    N0XL Ham Member QRZ Page

    I lost year’s worth of sleep listening to 3895. I would go to bed around 11pm and listen until 3 or 4 in the morning. I couldn’t go to sleep because those guys were so funny and entertaining. Although they were berated by most hams, they were just having fun and were not hurting a thing. I loved it!
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  4. KC1MER

    KC1MER Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't have the time to take the tape to a place that could enhance and digitize it. But if any of you do, please let me know, and I'll send it to you. I did tune between 3895 and another 75 meter frequency (a rival group of younger guys from Ohio) to listen to the back and forth needling and QRMing and recorded over a bit later in my teens. But if you want to hear K8RXW signing "the Christmas Song" with his made up lyrics (and WB8BFS noting that the prohibition against music did not apply because that wasn't singing), you'll be interested in this recording!
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  5. WF4W

    WF4W Ham Member QRZ Page

    for the first time ever, I listened to 7.200 one night while playing a computer game. I wasnt offended or shocked. I was more embarrassed than anything . . . surprised that grown men behave that way and feel good about making up voices, play stupid sound clips, etc. and NOT get PAID to do it! So bizarre. . .
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  6. N3HGB

    N3HGB Ham Member QRZ Page

    I always think a tape of 7.200 MHz would get any commercial interest rights to 40 meters if they wanted it. "THIS is what hams do with their precious band"
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  7. N8FVJ

    N8FVJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    What about 3898 20-30 years ago.
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  8. N8ZL

    N8ZL Ham Member QRZ Page

    What about it??
  9. N1BCG

    N1BCG Ham Member QRZ Page

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  10. K7MEM

    K7MEM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I did my late night listening in the 60's, with a AM transistor radio under my pillow. It was always tuned to WOR, where Gene Shepard was broadcasting from the Limelight cafe. The 70s and 80s were just way to busy to listen to the radio.

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