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The Tin Can Sailors Radio Net

History

In April 1992, a member of Tin Can Sailors wrote an article in the TCS newspaper suggesting that it might be an idea to organize amateur radio operators who were Tin Can Sailors. Bill Plage (W4DQT) in Atlanta, GA responded to the call and contacted some known TCS hams and organized a net. The first session was held August 9, 1992 on its current operating frequency of 14.255 MHz. at 2100Z with Bill as its first Net Control Station (NCS).

The net has gained popularity over the years with a current roster of over 400 TCS hams, although the net is not made up of only USN types. We have as members a former USAF pilot who was shot down over Korea and was pulled from the drink by a destroyer (USS STORMES). "It was the most welcome sight I had ever seen coming towards me and I spent 5 of the most wonderful days of my life on that destroyer. The clean dry sheets were great and the chow was even better," he commented. We also have a former Marine, former Army missile control officer, as well as active duty destroyermen and retired Tin Can Sailors.

Net Schedule

The primary net meets every Sunday at 2000Z on 14.255 MHz.

There are also three Wednesday morning nets. On the East Coast it is on 7.2455 MHz immediately following the Navy Club Net at 0900 Eastern, and on the West Coast on 7.258 (+/- as conditions permit) at 0900 Pacific time. There is a CW net on 7.117 MHz at 1000 Eastern Time.

Any inquiries or requests to have a net number assigned can be addressed to me along with a SASE (Business size Number 10 and two units of postage). We would like a little bio info from the applicant such as destroyers served on and when. There are no dues of the radio net but donations are accepted for stamps, paper, etc., to provide the members with a net roster and ships served on list as well as periodic notifications of ships reunions of members on the net.

These requests can be made to Tom Ryan, N6NPG,
300 N. Peg St., Ridgecrest, CA 93555-3615
e-mail: t.ryan15@verizon.net.

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