Monday, March 29, 2010

The 6th man rises to the occasion AGAIN!!!! the APRN 160m net

Tell ya what gang, you just have to hand it to Del NW8I. He has been the APRN lifesaver as he is willing to step up to the plate and stand in as Net Control and we certainly appreciate it!!!!! THANKS DEL!!!!! Here is his net summary...

We had the net but the noise was bad and
the prop wasn't much better.

Dave, W4DMH checked in and we primarily discussed his RF problems. Dave's
signal was good on this end tonight but he still hasn't completely cleared
up the rf problem to his satisfaction.

We did have 5 brave hams check in tonight considering how bad the band was.

AC0BG Dean
N8BIT Dave
W4DMH Dave
NW8I Del 6th man net control

Thanks one and all for checking in this tough nite.

Del NW8I

73s to all

So, once again, thanks to Del for his help and please be sure to check out the APRN 80m net on Thursday at 9pm EDT on 3.962. Everybody have a great week!!!!

Oh yeah, don't forget to check out the APRN Mobile Communications Vehicle project. We need some help as far as donating some items and we will be posting more info as it comes along. If you have any questions just hit the e-mail button and fire them off!!!!!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The APRN 160m Net will ............

We're not sure. K7DLB needs a stand in for tonites net, but as luck will have it, it is supposed to rain and that will cut his day short so he MAY be able to handle the net tonite. So tune in and see who wins the race to run the APRN 160m net tonite at 9pm EDT(0200UTC) on 1.860LSB. Of course, if you don't hear anything, don't worry, there is lots exciting stuff going on over on the TAPRN.com site. Check out Project APRN Mobile Communications Vehicle. This is gonna be a fun adventure for the APRN. So, check it out!!!!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Net Report, Better Late than Never!!!!!

Thursday nites APRN 80m net was handled by Del, NW8I(Thanks Del!!!!) and here is his report......

I got on for the net at the last minute. As it turned out we had a pretty
good net. Some QRN, a little QRM on my end but it was ok.


AC0BG Dean
W1LQE Don TN New Checkin
KE5MXH Don OK New Checkin
N8VFJ Ed WV New Checkin
W4SQL Landy SC
NW8I Del OH Net Control

Bill KJ4PZZ started the discussion about what to do about pests getting into
pantries. He had used steel wool to block seams and corners and such.
Flashing was suggested as another way to block pests.

Storing food and such in metal and plastic buckets is another way of keeping
pests out of food.

We discussed water storage and purification. Several of the net members
have very good storage and purification systems to numerous to mention.
They are well prepared. We discussed how to keep pests out of the garden
which is hard to do.

Oh, KJ4PZZ and AC0BG both said regular milk cartons don't make reliable
water storage containers.

A new checkin, KE5MXH Don, uses forklift batteries for his backup system
with very good results. Don said factories are a good place to try to find
that kind of battery. They rotate them every so often. Forklift batteries
have a long lifetime. 15 or 20 years.

It was a nice net.



Thanks to all that checked in and Remember, K7DLB will need a stand in Net Control Op for Sunday Nites APRN 160m Net!!!!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

The first update to our new project

I want to share with everyone today the body of a email that I received this morning. All I can say is thank you very much for this offer in helping us accomplish what we have set out to do. It is so nice to read this and know that all the time and effort we put in here has seemed to make a difference. I do want to point out that we could not and would not be here if it were not for all of the people that help us out and also the people that participate in our nets.

Good morning Santa,

I have been watching your site for some time now and must say, I do like what you are trying to do. My grandson is into ham radio but not fully on board with the preparedness mindset. I have been speaking with him over the last year about this more and more. I sent him this link http://www.taprn.com/2010/03/aprn-goals-and-big-first-step.html to your site the other day hoping that the ham radios twist would help.  He just called me and told me he would be willing to donate a 1995 Chevrolet Astro van he no longer uses if you are interested. He said that it is a work van not a regular soccer mom type and it does need just a little tender loving care, but all in all is a very solid vehicle.

He also told me that your site and what you are doing is something he will pay more attention to in the future. I want to thank you for bring him one step closer to the preparedness mindset as nothing else I have tried has ever helped before. As a loving grandmother I am glad that something I did has finally seemed to get his attention.

He is located in the greater Washington DC area if that is close enough for you to work out getting the Van from him. If this will help please let me know so we can get this worked out soon.

We would both ask that you keep our identities secure for personal reasons in this matter.

Here is a site I have started that you may want look at. http://justiceforpreppers.blogspot.com/

May God Bless You
Truth Told
(Real Name withheld by request)

I want to personally thank you for this generous offer from you and your grandson. Please rest assured that we will handle this with the utmost respect for your privacy as you requested.

Please look here for more about this project.The APRN Mobile Communications Venture

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The 80m meter net will be winging it tonite!!!!!

Tonites 80m APRN net will need a stand in Net Control as John has some business to attend to. If Del NW8I or any one of our regulars can take the net we would certainly appreciate it!!!!

Also, K7DLB will need someone to take Sundays' Net AGAIN!!!! Heck, if he doesn't watch out, he is gonna be put in radio time out!!!! Actually, this is his favorite time of year. Tax time. He will be locked in his office figuring out how much Uncle Sam deserves and just how long it's gonna take to get that shiny new Kenwood 480....................................................

So, please let us know if you can take a net and PLEASE, stay up to date on the new APRN Van project!!!! AKA The APRN Mobile Communications Venture. And remember, if you can help, let us know!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

APRN Goal's and a big first step

First please take the time to read this post since it has been awhile. Click here to read

I know it has been slow here and all I can say is now is the time to get back to work here. With the recent tragic events happening all around the world and having just been thru the worst winter here in the mid-atlantic region in recent memory. We see the need to get more organized and be more cooperative within our community's now more than ever before.

We have had an idea floating around our management team since day one of this net that we are now going to share with all of you. Since we are all about helping to teach others both like minded and people that have never even thought of being more prepared it is time to head to the front lines and help.

We have started trying to come up with a way to be able to go to events and setup a demonstration of how we can be effective in helping the community in the event of any type of disaster. Since we are all about communications and how effective Ham Radio can be and after tossing around many ideas we thought the the best way we could do this effectively, would be to set up a mobile communications vehicle that could travel to events and trade shows and demonstrate how this all works.

Our goal with this would be to help spread the word about preparedness and communications while also trying to help bring people together that are genuinely concerned about the state of not just our country but the world.

We will have to ask for help with this project as none of us are independently wealth. We can however come up with the needed help to do the work needed to set this all up and also enough people willing to go out and demonstrate how this all works.

The first need will certainly be the actual vehicle to make this all possible. It is our thought that we would be best served by a vehicle that has enough room to mount the equipment in but also would not break the bank to drive from place to place to help promote the preparedness message.

Any person or organization that is willing to help us on this project will get recognition in the form of mention of your web site or forum board of your choice in our literature and for contributions to this project substantial enough a spot on the actual vehicle listing the site of your choice.

The people involved in this project have a good bit of the equipment needed already but it would certainly be nice to come up with the equipment needed to become a permanent part of the vehicle as well.

We will be posting a list of what we have already come up with and what we feel our future needs are soon.

You can post in the comment section anything you may want to donate to this, or use the Santa's mail bag logo on the right side of this page to email what you may have that could help us in this effort.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Net Report !!!! Sundays APRN 160m Net

Here is Del's Net Summary from Sunday Nites APRN 160m net:

The question for tonite's net was "How prepared would you be if something
happened right now?"

Most everyone was prepared to a pretty good degree. Several good points
were made including being sure to rotate your stocks of gas every 3 months
or so(kd8kwd). Another good point was having a supply of vitamins and
minerals. Dean, ac0bg said vitamin D is especially good for disease


W2AOJ Matt

AC0BG Dean
W9GWZ Gary
NW8I Del

All in all it was a good nite even tho we had a lot of QRN and QSB.


Del nw8i

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Spring has Sprung!!! The APRN 160m net.

Tonite Del,NW8I will take control of the APRN 160m net. Come join Del for some good discussion on 1.860LSB at 9pm Eastern(0100UTC).

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Join us for the last APRN 80m net for this winter!!!!!

Well all of the snow is melted around here and Spring will Spring this Saturday at 7:04AM so its time to get out the mower and rakes to prepare for another wonderful season of YARD WORK!!!! YUK......
But first, check in to the APRN 80m net led by John, KD8DWD for a round of discussion on just about anything. The "open forum" is working well for the 80m net so join in with your prepping questions, thoughts or ideas at 9pm Eastern(0100UTC) on 3.962LSB.

Also, K7DLB will need a stand in net control for Sunday nights APRN 160M net. Please let him know if you can take the net for an evening!!!!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A short list, but GOOD conversation.APRN 160m net

The check ins were light tonite as the APRN 160m net took off on 1.862.5LSB. Our home frequency was in use so we moved up just a bit. Please keep in mind, If you don't hear us when net time hits, dig around a bit. You will find us!!!
We talked about some spring gardening stuff, had a good round on the economy, and discussed how we will need to pay attention and get with the Prepping program. Things about this world economy are getting worrisome.
Tonites Check ins:
AC0BG Dean, IA
NW8I Del, OH

Thanks to all that participated tonite and please be sure to check in on Thursday nite for the APRN 80m net led by John, on 3.962LSB at 9pm Eastern(0100UTC). John just got another main rig and he wants to give it a workout!!!!

Frequency change!!!!

We will be on 1.862.5 LSB!!!!

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Don't forget that at 2am Sunday morning, Daylight Savings Time goes into effect!!! Set your clocks 1 hour ahead before you go to bed Sat nite. Of course, all of you die hard 160m operators will be up anyways, but you will have to take a break from your QSO's to get all of your clocks changed....... You don't wanna be early for Church or that big breakfast buffet!!!! And, you REALLY don't wanna be early for the APRN 160m net. Word has it that K7DLB has to wake up form a nap to get the net going.....Lets see if he remembers to set HIS clocks.........

The APRN 160m net SPRINGS to life!!!!!

On Sunday at 9pm Eastern Daylite time(0100UTC)the APRN 160 meter net led by K7DLB will get into action on 1.860LSB. The topic will be "what do you plan to do this spring to help your Preps?" so, join in the discussion and get ready for spring!!!!! We just hope it stops raining outside long enough to do SOMETHING!!!!
Also, K7DLB reports that his cable is down so he may not be able to use netlogger tomorrow night as his Broadband card does not do too well at the QTH.....Seems the cable company could use a little help in the prep department!!!!!!!A little wind and rain.......Well, how about A LOT OF WIND AND RAIN!!!!! Just glad it's not SNOW!!!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The APRN 80m Net TONITE!!!!!

Ok, lets give John, a good case of writers cramp as he takes the reins of the APRN 80m net at 9PM Eastern (0200UTC) on 3.962LSB. This will be the last net befroe Daylight Saving time takes effect so lets make it a good one. You know, after DST goes in, yard work starts!!!!!! HIHI!!!!
So check in, check out the discussion and join in!!!!!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Some good discussion tonite on the APRN 160m net!!

Tonite that APRN 160m net topic was oddball uses for different things. We talked about using a 1 pound coffee can for a sterno stove, a nine volt battery and steel wool used as a fire starter, different uses for coffee filters, and the different uses for cucumbers. An example, a couple of cucumber slices in a pie pan left in a garden would drive away grubs and garden pests. Seems that the cucumber and aluminum in the pie pan reacts and the odor drives away pests. That idea will be put to the test this growing season. Also, we jumped into a heath discussion dealing with Apple Cider Vinegar and it's use as well as many other remedies for acid reflux. Here is the website for Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar.

Tonites Check ins:
AC0BG Dean, IA

NW8I Del, OH

KD8LOF Missy, WV Missy is our first lady check in. In fact, KD8KWE and KD8LOF are our first husband wife combo check ins!!!!! WELCOME!!!!

Thanks to all that checked in and please don't forget the Thursday Night 80m net led by on 3.962 at 9pm Eastern (0200UTC). We need to give John a good case of writers cramp so come join in the discussion!!!!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The APRN 160m Net will be kinda odd........

The APRN Net on Sunday night will deal with the things that can be kinda odd in their uses. In other words, things that can be used in ways that were never really intended. A good example would be using a screwdriver as a hammer.......Well, maybe that's a bad example, but you get the point!!!(After all, K7DLB does that stuff all the time!!!!)
So come up with your ideas and join in Sunday nite a 9pm Eastern (0200UTC) on 1.860LSB and lets see what kinds off odd things we can talk about!!!!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Bad Band, Good discussion!!!! The APRN 80m Net

Last night the 80m band was being it's normal noisy self but John kept at it and Del, NW8I joined in and along with KJ4PZZ, Bill and KI4LWA, Howard, in spite of the noise. The discussion covered a number of topics one of them being Kerosene stoves, lanterns and heating. Del mentioned this website to check out: St Paul Mercantile. There are many items on that site of interest. So, thanks to everyone that checked in and remember, John will bring the Net back to life next week, same time same frequency!!!!!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Tonites the Nite!!! APRN 80m Net!!!

Tonite, John, will open up the APRN 80m net at 9pm Eastern(0200UTC) on 3.962LSB. The topic will be open for suggestions. Seems that emergency power and issues pertaining to that subject are popular, but, we don't have to stick with that. Think up some stuff to talk about and some suggestions for future nets. We gotta keep John busy!!!!! So, check in, join the converstation and if your not careful, you just might learn sumthin!!!!
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