Sunday, November 6, 2016

Kids Talk to Santa on Ham Radio

For the 11th consecutive year, The 3916 Nets will be staging The Santa Net on 3.916 MHz. Good girls and boys will be able to talk to Santa Claus, via amateur radio, nightly at 7:30 PM (Central) starting November 25, 2016. The Santa Net will run nightly at 7:30 PM Central through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2016. 
Santa is on 3.916 MHz Every Night at 7:30 PM Central


Pete Thomson (KE5GGY), of The 3916 Nets, commented on The 3916 Santa Net. He said, "Christmastime is our favorite time of the year on 3.916 MHz. We really enjoy being able to help young people experience both the magic of Christmas and the magic of amateur radio." 

Youngsters can talk to "Santa at The North Pole" via strategically placed relay stations who are responsible for relaying in the voice of Santa. Thomson said that The Santa Net is a team effort that involves the efforts of a number of 3916 Net members. He said, "For over a decade, The Santa Net has connected kids from coast to coast with Santa Claus. With this amount of territory to cover, The Santa Net requires the efforts of a number or relay stations. Our relay stations do a super job and really enjoy bringing the spirit of Christmas to the amateur radio airwaves." 

Prenet check-ins are welcome each night starting at 7:15 PM central or via email at 3916nets@gmail.com Third party rules and regulations apply. 

The Santa Nets are presented annually by The 3916 Nets. The Weather Bunch, The Rag Chew Crew, The Tailgaters, The Freewheelers and The 3916 Late Late Show are all amateur radio nets that meet on 3.916 MHz. For more information on The 3916 Nets, go to http://www.3916nets.com The Facebook page for The Santa Nets can be found at https://www.facebook.com/3916santanet/ For more information on The Santa Net, email KE5GGY at Gmail dot com.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Santa Net Announced for 2015

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX)   For the 10th consecutive year, The 3916 Nets will be staging The Santa Net on 3.916 MHz.   Good girls and boys will be able to talk to Santa Claus, via amateur radio, nightly at 7:30 PM (Central) starting November 26, 2015.   The Santa Net will run nightly through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2015.
The Santa Nets - 7:30 PM (Central) Nightly on 3.916 MHz

Pete Thomson (KE5GGY), of The 3916 Nets, commented on The 3916 Santa Net.  He said, "Christmastime is our favorite time of the year on 3.916 MHz.   We really enjoy being able to help young people experience both the magic of Christmas and the magic of amateur radio."

Youngsters can talk to "Santa at The North Pole" via strategically placed relay stations who are responsible for relaying in the voice of Santa.  Thomson said that The Santa Net is a team effort that involves the efforts of a number of 3916 Net members.  He said, "In our 9 years of doing The Santa Net, we've connected kids from coast to coast with Santa Claus.  With this amount of territory to cover, The Santa Net requires the efforts of a number or relay stations.  Our relay stations do a super job and really enjoy bringing the spirit of Christmas to the amateur radio airwaves."

Prenet check-ins are welcome each night starting at 7:15 PM central or via email at 3916nets@gmail.com   Third party rules and regulations apply.  

The Santa Nets are presented annually by The 3916 Nets.   The Weather Bunch, The Rag Chew Crew, The Tailgaters, The Freewheelers and The 3916 Late Late Show are all amateur radio nets that meet on 3.916 MHz.   For more information on The 3916 Nets, go to http://www.3916nets.com    The Facebook page for The Santa Nets can be found at https://www.facebook.com/3916santanet/   For more information on The Santa Net, email KE5GGY at Gmail dot com.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

3916 Santa Nets Kick Off Nov 28

For the 9th consecutive year, the 3.916 Nets will be giving good boys and girls a chance to talk to Santa Claus via the magic of ham radio.   The '3916 Santa Nets' will be held at 7:30 PM every night from November 28 through December 24th.    The Santa Nets are open to all licensed amateur radio operators who wish to invite kids to their shack to talk to Santa.  Third party rules will apply.

For 2014, The 3916 Santa Net will be on the air nightly during the Christmas season.  The net time is changing from 8:30 PM Central to 7:30 PM Central.   Pete Thomson (KE5GGY), commented on The 3916 Santa Nets.  He said, "Christmas is our favorite time of year on The 3916 Nets.  Each year on the Santa Nets we are blown away by the response.  It's incredible to hear the excitement in kids' voices as they talk to Santa Claus on Ham Radio.   Based on comments from last year, we're going to have the Santa Net every night during the Christmas season and we're moving the net back an hour so kids won't have to stay up too late."

Thomson added that The Santa Nets are a great way to let kids experience both the magic of Christmas and amateur radio.  He said, "We encourage hams to get their kids, grand kids and even neighbor kids into their shacks to participate in the Santa Net.  The kids love talking to Santa and we get an opportunity to show a young person how amateur radio works."

Each evening, The 3916 Santa Net will start at 7:30 PM (Central) on 3.916 MHz.  Pre-net check-ins will be taken on the air starting at 7:15 PM.   You can also do a pre-net check in by emailing ke5ggy@gmail.com.

For more information on The 3916 Nets or The Santa Net, contact Pete ThomsonKE5GGY at ke5ggy@gmail.com.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Hamboree 2014: Branson Here We Come!

The 3916 Hamboree for 2014 is scheduled for May 30-June 1, 2014.  This year the event moves to Branson, Missouri.   The is very excited having our event in Branson.   As you know, the Branson area is home to a wide variety of family-friendly events and entertainment, not to mention world class lakes, fishing and other outdoor attractions.  And based on preliminary feedback from 3916 members, many of you plan to attend and bring your family!
Hamboree 2014 - Branson, Missouri

We're in the process of finalizing a location for the event and will be following up with more information soon.  In the meantime, we encourage you to reserve the dates on your calendar!   You can learn more about what Branson has to offer by going to http://www.explorebranson.com  

The Hamboree is sponsored by The 3916 Nets:  The Rag Chew Crew, The Tailgaters and The Freewheelers Net!   

See you at Hamboree 2014!!

73!

The 3916 Hamboree Planning Committee

http://www.3916nets.com

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Santa Nets on Amateur Radio Announced for 2013

For the 8th consecutive year, the 3.916 Nets will be giving good boys and girls a chance to talk to Santa Claus via the magic of ham radio.   The '3916 Santa Nets' will be held on 15 different evenings starting Friday, November 29 through Christmas Eve, December 24th.    The Santa Nets are open to all licensed amateur radio operators who wish to invite kids to their shack to talk to Santa.  Third party rules will apply. 

Pete Thomson (KE5GGY), commented on The 3916 Santa Nets.  He said, "Christmas is our favorite time of year on The 3916 Nets.  Each year on the Santa Nets we are blown away by the response.  It's incredible to hear the excitement in kids' voices as they talk to Santa Claus on Ham Radio.   Once again this year we'll be having 15 different Santa Nets on 3.916 MHz.  This should give everyone a chance to get involved."    Thomson added that The Santa Nets are a great way to let kids experience both the magic of Christmas and amateur radio.  He said, "We encourage hams to get their kids, grand kids and even neighbor kids into their shacks to participate in the Santa Net.  The kids love talking to Santa and we get an opportunity to show a young person how amateur radio works." 

Each evening, The 3916 Santa Net will start at 8:30 PM (Central) on 3.916 MHz.  Pre-net check-ins will be taken on the air starting at 8:15 PM.   You can also do a pre-net check in by emailing ke5ggy@gmail.com.

Below is a schedule of the 2013 Santa Nets on 3.916 Mhz.  Net Starts at 8:30 PM (Central)

Friday, November 29
Saturday, November 30

Tuesday, December 3
Thursday, December 5
Saturday, December 7

Monday, December 9
Wednesday, December 11
Friday, December 13

Tuesday, December 17
Thursday, December 19
Friday, December 20
Saturday, December 21

Sunday, December 22
Monday, December 23
Tuesday, December 24

For more information on The 3916 Nets or The Santa Net, contact Pete Thomson, KE5GGY at ke5ggy@gmail.com. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Santa to Appear on 3.916 Amateur Radio Nets

(Dallas, Texas)  We just confirmed that Jolly Ol' St. Nick will be appearing on The Tailgaters & The Freewheelers again this year. And as a result of the 3.916 Hams being extra good this year, Santa's going to be checking into 3.916 SEVERAL NIGHTS before Christmas.  We'll even be talking with Santa on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24th!!

Of course, children are welcome to check in to all the Santa Nets via 3rd party rules and regulations.

Here's the schedule for the 2012 3.916 Santa Nets (All Times are Central):
    Friday, November 30, 8:30-9:00 PM
    Tuesday, December 4, 8:30-9:00 PM
    Thursday, December 6, 8:30-9:00 PM
    Tuesday, December 11, 8:30-9:00 PM
    Friday, December 14,  8:30-9:00 PM
    Monday, December 17, 8:30-9:00 PM
    Wednesday, December 19, 8:30-9:00 PM
    Friday, December 21, 8:30-9:00 PM
    Saturday, December 22, 8:30-9:00 PM
    Sunday, December 23, 8:30-9:00 PM
    Monday, December 24, 8:30-9:00 PM

    If you have any questions, please contact Pete Thomson (KE5GGY) at KE5GGY@GMAIL.COM

    73 & Merry Christmas to all from the 3916 Tailgaters & Freewheelers!!

    Monday, December 26, 2011

    New Year's Eve on 3.916 Mhz

    Amateur radio operators are all welcomed to the 3916 Tailgaters & Freewheelers New Year's Eve Party.   The fun will start on 3.916 Mhz Saturday night, December 31st at 8:30 PM with the Tailgaters Net.  The Tailgaters is a 'Ham Radio Game of Tag' with everyone getting a chance to be 'Net Control'.    At 10PM Central, The Freewheelers take over to continue the countdown to 2012.  KC0MQS, Jimmy from Festus, Mo, will be the net control to usher in 2012! 

    The 3916 Nets have always welcomed new stations to amateur radio airwaves, ever since being founded by W4FCW (sk), Ken Odom in 1998.  Over the last several years, the net has been a popular destination for young hams, including several as young as 11 years of age. 

    For information on The Tailgaters or Freewheelers Nets, contact Pete Thomson, KE5GGY at ke5ggy@gmail.com


    Sunday, June 5, 2011

    HamCom & Field Day.....June's Blockbuster Ham Radio Events

    Summer is high season for ham-fests around the U.S.   And over the next several weeks, two amateur radio events will happen in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

    HamCom Flea Market
    Ham-Com 2011:   Amateurs from across the country come to Plano for one of the biggest ham shows each year.  The 2 day event, June 10 and 11 is held at the Plano Centre in Plano, Texas.   I love HamCom because it has something valuable for everyone.   All the major equipment manufacturers and vendors will be on hand.  Additionally, there's a very active flea market that gives hams a chance to sell and buy used gear.  And, HamCom especially shines from an education standpoint.  Each year features different speakers as well as training for hams who want to learn more about specialized aspects of amateur radio.   HamCom is an excellent venue to introduce kids to Ham Radio.   And with more digital/computer applications of ham radio being introduced and developed each year, there's lot of exciting new technology that is very kid-friendly.   For more information on HamCom 2011, go to http://www.hamcom.org

    Field Day Hams 'On The Air'
    Field Day 2011:   The weekend of June 25-26, Hams from across the country gather at camp grounds, parks and other remote facilities to demonstrate portable operation skills.   Thousands of ham radio clubs will be participating in the event.   Field Day is an actual roll out of emergency communications.   Many radio operators will be using generator, solar and battery power to simulate operation in an actual emergency.   Field Day is also a contest for hams who work to compete for prizes and recognition for contacting the most stations during the weekend.

    Field Day 'Under The Stars'
    Field Day is my favorite weekend of the year.  My son Mac and I enjoy stopping at several radio club events throughout Dallas-Ft. Worth.   It's exciting to hear the ham bands totally full of stations doing demonstrations and participating in contesting.    It's also an outstanding promotional event for ham radio.  Because many Ham Clubs hold their Field Day activities in high-visibility parks, the public (and especially young people) get a chance to see ham radio in action.

    For more information about Field Day and to find a Ham Club Field Day event near you, go to http://www.arrl.org/field-day

    -Pete Thomson - KE5GGY
    'Voice of Ham Radio'
    Twitter:  www.twitter.com/voiceofhamradio

    Wednesday, February 9, 2011

    Voice of Ham Radio Daily

    Hot off the press every day, Voice of Ham Radio Daily features the latest news & views from Ham Radio and beyond.   Equipment to contests to high tech to boat anchors....Voice of Ham Radio Daily has it all.  Edited by Pete Thomson, KE5GGY.

    http://paper.li/voiceofhamradio/1297304915

    Thursday, February 3, 2011

    A Funny Look at Ham Radio and Marriage

    Are you up for a good laugh?  Check out this spoof of what happens when a Ham Radio Operator buys a new radio with his family's rent check.  

    73
    Pete Thomson
    KE5GGY
    http://www.voiceofhamradio.com
    twitter:  @voiceofhamradio


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