N2FKW

ROBERT R HICKMAN
108 GORDON ROAD
NORTH SYRACUSE, NY 13212-1204
USA

QSL: LOTW OR EQSL.CC

Email: robert.hickman1@verizon.net or jezmonster@gmail.com

Grid Square: FN13wd

Transceivers: Kenwood TS-590S,  ICOM IC-7300

Linear Amplifier: Elecraft KPA500

Antennas:
a) 80m/40m Double Bazooka, tuned with rig's tuner or with a Palstar AT-500 tuner.
b) Fan Monopole (20m to10m) Vertical, tuned with an LDG RT-600 tuner at its base.

Digital modes via FLDIGI, WSJTX, or JS8CALL on a Linux Mint desktop PC.

Status: Retired, licensed since 2009 (original call was KC2WFF)

The Maine Potato Net

The Maine Potato Net is a Rag Chew Net founded by potato farmers in Aroostook County Maine in November of 1976. During that time of high long distance telephone charges, the Maine Potato Net served as a convenient and low cost alternative for potato farmers who were also Ham Radio operators to communicate among themselves over the large area of Aroostook County. The Maine Potato Net has grown over the years to encompass several Northeastern states and has had numerous Net Control operators.


The Net Operates on a Nominal Frequency of 3961 KHZ


Summer Operations During Daylight Saving Time

1) Net Start Time is 18:00 EDT (22:00 UTC)

2) Monday Pre-Net is prohibited due to QCWA Net on 3962 KHZ which starts at 17:30 EDT


Winter Operations During Standard Time

1) Net Start Time is 16:45 EST (21:45 UTC)

2) Monday Net ends by 17:30 EST due to QCWA Net on 3962 KHZ which starts at 17:30 EST

3) Due to work constraints K0PB-Robert won't start the net until 17:30 EST on Thursdays



Current NCS and Netlogger Assignments for the Maine Potato Net are as follows:


Day of Week

NCS

Logger

Sunday

W1SEA-Gary

W1SEA-Gary

Monday

W1SEA-Gary

W1SEA-Gary

Tuesday

N2FKW-Bob

N2FKW-Bob

Wednesday

N2FKW-Bob

N2FKW-Bob

Thursday

K0PB-Robert

KC1JZR-Gary

Friday

KC1JZR-Gary

KC1JZR-Gary

Saturday

KC1JZR-Gary

KC1JZR-Gary



The Maine Potato Net makes use of the Netlogger application to log and keep track of check-ins during the net. This application is available for download at http://www.netlogger.org . Versions are available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. In addition, a “view only” version called “On Air Netscraper” is available for iOS and Android smart phones. Please see the following URL for access to a Dropbox folder containing several PowerPoint files which provide guidance on setting up and using Netlogger:

 

https://tinyurl.com/aeeykbyp

 

Several members of the Maine Potato Net have contributed to a cookbook containing many potato recipes and other favorite recipes. Thanks to Robert - K0PB for compiling this cookbook. The cookbook is available for download at:

 

https://tinyurl.com/y3zf3xd4