N2FKW

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

QSL: LOTW OR EQSL.CC

Email: jezmonster@gmail.com

Grid Square: FN13wd

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

Linear Amplifier: Elecraft KPA500

Antennas:

a) Ultimax 80/40 Double Bazooka, tuned with rig's tuner or with a Palstar AT-500 tuner.

b) Zero-Five GP6-30 Ground Plane Vertical, tuned with an LDG RT-600 tuner at the base of the antenna.

Digital modes via FLDIGI or WSJTX on Linux Mint Mate (version 19.3).

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

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

The Maine Potato Net

The Maine Potato Net is a Rag Chew Net founded by potato farmers in Aroostook County Maine during the 1970s. During that period 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 at a nominal frequency of 3958 KHZ during the late afternoon and early evening. QRM may force the NCS to QSY up or down by up to 10 KHZ.

 

The nominal operating hours of the net and the Net Control Stations are summarized below. The NCS and NetLogger roles shown for Friday*, Saturday*, and Sunday* are defaults; members of the Friday*/Saturday*/Sunday* "Team" may rotate rolls and/or days from time to time.

 

Until further notice the Maine Potato Net will start at:

 

May 1st through August 31st: 22:30 UTC (18:30 EDT)

 

September 1st through April 30th: 22:00 UTC (18:00 EDT, 17:00 EST)

 

Day of Week

NCS

Logger

Monday

KB2WVO-Phil

KB2WVO-Phil

Tuesday

N2FKW-Bob

N2FKW-Bob

Wednesday

N2FKW-Bob

N2FKW-Bob

Thursday

K0PB-Robert

N2QFT-Joanna

Friday*

KC1JZR-Gary

KC1JZR-Gary

Saturday*

N2QFT-Joanna

N2QFT-Joanna

Sunday*

W1SPS-Rich

KC1JZR-Gary



During the darkest hours of Winter in December and January please note that the Net Control Station may be compelled by propagation conditions to start the net early, perhaps as early as 16:30 EST (21:30 UTC). In addtion, QRM may compel the NCS to move the frequency of the net from our nominal 3958 KHZ operating point. So, please be alert, monitor the Netlogger AIM window (if you have Netlogger), and remember how to use that "VFO Thingy" on your radio!

 

Most of our Net Control Stations make use of the Netlogger application software to log and keep track of checkins during the net. This application software is available for download at http://www.netlogger.org/. Versions are avalable for Windows, Mac, and Linux. In addition, 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