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HISTORY OF THE 7290 TRAFFIC NET

BY
Bea Winnett, K5BNH
It is believed “THE 7290 TRAFFIC NET” was the first Phone Net to be organized on 40 Meters when phone privileges were given to the Hams about 1951 or ’52. Hubert W5ZIN, Al W5VSH, and a number of others were meeting on 7220 as “THE REBEL NET”. Some of the MARS Stations around the area moved from the Mars Frequency of 7305 to 7290 to pass messages that were other than Military. The group from the “THE REBEL NET” on 7220 moved up to help them and exchange messages with them. This group then became known as the “Yankee Net” and later as “THE 7290 TRAFFIC NET”.
No records can be found earlier than November 1959. The information before that time has come from the Log books, memories, newspaper clippings, etc. of many earlier Hams. My sincere thanks to them.


Sept. 1955
K5FFB, MARS Station at Carswell Air Force Base was listed as “NCS” in Sept. QST. W5DTA (now N5CGD) Willie Wilson was Chief Operator.

Nov. 1957
W5ZIN, Hubert L. Perry was elected manager. Ended his term as PAM, STEX in Oct. 1959.

Nov. 1959
Record books started being kept with just monthly reports. Election was held.
W5SMK E. C. Tinsley was elected Net Manager

W5BTH Mac Irby—Asst. Mgr.

W5ZPD Cindy Dougherty—Sec.

July 1, 1960
Record books started with daily reports.
July 29, 1960
W5SMK E. C. resigned as Net Mgr., and was replaced by K5BKH (KB5UL) Charles Shaw in August.

Oct. 1960

K5MXO Margaret Pearre was elected Net Mgr.

K5RGT L. D. Brown—Asst. Mgr. AM Session

W5AFI Jim Woffard—Asst. Mgr. PM Session


Jan. 1961
W5VW Bob Glover was elected Net Mgr.

K5RGT L.D. Brown—Asst. Mgr.



June 1962—Feb. 1966 Net Officers
K5RGT L. D. Brown—Net Mgr.

K5TEY Nina Wallis—Asst. Mgr.

W5AFI Jim Woffard—Sec.
Sometime in 1965—Feb. 1966 we think W5EMW, Albert Starling was elected Net Mgr.

Feb. 1966—Nov. 1967 Net Officers
K5HZR Lee Ulrey—Net Mgr.

W5EMW Albert Starling—Asst. Mgr.

K5TEY Nina Wallis—Sec.

K5ONV Col. Jolly—Flower Fund



March 1, 1966
W5GY Doc was awarded a Special Award as Operator of the month for his aid in getting messages to service men in Germany.
July 1, 1967
K5TEY Nina Wallis resigned as Net Sec.. K5BNH Bea Winnett was appointed as Sec. By K5HZR. K5ONV Col. Jolly was replaced as Flower Fund Custodian by W5VVA Perry Land.

Nov. 1967—Nov. 1968 Net Officers
K5HZR Lee Ulrey—Net Mgr.

W5EMW Albert Starling—Asst. Mgr.

K5BNH Bea Winnett—Net Sec.

W5VVA Perry Land—Flower Fund Custodian



June 30, 1969
W5VVA Perry Land resigned as Flower Fund Custodian, and was replaced by K5LGU D. M. (Bo) Bobo.

May 1, 1970
K5BNH Bea Winnett resigned as Net Sec. WA5JFZ Jane Eastman was appointed to replace her.





Oct. 1970—Oct. 1971 Net Officers

WA5ZJY Karl Hutcheson—Net Mgr.

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WA5JFZ

&

WA5ZJY


5EMW Albert Starling—Asst. Mgr.

WA5JFZ Jane Eastman—Sec.

K5LGU Bo Bobo—Flower Fund

April 24-25, 1971
First annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held at Lake Whitney State Park near Hillsboro, Texas with Texas Traffic Net as guest.

May 4, 1971
The morning session of the 7290 Traffic Net was dedicated to Nina Walis K5TEY, where a majority of the Net members told Nina how much they appreciated her devotion and many hours of Public Service.

Oct. 27, 1971—June 1, 1973 Net Officers
W5HWY Bill Biehunko—Net Mgr.

WA5BHF Bo Bartee—Asst. Mgr.

WB5BBT Lewis Ransom—Sec.

K5LGU Bo Bobo—Flower Fund



April 28, 29 & 30, 1972
Second annual Picnic was held at Bastrop State Park

April 1973
Third annual Picnic was held at Bastrop State Park.

June 1, 1973
WA5YEA James Dunn was appointed to replace WB5BBT Lewis Ransom as Net Sec.



K5HZR


June 1, 1973—Oct. 1974 Net Officers
K5HZR Lee Ulrey—Net Mgr.

W5TST Robert (Whit) Whitfield—Asst. Mgr.

WA5YEA James Dunn—Sec.

WA5JFZ Jane Eastman—Treasurer

April 1974

Fourth annual Picnic was held at Kerrville State Park, Kerrville, Texas.

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Oct. 1974—Oct. 1975 Net Officers
K5QKM Joe Alexander—Net Mgr.

WA5YEA James Dunn—Asst. Mgr.

W5KLV Jerry Connaway—Sec.

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WA5JFZ


A5JFZ Jane Eastman—Treas.
April 1975
The fifth annual Picnic was held at Kerrville State Park, Kerrville, Texas.

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ct. 1975—Oct. 1976 Net Officers

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5TQP Ken Hazel—Net Mgr.

W5SBY Tom Underwood—Asst. Mgr.

W5KLV Jerry Connaway—Sec.

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W5KLV


A5JFZ Jane Eastman—Treas.
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WA5JFZ
pril 24, 1976

The sixth annual Picnic was held at Lake Somerville State Park. The “Whitney Nugget” was first presented at this picnic. It is to be presented to the Amateur Radio Operator who has distinguished him/herself by unselfish service to The 7290 TRAFFIC NET and to Amateur Radio. K5HZR Lee Ulrey was the first to receive it.

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W5TYS


W5TYS

ct. 1976-Oct. 1977 Net Officers

WB5INJ Terry Cox—Net Mgr.

WB5ELG Dorothy Dirickson—Asst. Mgr.

W5KLV Jerry Connaway—Sec.

W5TYS Will Thompson—Treas.


April 1977
The seventh annual Picnic was held at Kerrville State Park. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to W5KLV Jerry Connaway.

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ct. 1977—Oct. 1978 Net Officers

K5HZR Lee Ulrey—Net Mgr.

WB5TNN (now N5FN) Roger Coday—Asst. Mgr.

W5KLV Jerry Connaway—Sec.

W5TYS Will Thompson—Treas.


K5HZR

April 28, 29 & 30 1978
The eighth annual Picnic was held at Kerrville State Park. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to WA5YEA James Dunn.

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ct. 1978—Oct. 1979 Net Officers

K5HZR Lee Ulrey Net Mgr.

WB5SDD J. C. (Jessie) Smith—Asst. Mgr.

W5KLV Jerry Connaway—Sec.

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W5TYS
5TYS Will Thompson—Treas.

April 27, 28 & 29, 1979
The ninth annual Picnic was held at Kerrville State Park. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to N5FN Roger Coday.

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Oct. 1979—Oct. 1980 Net Officers
K5HZR Lee Ulrey—Net Mgr.

WB5SDD Jessie Smith—Asst. Mgr.

W5KLV Jerry Connaway—Sec.

W5TYS Will Thompson—Treas.



W5KLV

April 1980
The tenth Annual Net Picnic was held at Kerrville State Park. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to W5TYS Will Thompson.

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Oct. 1980—Oct. 1981 Net Officers
WD5FYJ (nowKC5GO) Edd Price—Net Mgr.

W5TUK Jim Brunson—Asst. Mgr.

K5BNH Bea Winnett—Sec.

KA5AZK Jo Ann Keith—Treas.


KC5GO

April 24, 25 & 26, 1981
The eleventh annual Net Picnic was held in Kerrville State Park. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to NE5V Chris Miller.

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Oct. 1981—Oct. 1982 Net Officers
KC5GO Edd Price—Net Mgr.

W5TUK Jim Brunson—Asst. Mgr.

K5BNH Bea Winnett—Sec.

KA5AZK Jo Ann Keith—Treas.


April 23, 24 & 25, 1982

The twelfth annual Net Picnic was held at Kerrville State Park. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to WB5ELG Dorothy Dirickson. An additional award was given for the first time to the station most often off the Net Controls frequency. N5ABR G. L. Webb was first to receive the “The Tin Ear Award”.

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Oct. 1982—Oct. 1983 Net Officers
KC5GO Edd Price—Net Mgr.

W5TUK Jim Brunson—Asst. Mgr.

K5BNH Bea Winnett—Sec.

KA5AZK Jo Ann Keith—Treas.









KA5AZK K5BNH KC5GO W5TUK


April 29, 30 & May 1, 1983
The thirteenth annual Picnic was held at the Kerrville State Park. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to N5ABR G. L. Webb. The “Tin Ear Award” was awarded to W5CTZ Harry Pfeiffer, and the “James Dunn Memorial Award” was awarded to W5KLV Jerry Connaway.

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Oct. 1983—Oct. 1984 Net Officers
W5TUK Jim Brunson—Net Mgr.

K5OWK Marty Green—Asst. Mgr.

K5BNH Bea Winnett—Sec.

KA5AZK Jo Ann Keith—Treas.


April 27, 28 & 29, 1984
The fourteenth annual Picnic was held at the Kerrville State Park. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to KA5AZK Jo Ann Keith and the “Tin Ear Award” was awarded to K5HZR Lee Ulrey.

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Oct. 1984—Oct. 1985 Net Officers

W5TUK Jim Brunson—Net Mgr.

WB5BKM George Winship—Asst. Mgr.

K5BNH Bea Winnett—Sec.

KA5AZK Jo Ann Keith—Treas.


WB5BKM

A Training/Information session was started Feb. 8, 1985, to be held the last 30 minutes of the Friday AM session. It was very well received, but had to be canceled because of very bad band conditions.


April 26, 27 & 28, 1985
The fifteenth annual Picnic was held at the Kerrville State Park. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to K5OWK Marty Green and the “Tin Ear Award” went to N5GKM (now WD5Z) Mike Murphy.

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W5TUK
ct. 1985—Oct. 1986 Net Officers

W5TUK Jim Brunson—Net Mgr.

KA5AZK Jo Ann Keith—Asst. Mgr.

K5BNH Bea Winnett—Sec.

W5TYS Will Thompson—Treas.


May 2, 3 & 4, 1986
The sixteenth annual Picnic was held at the Kerrville State Park. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to Trev McNutt, W5KBP and the “Tin Ear Award” went to Stan Turner, W5PON.

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Oct. 1986—Oct. 1987 Net Officers
K
KA5AZK &

KD5RC

A5AZK Jo Ann Keith—Net Mgr.

KD5RC Dale Jobson—Asst. Mgr.

WD5CVX Carl Sheffield—Sec.

W5CTZ Harry Pfeiffer—Treas.

WD5CVX, Carl Sheffield became a silent key on Feb. 14, 1987. K5QEW, Earle Brown was appointed to replace him.
April 24, 25 & 26, 1987
The 17th annual 7290 Picnic was held at the Coushatta Recreation Ranch in Bellville, Texas. The Picnic was dedicated to WB5BKM George Winship, Sr.

The “Whitney Nugget was awarded to Karl Hutcheson WA5ZJY.

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CONTINUED

and

UPDATED

By

Jo Ann Keith KA5AZK

04-24-10



My thanks to
Hubert W5ZIN, Randy N5SIG, Everett W4RRX,

Charlie W5GKH, Art W5MMO and John W5BWC
for their help with this history.



The following information

was gathered from

Picnic Programs, Rosters, and memories


October 1987 – October 1988 Net Officers


KA5AZK Jo Ann Keith Net Manager

KD5RC Dale Jobson Asst. Manager

KB5DVF Wendy Fisel Secretary

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W5CTZ


5CTZ Harry Pfeiffer Treasurer

W5KLV Jerry Connaway Chaplain


April 29, 30 & May 1, 1988

The 18th annual 7290 Picnic was held at the Rusk State Park in Rusk , Texas. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to W5CTZ Harry Pfeiffer.

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ctober 1988 – October 1989 Net Officers

W5YQZ Henry Dingus Net Manager

KD5RC Dale Jobson Asst. Manager

NF5T Bob Oliver Secretary

W5CTZ Harry Pfeiffer Treasurer

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W5YQZ
5KLV Jerry Connaway Chaplain
April 28, 29 and 30, 1989
The 19th annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held at the Rusk State Park in Rusk, Texas. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to KC5GO Edd Price.
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ctober 1989 – October 1990 Net Officers

KB5DVF Wendy Fisel Net Manager

KD5RC Dale Jobson Asst. Manager

NF5T Bob Oliver Secretary

WI5J Glen Eastman Treasurer

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KB5DVF
5KLV Jerry Connaway Chaplain
May 4, 5 & 6, 1990

The 20th annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held at Buescher State Park in Smithville, Texas. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to W5YQZ Henry Dingus.


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ctober 1990 – October 1991 Net Officers
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B5BKM George Winship Sr. Net Manager

KD5RC Dale Jobson Asst. Manager

NF5T Bob Oliver Secretary

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WB5BKM


5CTZ Harry Pfeiffer Treasurer

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NF5T


5KLV Jerry Connaway Chaplain
April 26, 27 & 28, 1991

The 21st annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held at Lake Whitney State Park, Lake Whitney, Texas. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to KD5RC Dale Jobson.

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October 1991 – October 1992 Net Officers
W5YQZ Henry Dingus Net Manager

KD5RC Dale Jobson Asst. Manager

NF5T Bob Oliver Secretary

W5CTZ Harry Pfeiffer Treasurer

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W5YQZ
5KLV Jerry Connaway Chaplain
April 24, 25 & 26, 1992

The 22nd annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, Fredericksburg, Texas. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to WB5BKM George Winship Sr.

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October 1992 – October 1993 Net Officers

N5OWQ Quinn Farabee Net Manager

KD5RC Dale Jobson Asst. Manager

NF5T Bob Oliver Secretary

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N5OWQ
5CTZ Harry Pfeiffer Treasurer

W5KLV Jerry Connaway Chaplain


April 30 May 1 & 2, 1993
The 23rd annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held Kerrville State Park, Kerrville, Texas.

The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to W5TUK Jim Brunson.

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W5CTZ

W5CTZ

ctober 1993 – October 1994 Net Officers

N5OWQ Quinn Farabee Net Manager

KD5RC Dale Jobson Asst. Manager

NF5T Bob Oliver Secretary

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Harry W5CTZ
5CTZ Harry Pfeiffer Treasurer

KG5TL Mike Schwartz Chaplain



April 22, 23 and 24, 1994
The 24th annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held at Lake Whitney State Park.

The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to N5OWQ Quinn Farabee.

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October 1994 – October 1995 Net Officers

W5ZIN Hubert L. Perry Net Manager

KJ5XP Homer E. Franks Asst. Manager

NF5T Bob Oliver Secretary

W5CTZ Harry Pfeiffer Treasurer

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W5ZIN
D5C Bill Sandefer Chaplain
April 28, 29 & 30, 1995

The 25th annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held at Lake Whitney State Park, Whitney, TX. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to WA5EZT Charlie Thorpe and WA5EQQ Mike Lefan.

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October 1995 – October 1996 Net Officers
W5ZIN Hubert Perry Net Manager

AC5CI Homer E. Franks Asst. Manager (ex-KJ5XP)

NF5T Bob Oliver Secretary

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AC5CI


5CTZ Harry Pfeiffer Treasurer

KG5TL Mike Schwartz Chaplain


April 26, 27 & 28, 1996

The 26th annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held at River Bend Park, Smithville, Texas.

The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to W5ZIN Hubert Perry and NF5T Bob Oliver.

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October 1996 – October 1997 Net Officers
W5ZIN Hubert Perry Manager

K5IQZ Dan Whelchel Asst. Manager

NF5T Bob Oliver Secretary

W5CTZ Harry Pfeiffer Treasurer

W5KLV Jerry Connaway Chaplain

April 25, 26, and 27, 1997

The 27th annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held at the Coushatta Recreation Ranch in Belleville, Texas. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to WD5GKH Charlie Ogilvie and WA5JFZ Jane Eastman.

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October 1997 – October 1998 Net Officers
K5IQZ Dan Whelchel Manager

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K5ROB


5ROB Rob Radican Asst. Manager

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K5IQZ




4RRX Everett Buck Secretary

W5WXI Wallace Martin Treasurer

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W4RRX
5KLV Jerry Connaway Chaplain
April 24, 25 & 26, 1998

The 28th annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held at the Bluff Trails Ranch, Ingram, Texas. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to W5AYX J. W. Roach and W5ERT Floyd Gravitt.

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ctober 1998 – October 1999 Net Officers

W5BQZ Joe Hallford, Jr. Manager

W5OYY Ernie Harper Asst. Manager

W4RRX Everett Buck Secretary

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K5BNH
5BNH Bea Winnett Treasurer

W5KLV Jerry Connaway Chaplain


April 23, 24 & 25, 1999

The 29th annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held at the River Bend Park in Smithville, Texas. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to N5NAV Ray Taylor and K5IQZ Dan Whelchel

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ctober 1999 – October 2000 Net Officers


K0YNW

W5OYY Ernie Harper Manager

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0YNW John Williamson Asst. Manager

W4RRX Everett Buck Secretary

K5BNH Bea Winnett Treasurer

W5KL Jerry Connaway Chaplain


K5BNH

May 5,6 & 7, 2000

The 30th annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held at Artesian Park & RV Campground, Brenham, Texas. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to K5BNH Bea Winnett and W4RRX Everett Buck.


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October 2000 – October 2001 Net Officers


W5OYY Ernie Harper Manager

W5ZIN Hubert Perry Asst. Manager

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W5OYY
4RRX Everett Buck Secretary

N5JZ James D. Dye Treasurer

W5KLV Jerry Connaway Chaplain
April 27, 28 & 29, 2001

The 31st annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held at the Artesian Park & RV Campground, Brenham, Texas. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to WB5ZED Leon Lesser.

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W4RRX






October 2001 – October 2002 Net Officers

W5OYY Ernie Harper Manager

W5ZIN Hubert Perry Asst. Manager

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4RRX Everett Buck Secretary

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W5ZIN


5JZ James Dye Treasurer

W5KLV Jerry Connaway Chaplain


N5JZ

April 19 and 20, 2002

The 32nd annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held in Waco on April 19 & 20.

The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to N5IKN Tom Johnson

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October 2002 – May 2003 Net Officers NOTE: CHANGE IN TERM OF OFFICERS


W5OYY Ernie Harper Manager

W5ZIN Hubert Perry Asst. Manager

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4RRX Everett Buck Secretary

N5JZ James E. Dye Treasurer

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Everett W4RRX
5KLV Jerry Connaway Chaplain
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James N5JZ
ay 2003 – May 2004 Net Officers

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5OYY Ernie Harper Net Manager

W5ZIN Hubert L. Perry Asst. Manager

WA5EQQ Mike LeFan Secretary

N5JZ James E. Dye Treasurer

W5KLV Jerry Connaway Chaplain


Mike WA5EQQ




May 2 & 3, 2003

The 33rd annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held at the Riverbend Park in Smithville, TX. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to W6CL Carol Lynch.

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W5ZIN
ay 2004 – May 2005 Net Officers

W5ZIN Hubert Perry Net Manager

AC5XK Don Perese Asst. Manager

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AC5XK
5SIG Randy Phelps Secretary

N5JZ James E. Dye Treasurer

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N5SIG
5QGD Larry Altman Chaplain
April 30, May 1 & 2, 2004

The 34th annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held at the Riverbend Park in Smithville, TX. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to AC5XK Don Perese.

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May 2005 – May 2006 Net Officers
W5ZIN Hubert Perry Net Manager

AC5XK Don Perese Asst. Manager

N5SIG Randy Phelps Secretary

KA5AZK Jo Ann Keith Treasurer

N5QGD Larry Altman Chaplain
April 30, 2005

The 35th annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held at the Riverbend Park in Smithville, TX. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to N5SIG Randy Phelps. The Picnic was dedicated to W5KLV Jerry Connaway.



May 2006 – May 2007 Net Officers

KA5AZK Jo Ann Keith Net Manager

W5ZIN Hubert Perry Asst. Manager

WA5LIQ Tom Bruce Secretary

K8KP Joe Kallina Treasurer

May 27, 2006

The 36th annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held at the Riverbend Park in Smithville, TX. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to Archie Anderson WB5NCK. The Picnic was dedicated to W5OMC Bill Parten.



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Jodie K8KP
ay 2007 – May 2008 Net Officers



KA5AZK Jo Ann Keith Net Manager

W5ZIN Hubert Perry Asst. Manager

WA5LIQ Tom Bruce Secretary

K8KP Joe Kallina Treasurer

N5XID Fred Jackson Chaplain


April 28, 2007

The 37th annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held at the Riverbend Park in Smithville, TX. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to Patricia Allison KD5TXD. The Picnic was dedicated to AC5CI Homer Franks.


July 4, 2007

It was decided it was in the best interest of the Net for the Net Officers to take over complete responsibility for the Net’s Web Site of www.7290trafficnet.org.




May 2008 – May 2009 Net Officers

KA5AZK Jo Ann Keith Net Manager

W5UFO Tom Earnest Sr. Asst. Manager

WA5LIQ Tom Bruce Secretary

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Tom W5UFO


8KP Joe Kallina Treasurer

N5XID Fred Jackson Chaplain


May 3, 2008

The 38th annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held at the Riverbend Park in Smithville, TX. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to George Bobo K5BMR. The Picnic was dedicated to Archie Anderson WB5NCK.


Emergency Operations

The Net held Extended Sessions of the regular Net hours to help with the land fall of three hurricanes/tropical storms.



Dolly on July 23 – 25. Thirteen sessions were held with 559 checkins and 18 messages.

Gustav on September 1 – 4. Sixteen sessions were held with 715 checkins and 30 messages.

Ike on September 12 -18. Twenty seven sessions were held with 1,112 checkins and 69 messages.


May 2009 – May 2010 Net Officers
KA5AZK Jo Ann Keith Net Manager

W5UFO Tom Earnest Sr. Asst. Manager

WA5LIQ Tom Bruce Secretary

K8KP Joe Kallina Treasurer

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Fred N5XID
5XID Fred Jackson Chaplain

May 9, 2009

The 39th annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held at the Riverbend Park in Smithville, TX. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to Joe Kallina K8KP. The Picnic was dedicated to James “JR” Aaron K5SUB.


May 2010 May 2011 Net Officers
KA5AZK Jo Ann Keith Net Manager

K5BMR George Bobo Asst. Manager

WA5LIQ Tom Bruce Secretary

K8KP Joe Kallina Treasurer

N5XID Fred Jackson Chaplain
April 24, 2010

The 40th annual 7290 Traffic Net Picnic was held at the Riverbend Park in Smithville, TX. The “Whitney Nugget” was awarded to . The Picnic was dedicated to JW Roach W5AYX. To celebrate our 40th picnic, a Special Event station was operated from the park with QSL cards for contacts. Certificates were given to those in attendance.


THE 7290 TRAFFIC NET

I have been asked many times, how and when was the 7290 Traffic Net started? I will try to answer that question. During the early 50's there were several MARS stations who worked the frequency 7305 KC, some of these operators had Amateur Radio licenses so were able to operate on the Ham bands.  They would come down to 7290 KC and pass messages to hams who would help them deliver traffic.  These MARS operators called themselves the Yankee Traffic Net.  I began checking in with them as well as other Hams on the forty meter band and it got to be a fairly large gathering.

Al, W5VSH decided that he wanted to begin a net so since we had been operating on forty meters, most of the time and were good friends we decided to start a net on 7220 KC and called it the REBEL NET.  Al was the Net Manager and I assisted him for a time.  I would go back and forth from 7290 to 7220 and help where I could.  Finally I found my­self spending most of my time on 7290 KC and was asked to be Net Control. By November of 1953 I was asked to take over the Yankee Traffic Net completely.  With the encourage­ment of the other Hams who were helping on the net, I was asked to make up a set of rules and regulations to run the net by.  Also it was determined that we should rename the Net and we finally settled on The 7290 Traffic Net.  I acted as Net Manager for several years and in the beginning I operated as Net Control each week day from 9 until 11 AM in the morning and from 1 until 3 each afternoon.

Some may think that this was a great load but to me it was a joy since I hammed almost all day anyway.  If the net wasn't going on, I was in QSO with a group somewhere on the band.  After while I got other operators to become Net Control and I only handled the net 2 or 3 times a week and acted as a substitute when needed.

I wish I had my old logs so that I could list all the hams who were of  great help and who were as much responsible for this net being in existence as I.  Some were W5BTH, W5SMK, W5GSN, and many many more.  I wish all of them could be present and see how the Net we organized has continued to be, just as we imagined it should be.  I never thought that here in October 1992 I would be present and still able to be a Net Control on the net.  Many wonderful hams have carried on the net and I know I could never thank them enough.  Bea K5BNH did a very good job of listing the Hams who acted as Net Controls and Managers over the years.  She is to be commended for leaving a History of the Net for others to read when we are silent keys.

During the mid-sixties I became interested in family genealogy and it turned into a full time job.  This caused me to drop out of the net and only check in occasionally.  Then SSB became almost the only mode of communications on the Net so by the early 1970's I had dropped out of hamming entirely.  I would listen once in a while on my old SX-101A, but that was all.  Finally in 1983 I purchased a TS-530S and started to check in the net once in a while.  Before I knew it I was so interested I began being a net control when asked.  It just kind of gets in your blood.

It was one of my greatest joys to go to the 7290 Traffic Net picnic in April of 1991.  Many of the hams who I got to know over the years stopped by the house over the years and I will always treasure those memories. 

One group of hams you never hear of any more and I am very sorry that we don't and that is the WHOOT (Women Ham Operators of Texas).  They were a great source of assistance on the net as well as in other ventures.  I believe it was in 1958 that they took up a collection and bought me a folding wheel chair and presented it to me at the State Fair of Texas.  A bunch of these ladies are still active occasionally but I assume are mostly taking care of grandchildren now.

When I first received my license, my rig was a home brew 10 watts with an old S-20R receiver.  The rig I used a net control was a home brew 100 watts with a pair of 807's. Until I won the SX-101A in a contest, that was the rig. I hope that all the net members realize how much I think of them & appreciate what they have done.  Vy 73 and affection.

-Hubert L. Perry W5ZIN

 

 





THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE WAS PROVIDED

BY HUBERT W5ZIN

THE ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN THE

JUNE 17, 1956

HOUSTON POST

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Hubert Perry’s W5ZIN

Original Ham Station


This piece of electronic history can be credited with starting the 7290 Traffic Net. Hubert’s account of this photograph stated that this station went on the air for the first time in 1952. (From 7290 old web site www.angelfire.com/tx/7290/)


Memories

From

Jane WA5JFZ & Dick WA5KYX

Dick and I got our amateur licenses in Hawaii in 1960. We came back to Texas to New Braunfels, in 1963. I started checking into 7290 about that time. K5HZR Lee Ulrey was Net Manager. I began to wonder if Net members ever got together. I remember one time when some of them were talking, it sounded like they had, so I asked Lee if the people ever got together, he said “No”.

I don’t remember what year, WA5ZJY Karl Hutcheson became Net Manager, but we began to seriously consider a Net Picnic. We chose Lake Whitney State Park, and had the 1st one there in 1971. K5IOJ Mickie Inks did a lot of the planning. Karl WA5ZJY was Net Manager and I, WA5JFZ, was Net Secretary, so she (K5IOJ) presented us with a plaque. We met at Lake Whitney a couple of years, then at Kerrville State Park, several times before we went back to Lake Whitney.
Whitney Nugget”
We never had prizes, but as Net Secretary, I wrote everyone’s name on a piece of paper and put them into this big coffee can, just in case we did have a prize. Sometimes in April it is pretty windy, so I went out in the yard at Lake Whitney, picked up a big rock, to hold the names down in the can. I brought the can home and for “kicks” said “Who would have won if we had a prize”, I pulled out Lee Ulrey K5HZR, so when he and Emma visited us next I presented him the “Whitney Nugget”. He was so honored, we chose the most deserving one for the next year and so on. At first it was just the rock that the recipient signed and passed on. They painted it gold to look like a nugget.
It was quite an experience to meet most of these people you had been working with for all these years. Karl (Karl with a K) and Morley (from Austin) had quite a thing going. Morley told Karl he was loose lip, wet nose, lop eared and motormouth, they claimed they were going to have a knockdown & dragout fight when they met, of course it was all in fun.

Roy Albright our 5 Land ARRL Director, decided after the 1st one to bring a tent, he bought a really nice big one and set it up in his backyard in San Antonio, sprayed it with water then put it up, well it shrunk up, when he tried to put it up at Whitney the poles wouldn’t fit, he had a lot of help to set that thing up Ha! Ha! (it even tried to fly); but it was never seen again. Dick still laughs about it.

George Lambert W5OGG made our Saturday night meal of Spaghetti

And meat sauce, for many years.


Dean Davis W5BGE and Maybelle, his wife, read Silent Keys and also conducted the Sunday Morning Devotional.
We played horse shoes and had a 42 Tournament for several years. Bingo was a big thing, with many prizes.


7


290 TRAFFIC NET STATISTICS

From Wendy KB5DVF &

Steve WB9GVN

CHECK INS TRAFFIC COUNT SESSIONS


DECEMBER 1987 3087 1324 50

NOVEMBER 1987 2937 817 48

JANUARY 1988 3306 404 47

FEBRUARY 1988 3193 614 46

MARCH 1988 3281 565 50

APRIL 1988 2963 501 47

MAY 1988 3118 480 48

JUNE 1988 3017 395 50

JULY 1988 3003 349 47

AUGUST 1988 3319 361 50

SEPTEMBER 1988 3816 436 52
YEARLY NET SUMMARIES

From Everett W4RRX


Year

Month

Number of Sessions

Number of Checkins

Number of Messages


1998

TOTAL

October

November


December


37

44

46





2,468

2,982


3,296

38,900


330

418


407

4,242



From Everett W4RRX

Year

Month

Number of Sessions

Number of Checkins

Number of Messages

1999

TOTAL

January

February


March

April


May

June


July

August


September

45

44

50



46

46

48



49

54

48




3,222

3,762


3,534

3,143


2,972

2,968

3117

3,021


3,369

29,108


364

363


444

386


573

593


694

452


304

4,173



7290 TRAFFIC NET

STATISTICS

From WA5LIQ



Year

Check Ins

Traffic

2006

34,343

2,605

2007

35,081

1,972

2008

39,825

2,084

2009

40,780

2,469






From Tom WA5LIQ

Year

2008

Month

Number of Checkins

Number of Messages

Hurricane Dolly

13 sessions

Hurricane Gustov

16 sessions

Hurricane Ike

27 sessions



July 23-25


September 1-4
September 12-18

559
715


1,112

30
30


69


TIN EAR RECIPIENTS

*Discontinued



1982




N5ABR

G.L. Webb

1983




W5CTZ

Harry Pfeiffer

1984




K5HZR

Lee Ulrey


1985




WD5Z

Mike Murphy

1986




W5PON

Stan Turner

1987




ND5C

Bill Snadefer

1988




KF5YV

Jabe Bailey

1989




WB5YDD

Bill Clarke

1990




KF5BL

Bill Revis

1991




W5TUK

Jim Brunson

1992




K5UPN

Josiah Brown

1993





NF5T

Bob Oliver

1994




AE5I

Gene Smith

WHITNEY NUGGET

RECIPIENTS

1976 * K5HZR Lee Ulrey

1977 * W5KLV Jerry Connaway

1978 * WA5YEA James Dunn

1979 N5FN Roger Coday

1980 * W5TYS Will Thompson

1981 NE5V Chris Miller

1982 * WB5ELG Dorothy Dirickson

1983 * N5ABR G.L. Webb

1984 KA5AZK Jo Ann Keith

1985 * K5OWK Marty Green

1986 * W5KBP Trevor McNutt

1987 * WA5ZJY Karl Hutcheson

1988 * W5CTZ Harry Pfeiffer

1989 * KC5GO Edd Price

1990 * W5YQZ Henry Dingus

1991 * KD5RC Dale Jobson

1992 * WB5BKM George Winship.Sr.

1993 W5TUK Jim Brunson

1994 * N5OWQ Quinn Farabee

1995 * WA5EZT Charlie Thorpe

WA5EQQ Mike Lefan

1996 * W5ZIN Hubert Perry

* NF5T Bob Oliver

1997 WD5GKH Charlie Ogilvie

WA5JFZ Jane Eastman

1998 * W5AYX J.W. Roach

* W5ERT Floyd Gravitt

1999 N5NAV Ray Taylor

* K5IQZ Dan Whelchel

2000 * K5BNH Bea Winnett

* W4RRX Everett Buck

2001 WB5ZED Leon Lesser

2002 * N5IKN Tom Johnson

2003 W6CL Carol Lynch

2004 AC5XK Don Perese

2005 N5SIG Randy Phelps

2006 WB5NCK Archie Anderson

2007 KD5TXD Patricia Allison

2008 K5BMR George Bobo

2009 K8KP Joe Kallina

2010

* Indicates Silent Key

O

PERATORS OF THE MONTH



From Randy N5SIG

MONTH YEAR OPERATOR NAME CALLSIGN


June 1998 Henry Dingus W5YQZ

July 1998 Trevor Mc Nutt W5KBP

August 1998 None

September 1998 George Winship W5BKM

October 1998 Ralph Shimuel WA5FXQ

November 1998 Bill Sanford NR5X

December 1998 Leon Lessard WB5ZED
January 1999 J.W. Roach W5AYX

February 1999 Hubert Perry W5ZIN

March 1999 Carolyn Womack KC5OZT

April 1999 James Herbert KF5A

May 1999 Jerry Connaway W5KLV

June 1999 Jim Brunson W5TUK

July 1999 Dan Whelchel K5IQZ

August 1999 Charles Ogilvie W5GKH

September 1999 Tom Johnson N5IKN

October 1999 James Robbins N5OUJ

November 1999 David Haney KC5VWD

December 1999 Elton D Abbott KE5JE

January 2000 Carolyn Womack KC5OZT

February 2000 Jeff Salmons N5ECP

March 2000 George Manning WB5NMH

April 2000 Doug Gollihar KA5KLU

May 2000 Bill Sanford NR5X

June 2000 Charles Cavin N5BMB

July 2000 J.W. Roach W5AYX

August 2000 George Bennett WA5RYR

September 2000 Olin Huff W5BCB

October 2000 George Crumbley W5APL

November 2000 Bud Wallace WB5CTB

December 2000 Carolyn Womack KC5OZT

January 2001 Hubert Perry W5ZIN

February 2001 Carol Lynch W6CL

March 2001 Trevor Mc Nutt W5KBP

April 2001 James Herbert KF5A

May 2001 James Brunson W5TUK

June 2001 Mike Lefan WA5EQQ

July 2001 Elton Abbott KE5JE

August 2001 Charles Cavin N5BMB

September 2001 Tom Johnson N5IKN

October 2001 Randall Phelps N5SIG

November 2001 Ed Higganbotham N5AUK

December 2001 Dan Welchel K5IQZ

January 2002 Homer Franks AC5CI

February 2002 Ray Taylor N5NAV

March 2002 Jimmy Pinkston N5WYT

April 2002 J.W.Roach W5AYX

May 2002 Nathon Winship KC5DEF

June 2002 Carol Lynch W6CL

July 2002 Leo Holt W5CKO

August 2002 Billy Pardon W5OMC

September 2002 Lawrence Barton WB5NIC

October 2002 Joe Kallina K8KP

November 2002 Grady Ebert KB5SDU

December 2002 Doug Gollihar KA5KLU

January 2003 Elton Abbott KE5JE

February 2003 Carolyn Womack KC5OZT

March 2003 Don Perese AC5XK

April 2003 Mike Lefan WA5EQQ

May 2003 James Robbins N5OUJ

June 2003 Joe D Julian K5AWZ

July 2003 Billy Pardon W5OMC

August 2003 Ed Higganbotham N5AUK

September 2003 Archie Anderson WB5NCK

October 2003 Randall Phelps N5SIG

November 2003 Carol Lynch W6CL

December 2003 Robert Myers W5RDM

January 2004 Grady Ebert KB5SDU

Everett Buck W4RRX

February 2004 James Robbins N5OUJ

March 2004 Homer Franks AC5CI

April 2004 Don Perese AC5XK

May 2004 None none

June 2004 Jo Ann Keith KA5AZK

July 2004 Steve Means K5FCB

August 2004 Archie Anderson WB5NCK

September 2004 Bob Comfort AB0EK

October 2004 Bob Bychowski K5AMP

November 2004 Bill Stanford NR5X

December 2004 Carol Lynch W6CL
January 2005 Grady Ebert KB5SDU

February 2005 Esther Gollihar N5RLQ

March 2005 Roger Killingsworth K5HHS

April 2005 Patricia Allison KD5TXD

May 2005 David Fanelli KB5PGY

June 2005 Patricia Garvin WB5NKD

July 2005 Wadsworth Johnson W5CDX

August 2005 George Johnson III KB5TCH

September 2005 Archie Anderson WB5NCK

November 2005 Roger Killingsworth K5HHS

None

December 2005 Homer Franks AC5CI


January 2006 Bill Pardon W5OMC

February 2006 Jo Ann Keith KA5AZK

March 2006 Bill Stanford NR5X

April 2006 JW Roach W5AYX

May 2006 Joe Kallina K8KP

June 2006 Norman Burge KE5OAK

July 2006 Patricia Allison KD5TXD

Award discontinued in 2006.










Geroge Winship Sr. WB5BKM








Funeral services for George R. Winship, Sr., 85, of Jacksonville, Tx.
will be held at the Rhodes Funeral Home Chapel in Karnes City, Tx. on
Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 P.M. Burial will be in the Karnes City Cemetery
under the direction of Rhodes Funeral Home with the Rev. Duane Farris
officiating.

Mr.Winship was born April 7, 1917 in Stamford, Tx. to the late Robert


and Julia Winship, Sr. He died at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, Tx. on
April 25 after a short illness. He was a member of the Presbyterian
Church.

Mr.Winship was retired from the Federal Aviation Administration after


34 years of service and resided near Jacksonville, Tx. for the past 26
years. He was an avid amateur radio operator for 32 years holding the

amateur station call sign of W5BKM.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years Willie Louise Lane Winship of

Jacksonville, Tx.; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Ron Green of
Rockdale, Tx.; a son and daughter-in-law, George and Nan Winship, Jr. of
Gallatin, Tx.; 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert N. Winship, Jr.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. They are Jeremy Green, Chris
Green, Ronnie Green, Nathan Winship, Andrew Winship, and grandson-in-law
Kevin Longoria.

Honorary pallbearers include the members of the 7290 Traffic Net,


Texas Traffic Net, Central Gulf Coast Hurricane Net, and the 75 Meter
Interstate Sideband Net.

If desired, memorials made be made to the 1st Presbyterian Church,


Karnes City, Tx.78118, or the Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University
Blvd, Tyler, Tx. 75701.




Katherine W. “Kitty” Benge WB5EXO













Parten, Billy D. W5OMC











Billy D. Parten, 85, passed away Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007.

Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Greenwood Chapel. Interment:

Greenwood Memorial Park.
Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Funeral Home.

Bill retired from the Fort Worth Police Department in 1978 and

Bank of America in 1988. He was a member of North Pointe Baptist Church,

Masonic Lodge 942 and was an amateur ham radio operator.


Bill was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Opal, Ruth and Johnnie;

wife of 42 years, Margaret; and infant daughter, Judy Ann Parten.

Survivors: Wife of 23 years, Lou Parten; daughter, Sue Kramer;

granddaughter, Daphne Hill and husband, Jeff; grandson, James McGirt;

six great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and stepchildren

and their families, Linda Green, Nancy Burney and husband, Frank, and Andy Nabors.


Published in the Star-Telegram on 8/28/2007




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