An Infant Emerges


By February 10, 1948 WARTS Net members were beginning to move

their ECOs to 3970 kHz the new agreed frequency for the WART Net. Monitoring stations on the frequency spread the word with QSTs on a second evening roll call at 1900 hours. Additional QSTs filled the air waves at 0700 and 1200 hours.

Even though a frequency had been established, many stations were still ‘rock bound’ and checked in off frequency. Member stations were delegated to move up or down 10 kHz and call the roll on 160 and 40 meters with cross band operation involved. A few members monitored the emerging 2-meter band for WARTS check ins. Members were also asked to assume NCS duties. W7CKT was Master Net Control.

Roster sheets in 1948 indicated whether member transmitters were ECO controlled or crystal. Receivers were of the BC348 military vintage or the Proctor 2385, SX24, NC100, Mac. W7KIX built an 18 tube receiver and Mary, W7QGP built a 7 tube superhet. Harry W7JWJ was busy converting military command receivers for 12 volt operation. Check in tolerances were a little high with stations checking in plus of minus kHz from 3970. The rules for this new upstart Net were primarily established by founder Riley, W7CKT.

"Another deal we shall start right away is to OFFICIALLY close the Net when all the traffic has been completed. By doing this it will notify the other stations that the Net has handled all of its official business and from that time on they are welcome to drop into the net for QSO with the the stations and that the ragchewing time has come." De W7CKT

Within a few weeks there would be 40 stations checking into the WARTS Net. These stations would be the Charter Members. By the end of year 1948 there would be 149 Net members to be part of the WARTS Old Timers Club. During 1948 the Net handled an average of 30 pieces of traffic each and every day.

The WARTS Net would abruptly reach maturity when the Northwest was impacted by the Columbia River flood of 1948.

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