The Old Buzzards radio club welcomes check-in from any duly licensed amateur radio operator of General class and above. The net calls for check-ins Monday through Friday, at 9:00am  ET, on 3.905 Mhz, LSB,  Saturdays on 3.904 Mhz.

MEMBERSHIP in the OLD BUZZARDS RADIO CLUB is FREE, it requires only that you have a current FCC issued amateur radio license that allows you to operate on 75 meters.

 

                                                                                                                                                   

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POSTED April 6, 2024: 

Happy 2024 Everyone

Welcome to our New Monday Net Control Station

K3HJQ Larry Aldrich Jr.

Thank you to all NCS’s for your service.

 

Check out this latest QSL card added April 6th to the QSL Cards Page.   Have some fun and submit yours to Tom <at> K3WS <dot> com to have it posted and enjoyed by everyone who visits us.

 

 

MARYLAND EARTHQUAKE AUG 4, 2021 << click link

 

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PRESENTED BY MEL W3SQ

 

OLD BUZZARD NEW MASCOT?? 🙂

 

Hunting dog Samson in the Kayak with Mel’s (W3SQ) Daughter as captain of the vessel.

Photo by Mel W3SQ

 

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THE OLD BUZZARDS HISTORY

The Old Buzzards first originated in May of 1960 by Pete W3NEZ and Al W3ZRQ (now W3TI). It all began when Al W3TI was laid off from work, resting between jobs, and Pete W3NEZ just began his retirement. Both stations met one afternoon on 3905 Khz. and had a very enjoyable rag chew. At first it was a catch as catch can type QSO each afternoon and soon became a regular schedule on the same frequency at 1:30 p.m.

In the weeks that followed our Rag Chew session was joined by a ham from Tamaqua now living in Lewisburg, Pa. Bill W3JDU., Wayne W3AKN and Bill W3MXD. Each of these worked night shift and would have a chat with us before going to work. This 1:30 Rag Chew session continued through the summer months and one day a station ( call unknown ) broke in and asked what we called our group. This was followed by another voice that broke (call unknown ) and said, “You Old Buzzards don’t need a name”. That very moment Pete and I agreed we should call ourselves the Old Buzzards. Please note we were just a Rag Chew group and not a club.

By the time September rolled around W3ZRQ / W3TI was called back to gainful employment and was unable to join the group until later in November. It was noticed a drastic changed had overcome the Old Buzzards Rag Chew group. It was now known as the “Old Buzzards Radio Club”.

ENTER THE COLONEL

Two months lapse of not joining the groups rag chew had produced many changes. A Harrisburg station had taken over as a self-proclaimed leader. A retired military Colonel, Hank W3ND had moved in and taken over and brought a group of his friends. They changed the name to a club and issued Old Buzzard Club member numbers. Pete W3NEZ was issued Nr. 1 and W3ND as Nr. 2 followed by his friends who were numbered in sequence. W3ZRQ / W3TI spoke up and complained about the manner in which this group had taken over our Rag Chew group. W3ZRQ was give Nr. 15

Checking the present roster you will notice the original group ended as Bill W3JDU Nr. 26, Bill W3MXD Nr.32 and Wayne W3AKN as Nr. 59. Contrary to belief, Merl Beam K2BX, Nr. 5 grandfather to Sue KA2OWL was never one of the original Old Buzzards group. He joined in late October. K2BX and W3TI became very good friends. Merl spent many a weekend in Tamaqua and broke bread at our table many times.

Did you know K2BX was Knighted by the King of Italy in 1946? During the early 1920’s Merl intercepted an emergency radio message from the Italian expedition to the North Pole that were stranded. Merl relayed the message to the Italian embassy in Washington, DC who in turn got the Italian government to send out a rescue team. While Merl was stationed with the U.S. Signal Corp in Italy following World War II this information somehow reached the King of Italy and had him brought before him. He was given a Knighthood of Italy for the service he performed over 25 years earlier.

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