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RV Friends Keeping in Touch via Amateur Radio

The RV Radio Network is an ARRL affiliated association of RV enthusiasts who also share an interest in Amateur Radio. Here you will find information about rallies, hamfests, radio nets, and other activities of interest to the members of our club. We invite all Amateur Radio Operators with an appropriate FCC license to participate in our nightly net on 7265 KHz. at 7:00 PM Central Time
(15 minutes earlier in winter months.)
Our Net Contnrol Operatorss KA2HPG, KJ4TD, N0AZA, K5WWT, and K5TGS welcome you. We are always looking for Alternate NCOs. If you would like to be an alternate NCO please contact our Communications Manager - Fred, KA2HPG.
NØROB, Jack Folluo, Net#305, SK April 30th, 2018
Jack was a long time RVRN member and NCO on our net. His obituary can be read at Everhere.com

A tribute from KØOHB
Jack Folluo, NØROB, passed away on April 30 from pancreatic cancer, which he had been battling for 18 months. He was 88. He had retired from the St. Louis Police Department as a sergeant and previously had served in the Navy.

Jack lived about two miles from us in the southern suburbs of St. Louis, MO. I had talked to him on the RV Radio Net but we never met in person until a few years ago when he was experiencing high SWR at times. I offered to help him and asked for any information that might give us a clue. He said he mainly operated on 40M but didn't remember ever having the problem on other bands. He also said the trouble only occurred after it rained, so we began looking for a water problem. Whenever I was there the trouble never appeared, but we looked for possible problem areas. I connected my antenna analyzer at both the radio and right at the antenna - several times - and everything always looked good. As a precaution we disassembled parts of the antenna and cleaned up the joints. Of course, we never knew if we corrected the problem since it wasn't occurring at the time. However, after the next rain the problem would often reappear - but not always. After working on it several times over a period of a couple months and finding nothing, I quizzed him for any other information that might be helpful; did he do anything during, before or after rainstorms? He said yes, he always disconnected the coax from the radio. Ah Ha! Turned out the problem was in the coax connector at the radio. Depending on which way the connector was oriented, the weight of the cable sometimes caused loss of continuity. After several tries of rotating the connector as I connected it, I finally got it to fail. I replaced it and the trouble never returned. We had a good chuckle over the many hours we wasted looking for a problem that was corrected in a few minutes. Well, I guess they weren't wasted as we became good friends and enjoyed many conversations on numerous subjects. Jack was an interesting guy. He especially liked old cars and owned a mint-condition 1931 Cadillac.

During his cancer treatments he was weak and was afraid he would not be able to get back up the stairs from his radio shack in the basement. Knowing that he had served as a net control operator for many years and that he really missed getting on the air, I offered to move the equipment up to the main level, but he refused, saying his goal was to get strong enough to negotiate the stairs. It wasn't meant to be, so he decided to install a chair lift and returned to the air in February. It was good to hear him again and several net members welcomed him back.

If anyone wants to send condolences or comments to Jack's family, please e-mail them to me. I'll print and give them to Jack's wife, Joann.

Jack's friend,
Wayne Ashwell, KØOHB
kØohb@arrl.net

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Posted by K4HM - Hank Montgomery
5-15-2018 14:32 EST

Selene and I are headed to the Dayton Hamvention where we will be camping on-site from Wednesday until Monday Morning.

We hope to see some fellow RV Radio Network members there.
73,
K4HM - Hank

Posted by N0HN - Donald Lester
5-4-2018 15:56 EST

We are located in Branson ,MO bands have been poor last few days , Should be on tonight Now that storms have passed .

73 s

Donald
N0HN

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Posted by KJ4ZOY - Stephen Deitch
4-4-2018 23:24 EST

Trying the net tonight from Kemah, TX. Will be on 7265 lsb at 1845 CDT tonight. We’ll see. Surrounding RV generating boucoup RF static.

73s

Steve
KJ3ZOY

Posted by K4HM - Hank Montgomery
3-30-2018 18:55 EST

Glad the RV is running Stephen. Hope to see you at the rally in September.

The net time is at 7:00 PM Central time. During the winter months we usually start 15 minutes earlier, but with band conditions this year we usually started taking early checkin 30 minutes early - at 6:30.PM.
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