I did a quick search of the forum to see if there were any Masons that are Amateur Radio operators hanging out in here.
I found this link http://www.masonicgathering.net/ that has some info but I am wondering if there are others out there that share the same hobby along with being an active Freemason.
If so are there any particular frequencies and or nets you hang out on? Due to the international nature of the internet and Ham radio for that matter please share HF frequencies and times for nets. If you do have a net on VHF is it linked by Echolink or something similar so other Freemasons from around the world can check in? I would love to check in and visit with as many stations as possible. Voice, digital or cw works for me.
If you have no clue about Ham Radio I can help you there too feel free to post or send me a private message.
No I didn’t - it was very early in my Masonic career and the two didn’t really mix .. maybe just me not being aware.
HF/morse .. due to my training I was a 25 words a minute guy .. was a bit difficult actually - mainly because I’d been used to hearing stuff sent at a faster speed that hams do/did. Too much thinking time! It was a bit like hearing someone spell words out rather than hearing them as a whole. :)
QSL de AB4Y. I was introduced to Freemasonry, by the late Don Tuggle N4AOC. I was originally licensed as WA4YRA (Young Radio Amateur). I was DA1NR, WA4YRA/LX. WA4YRA/OE7. PA9BBN, AB4Y/ZS, F0IHZ. I operated XE4MAX and HZ1AB. In Columbus OH, I set up the “Voice of Aladdin”, at Aladdin Shrine. I also set up a “Hiram Hams” group in Columbus, we had enough ham masons, for our own degree team. Whenever a ham took the degrees, we got many of the hiram-hams from central Ohio to perform the ceremonial work.
Thanks for the background Charles and Richard. Charles that must have really been fun to have your own Ham degree team. Just ran across an echolink channel of the MASONS http://masonicgathering.net I even had a good QSO. I see a net time listed for Sundays at 0230 UTC so I might check it out.
I’W1MTX; been a ham since 1957 and a Mason since 1979. Ham radio started me on a lifetime career in electronics; through ham radio I have made friends all over the world, and have had experiences and been places I’d never have dreamed of when I was a young squirt back in New Hampshire in the 50’s. And through Freemasonry, I have only expanded that experience even more. You are just starting as a Mason, and from the call, just starting as a ham. May you take great pleasure from both experiences, and may you learn from them both and form worldwide friendships also.
Good luck to you, and keep us all posted.
With fraternal 73
Bob Chadwick W1MTX ex VK6CH, VR2GE, VK4ZV, VK8ZA
Palm Bay, FL
I am looking forward to having a great time as a Freemason. I am in the waiting game right now after submitting my petition. I am considering it as my first lesson in Masonry. I will have to dig through the forum and quote the Mason that I first saw that line from. Your right about ham radio and the experience of speaking to people all over the world. It started me in my present career in electronics too. Unlike Freemasonry I am not a new ham. In fact I am almost due to renew again (currently 18 years licensed as KC7RSO).
I did check in on the Freemason Gathering net tonight thanks to the Echolink setup. Nice to hear from other Masons around the country and share our common hobby of Amateur Radio.
Looks like we all ended up in electronics! I worked for the old Marconi Company (Marconi Radar), then latterly Cossor Electronics (which later became Raytheon UK - a subsiduary of the US company) .. finally as a software engineer (in Raytheon UK) working on GPS equipment .. that’s now flying around in UK/UK fighters.
It does seem to be a common thread and launching point for many people. I love the electronics industry and enjoy building my own gear as a hobby. Current rig is an Elecraft KX1 CW rig. I also am looking forward to meeting both on the air and in real life Master Masons from around the world. The Echolink net made it really easy for a voice check in and it was fun speaking with the guys in there.