KA7W Now Silent Key.

Tom Wilson, KA7W passed away Friday, March 3, 2017. He was an active member of the 7195 group for many decades.

R.I.P. Tom, you will be missed.


N0ISV, Wayne, sends along these pictures from his mobile and an inside look at his home QTH.

 WB5L (new listing)


Steve,  AAØNO SK


Chuck, WC5RP, is now Silent Key.

Fred W5VKN, Silent Key

Fred, W5VKN went Silent Key at around 9:00 pm on Monday, December 10th.

He was one of the old-timers on 7195.

He will be missed.


Earl, K1ERL submits this for our page:

Ham Nation 33

Here is a recent video from the Netcast, Ham Nation.

They mention the W5B special event station.


7195 Group Helps Save a Life

Hams Help Save the Life of Fellow Ham

It was 10:00 PM as I reached for the power button of my ham radio and call it a night. Just before my finger touched the switch I heard a faint call -- someone was lost and needed help. Naturally, I would stick around to hear more. After all, this is one of those rare moments many hams live for.
Ron, KB6UF was not only lost in the Sierra Nevada mountains but also stuck. While driving alone from Louisiana to California to visit his grandkids for the Thanksgiving holiday the 68 year old missed the exit where he was scheduled to stay at a hotel. So he turned to his GPS. It instructed Ron to turn here and go there. The road turned into a gravel road and Ron knew something was wrong. "I felt like I was going in circles," he later said. He was 8 miles from the main road.
Pitched black and no street lights for miles, Ron hit a ditch. The front wheels of his small truck were in the air and it was clear he was going nowhere fast. He checked his cell phone. No cells. He has a 2 meter radio in his truck. No answers on any local repeaters. He turned to 40 meters, remembering there are usually a bunch of hams on 7.195 MHz.
Within minutes, multiple hams were offering advice; use the low gear, fill in the hole with brush and sand, rock the truck back and forth. Somebody asked if Ron's GPS was working. It was. Ron gave out his coordinates over the air. Now as many as 100 hams monitoring the frequency knew Ron's exact location: in the hills near Mono Lake, California, near the Nevada-California border.
Dave, N5SDO in New Mexico stepped up and became net control. Everyone including Ron can hear Dave. Dave assessed Ron's predicament by asking pertinent questions: Are you alone? How much fuel do you have? Do you have food or water? Is there somebody we can call for you? Ron gave Dave an 800 number to the Sheriff's office. Dave tried the 800 number but it was a non-functioning number.
I thought about that non-working 800 number for a second. Maybe the Sheriff's office discontinued the 800 service due to budget cuts, so I Googled the 800 number and found the local dispatch number to Mono Lake Sheriff's office in California. I called it. I had to explain I'm a ham radio operator in Chicago and I'm monitoring a man stranded and lost in hills near Mono Lake. The dispatcher said she would bring this info to her sergeant. Ten minutes later the sergeant returned my call. I quickly explained what had been happening over the past 90 minutes. "Does he need a tow or is this a search and rescue?," asked the sheriff. I relayed the question to Dave who then asked Ron. Ron said he was requesting an officer. As soon as the sheriff heard "requesting an officer" he said someone will be there in 30 minutes.
When Ron announced on the radio he could see the lights of the sheriff's car approaching, many hams monitoring the frequency cheered on air. Working together Ron doubled the nylon rope the sheriff had in an attempt to pull Ron's small truck out of the ditch. The rope snapped. Luckily, there was a piece long enough to triple fold the line and that proved strong enough to pull Ron's vehicle free. Again, hams cheered on the air as Ron was following the Sheriff back to town.
The sheriff said, "It's a good thing you had that radio otherwise we would have found you in the Spring. Nobody comes up here this time of year."
HF was the only way Ron was able to get help. Thank goodness he had a good HF mobile or he might have been out there for days (or longer). Several comments were heard stating "that does it, I was thinking about putting an HF rig in the mobile but now I'm convinced and going to do it" after listening in that night.
Thanks to all the hams that helped a fellow ham in need, especially Dave N5SDO in New Mexico, Nick W9ZXT in Illinois, Jerry N0VXE in Colorado, Dan KD0LYK in Kansas and Dave W7DBS in Nevada and of course the Mono Lake Sheriff's Office. -- Henry Schleichkorn, K9KDE, Chicago, Illinois henry@k9kde.com


KA5ZCG, Ron, is checking in from London, AR.


Jim, WB9MQN, is from Trusdale KS.


Bill, N5XPZ hails from San Antonio Tx. Bill is retired from the communications industry.

No pictures yet.


Jim, KC5VGD is truck mobile all over the country.

Waiting on some pics...


WB6VUY, Mike, sends along some great pictures:


WB5CBT, Ken, lives in Brownwood TX. He told me its ok to put a page up for him.


Art, K7ART sends along this picture...


N5BG, Larry has a fine signal from Virden NM.


Dave, N5SDO, is in Bloomfield NM. He was inactive for several years and has decided to be active on the bands again.


Rick, KD5UTC sends this nice picture of his ham station:


 Dan, KBØLYK sends these pictures of some fine classic radios:


Ken, N5XXM, is located in Odessa TX, and on his QRZ page we find this:


Billy, K5LKT checks in from Pueblo CO.


Hello, I have been in radio since the age of thirteen.


Rick, WØRAS is from Andover KS.


Carl, WA5CH, drives a truck for a little Mom-n-Pop operation.


Frank, N6AQ, lives in Canyon Lake TX and refers you to his website:

About N6AQ


Jerry lives in Salida CO.


Dino checks in on 7195 after a period of inactivity...its about time!


Barefoot and big signal: Wyndell checks in from Wolfe City Texas.


Ed, N5HVG, is a retired truck driver, and operates mostly from the home QTH near Oklahoma City.


Dennis, W5SE (ex KD5JSS) drives a truck and is active on 7.195. mostly in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.


Fred, K5LX, used to be a regular check-in on 7195, but moved to Las Vegas NV several years ago, leaving a big gap in the airwaves!


 Fred is now Silent Key. He will be missed. I will keep this posting as it is, for awhile.

Fred, W5VKN, is located in Amarillo Tx, and is one of the originals on 7.195


Hi from WØLRF (Whiskey zero), I frequent 7.195


Chuck, N7JMO sends this note:

"Please add me to the list.


Hello...Gillis Bartles here.....or Gil for short....WB5CVC ...


Hal, WG7Z, Lives in Tempe AZ:


Pat, N5WVC, lives in Andrews, Tx.

Waiting to get pictures of Pat!


W5KCM, Randy, lives in Arlington Tx.


N5AG, Griff, lives in Blanket TX.

No pictures yet.


Tom K5MVW lives in Arlington TX.


Bob, W5QCP lives in Alamogordo NM.


Gary, N5XED lives in Benbrook, near Ft Worth, Texas.


Jack, NØRYK is a fulltime RVer, and lives in Quartzite AZ


Richard, WØRCH, is located in Fountain CO. with over 7000 lookups on QRZ...he is one very active ham!

How about sending us a picture Richard?


Larry, K5DQI, is located near Albuquerque, NM.


This is me, Brian, N5RNY.


Rick, K5RIC, maintains the 146.980 repeater on Buck Mountain, not far from Ruidoso NM.


Hi this is Hurshel L Pruitt. I live in Yorktown, Texas. Call is WB5MEX.


KO5I is located in Levelland Texas.


Jeff, N5UJJ is a frequent mobile operator on 7.195


Tom, W5QI located in Hamlin Tx, is a regular on 7.195, and has been for many years.


CB Smith, W5FLA, (SK) was the original operator on 7.195, and we all miss him greatly.

He was located in Kermit Texas. He anchored the frequency, and always had a good word for everyone.

He LOVED his coffee!

(Thanks to Pat, N5WVC for the photos!)