by Hubert Perry W5ZIN
I have been asked many times, how and when was the 7290 Traffic Net started? I will try to answer that question.
During the early 50's there were several MARS stations who worked the frequency 7305 KC, some of these operators had Amateur Radio licenses so were able to operate on the Ham bands. They would come down to 7290 KC and pass messages to hams who would help them deliver traffic.
These MARS operators called themselves the Yankee Traffic Net. I began checking in with them as well as other Hams on the forty meter band and it got to be a fairly large gathering. Al, W5VSH decided that he wanted to begin a net so since we had been operating on forty meters, most of the time and were good friends we decided to start a net on 7220 KC and called it the REBEL NET.
Al was the Net Manager and I assisted him for a time. I would go back and forth from 7290 to 7220 and help where I could. Finally I found myself spending most of my time on 7290 KC and was asked to be Net Control. By November of 1953 I was asked to take over the Yankee Traffic Net completely. With the encouragement of the other Hams who were helping on the net, I was asked to make up a set of rules and regulations to run the net by. Also it was determined that we should rename the Net and we finally settled on The 7290 Traffic Net.
I acted as Net Manager for several years and in the beginning I operated as Net Control each week day from 9 until 11 AM in the morning and from 1 until 3 each afternoon. Some may think that this was a great load but to me it was a joy since I hammed almost all day anyway. If the net wasn't going on, I was in QSO with a group somewhere on the band. After awhile I got other operators to become Net Controls and I only handled the net 2 or 3 times a week and acted as a substitute when needed.
I wish I had my old logs so that I could list all the hams who were so great help and who were as much responsible for this net being in existence as I. Some were W5BTH, W5SMK, W5GSN, and many many more. I wish all of them could be present and see how the Net we organized has continued to be, just as we imagined it should be. I never thought that here in October 1992 I would be present and still able to be a Net Control on the net.