to The Calabash (Amateur Radio) Group
This web section is
dedicated to the memory of Tom Brosamle (SK) - WB0YNX
"The Voice of Iowa"
WB0YNX 1941 - 2010
I first "met" Tom on the
bands. It was about the year 2004 on
14.250. I think I was calling CQ and he responded with a BIG
signal - he always
had a BIG signal!!! We talked for about 10
minutes, when another ham came up on frequency. Tom welcomed him
to join and seemed to know him. Then a few more came on
board. Pretty soon, there were a dozen hams on, who all seemed to
know each other. I wondered what had happened to "my QSO"?
Of course, it was Net Time for the Calabash Group, and, unbeknown to
me, Tom had smoothly taken over the frequency! What an
Eventually, I joined the group, and enjoyed watching him move other
"squatters" off 250. Boy, he was slick. Of course,
sometimes, we moved. I always liked his description of finding an
open spot on the band - "That's what
that big round knob is for, in the
middle of your radio!" He always had a bodaciously huge
so most people didn't mind his using their frequency - and he always
graciously invited everyone to stick around and join in.
The story of The Calabash Group is given on the next pages. But,
basically it's a ragchew net where everyone spouts off and helps solve
the world's problems. Politics, airplanes, guns - I think - were
our favorite subjects. But nothing was off limits. I told
Tom he needed to come West to visit us and enjoy a cool one on my deck
watching the ships go by. One day, in about 2008, he called and
said he was coming. He jumped in his pickup, and two days
later was in my driveway. We spent a few days hamming and looking
at my airplanes; then he visited a few more members of the group,
before heading back home.
Tom - WB0YNX. On the Ferry from Seattle to my place.
Visiting one of my "Toys" - the Concorde at
the Museum of Flight
So, we got to meet face-to-face - finally - something many hams never
to do, despite years and years of talking on the radio. Well, in
October 2009, I bought a pickup truck on eBay - it was in Orlando, so I
drove it home. I got to stop at a number of ham pals along the
way - including Tom's. So we got to meet face-to-face twice, at
each of our locations (QTH.)
Tom - WB0YNX In Tom's "Shop
Bob - W7DDD
Tom had not one, but two great stations, loaded with both new and
antique gear, and two towers! Geez. See some of the
As explained in the following pages, the Calabash Group began with a
ragchew between Tom and four hams in South Africa, that continued for
1198 consecutive nights! It expanded to many U.S. and Canadian
hams, and continued with the North American contingent after the
quit and the bands went down. Orginally, operated 3 nights
a week, but later reduced to two - Monday and Wednesdays on 14.250, the
time moving around a bit, winter to summer, but generally around
0200 Zulu (Summer) and 2300-0000 Zulu (Winter). We now have moved to 14.304. Join us!
After Tom's sudden passing, my "friends" on the net decided I would
make a good replacement, as we all wanted to keep the group
together. A poor choice, since I'm not centrally located like
Tom, have neither a beam nor a tower, and don't run his 1500 watts
legal limit power (or did he run 50,000 watts?) We used to give
Tom a hard time for occasionally being a no-show at his own party, or
being late. But Tom was into a million things. Now that I
am the "annointed one", I am totally amazed that he was ever able to
show up at all. There's a lot more to this than meets the eye!
In any event, if you're reading this and have a License, feel free to
swing by our new location - 14.304-310 around 2400Z and join in the
fun. Better to tune around a bit to uncover
where we're hanging out that night. Our current steady members,
besides myself near Seattle, are Gary in Ottawa, Ontario, Sam in
Texas, Jay in Minnesota, Bob in Arizona, Jack in Oregon, Harry
near Tacoma, Dan in Fairbanks, Jerry in Florida, and Wayne on Maui. A great group!
Meanwhile, here's to you Tom - WB0YNX. The Voice of Iowa. We miss
73s and R.I.P.
Bob Bogash -
The Calabash Group
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