A LITTLE HISTORY OF THE CALABASH GROUP
on-air meeting between Tom - WBØYNX, and Bill - ZS6BAZ, started it all.
The next day, they hooked up again -- and a third day, and a fourth.
Soon, they had an audience, and everyone wanted to talk to that South
As the signals were stacking
up, Tom had to take control of the stateside activity, and the nightly
rag-chew net was born. Many check-ins became "regulars" at the 14.250
meeting place, including three additional ZS stations.
Somewhere early in the evolution, Tom
began signing off each night with the famous Jimmy Durante line, "Good
Night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are." Later, Bill explained that the
calabash actually was a South African gourd, which they dried, hollowed
out, and used for musical, utility & decorative purposes. Thus the
"Calabash Group" name was born.
The Iowa / South Africa connection
continued through 1198 consecutive daily contacts, and a few sporadic
ones since. Unfortunately, 20M band conditions deteriorated to make
scheduled contacts to the African continent impossible.
North American net activity has gone
on, though it has now been scaled back to two nights a week. New
contacts, and friendships, have continued to be formed.
the faces behind the voices,
go to "The Regulars"