The Calabash Group
 
 
 
 
 


 
 

Welcome to The Calabash (Amateur Radio) Group!

The Calabash is the very hard fruit pod which hangs from magnificent 40' canopied trees found in the West Indies, South Africa, and southernmost Florida. The shell is thin but very hard.

Please note that because these are natural seed pods, no two are alike.

"And what does all this have to do with amateur radio," you ask.

The hams you will meet here have a lot in common with the calabash described above -- especially the "no two alike" part! They can be found in South Africa & Florida too, but also in California, Washington State, and many other parts of the USA, plus Canada. The one you hear saying "Good Night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are," is an Iowa home-grown product.


A LITTLE HISTORY OF THE CALABASH GROUP

A chance on-air meeting between Tom - WBYNX, 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 African station!

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.

To meet the faces behind the voices,
go to "The Regulars" page


YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US ON 14.250 EACH MONDAY & WEDNESDAY AT 2300 (Winter) - 02:30 (Summer) ZULU

New hams can always get help here
with their operating procedures & equipment questions



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All material herein 2004-'08 "The Calabash Group"