Welcome to the Vagabond Ragchew Net!

The Net meets M-F 14:30-16:00 Eastern on 147.315 MHz (+) (100 Hz tone) - Winston-Salem area of North Carolina, USA

3300 Healy Drive, Winston-Salem

The Vagabond Rag Chew Net Nominating Committee has made the following recommendations for officer for the 2019 year.

  • President, Harlan W1HRC
  • Vice President, Dave K4JHJ
  • Secretary / Treasurer, Cathy KM4OCS

Additionally, should anyone wish to nominate another Vagabond for any of these positions, please let any of the current officers know via email or other written medium. The election will be held at the Annual Meeting in December.

The Vagabond Ragchew Net is a group of FCC-licensed amateur radio operators who meet on the air every weekday afternoon, starting at 2:30 pm Eastern, to inform, enlighten, ragchew, and possibly add a bit of humor to the day.

Our nets are once again being held on the W4NC repeater, 147.315 MHz (-600 kHz offset, 100 Hz subaudible tone access), located on Sauratown Mountain, 20.27 miles NNW of downtown Winston-Salem, NC, about halfway between Pilot Mountain and Hanging Rock State Park. This repeater is owned by K4GW

When the net began in 1991, it had difficulty finding a regular frequency on which to operate and was forced to move from place to place on the airwaves, leading the original group of founders to refer to themselves as Vagabonds. Today, our roster encompasses over 700 members. Some have passed away and become "silent keys," but most are still licensed and active. In a typical month, about 60-70 hams check in with us to share a bit of themselves and their daily lives.

We welcome all newcomers to join in the net as a casual check-in or, if they indicate an interest, to start their series of five check-ins within 30 days in order to be pledged as a permanent Vagabond. We also encourage all new hams to join us to break into amateur communications. If you do not yet have your amateur radio license, please contact us! We'll help you get the information you need to take an FCC test and get on the air. Amateur radio is for everyone, and we'd love to see you on our check-in log!

73 from all the Vagabonds!

Becoming a Vagabond

Any licensed amateur radio operator can check in with us five times within 30 days to become eligible to be pledged as a permanent Vagabond. A temporary number (in the 900 range) is issued on the first check-in.

Upon the fifth check-in within 30 days, a temporary who thereupon takes the renowned Vagabond Pledge always receives a warm welcome and a new, permanent Vagabond number. In addition, the newly pledged Vagabond can look forward to receiving a handsome certificate in the mail.

The Vagabonds welcome all amateur radio operators, no matter where they may live. Thanks to the wonders of EchoLink, the Vagabond roster includes members from other states and other countries, particularly the UK. Once you've received a permanent Vagabond number, you're a member for life!

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