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   This Web Site helps Amateur Radio by providing roll calls for Net Control people. Also all forms and information needed is listed on this site to allow one to print forms needed or information on how to do it. Roll Call Sheets don't have to be mailed out to them. It has really helped this net for many years.

W7XY Donnie
An older picture

 Years ago someone tried to write a web site for Montana Traffic Net.
Donnie W7XY saw this and realized the person didn't know how to write code or
anything about doing it. There was a lot of commercials placed on it that the writer
didn't know about. Donnie rewrote the code and found a site and a company to
donate the space. For years we could get some companies to donate space
no charge for the services we provided. Donnie wrote all the code from the start
after the bad start. Years later nobody could be found to donate space so we
switched to commercial web site. We have had this for many years and now
Donnie has reached 80 years old and picked up a few medical issues. So now
Nick NC7BC has taken over writing the code. This way we can keep up with what
goes on around us. Thank you Nick for serving as web master and also Thanks
to Donnie for many years of managing the net and calling many nets at night.
Donnie was a little worried if something happened to him it would be tough for
someone to find their way in and get things going again. This to fill ever one in
on what is happening.    Written by old Web Master            11/11/2017

Thanks to Les N7CMJ our present Net Manager. He does a real good job.
An update as of 11/11/2017
     After now working with Les for some time we all know him as a very good manager.
He has been very easy to work with and that is what Ham radio is all about.
Help him when you can as he does a lot to keep us going.

Thanks Les

We wish to Thank Darrell W7AMK for his time spent as Net Manager as he is
turning it over on the First of July 2015 to Les N7CMJ.
Thanks again Darrell for the time you spent  as
Net Manager. 73
Thanks Darrell


                                        Silent Key

    Frank Irish  KA7LEB  Missoula, MT   February 24, 2014


                                          Silent Key

   Bob Phillips   W7LMA    Moyie Springs, ID     February 17, 2014 


                                          Silent Key

        KJ7Z  Phillip C. Barnett threw his final pitch on this earth Sunday March 25th 2012 at the age of 62. Phil was born February 1st 1950 the third of three sons of Melvin Barnett and Willie Estelle Malaney in Fort Worth, Texas.  He moved to sunny beaches of southern California at the age of 2 where he learned to surf the waves and began his deep passion for the game of baseball. When Phil was playing little league baseball, he made the all star team 5 straight years, in the district tournament he pitched a no hitter , when he played baseball for Lakewood High School also pitched 2 no hitters and had many double strike out games and a 17 strike game, he was also hitting over 400. Pro scouts talking to him and visiting with his parents but he joined the army instead. There are a lot of people who can play of the few. He entered the army in June 1958 and while stationed in Fort Lewis Washington as a Hercules Missile Specialist met his first wife Chelly Bates the mother of his two children Natalie and Wade. After the death of his father in 1970, she brought Phil to theand Chelly divorced in 1994 and he found love again and married Wilma Kampka in May 2001. Phil retired from the US Forest and where he worked as a Sales Administrator, Law Enforcement Officer and was certified as an Advanced Log Scaler. He was an extra class ham operator and proudly carried the call sign KJ7Z, the �Big Nasty� He taught many classes on the art of Morris Code and spent many a weekend climbing his tower, administering a test, and helping fellow ham operators set up their ham station. His passion ran so deep he helped his daughter receive her license at the age of 8 and recently many a weekend Phil was the voice of the local swap meet. He loved to gab with anyone and had many a joke to share and tale to tell. �Bean the first three in head� was a favorite that Phil told new many different a capacities with the Bitterroot Bucs , The Red Sox, local T-ball league thru American Legion and softball teams as well played on several softball teams including one with his colleagues of the Bitterroot National Forest. He umpired for several years as well. He never missed a World Series and if there was a game he was watching. His passion for coaching continues thru both of his children�s interest in coaching local youth. Phil is survived by his wife Wilma, daughter Natalie Hinther and her husband Brian and their three sons Stone, Garrison and Marshall, his son Wade and his fianc� Vanessa, her children Logan and Jyllian and Wade�s children Autumn and Drake, his brother Lewis Barnett of Stevensville and Clayton Barnett of Huntington Beach, California and many nieces and nephews. Phil asked for no formal services.

Listen to the story he will tell


                                            Silent Key

  Everyone waited for George to talk and would talk to him even if they didn't want to talk that day. . All of us looked forward to talking to him when we heard his voice on the air.  He will be missed and thought of often.        Donnie W7XY   

 George at his station               
                                George at his Station


       KA7VQV, George Peterson, passed away Tuesday morning March 15, 2011 at about 1:00 AM in the Central Montana Medical Center Nursing Home in Lewistown, Montana.  George very much enjoyed his many years of service to the MTN as Wednesday Night Net Control and often talked about his many valued Ham Radio friendships.  Most of those friendships developed around his nightly check-ins to the MTN.  
      He suffered a minor stroke a couple of years ago which made it difficult for him to continue as net control.  However, he still very much enjoyed the net and tried to check in as often as possible.  He suffered another severe stroke on February 22.  As before, he fought it hard but his 92 years and the magnitude of the stroke took their toll quickly.   He passed quietly with his daughter Dorenda and several loving Nursing home staff members around him. 
      I know that if he could have one more QSO with you all, he would end it with "May The Good Lord Bless and Keep You -- 73"    That is my wish for you all as well. Thank you all for being such an important part of my Dad's life. 

      Lawrence Peterson   WA7R.
Carla wrote this last night after the QST about George...thought you might like it.  Feel free to share if you like.  Kinda hit close to home with me as I took over from George on Wed nights.  Never met the man, but I sure did look forward to hearing from him...Carla started sending him Xmas cards a couple years ago, and he never failed to send one back.  She sent him a family picture of us so he could associate the call signs with us.  He liked it.  We're sure going to miss him.
73Darrell, KB7PJH
Carla,   KE7SFX

In Memory of KA7VQV

-George Peterson

When we hear the call sign one last time

We�ll remember the man who was very fine

A role model, a mentor, a friend

Someone to look up to, until the end.

Now the radio is silent and covered with dust

We�ve lost a good man, someone who had our trust.

The contacts, the nets, the friends he made

No-one who knew him would ever trade

The world will now be a dimmer place

Without George�s bright smiling face.

One day we�ll meet, my friend

When our time on earth is at an end

You were a wonderful man who many aspire to be

And now my friend, you are a Silent Key.

You may be gone, but never forgotten

A brighter star, heaven has never gotten

So until we meet again

�73 my friend.

--Carla Stafford, KE7SFX



These pictures were taken in 2005 at the Butler Repeater site. Bill, K7MT is the one on the tower. The other two are Larry, N7YET and Steve, NO7V.  They where sent to me by W7PUG Bob and W7AVG Bill sent them to him.

Taken in 2005

Taken in 205

Taken in 2005


W7AVG (Bill Koler) at the Dillon repeater site atop 9200 ft. Maurer Mountain

20 miles SE of Dillon.  Bill is seen in the picture repairing the 146.7600 MHz repeater

antenna ground and tightening the lead in cable.  Bill works closely with Todd (AE7V)

and the DES here in Beaverhead County.  Keeps all the amature radio operators here

in Dillon up to date on emergency services.  He is also a mentor to new hams,

such as myself.                     73 Bob (KB7FPZ)

Repeater Site


Here is a picture of crew helping repair antenna's for K7PTO John

  Nice motorcycle belongs to �Yogi Bear�, K7YB.

 Left to right: WB7OTC, Bruce---K7YB, Bob---WV7Z, Mike---K7PTO, John. Not pictured: urs trooly.

 Jerry, KB7QQ                                                                       Thanks Jerry

A great looking crew.


We want to say Thank You to KD7HWV Jack for all the years of service running the Montana Traffic Net.

It is not an easy task keeping things running smoothly and taking the Flak and everybody wanting it perfect.

We will miss you. Now you can sit back and let somebody else count.

Thanks Jack



Todd on tower.   AE7V


Below the article listed below  is an article related to the story by N7VLC

  Thanks Ron.


Greetings from Great Falls MT.
   Just happened across your story about Darrel Moore - K7CPJ and his clandestine Ham station at the University of Montana, on the MTN website (Donnie Fort)
   I couldn't find an  E-mail address for Darrel, but if you  do, feel free to forward this to him.
    I don't remember who it was who said back in the 1800's something to the effect that in regards to technology, "everything has already been invented... etc."   (was that Edison?)
   Well, guess you beat us to the punch by a few decades.....
   My friends and I were at the University of Montana back in the EARLY 1970's.   We ALSO strung a long wire between the Craig - Elrod - Dunaway dorms (I lived in 341 CRAIG).  I don't remember the room numbers of the other guys that actually had the wire out their windows, we were all on the top floors... (FATE?)
Several times we had a heavy, heavy frost, and there... very obvious and highly visable.... was this THICK "frostly line" up in the sky between the buildings where NO wire should be !  Being the geeks we were, we decided to run a current through that line to heat it up slightly and melt the ice, so that it would not be as visible.  We would ground one end and apply voltage to the other.  This worked rather well several times, until one day, someone of us got a bit too liberal with the voltage/current (we were using a variac) and melted the wire.  This necessitated enlisting the help of yet another friend (a Senior Forestery major by the way) with a bow and arrow.  Four tries and one broken window later, he managed to "hit" the wooden frame of the window across the way, and we were back in business...
   The last two years, we ALL applied for and got rooms right next to one another in MILLER HALL top floor.... South end.  (Back then it had a flat roof, which has since been remodeled into a peaked roof).   We BRIBED the janitor to let us on the roof.  AL, I think was his name, but I might be wrong.  He was a very sweet older guy, with a strong understanding and tolerance for youthful shenagians.  The bribe consisted of a plate of cookies (a care package from home), and he let us on the roof to place an antenna.  Part of his charity toward us, I think stemmed from the fact he thought we were "pretty good kids" since he never had a problem at "OUR END" of the dorm / floor.  The second year we were there, he actually GAVE us a key to the trap door to get up to the roof, so that we wouldn't have to bug him when we needed access.  (his idea, not ours). 
   Of course, since no holes in the roof were allowed, the only way to secure it was to build a large "X" with lumber (Four Ten Foot 2x4) weighted down with cement blocks (four to a side) This held our vertical and we spread several small spools of 18 ga . hookup wire out as the ground radials.  We were supposed to remove it each quarter, but the janitor let us just disassemble it and lay it off to the side, still on the roof.  We had to remove it at the end of each year, just in case of "roof maintenence".  If you knew what you were looking for, you could just barely see the tip top of it from EDDY St, and not at all walking around the building.  I'm sure some people elsewhere had seen it and commented, but we followed proper procedure, and got the NO HOLES mounting stand approved by the physical plant staff.  It was grounded and according to a few of our dorm mates, caused little TVI.... of course back then there were only a few rooms with T.V.s and there was NO internet to be concerned with disrupting.
We made many contacts with that setup....
I was really amused that someone else did the same thing... and somewhat saddened, too,
because at the time we thought we were really something thinking that idea up !
Cam - N7NBB
present calls of the past guilty parties:
and a couple others who never took the plunge to move from CB to HAM.


Hi Donnie -

Here is a bit of Missoula Ham history relating to the new check-in to the MTN tonight - K7CPJ - of Soda Springs, ID.  In 1958 I started school at UM (Montana State University in those days) and stayed in Dunaway Hall mens dorm.  About the second week of school I discovered what appeared to be a long wire antenna strung between one wing of Craig Hall and Dunaway Hall.  Being curious, I traced the wire to a window in Craig - counted the windows from one end -then went to that hall and counted doors and knocked.  Lo-and-behold there WAS a ham living there and his name was Darrel and his call was K7CPJ.  We struck up a friendship that lasted for a long time, but we lost track until I heard him check into the Farm net some time back and called him by land line to re-connect..

In the dorm he had a Heathkit CW transmitter (either DX 35 or DX 65 - don't remember) He had recently up-graded his Novice to a General and was anxious to get on phone.  I gathered up some junk and built him a one tube 6L6 Heising modulator (often referred to as "choke" modulation) and drove it with the high impedance audio output of an Allied Radio tape recorder that I had.  Darrel didn't think it could possibly work, but we but hooked it into the B+ line to the final amp via a plug already built into the Heathkit backside for similar purposes.  Other voltages were available there for the 6L6 tube, so hook-up was relatively simple.  We called George, W7IOJ, on the phone and we got on the air on - guess where ???  (3910) and carried on a good QSO with a good audio report from George.  Darrel continued to use that get-up for a couple years while he was at school, making contacts all over the country. 

I haven't talked to him since I got my general, so am looking forward to connecting sometime when conditions are compatable.  I've listened to the Farm net lots of times, but never found good conditions between Soda Springs and Plains.   

In case you aren't familiar with Soda Springs - it is located in the very southeast corner of Idaho east of the place where that ham radio outlet is located (don't remember the name of the town or the store - it's hell to be getting old Hi!)

Take Care  73,  Ron W. N7VLC


Here is the website for calculating the RF Exposure of your station.  In addition, I suggest that you go to the ARRL website and search for RF Exposure Safety and then the articles by Ed Hare.  The most useful one is, FCC RF-Exposure Regulations--The Station Evaluation, which lists some modifying factors like duty cycle for SSB, etc.
This site is no longer availably as of 04/26/2010


Humor Thanks Jerry and Mike for this one.


Letter in the Missoulian written by N7TAE       (Now a Silent Key)

Letters for Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Story Communications

   Internet idea would jam short wave The communication industry would like to use the electric power network of distribution wires to carry, along with power for your toaster and vacuum, very high frequency signals that could be picked up and used by your personal computer. This would replace your use of telephone lines to reach the Internet. All these power line wires already function as radio transmitting antennas, but the 60-cycle per second radio energy does not interfere with broadcast or short wave radio.

   BPL (Broadcast by Power Line) use would insert huge numbers of signals at all of the so-called "short wave" frequencies onto the lines, superimposed on the 60-cycle power current. The result would be a jumble of transmissions all across the short-wave band. To a receiver listening at any one frequency the result is a steady hissing noise strong enough to override any ordinary message being sent at that frequency.

   Proponents of the system say it will occupy all frequencies from 1800 kilohertz to about 80,000 kilohertz. KGVO uses a frequency of 1290 kilohertz. Within the part of the spectrum are found stations from around the world (England, Berlin, Moscow, etc.), and many radio systems used by police, fire, marine and other services. Amateur radio operators use this band heavily to provide emergency service when disasters interrupt commercial communication systems. class="detailstory" A good analogy: Imagine a back-fence conversation with an air raid siren running steadily on a 50-foot pole at each end of every alley.

   At least six important nations (e.g. Holland, Japan) have rejected this system. We should also. Our FCC has not taken a stance.

Wayne P. Van Meter,     ( Wayne is now a Silent Key but while he was on this earth he worked very hard in the Hobby to make it better. )

2224 1/2 Rattlesnake Drive, Missoula


Wayne (Now Silent Key) Bob

     Wayne Van Meter                                                                                                             Bob Leo