Welcome to The World Famous Chicken Net, Northern California's
premier 2 meter net. The Chicken Net meets every night at 10:00 pm on
the 145.190 MHz KD6LC repeater, located high atop Mt. Jackson in Sonoma
County, overlooking the scenic Russian River and the diverse town of
All licensed Amateur Radio operators are invited to participate. The only
requirements are a Technician class or higher license and a good sense of
humor. New check-ins are traditionally welcomed with a hearty BEGAWK
from the chickens.
The Chicken Net recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Sit and listen, children, and you will hear how the World Famous
Chicken Net got its start, from the founding chicken himself, Alan N6VUD,
also known as the Vudman:
"Well, it all started about fifteen years ago, on a cold, frosty December
night. There had been quite a cold spell. For about two weeks the
thermometer hadn't risen above 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
"I lived in a slummy trailer park called Parker's Resort on Neeley Road in
Guerneville. Folklore has it that Charles Manson's Family had lived here
in the 60's. (On November 8, 1972, a hiker discovered a hand
protruding from the ground. It belonged to a 26 year old Marine who had
been shotgunned and decapitated. Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme and two Aryan
Brotherhood prison escapees were subsequently arrested in Stockton and
charged with the murder.) The campground had hundreds of chickens,
both hens and roosters, descendents of those raised by the Family. They
lived wild, under trailers, in trees, shrubs, and junked cars. Every time
I opened my trailer door, 30 chickens would stampede into my home on the
hunt for bread crumbs, dog food, or anything else I had.
"I don't remember how or why, but one cold, cold, night about 12:15 am, I
called to order the first Chicken Net. Ken N6MSJ was chick-in number one
and Levie (can't remember her call) was chick-in number two. Jeff KC6PJV
swears he was the third chick-in that night. I will neither confirm nor
deny his allegations.
"The net lasted about ten minutes. It was obvious that it would be a fun
nightly net and something that would grow, but I didn't have a clue that
it would turn into what it has. It started out controversial, lots of
begawks and rowdy, unruly behavior. I hope the net stays fun, light and
fluffy. I love the Chicken Net."
In addition to the nightly net, the Chicken Net also publishes a
bi-monthly newsletter, the Chicken Net News, and sponsors several
barbeques and get togethers each year. These are usually held in
campgrounds, pizza parlors, or other places that permit the consumption
of alcoholic beverages. Please join us at one of our gatherings of the
flock, but be forewarned that Chicken Net gatherings are rarely
boring or conventional; the most recent Field Day gathering featured
scantily clad overweight male technician class hams on a trampoline.
If you would like to get on our mailing list to receive the award winning
Chicken Net News, all you have to do is send your name, address,
and callsign to our post office box listed at the end of this page.
The newsletter is free, but we gladly accept donations to help cover the
cost of postage.
Several times a year we publish the official Chicken Net Roster in the
newsletter. The Roster lists the names, callsigns, cities, and
(optional) telephone numbers of the chickens. It's an invaluable
reference to have on hand when conducting the net or just plain listening.
Clic here to view
the current online version.
We also have an on-line
Web page version of the Roster listing the names, callsigns, cities, and
e-mail addresses of the chickens. If you're a chicken who'd like to have
your e-mail address added to the Roster, just
send mail to our Webmaster asking to be included on the Roster.
Alan N6VUD, Brian KC6REK, Steve KD6FYK, Mark KM6XU, and other chickens
have established their own series of linked repeaters throughout
Northern California to provide communications on the various VHF and UHF
ham bands. These are all open repeaters. As Alan N6VUD says,
"We welcome everybody that welcomes everybody."
As with all Chicken Net
activities, a good sense of humor is suggested here too.