68 Group K4OSK KN8I 7.268mhz 40 meters

68 Group on 7.268MHz 1/17/12 listening to the net with a Flex 5000a radio and an Inverted V dipole @ 40' on tower. This is right before the Shortwave Jinglebells start at 3:57pm CT. Chris is one of the 68 group SCOs. This net is Tuesday so Larry KN8I is the net SCO today. Note where the filters are set for people throwing carriers.

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