Amateur Radio in Australia

Bernie Gates Shavers Net

in Memory of Bernie VK6KJ

Daily (except Sunday) at 0000 UTC (0800 WST) Currently on 80M due to changing conditions…check on the day !

Bernie Gates was a very active Amateur Radio operator and TV / Radio Serviceman from Albany, Western Australia.

Bernie became a silent key in 1992.

This Net commenced in the early 70’s. A group of Amateurs would get on air, supposedly whilst shaving, for a quick natter before starting work for the day. 7095 KHz or 3610 KHz +/- QRM depending on time of year and propagation…..

Daily at 0000 UTC, 0800 WST (except Sunday)

Generally lasts ½ to 1 Hour.

Amateurs have called in from as far afield as Exmouth and Esperance in Western Australia and now with the wonders of modern science we have a new member all the way from Melbourne in Florida via Remote Hams.

To make it even more interesting, we now have real time ZOOM Video feed to provide live images of the Net participants. The audio continues to be via RF using either Remote Hams or your own transceiver or receiver.


    Notices in it’s previous form has been removed due to abuse!!

    Submission of Comments to individual pages has also been disabled.

    All future Notices will be hard coded by Admin on receipt of an email.

    Admin 6 March 2023

    24 March 2023

    VK6SR remote has a problem on 3610 KHz. I strongly suggest we avoid Transmitting on the Remote until the problem can be attended to. Approx. 2 weeks time about 10 April …

    Note Receiving is all OK.

    28 March 2023

    ZOOM video sessions have changed. Gary VK6GAL will no longer host the extended session on Tuesday. Check the buttons to the left to ensure you select the appropriate day of the week.

    29 March 2023

    Added link to Marine Traffic. Well why not we have Airways traffic 🙂

    30 March 2023

    Updates, additions and changes to Remote Hams page. If you use Remote Hams this is well worth a read.

    9 April 2023

    Remote Hams .. VK6AHR, courtesy of The Hills Amateur Radio Group, has been attended to over the Easter break and appears to be working as it should again. Remember to ensure you are operating via the correct antenna ( Antenna 3 .. the G5RV ) for the Net on 80M and you do a TUNE before transmitting for the first time.

    26 April 2023

    Added link to Clive’s old R.A.F Squadron Web site. Some great aircraft pictures and Info.

    Added link to Gary’s Website. Click on USAF Badge to see the Commemoration coverage.

    4 May 2023

    Remote Hams Services ..

    VK6AHR is playing up again and will be attended to as soon as possible..probably this coming weekend 6/5/23.

    VK6SR is exhibiting a higher than usual SWR ( 2.4 ) on 3610 KHz and is yet to be attended to.

    Note both VK6AHR and VK6SR are OK for reception only purposes.

    KIWISDR also has a remote receiver that can be tuned to the Shavers Net ..try it out . Thanks to Matthew for this service.

    6 May 2023

    HARG Remote Hams ..

    The Server has been Reset and tested OK.

    29 May 2023

    Silent Key

    It is with sadness that we note the passing of Phil Bussanich VK6SO. Phil has been a regular on the Net since 2005. Phil often made comments about the running of the Net and indeed took on the task of running the Net from time to time. His knowledge and freely offered advice will be sorely missed. With his personal efforts to provide a CW learning environment and ready advice making Phil truly qualified to be a Silent Key. Others can only ever be a Quiet Mic 🙂

    12 June 2023

    Phil VK6SO

    26 June 2023 QSY to 40M

    Reports of excellent propagation have been common over the past week or so. Net participants trialled 40M ( 7105 KHz) this morning and found it performed well. The decision has been made to QSY to 7105 KHz for future Nets thru Winter, starting on Tuesday 27 June 2023 at 0000 UTC.

    6 July 2023 QSY back to 80M

    Propagation on 40M within the city is very poor as of Wednesday 5 July. So the Net has moved back to 80M 3610 KHz until further notice.

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