Welcome to the Northwest Country Cousins Web Site.
The Northwest Country Cousins is an amateur radio
The Country Cousins Net is an international group of amateur radio operators recognized by the ARRL and dedicated to serve and help our fellow man. We are not a traffic handling net but we will handle any emergency traffic without delay. Our motto:
Service and help to all mankind. When in need, call a country cousin.
Member's Roster can be found on the Members link on the navigation panel to the right. Information on the Annual Ryderwood Picnic including maps and directions can be found on the Activities and Events link. Browse the various links for other information about the Northwest Country Cousins. Scroll down for News and Events and Striking For Membership.
Last Update: October 24, 2014 - 1200 UTC
Thanks to the kind services of Bravenet, we now have our very own chat room!
Now, during the net, you can chat with other Cousins, no additional software required!
Google Chrome users, you may want to use Internet Explorer or FireFox with this applet.
Just click the chat link on the right!
As a suggestion:
Under Your Name: use your callsign.
Under Your Profile: #xxxx location
#1514 Ocean Shores, WA
I hope everyone enjoys the new feature!
Due to a heavy workload, there have been delays in updating the website.
Now that the school year has begun, my workload is much much lighter so updates to the site
should happen more frequently and more quickly.
All links on the right hand side of the main page have been updated and are now working.
The web page for the Washington State Net appears to no longer exist so the link has been
changed to point to the ARRL website listing of all Washington State nets.
Please look at the member roster, and send me any information on missing callsigns.
Most of them are SK and have no information, so if you have logs or remember who and where
a member was from, please use the link at the bottom of the members page.
(don't forget to remove OBVIOUS) to email me.
Our newest member: Welcome Ken.
1766 KF7WKR Ken from Washougal, WA
Member #1605 previously N7ETT is now N7AND.
For all that would like the Roster program I've written, here is the link.
Updated Roster Program
Just unzip the program and its roster file into an empty directory.
- President: Oly, WV7B
- Vice-President: John, KF7PCL>
- Secretary/Treasurer: Bud, W7CWY
- Project Manager: Jerry, KA6WYX
- Sheriff/Dog Catcher/Executioner: Jim, W7ZHQ
Striking For Membership
Visitors are always welcome on the Northwest Country Cousins net and welcome at all other activities and events (e.g. annual picnic).
But, if you enjoy our company and want to be called a cousin and suffer the wrath of our sheriff/dog catcher (aka, push-up Jim, W7ZHQ),
then you will want to
To become a member you need to check into the Northwest Country Cousins net four nights (of the same night of the week) consecutively in five weeks. That is, if you are checking in on a Monday night, you need to check into the net on each subsequent Monday night over the next five weeks. You are allowed to miss one week. This process is called striking for membership. Strikers often will check in on multiple nights of the week. This way, if you miss a night or two, you have other nights available. Strikers must record the date of each strike night and the call sign of the net control operator for that night.
Once you have met the total of four required strikes on the same night of the week, you need to do the following to become a member:
- Write a brief letter describing yourself, your family, your other hobbies, your favorite car, your dog, or something else interesting about you.
- Send the letter and the record of the nights you checked into the net to the secretary, along with a photo or QSL card if you have one, and a $5 bill as your one-time and only dues to become a lifetime member.
The current net secretary is Bud Condrey, W7CWY
100 West Little Island Road
Cathlamet, WA 98612
The net secretary will read your letter on the air during a night when you are listening -- so be sure to check in frequently after sending in your letter and receive a big welcome from the cousins.