The mission of the Intercon Net is three-fold:
1. To promote goodwill and friendly relations among radio operators everywhere.
2. To handle third party traffic and information between individuals in any country where such traffic handling is permitted by treaty or mutual agreement.
3. To provide a means of emergency communications to any location where the normal means are disrupted by local disaster such as fire, earthquake, storms, floods and terrorist activity.
Brief Net History
The Intercon Net was formally “founded” on September 8, 1960, by seven stations. These seven stations decided to meet twice weekly under the “NCS” Naval Reserve Amateur Radio Station K4NAA, Arlington, Virginia. Among the early calls were K4AAM, K3FAR, K5AGJ, K0TON, K4BOB AND K4CRU. The first Net Manager was Dave – K5OFH , chief operator of K4NAA and he said,
“Each station may take great pride in his contribution toward making this Net a place where the elite meet to pass the time of day and handle traffic.”
The Net has expanded over the years to the present, seven days per week programming. “INTERCON” is a well disciplined operation offering it’s services to amateurs world-wide. The list of Net Managers is as follows:
K5OFH – Dave 1960-Approx 1964
N4CRU – Phil 1964-1968
WA4VHM – Dick 1968-1972
W4BOZ – Hugh 1972-1976
KB5CU – Jim 1976-1983
K4PT – Ed 1973-1992
N4LMC – Ruth 1992-2000
AA4EE – Bob 2000
WB2BMC – Phil 2000-2002
K4ZQ – Ernie 2002 to 2009
W5PES – Marty 2009 to present
When W4BOZ was Net Manager he (along with XE1FFF and K4PT) implemented the idea of “one frequency”. At that time the Net operated between 14320 and 14330. Over the past two decades, the Intercon Net, the Maritime Mobile Service Net, and the Coast Guard Net, and just recently, the Pacific Seafarers Net, have been operating on 14.300 MHz, for a combined 24-hour coverage on one frequency.