North Central Amateur Radio Service has been aptly described as one of the true ‘gems’ of amateur radio.
North Cars has been serving the Amateur Radio Community since "1973"
The primary mission of the service is
too provide road, weather and gas price information for mobile amateur
radio operators while fostering fellowship amongst our members.
Secondary to the services primary mission is providing a operating
environment where net operating skills are practiced.
The North Central Amateur Radio
Service (NorCars) dates back too the mid seventies. Five amateur radio
operators realized a need for a service to provide road, weather and gas
price information for mobile operators located throughout the central
and mid western United States. In the beginning the founding five of
NorCars purchased and gave 50 WX VHF scanners to retired and or
physically handicapped amateur radio operators located throughout the
central and mid-western United States. Rumor has it that the Union
Pacific Railroad used their ‘clout’ too obtain good prices for the VHF
WX scanners that were destined too be used in support such a valuable
The driving force behind the creation of NorCars is:
KB0AE--Dick Eichorn, Mpls.,Mn (Handi-Hams-Mpls) (SK)
W0FCO-Ralph Andrea- Woodbury,Mn (Retired Colonel US Army) (SK)
WB0NGF-Dale Hueske-Grand Island,Ne (Over The Road Sales)
W0UQJ-Bob Brenneman-Council Bluffs,Ia (Supt, Comm UPRR) (SK)
W0FCE-Bill Hendrix-Cameron,Mo (Over The Road Sales)
KB0AE was net control of Norcars until
he became a silent key in 1987 at which time Gene, WTOR, assumed net
control responsibilities. For the next several years Gene
ran the net five days a week processing more than 40 check-ins daily.
WB9SUL, Jack Siddall, assisted Gene by assuming two of the morning
sessions as net control station until he became a silent key. Gene
continued as the lone net control operator for the next several years
until Howard Held, K9HCT, volunteered to assist as net control
operator. Gene was the net control operator for NorCars for 20
years during this time he also officially registered NorCars with the
ARRL. Gene is still active on NorCars and can be heard most mornings
checking in from White Bear Township, MN.
April 2009 - W8EB, Bil, listed the net with the ARRL, thanks Bil!
Jul 2009 - Gene, WB5KVE resigned as
the net manager for NorCars to enjoy time with family and friends. Gene
was the manager for the net for many years and we wish him well and
look forward to hearing him check in.Gene offered the position of net
manager to Bil, W8EB, which Bil accepted, we wish Bil the best as
the net continues to evolve.
Feb 2011 - Bil, W8EB, resigned as the net manager for NorCars to enjoy time with with family and friends. Bil
offered the position of net manager to Ron, W9AEG, which Ron accepted, we wish Ron the best as the net continues to evolve.
In Oct. 2011 Ron because of family obligations returned the Net Manager
position to Bil W8EB. It was decided to create three (3)Net Manager positions with
any of the two managers being able to make Net decisions. Bil W8EB is the Lead Net Manager,
Bob K8RLM is the Webmaster Net Manager and Dell K3AXR is the Net Manager for Net
Projects-Decals. Ron W9AEG is the Net Secretary in charge of the certificates and membership list.
Jul. 2012 – Dell, K3AXR stepped down as one of the Net Managers due
to work schedule and availability to the Net. The two remaining Net Mangers offered the open position to Stephen K0VVT, which Stephen accepted. We wish Dell the best as the net continues to evolve.
Sep. 2012 – Bil, W8EB, made the decision to step down as one of the Net Managers. . The two remaining Net Mangers offered the open position to Wes KC9TNH , which Wes accepted. This change allows for a Net Manger on the afternoon session of Net operations.
Oct. 2012 – Bil, W8EB made the decision to step down as one of the Net’s NCO’s after 20 of service to the North Cars Net. In Bil’s words he just wants to be a “checkeriner”
March 2015 – Stephen K0VVT had decided to step down as one of the Net Managers. Steve is still active with the North Cars Net but not in a manager capacity
March 2015 - Richard KC0WJE assumed the Net Manager position that became available with Stephen stepping down. We welcome Richard to the Management staff or North Cars.
April 2017 – Wes KC9TNH has decided to step down as one of our Net Managers to spend moer time traveling and with his family. We want to thank Wes for his contributions to North Cars for his valued imput on shaping the processes we use and his Weekend & Evening NCO duties. We sincerely value Wes's involvement ant contributions to the Net.We wish Wes the very best.
April 2017 – Pat K3MQP has assumed the Net Manager position that became available with Wes stepping down. We welcome Pat to the Management staff or North Cars.
January 2018 – Larry KA0TWD has decided to retire from North Cars as an NCO after 10+ years of service to the net. Larry was instrumental in establishing the Saturday & Sunday morning Nets as well as the afternoon Nets. We wish Larry the best in his retirement.