Well, the Maritime Mobile Service Net's 20m 'Santa Claus Net' Dec-23rd & 24th was a great success. Thanks again to Bob AA4EE for keeping the net going. We had "Control Stations" and "Relay Stations" from coast to coast so, even with poor band condition, the net connected Santa with children of all ages across the world. This gave many "non-hams" their first taste of amateur radio.
Bob-AA4EE started the net each day at 1500 hrs (EST)2000hrs UTC on 14.325. Band conditions were very poor but improved during the 1900 and 2300 UTC net then would begin to deteriorate around 23000 hrs UTC each night. We received many relays from ongoing and off going net stations and volunteer stations.
Band conditions not withstanding, Santa Claus spoke to children young and old and was able to get weather reports as he flew. The qso's were fun filled and educational. Santa disclosed the following.
E-mails from radio amateurs supporting the Net
We hope to hear from you next year and I am sure Bob will be looking for volunteers for Santa to visit to QSO with the children. And, as Santa told me, "If you can't contact me by e-mail, phone or even text, all you need do is call CQ..Santa..CQ..Santa..CQ..CQ..CQ DX.