With the help of members of the Verde Valley Amateur Radio Association, in 2004 I put this information
together when I was creating the www.vvara.org Website. Information was contributed primarily by
Frank N7EBT and Peggy Funk N7DDR, Don Rader N7HYH, Cal Turner, WI6S, and additions by others.
The Verde Valley Amateur Radio Association was formed in 1976 with just a few members and the Feedback Newsletter. Frank N7EBT and Peggy Funk N7DDR in 1982 conceived, designed and published the first VVARA Feedback Newsletter to keep members informed of events. Frank designed the first masthead. It consisted of two radio towers emitting a signal, one on each side of the page. The first editor was Peggy, N7DDR, who reported the major events, including a couple of yard sales that helped to finance one of the first club repeater on Mingus Mt. And occasionally someone sent in an article that was of interest. At that time, the club consisted of only hams from the Verde Valley. As she admits, she wasn't very knowledgeable about ham radio, and so she used fillers of all kinds, such as recipes. That wasn't too popular with the confirmed hams, but they did enjoy the news about other hams, including short biographies. In addition Peggy organized yard sales to help finance the purchase of one of the first VVARA Club Repeater on Mingus Mountain. Also, Frank has served as president of the club beginning in 1983 and served several terms. Peggy continues to contribute refreshments for the club meetings.
One day after the net was closed Don N7HYH was talking to Cal WI6S as he sat with his short pajamas still on and said, "I'm sitting here with my knobby knees showing". He immediately picked up on it and said "Say, why don't we call this the Knobby Knee Net". And Don said, "Sounds good to me". So that's how the net got its name. Cal jokingly placed a requirement of being eligible to join the net by proving that you had dispatched a nasty critter such as a Black Widow, Scorpion, Rattlesnake, etc. However, being fearful that someone would take it seriously, it was quietly dropped several years ago. But it was fun while it lasted!
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