One of the more active groups in the Wichita area is the 52 Crew, a group of hams of all ages and all levels of experience from Technician, General and Extra Class Amateur. They can almost always be found on 146.520 FM in the evenings conversing on just about any topic – from the politically incorrect to more technical discussions about radios, antennas, station grounding, HOA’s and more.

Whether you are a new technician or an experienced operator and you’re looking for local rag chew and nightly discussions then you are in the right place at 146.520 MHz.

I discovered this group pretty early after getting my Technician license. I was monitoring the 2 meter National Calling Frequency (146.520 MHz) one day when I met Jacob (W9JAG) who informed me of the group and its informal meetings held each Saturday morning at the local candy store (RadioShack in Derby). ARC-5I began monitoring the evening rag chew that ranged from a friendly teasing to more technical discussions. Since I was new and still learning, I threw out a few questions to the group and was happy to receive some great help from other members. I have since become a regular to the group and meet many face-to-face on Saturday mornings at the “Shack”.

I believe we’re real fortunate here in Wichita to have a place for hams to gather and explore the shelves of one of the few RadioShack’s left.  It’s owners, Mark Brecheisen (KBØMOF) and Shawn Hadipour (KBØMNY), open it’s doors to local hams every Saturday morning giving an opportunity to ragchew, share and learn more about the hobby, demonstrate restored radios, meet some interesting people, and down a few doughnuts with a cup of coffee.  If you’re in the area next Saturday morning, stop on by 707 North Baltimore in Derby.

If you’re a new Technician operator or more experienced ham, you’re invited to join in the on-air conversation anytime. Don’t be afraid to key the mic and throw out your call sign. Don’t worry about interrupting an ongoing conversation. Just wait for a pause in the conversation and say your call sign. Somebody will most likely recognize you, ask you to introduce yourself and invite you to join in the conversation. This is a friendly group of hams who welcomes everyone to join in. Just relax, be courteous and have fun.

Listed below are some of the folks we consider the nightly 52 Crew. There are many others around the area that join in from time to time but these are the more regular… in no particular order.

KC0IJH – Jeff K0DVY – Zack K0AQB – Walt KC0DZP – Rob
W0ZWS – Coy KC0HFL – Bob KE0GAF – Harold KE0KAB – Raeleen
KD0MPB – Todd K0JDH – JD N0EIT – Andrew KC0WHI – Jim
KD5SYQ – Jennifer KC5UNP – Russell W0KRD – Ken KC0MHD – Larry
K0VAB – Vic KB0MOE – Moe (Don) KC0POW – Gracy KC0WEB – Stewart
KE0IOO – Bill KE0MXH – Cheryl W9JAG – Jacob KC0EMK- David
W0ZZT – Gary KD0LXD – Brad K0NXM – Sterling KD0YLE – Don
KE0IOU – David KE0JYU – Randy K0WDO – Will KE0SCN – Tammy
N1CRA – Clayton KD0DNU – Derek N0PXJ – Carl KD0LGT – David
KE0KQN – Jim N0RAB – Roland KC0VYJ – Robert KD0WAT – Wayne
KD0MXW – Brad N6ZOP – Roger K0BIL – Bill K0BQB – Gary
KE0HOO – Gordon KE0IOM – Peter KE0JNN – Daniel KG7YRC – Tom
K0ZIM – Dennis K5TBO – Terrence N0WHC – Greg N0JHD – Wayne
WB0LFH – Harold W0IPB – Jim W0WKS – Don W0SLH – Mike
W0YYZ – Craig W6APB – Brian KE0PVI – Russell KE0PRB – Dustin
KB0MOF – Mark W5GEH – Glenn KD0KOD – John KE0QPG – Gaylen
N0MUA – David