A Few American DX Nets
Butterfly DX Net
Affable Florida-based Phyllis presides over regulars from Sao Tome, Nigeria,
Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, the Caribbean, Latin America and more.
247 DX Group
runs from late afternoon eastern time until well after midnight if conditions
hold, when exotic Pacific spots like Kiribati, Tuvalu, the Cook Islands,
and Western Samoa check in. At start up, East Europeans and West Africans
dominate. The list of participating foreign stations is always impressive,
but the real joy here is the easily-irritated net manager, Alan, a warm-hearted
but sanctimonious powder keg always mere moments away from bursting into
a tirade over some small overstepping of his rules. Because it's so fun
hearing Alan blow a gasket, this is the frequency most frequently heckled
by more freewheeling souls.
243 DX Group
Easily-rattled net manager Margie doesn't get much respect. She doesn't
get a raft of check-ins, either, and it's fun hearing her open the net and
shut it down three minutes later after plaintive calls to every continent
generate no response.
Another not-so-successful net is the once pre-eminent 256 Group on 14,256
kHz, whose thunder and stations have been leveraged by 247's Alan. Still,
it's occasionally, inexplicably chock full of Falkland Islanders during
winter evenings, eastern time, and these guys actually take the time to
ruminate about life at the bottom of the world.
NOTE: As of November 1996, the first two listings above are definitely active, and I've heard some activity on 14,243 kHz--but I have no idea if the 256 Group still functions.