Bernie Gates SHAVERS NET


Bernie Gates was a very active Amateur Radio operator and TV / Radio Serviceman from Albany, Western Australia.

Bernie became a silent key in 1992.

This Net commenced in the early 70’s. A group of Amateurs would get on air, supposedly whilst shaving, for a quick natter before starting work for the day. 7105 KHz or 3610 KHz +/- QRM depending on time of year and propagation.....

Daily at 0000 UTC, 0800 WST

Generally lasts ½ to 1 Hour.

Here is a link to Radio and Space Weather Service for you to check propagation to your station.

Amateurs have called in from as far afield as Exmouth and Esperance in Western Australia and now with the wonders of modern science we have a new member all the way from Melbourne in Florida via Remote Hams.

ZOOM Video feeds added on 23 April 2021 ( see note below )

April 23 2021

The Net took a technological leap. We added video !! Participants of the net could be seen via a simultaneous ZOOM meeting. It was well received by those that availed themselves of the video feed. Video only at this time as addition of audio via ZOOM was considered to be quite confusing. All audio was via the usual HF Net from the participants own station equipment ( other than those using a Remote Hams facility of course:) ). This may become a regular part of the net every Friday, addition of TEXT will be added on the 30 April 2021 as a trial.

Many thanks to Gary W4GAL for this service.

June 2021

ZOOM addition is proving quite popular with images being shared and discussed. We now run ZOOM on both Friday and Saturday.

Saturday has been activated to enable the weekday workers to join in.

Text chat is available simultaneously, but is not being used much other than to advise of equipment or link errors.

September 2021

Mark VK6QI has joined the Net from NSW via the Remote station provided by the Southern Electronics Group. Welcome Mark and thank you to SEG. We actually had 9 members on-air just recently !

Photos have been added as a precursor to Net discussions if you get them on the Site in time or as a reflection on discussions during a Net. These photos are added as an image carousel and when Clicked on give you access to the carousel. To start..Wellington Dam murals and Graham Hewitt's VK6HE (SK) Pietenpol aircraft.

The following Buttons when clicked will take you to a new page with additional Services or Information....

Spreadsheet of past and present Net participants with contact information where available.

Zoom session access and images of past Nets

"Bernie Gates Shavers Net" written by John Cox in 2005 and gives much detail on the Shavers Net.

Samples of Net in operation.

Examples of photos taken by Net members and discussed on-air

Site rebuilt for Google Sites 29/3/2021. Website Compiled and maintained by Richard Grocott VK6BMW . Comments and additions welcomed. Please email