The 144.240 Wed. net from WI will have an alternate net control this Wed. (May 20th).
I am told by WB9LYH that N9XKH will kick things off at the usual start time of 8pm central/9pm eastern. N9XKH’s QTH is EN52il, which is on the WI/IL state line between Madison, WI and Rockford, IL. I assume Dennis will follow the usual pattern of looking NE and E into MI first, then start sliding east/southeast into OH and IN before turning south and southwest to pick up IL/MO and then KS/IA and then northwest and north to pick up anyone in MN and northern WI or the U.P. of MI.
Please get on 144.240 Wed. night and give N9XKH signal reports.
I always snag K8TQK’s check-in list via the chat archives (use the dropdown menu) at the ON4KST.com ham chat pages. (In our case, I’m referring to the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz)
(To learn how to register for this free and no-BS service, visit this post at kc9bqa.com: http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1072 That will get you pointed in the right direction.)
Anyway, I was poking around Monday’s chat archives and I had forgotten that K8TQK has a live stream of his audio. The web address is: http://bobmathews.myq-see.com:88/broadwave.mp3 All I use is Windows Media Player and that address works for me. I am far from a tech-savvy guy, so if you experience difficulties, I regret I can’t help you. Also, I’m not sure what times K8TQK’s audio stream is actually on. If I were you, I would tune in during early mornings, evenings and of course, Monday night at 8:30pm eastern, because that’s when K8TQK is calling his 144.252 net.
WB9LYH said there were very strong signals from the south with the 144.240 net called on Wed. night. Mark had 14 check-ins: N8WNA EN82; KD9BGY, N9JBW and KC9RIO EN61; WB0YWW EN22; W8SOL EN71; NF9U EN53; KB9KLD EM58; W9BBP, WB0SWQ, KC9WOI, WA9BNZ and KD0TIN EN40; and N9RXM EN41. West-central IL has become a real hotbed of activity; been meaning to say that for months now. Plus want to welcome another new callsign to the net. Welcome to NF9U and glad you’re on 2m SSB.
The 144.240 net is called at 8pm central/9pm eastern every Wed. Net control is WB9LYH in EN54cl, which is Central WI, near WI Rapids. Antenna pattern is NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes, depending on activity levels. All licensed amateurs are welcome; the net is informal and the purpose is to increase activity on 2m SSB. Always worth adding that WB9LYH has a big station on a ridgetop QTH. He loves pushing the propagation limits, so please help spread the word far beyond the typical 300-400 mile range on 2m SSB.
Back on Monday night, K8TQK had 16 check-ins to his 144.252 net. Bob’s 16 check-ins were: AG4KJ EM88; N8WNA EN82; W4IMD, WA4NJP and W4LES EM84; W4YZJ EM64; KI4ROF EM55; W3IP FM19; KB9RDS EM79; KB8GUE EM89; N1GC EM95; W9EWZ EN52; WB9LYH EN54; WB8AUK and WM8I EN80 and K4LY EM85.
The 144.252 net is called every Monday at 8:30pm eastern. Net control is K8TQK in EM89je, south-central OH, near Chillicothe. Bob’s signal also gets out forever, his antenna pattern is N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45 minutes or so.
WB9LYH reported improving propagation last night with the 144.240 net. Mark’s 9 check-ins were: W9EWZ EN52; VE3ZV EN92; KD9BGY EN61; N9RXM EN41; KD0TIN and KC9WOI EN40; KA0PQW EN33; K0SIX EN35 and KB0HNN EN25. Nice to have multiple check-ins from MN.
The 144.240 net is called every Wed. at 8pm central/9pm eastern. Net control is WB9LYH EN54cl, which is Central WI, near WI Rapids. Antenna pattern from EN54cl is to start looking NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes or so, depending on activity levels.
WB9LYH expects to be on next Wed., May 13th, so make plans to get on and enjoy the activity. All licensed amateurs are welcome, the net is informal and the purpose is to promote more signals on 2m SSB. Remember that WB9LYH has stacked long yagis (horizontally polarized, as is the custom on the SSB/CW side of VHF/UHF) and 500 watts from a ridgetop QTH. He easily gets out 300-400+ miles to well-equipped stations, and enjoys pushing the propagation limits, so help us get the word out in a very wide circle.
Back on Monday night, K8TQK had 22 check-ins to his 144.252 net. (Yes, 144.252, because Bob has a fat birdie right on 144.250). Check-ins were: WB7PMP and AK4KJ EM88; W2UAD FN13; K8GDT EN91; VE3ZV EN92; AC3L/M FN00; VA3YCU FN02; WA3EOQ FM09; K4SAN and W0LD FM05; W3IP FM19; N4TLL EM87; WB4IXO EM86; WA4NJP, W4VAS and W4IMD EM84; W4YZJ EM64; KI4ROF EM55; K9LQZ EM68; WA9M and N8XA EM79; WB9SJA EN60 and KB8GUE EM89.
The 144.252 net is called Mondays at 8:30pm eastern by K8TQK in EM89je, which is far south-central OH, near Chillicothe. Like WB9LYH, Bob has a whopping signal from a hilltop. K8TQK’s antenna pattern is to start out looking N, then go NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45 minutes or so.
WB9LYH reported tough conditions and limited participation on Wed. night. With the 432 MHz Spring Sprint going on, that’s to be expected.
The 10 check-ins to the 144.240 net (called by WB9LYH EN54cl, at 8pm central/9pm eastern every Wed.) were: KD9BGY and K9CCL EN61; KC8ZJL EN71; W9BBP, WA9BNZ, KD0TIN, KC9WOI and WB0SWQ EN40; KC9OVD and N9RXM EN41. W0HXL out in the Omaha area also gave a signal report via the ON4KST.com ham chat (IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz) but a 2-way on air contact didn’t quite happen.
WB9LYH expects to be around the next few Wed. nights, so plan on the 144.240 net as usual.
Back on Monday night, K8TQK in EM89je, south-central OH had 18 check-ins to his 144.252 net (8:30pm eastern start time). W2UAD FN13; N8WNA EN82; K8GDT EN91; KB3TNZ FN11; W3IP FM19; WA4NJP, W4IMD and W4VAS EM84; K9LQZ EM68; W4YZJ EN64; KY4MRG EM77; KI4ROF EM55; WB7PMP EM88; WB8ART EM79; W9CWG and KD9BGY EN61; WM8I EM80 and VE3ZV EN92.
Many times, hams don’t know where or when to find signals on bands like 144, 222 or 432 MHz. They get discouraged and give up. This is a correctable situation. Spread the word to hams about what is possible on the SSB/CW portions of bands like 50, 144, 222 and 432 MHz. For more info about many nets and activity nights in a wide area surrounding WI and the Great Lakes, visit posts dated Oct. 13, 15 and 17th, 2013 at kc9bqa.com.
IT’S ALSO WORTH MENTIONING that the best recipe for healthy bands is to call random CQ’s at any old time. Create your own activity. It’s so easy to fall into the rut of “just listening”. If 20 guys are all near their rigs “just listening” and nobody calls CQ, then everyone thinks the band is dead. CALL CQ, CALL CQ. Swing the yagis around, call in different directions. Get something started.
WB9LYH was back at the mic Wed. night for the 144.240 net. Mark reported “tough conditions”. His 9 check-ins were: K8GDT EN91; K9CCL, KC9RIO, KA8TBW and KD9BGY EN61; WD9DCW EN52; WA9BNZ EN40; N9RXM and KC9OVD EN41.
WB9LYH expects to be on with the Wed. 144.240 net for April 29th, May 6th and May 13th. Start time is 8pm central/9pm eastern. Mark’s QTH is Central WI, near WI Rapids or grid square EN54cl. Mark’s antenna pattern is NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes or so. Depends on how many check-ins there are, so be a little flexible.
On to K8TQK’s Monday night 144.252 net report. Bob’s in EM89je, which is far south-central OH, near Chillicothe. K8TQK calls the 144.252 net every Monday at 8:30pm eastern. Antenna pattern is N, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over about the next 45 minutes. If Bob has a particularly big net, it might run closer to an hour. Just depends on how each night goes.
K8TQK had 19 check-ins Monday night. KU8Y EN61; K8GDT EN91; W3IP FM19; NG4C FM16; VE3ZV EN92; WD4NMV EM85; W4VAS, W4LES, W9BN and W4IMD EM84; W4YZJ EM64; KA2KQM EM74; KI4ROF EM55; N9RXM EN41; WB0SWQ EN40; WB8ART and N8XA EM79; KB8GUE EM89 and KC8VHD EN62.
I emailed WB9LYH to confirm that Mark will be back with the net tonight. Good news — WB9LYH says he expects to be on tonight, next week and at least the first 2 Weds. in May .
Net starts at 8pm central/9pm eastern. WB9LYH is in EN54cl, which is Central WI, near WI Rapids. Pair of long yagis and 500 watts from a great location means he gets out a very long way. Stop by tonight or any Wed. and hear what’s happening.
Antenna pattern from EN54cl is NE at first, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes or so.
I didn’t post any net reports last week because I had nothing to report.
If N9XKH called a 144.240 net on Wed., I didn’t hear about it. Nor did I receive an emailed net report from Dennis.
In K8TQK’s case with the 144.252 Monday net, Bob said he was going to call the net, but I saw no list of check-ins at the ON4KST.com real-time ham chat (talking the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz. I suspect he got engrossed with the 2 meter sprint and enjoyed that, instead.
As mentioned in this weekend’s net report, tonight’s 144.240 net will have an alternate net control.
Dennis, N9XKH will kick things off at the usual start time of 8pm central/9pm eastern. His QTH is EN52il, which is on the WI/IL state line between Madison, WI and Rockford, IL. I assume Dennis will follow the usual pattern of looking NE and E into MI first, then start sliding east/southeast into OH and IN before turning south and southwest to pick up IL/MO and then KS/IA and then northwest and north to pick up anyone in MN and northern WI or the U.P. of MI.
Get on tonight and see who’s out there. Give N9XKH some check-ins.
I would plan on WB9LYH being back to call the net on Wed., April 22nd.