This Week’s 144.240 Net Report

10am Thur.

WB9LYH reported poor propagation last night (no surprise, given the cold, lousy weather)  and a short list to the east, but better numbers of check-ins to the south.
Mark’s 12 check-ins last night were:  N8WNA EN82;  K8CRD EN73;  N9JBW and K9CCL EN61;  W9BBP and WB0SWQ EN40;  W1JWS EN50;  KA9DVX EN51;  K0SIX EN35;  KC9CLM EN52 and WB0YWW and WB0YNA EN22.

*ANNOUNCEMENT*
WB9LYH will be *OFF* until Wed., Dec. 17th.
No 144.240 net from WI on Nov. 26th, Dec. 3rd or Dec. 10th.
Next 144.240 net from WI (WB9LYH net control in EN54cl) will be on Wed., Dec. 17th at the usual start time of 8pm central/9pm eastern.

IF someone wants to step up and make noise on 144.240 the next 3 Weds. by all means, do so.  I’m sure many would appreciate it.

I saw no mention of K8TQK’s 144.252 net this past Monday night.  I consulted the ON4KST.com ham chat archives (talking the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz) and saw nothing.  Imagine something came up, or perhaps a weather problem.

If you need more info about either of these nets, or about a variety of nets and/or activity periods, consult the post directly below this one, dated Nov. 13, 2014 at kc9bqa.com.

This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

   9:15am Thursday

   This will be the last post for today.  Make sure you visit the Michigan VHF-UHF Society’s website at http://mivus.org/ if you haven’t already.  Made a separate post about them 20 minutes ago, just scroll down the page.  In fact, I made an updated post about all the VHF/UHF Clubs in WI, MN and IL. 

   Last night, WB9LYH in EN54cl had another well-attended 144.240 net.  Mark reported “usual winter band conditions”.  There were 17 check-ins:   K8RS EN72;  W8IO EN63;  K8CRD EN73;  KB9PSE and KC9CLM/M EN52;  K9CCL and N9JBW EN61;  W8SOL EN71;  W9SBE and KA9DVX EN51;  W9BBP and WB0SWQ EN40;  KC9RJI and KC9OVD EN41;  WB9TAE EN53;  WB0YWW EN22 and K0SIX EN35. 
    I see we have a new all-time check-in to the net last night.  Welcome to W9SBE and thanks for stopping by, Sandy. 

   WB9LYH expects to be on 144.240 next Wed. at the usual time of 8pm central/9pm eastern. 

   The 144.240 net is called every Wed. by WB9LYH in EN54cl (Central WI, near WI Rapids) at 8pm central/9pm eastern.  The net now starts at the same time year-round.  All licensed amateurs are welcome.  The net is informal and the purpose is to increase activity on 2m SSB.  We appreciate you helping us spread the word.  Antenna pattern from Central WI is NE to start, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes.  
   WB9LYH gets out 300-400+ miles with his big signal.  He is always looking to push the propagation limits, so DX is welcome to give the net a try.  If you have a decent long yagi up in the clear, fed with low-loss coax and you use at least 50-100w output, you can also work stations beyond 150-200 miles, even with flat band conditions.   This is not science fiction;  it’s been happening going back to the 1940′s and 50′s on the SSB and CW portions of VHF/UHF bands.  

    We also encourage hams to start their own activity.  Don’t fall into the rut of checking in with a net, then turning off the rig until the next net.  Start calling CQ on your own, at various time, in different directions.  This is the recipe for a truly healthy band.   We need more CQ’ers.  Too many hams are “just listening”.  If everyone is “just listening” all the time, then NO signals will be heard. 

   
    K8TQK calls an active, well-attended net on 144.252 MHz every Monday at 8:30pm eastern from EM89je, south-central OH.   Bob also has a whopping signal.   His QTH is 391 miles from mine ( I live 40 miles north of Milwaukee) and when I was on the air, I was able to work him armchair copy at least 90% of the time via SSB, provided our antennas were pointed at each other.    

    K8TQK had 19 check-ins this week from many different states and grid squares:  VE3ZV EN92;  VA3ELE/M FN03;  W2UAD FN13;  AC3L/M FN00;  KB3TNZ FN11;  K4SAN FM05;  KD8DJE and W8PU EM89;  N1GC EM95;  WB4IXU EM86;  WA4NJP, W4VAS and W4IMD EM84;  KA2KQM EM74;  WB7PMP EM88;  KB9RDS, N8XA and WB8ART EM79 and K8CRD EN73.  
 
    Bob’s net is also informal and all licensed amateurs are welcome.  His antenna pattern from south-central OH is N to start, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N. 

    There are many fine nets and activity periods on bands like 50, 144, 222 and 432 MHz.  To find out your options in and around the Great Lakes, consult posts dated Oct 13, 15 and 17, 2013 at kc9bqa.com.  And as always, spread the word to other hams.

Listing of VHF/UHF Clubs In or Near WI

   9am Thursday

   Last made this post on June 11, 2014.  What follows is a repost, with the addition of the new weak-signal VHF/UHF club out of Michigan — http://mivus.org/  

   As of November 2014, I now know of 5 VHF/UHF clubs in and near WI.  When I say “VHF/UHF Club”, I’m talking about clubs where the emphasis is on SSB/CW/Digital modes on bands like 50, 144, 222, 432 MHz, clear on up to microwave bands like 902, 1296, 2304, 3456 MHz, and even into 5 and 10 Gig and beyond. 
   If you are even a casual VHF’er, but would like your contest scores to go toward a club total, consider joining any of these clubs.  All the info you need to get started is below. 
   

   1)  My club is the Badger Contesters.  Their website is at www.badgercontesters.org.  If you are within 175 miles of Oshkosh, WI, you are in the BC circle.  A graphic showing our territory is available at:  http://www.badgercontesters.org/club_area.html  The BC’ers are a low-key, low-stress, no-dues club.  If you want more info, go to the website or contact me.  
   2)  NLRS stands for Northern Lights Radio Society, which covers MN, and probably adjacent parts of W and NW WI and N IA.  Their website is at www.nlrs.org
   3)  SMC stands for Society of Midwest Contesters, based in IL and parts of adjacent states.  SMC is a very active HF club, with a decent number of V/UHF contesters, too.  Their website is at www.w9smc.com   SMC has done some amazing things, getting their HF contesters to try 6 meters in the June ARRL contest (when sporadic E skip usually opens up 6m across the country) 
   4)  CVVHF stands for Chippewa Valley VHF and they are pretty much centered on EN44.  I’m sure their territory covers most of NW WI and plenty of the U.P. of MI.  CVVHF’s website is at www.k9cvc.org
   5)  As of late summer, 2014, Michigan is now represented here.  Several motivated guys got together and have created the Michigan VHF-UHF Society or MIVUS.  Their website is at http://mivus.org/  Check them out. 

   If you enjoy V/UHF contesting, these clubs would like very much for you to join and then submit your contest scores as part of the club’s  aggregate score. 

  I am not aware of any active V/UHF clubs in IN, OH or IA.  If I’m mistaken, someone set me straight.

New VHF/UHF Club in Michigan — http://mivus.org/

   9am Thursday

   Happy to report there’s a new VHF/UHF club out of MI.  
   The Michigan VHF-UHF Society has a website here:  http://mivus.org/   They have a nice, clean website with various links to info.  Take a few minutes and check it out.     
  Very glad there’s now a weak-signal VHF/UHF club in MI.   Well done, gentlemen.

KC9BQA Gear For Sale Update — Towers, Yagis, Coax and Rotors

  Click on this link for my current for sale list:   http://kc9bqa.com/?p=7852   Within that link is 2 towers, multiple long yagis for 50 thru 2304 MHz, separate runs of hardline for each band, plus several rotors and control boxes.  It’s all explained in that link above.   Take some time and read all about it. 
  Actually, all the info in that post from June 27th is still current, as of Nov. 5, 2014.  
  Contact me directly if you’re interested.   My email is good at qrz.com.  If you can’t access it that way, you can also use my alternate email address of wi.todd (at) yahoo (dot) com   I don’t check Yahoo as often, but it works.

   If you know of someone who would be interested, by all means, forward the info to them.

This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

    12:15pm Thur.

    With the 144.240 Wed. net from WI, WB9LYH reported great propagation to his east last night.   Mark had 14 check-ins:  AC8GD EN71;  N8WNA EN82;  K8CRD EN73;  KB9PSE EN52;  W8SOL and KC8ZJL EN71;  WB9TFH EN53;  K9CCL and K9ILU EN61;  N9XKH and KC9CLM/M EN52;  WB0SWQ EN40 and N0DQS and WB0YWW EN22.  
   Had 2 new callsigns to the net last night.  Want to welcome AC8GD and K8CRD, both from MI.  Thanks for stopping by, Larry and Paul. 

    The 144.240 Wed. net from WI is at 8pm central/9pm eastern.  Net control is WB9LYH EN54cl, right in the middle of WI, near WI Rapids.  Mark has stacked 17B2′s (horizontally polarized) and 500 watts from a ridgetop QTH.  His big signal and can easily reach out 300-400+ miles to similarly equipped stations.   WB9LYH loves DX so help us spread the word beyond the normal 200-400 mile range on 2m SSB. 
    WB9LYH starts out the net looking NE, then is soon pointing E, then SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes.   All licensed amateurs are welcome.   The net is informal and the purpose is to increase activity on 2m SSB. 

    The 144.240 Wed. net was started by me back in June of 2008.  Things have evolved over time and if you are interested in the history, visit this link:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=5363  Even though I am in the process of selling my station, I plan on continuing kc9bqa.com well into 2015. 

     K8TQK calls another excellent, long-range net every Monday night on 144.252 at 8:30pm eastern.  Bob’s QTH is on a small mountaintop in EM89je, which is far south-central OH.  His antenna pattern is N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, and NW over the next 45-60 minutes.  K8TQK has a huge signal and also enjoys working everyone, local or DX.  Because K8TQK was on board with us on Wed. nights for several years, I still publish his net reports.   He has also been a consistently positive force for more activity on bands from 50 MHz clear on up thru the microwaves for decades.  Look Bob’s way on Wed. nights and say hello. 

    K8TQK had 17 check-ins Monday night:  K8CRD EN73;  KC8ZJL EN71;  KC8RRT EN81;  AC3L/M FN00;  VE3ZV EN92;  W2UAD FN13;  W3IP FM19;  W8WG EM89;  K4SAN FM05;  WD4NMV EM85;  WB4IXU EM86;  W4LES, W4IMD and WA4NJP EM84;  KY4MRG EM77 and WM8I and WB8AUK EN80. 

    There are many other fine nets and activity periods on bands like 50, 144, 222 and 432 MHz.   Visit posts dated Oct. 13, 15, and 17th, 2013 at kc9bqa.com to read about many options, all 7 nights of the week.  If you have new info, or need to revise something that is no longer accurate, please email me directly.  My email is good at qrz.com.

This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

  11am Thur.

  Last night, WB9LYH reported good signals from the southeast, with nobody on from the west.  Mark’s 12 check-ins to the 144.240 net were:  N9OLT EN64;  K8IHY EN72;  KG9QT, KC9WSS, KC9RIO, K9CCL and N9JBW EN61;  N8WNA EN82;  N9YK EN71;  KC9CLM/M EN52 and W9BBP and WA9BNZ EN40. 

   WB9LYH wants everyone to know he expects to be on next Wednesday.  Same start time of 8pm central.  The 144.240 net from EN54cl, Central WI now starts at 8pm central/9pm eastern year-round.   Antenna pattern from Central WI (near WI Rapids) is NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 mins. 

   
   K8TQK calls the 144.252 net every Monday at 8:30pm eastern time.   K8TQK’s QTH is EM89je, far south-central OH.  Bob’s antenna pattern is also N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 mins. 
   This Monday, K8TQK had 14 check-ins:  WM8I and KB8JNE EN80;  W3IP FM19;  KB3TNZ FN11;  WD4NMV EM85;  N1GC EM95;  W4LES and W4IMD EM84;  WB7PMP EM88;  WA4REE EM65;  KI4ROF EM55;  WB8ART and N8XA EM79 and KB8GUE EM89

This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

   7:45pm  Thur.

   Just like last week, WB9LYH again had a great net.  Mark’s 20 check-ins to the 144.240 Wed. net were:  WA8YLZ EN63;  K8RS EN72;  N8WNA EN82;  KA9VDU EN53;  KC9RIO and K9CCL EN61;  K8TQK EM89;  K9VX EM79;  W8SOL and KC8ZJL EN71;  WD9DCW EN52;  WB9TFH EN53;  W9BBP, WB0SWQ and WA9BNZ EN40;  W1JWS EN50;  KC9RJI EN41;  KC9CLM EN52;  KG0SJ EN22 and KA8TBW EN61.  
    Pleased to welcome WD9DCW and KA8TBW to this net.  Always good to have more signals on 2m SSB. 

   WB9LYH expects to be on next Wed., as usual.   Please know that the 144.240 Wed. net from Wisconsin (Look toward EN54cl, Central WI) will now have the same start time year-round.  Again, that start time is 8pm central/9pm eastern, all 52 weeks of the year.  
   All licensed amateurs are welcome.  The net is informal and the purpose is to stir up more activity on 2m SSB.  Whether you are DX or local, we appreciate you saying hello.  WB9LYH has stacked 17B2′s and 500 watts from a ridgetop QTH.  He loves pushing the propagation limits, so let those stations in that 400-800 mile range know to look his way on Wed. nights.   It’s a lot of fun to catch the occasional band opening. 

    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.   Also see my heartfelt advice about calling your own CQ’s in the post below this one. 
    

     Every Monday night, K8TQK in EM89je, south-central OH, calls the 144.252 net at 8:30pm eastern.  Bob’s antenna pattern is N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes.   K8TQK has a whopping signal and gets out 300-400+ miles under flat band conditions (to stations with good horizontal yagis in the clear, plus low-loss coax). 
     I still publish K8TQK’s net reports because Bob partnered with us on Wed. nights for several years. 
     This Monday, K8TQK’s 20 check-ins were:  N8AIA EN82;  KC8RRT EN81;  K4XXX EN91;  KB3TNZ FN11;  AC3L/M FN00;  KB3CXQ FM09;  N8XA and KB9RDS EM79;  WB4IXU EM86;  WA4NJP, W4IMD and W4VAS EM84;  N1GC EM95;  WA4REE EM65;  KI4ROF EM55;  WB7PMP EM88;  KB8GUE EM89;  K9LIU EN61;  KG9GT EN61 and KC9CLM EN52.

This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

  6am  Thur.

  WB9LYH reported “best propagation in a long time” in his emailed net report.  Last night with the 144.240 net from EN54cl (Central WI, near WI Rapids), WB9LYH had 19 check-ins:  KC9PEG EN45;  K9CCL, KC9RIO and N9JBW EN61;  W1AW/8 (N8WNA) EN82;  W8SOL EN71;  K8TQK EM89;  WB9MXX EN62;  K8DZ EM79;  WB8AUK EN80;  N9XKH and KC9CLM/M EN52;  WB0SWQ, WA9BNZ and W9BBP EN40;  K0DPL EN42;  KA8FFM EN56;  N0IRS EM29 and WB0YWW EN22.  
  
   WB9LYH would like everyone to know he expects to be around next week.  Again, start time is 8pm central/9pm eastern every Wed. for the 144.240 net out of EN54cl, Central WI.  Antenna pattern is NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next hour or so. 

  
    K8TQK had 20 check-ins to the 144.252 net, called every Monday at 8:30pm eastern from EM89je, south-central OH.  Antenna pattern is North first, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, and NW over the next 45-60 minutes. 
    Bob’s list for Oct. 13th included:  N8WNA EN82;  W8SOL EN71;  VE3VII FN03;  KD8JQ EN91;  AC3L/M FN00;  W2UAD FN13;  W3IP FM19;  KO4YC FM17;  KJ4YZB FM07;  N1GC EM95;  WD4NMV EM85;  W4LES and W4IMD EM84;  N4TLL EM87;  WB4IXU EM86;  WB8ART and N8XA EM79;  KB8GUE EM89;  WB0SWQ EN40 and K9ILU EN61. 

   
    There are many other fine nets and activity periods for bands like 50, 144, 222 and 432 MHz.  I encourage you to visit posts at kc9bqa.com dated Oct 13, 15 and 17, 2013.  I go thru the options in detail there.  Help spread the word — get more signals on the air.   So many hams don’t know where or when to find the activity. 

     FINALLY — 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.

This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

   8pm Thur. 

   I have WB9LYH’s 144.240 net report from last night.  Mark took 13 check-ins:  W8KX EN72;  N9JBW and K9CCL EN61;  W8SOL and N9YK EN71;  KC9CLM/M and N9NMS EN52;  KA9DVU EN53;  WA9BNZ and WB0SWQ EN40;  WB0YWW EN22 and W0ANH EN47.    Nice turnout on a pleasant fall evening.   
  
   *WB9LYH would like everyone to know that he expects to be around next week.  Look toward EN54cl, Central WI (near WI Rapids, to be precise) at 8pm central.  Please also note that this net will stay at the 8pm central/9pm eastern start time all 52 weeks of the year now. *

 
   There’s no 144.252 net report this week because K8TQK in EM89je (south-central OH) had thunderstorms on top of him at net time.  The 144.252 net is on at 8:30pm eastern every Monday.   All licensed amateurs are welcome.