WB9LYH Says 144.240 Net is ON Tonight

10:30am Wed

I got email from Wed. 144.240 net control WB9LYH.  Mark plans to call the 144.240 net tonight.  Storms will be around the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes tonight.  Impossible to say where and when and who will be affected.
Point is that WB9LYH in EN54cl, central WI, will give it a go tonight — If lightning isn’t affecting him at the regular start time of 8pm central/9pm eastern.  If you are able to safely get on the air tonight, try saying hello to the net.  There should be plenty of weather to talk about!

144.240 Net Is ON Tonight — 9/14

9:45am  Wed.

WB9LYH in EN54cl plans on calling the 144.240 net tonight at the usual time of 8pm central/9pm eastern.  Look toward central WI, a good hour west of Green Bay.  Eastern time zone is always looked at first with this net.  Antenna pattern from EN54cl is NE and E to start, then SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 40-50 minutes or so.
All licensed amateurs are welcome; the net is informal and the purpose is to create more activity on 2 meter SSB.  We always appreciate you spreading the word in a very wide circle.  WB9LYH has a big station on a ridgetop and can get out 300-400+ miles to other stations with horizontal yagis up in the clear.    Plus Mark loves pushing the propagation limits so DX is always encouraged to jump in if they hear something.

I’ve fallen behind here with the website.  I’m 2 weeks late on net reports and I doubt I will get caught up until sometime later next week.  I will get caught up, thanks for your patience.

REMEMBER THE 2 METER FALL SPRINT IS MONDAY NIGHT, SEPT. 19TH.  7-11pm
Full details are in a post here at kc9bqa.com dated Aug. 31st — 2 posts below this one.

 

ARRL Sept. VHF Contest is Sept. 10-11th Post Your Plans Here

3:50pm Wed.

Last day of August — where did this summer go?

I still like to announce every major VHF/UHF contest and the last one for 2016 is the ARRL Sept. VHF Contest.  The next multi-band contest isn’t until the ARRL Jan. VHF in early 2017.

The ARRL Sept. VHF contest starts at 1pm central (1800 UTC time) on Sat., Sept. 10th, and runs 33 hours until 10pm central Sun, Sept. 11th (or 0300 UTC time on Monday, Sept. 12th).  All bands 50 MHz and higher are in play.  Link to the ARRL announcement and rules — http://www.arrl.org/september-vhf

  Please help spread the word and talk the contest up.  Start making plans to get on the air.   Consider posting your contest plans here —  http://tinyurl.com/SeptVHF2016   That links to an interactive Google spreadsheet created by W0UC Paul in EN44.  You can view contest plans by both fixed stations and rovers there.  Please add your own plans (even if they’re casual) and help spread the word.  VHF/UHF needs more signals on the air.

Please read the following before you post any plans to the tinyurl link above.

1)  I know nothing about a Google spreadsheet.  I’m just the messenger.
2)  Notice on the lower left that there are tabs for both fixed stations and rovers.
3)  Even if you’re part-time or you don’t know exactly when you can be on, post your general intentions anyway.  This is fun, not a legally binding contract.  ?
4)  We kindly ask that with this sheet, the emphasis remains on WI and nearby states.  We’re NOT trying to create a nationwide sheet.  If you are more than say 300-400 miles from WI, considering doing something similar for your own area.  It would be a big boost to V/UHF contesting if there were similar listings for other parts of the USA and Canada.
5)  Because this is an interactive spreadsheet, remember to check back from time-to-time and view updated plans from both fixed stations and rovers.

Fall 2 Meter Sprint is on Mon., Sept. 19th BIG MIDWEST PUSH?? Read on…

3:45pm Wed.

Been meaning to make this post for a few days.

The Fall VHF Sprints need your participation.   Start making plans to get on 2 meters on the evening of Mon, Sept. 19th, from 7-11pm in your local time zone.  The info page for the Fall Sprints is here  http://svhfs.org/2016_Fall_Sprint_Rules.pdf

Back on Sunday, I received an enthusiastic email about the 2 meter Fall Sprint from N0HJZ Rich.  I will share it here, in hopes that it will reach a wider audience.

“Hi All –

I’ve been enjoying getting back on the VHF/UHF bands after a long break. I saw that the Fall VHF/UHF sprints are coming up.

I wanted to look at one event, the 2-Meter Fall Sprint, and see if we could activate the entire Upper Midwest. To do so, we’re going to need everyones help, a bunch of rovers and some propagation!

The 2-Meter Fall Sprint is Monday, September 19th from 7-11pm (local time).

Can we activate the entire Upper Midwest?! Can we activate 50-100 grids for four hours?! Could we activate the entire EN grid field?

I’ll be sending out a bunch of private emails, sending out updates on the reflector and collecting rover schedules. Who will commit to being on the air for one night for four hours?!

I’m looking at a six-grid trip to EN25, 26, 16, 15, 14 & 24.

Let me know if you’ll be on the air!

Write it on the calendar – Monday, September 19th from 7 – 11 pm. I’m working with the Sun on a huge aurora that night!

73
Rich N0HJZ”

OK, you read it here.  There’s going to be a big push for the 2016 Fall 2 meter Sprint.  Get busy spreading the word and make plans to get on the air.
You can share your plans to operate at this interactive Google spreadsheet created by W0UC Paul in EN44.  http://tinyurl.com/FallSprint2016  As well as view plans from other VHF’ers, both fixed stations and rovers (see the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet)

Good Propagation — Big Net — 17 Check-Ins

11:30am Thur.

Pleased to report great bands and activity last night.
In WB9LYH’s words, “We have had remarkable propagation the past few days, and good tonite (Wed) to the east.  Checkins were WA9JML EN51;  KC9RAP EN63;  WB8LNG EM79;  AB9QH and KC9VHD EN62;  KC9RIO, N9IYV, N9JBW and KD9BGY EN61;  W8SOL EN71;  WA9BNZ, W9BBP and WB0SWQ EN40;  W1JWS EN50;   N9RXM and AC0RA EN41, and KA0PQW EN33.  WA3EOQ in FM09 reported hearing bits of the ssb.  Lots of fun.”

 

I know that the following net info gets repetitive for “regulars” but I never know when we’ll have new visitors to kc9bqa.com so here goes:
The 144.240 net is called every Wed. at 8pm central/9pm eastern by WB9LYH.  Mark is in EN54cl, central WI, about an hour and a half west of Green Bay.  Mark has a pair of 17B2’s (horizontally polarized, as is the custom on the SSB/CW side of VHF/UHF) and 500 watts from a ridgetop QTH and he routinely gets out 400+ miles to other well-equipped stations.
WB9LYH appreciates all check-ins, local and DX.  He does enjoy pushing the propagation limits.  Please let VHF’ers in a very wide radius know that we’re on the air on Wed. nights.  With warm summer nights comes potential band enhancement.  Let stations in that 500-1000 mile range know about us.

From central WI, WB9LYH starts out looking NE, E and SE.  Eastern time zone is always targeted first with the 144.240 Wed. net.  From there, Mark starts edging S, then SW, W, NW and N to finish.  All licensed amateurs are welcome; the net is informal and the purpose is to increase activity on 2 meter SSB.  We have had 100’s of unique calls to the net over the past 7+ years.  We appreciate you helping to spread the word and doing your part to make the SSB/CW portions of the VHF/UHF bands more active.

Spread the Word About the ON4KST.com Ham Chat Rooms

2:50pm Friday

It’s time to promote the ON4KST.com real-time ham chat rooms again.  I have a permanent link on the middle right side of the home page here at kc9bqa.com but I know how it is, trying to scan a website for every useful nugget of info and your eyes start glazing over.  So here’s what you need to know:

   www.on4kst.com has a free, no obligation VHF/UHF chat that all are welcome to use.    This is what we need to improve activity.   During  nets,  band openings, any time at all.   Sign up is simple and free.    Chat when you want, or just observe.
For many years (at least back to 2001 or 2002) there’s been a popular 50 MHz chat that 1000’s of hams have enjoyed.  Honestly, being able to observe that 6 meter chat really motivated me to get my license and to get on VHF/UHF.
I always thought it would be good to have a 144 MHz and up chat, too.  Back on March 10, 2010, ON4KST — Alain — kindly created a V/UHF chat we can use.

Spread the word that VHF/UHF’ers everywhere should get registered for this chat.   It’s totally free and no strings attached.   By now, I believe there are 5000+ registered users just in North America.

 

How do you sign up for the on4kst.com chat?
1)   Go to www.on4kst.com   Click on “Try the low band, 50/70MHz, 144/432MHz …. chats”
2)  There’s the chats you can join.    Choose any one — you have to register first anyway.
3)  So choose a chat, and now you see “Not registered yet? — Click HERE”   Click that.
4)  Enter your email, call, password (choose your own), grid square and name.   Click register.
5)  Shortly, you’ll get an email with your activation key to log in.
6)  Once you’re registered, click on the IARU Region 2 144/432 chat, and see what’s going on.
7)  Also enjoy the IARU Region 2 50 MHz chat.   Many USA/VE and some DX  use it.   Lots of good ham discussions go on in these chat rooms — the 6m room is how I learned at least 50-70% of what I know about weak-signal V/UHF ops.

A personal note from KC9BQA — as I have sold most of my station and haven’t been on the air since early 2014, it’s possible that some things have changed with the ON4KST.com chat.  If you find that any of the info above is outdated, please email me (I’m good on qrz.com) and let me know so I can make corrections.  But my guess is everything is still the way it was back in 2014 and 2015.

This Week’s 144.240 Net Report

2:45pm Friday

Wednesday 144.240 net control WB9LYH said that 2 nights ago, propagation was not so good and few stations were on.  The 8 check-ins were WA9JML EN51;  AB9QH EN62;  W9BBP, WA9BNZ and WB0SWQ EN40;  N9RXM and KD0JNQ EN41 and KA0PQW EN33.  Nice to hear from Matt in EN33, Ellendale, MN.
WB9LYH also noted that KA0EIV was heard in the noise, not enough for a contact.  He advised on the chat board (talking the ON4KST.com real-time ham chat, I will make a separate post next about that) that his antenna was damaged, but some compromise effort at 10 feet was still heard slightly.

Net control Mark says he expects to be on for the next few weeks.  If you need more details about the Wed. 144.240 net (start time 8pm central/9pm eastern), just read the post below this one at kc9bqa.com.

15 Check-Ins to 144.240 Net on Wed. Night

9:15am Friday
WB9LYH’s net report said, “Propagation!  Good signals especially to the east.”
Check-ins were:  VE3ZV EN92;  W8IO EN63;  N8WAC EN81;  K8TQK EM89;  WB8LNG EM79;  WA9JML EN51;  N9JBW and KD9BGY EN61;  KC9PYV EN52;  N9RXM, KC9OVD and NG9K EN41;  WB0SWQ, WA9BNZ and W9BBP EN40.  Also W1JWS tried checking in with a halo, but no luck.
Pleased to note that KC9PYV is a new all-time check-in to the net.  Welcome and glad you’re on 2 meter SSB.

I would expect WB9LYH to be on again next Wed. at the usual start time of 8pm central/9pm eastern.

I know that the following net info gets repetitive for “regulars” but I never know when we’ll have new visitors to kc9bqa.com so here goes:
The 144.240 net is called every Wed. at 8pm central/9pm eastern by WB9LYH.  Mark is in EN54cl, central WI, about an hour and a half west of Green Bay.  Mark has a pair of 17B2’s (horizontally polarized, as is the custom on the SSB/CW side of VHF/UHF) and 500 watts from a ridgetop QTH and he routinely gets out 400+ miles to other well-equipped stations.
WB9LYH appreciates all check-ins, local and DX.  He does enjoy pushing the propagation limits.  Please let VHF’ers in a very wide radius know that we’re on the air on Wed. nights.  With warm summer nights comes potential band enhancement.  Let stations in that 500-1000 mile range know about us.

From central WI, WB9LYH starts out looking NE, E and SE.  Eastern time zone is always targeted first with the 144.240 Wed. net.  From there, Mark starts edging S, then SW, W, NW and N to finish.  All licensed amateurs are welcome; the net is informal and the purpose is to increase activity on 2 meter SSB.  We have had 100’s of unique calls to the net over the past 7+ years.  We appreciate you helping to spread the word and doing your part to make the SSB/CW portions of the VHF/UHF bands more active.

K8TQK EM89je Calls a Big Net Mondays @8:30pm Eastern on 144.252

10:30am Monday

WB9LYH also wants everyone to know that K8TQK’s rotor problems have been fixed and Bob is back on the air with his mammoth signal from south-central OH (EM89je).  Imagine this means K8TQK is back to calling his 144.252 net (Yes, 144.252) every Monday at 8:30pm eastern.  When I was on the air, I was able to hear K8TQK (when our horizontal yagis were pointed at each other) 98% of the time, sometimes as well as S7-S9.  This was a 392 mile path.  WB9LYH works K8TQK on a 460+ mile path.  This is what good stations are capable of on 2 meter SSB, anytime, without special band conditions.  Just good high-gain antennas up in the clear, fed with low-loss coax and at least 100W of power.  Remember that the standard on the SSB/CW side of VHF/UHF is to have horizontally polarized antennas.

So again, on Monday nights, you want to be on 144.252 MHz and turn toward K8TQK at 8:30pm eastern.  Bob’s in grid square EM89je, far south-central OH, near Chillicothe.  This is also a friendly, relaxed net with check-ins from many states, sometimes as many as 12, 15 or more.  K8TQK’s antenna pattern from EM89 is to look N first, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes.  Please help spread the word and enjoy being able to work one of the best VHF/UHF hams in the USA, going back many decades.

144.240 Net Report from Wed., Aug. 3rd

10am Monday

WB9LYH Mark was back calling the 144.240 net last Wed. night.  In his emailed net report he said, “Difficult propagation.  Lots of QSB, not many folks on the band.  Checkins were W8SOL EN71: N9RXM EN41; WB8LNG EM79: K8TQK EM89: WA9BNZ, WB0SWQ and W9BBP EN40.”

Unless I post otherwise, expect WB9LYH (EN54cl, Central WI) to call the net again this Wed., at the usual time of 8pm central/9pm eastern.  Antenna pattern from EN54 is to start out looking NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes.  Eastern time zone is always targeted first.   All licensed amateurs are welcome, please help spread the word as we love getting more signals on 2 meter SSB.

**HEADS-UP**  Wednesday night is expected to be warm and humid.  It’s late summer, which in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes is the most favored time of year for band enhancement.  I bet signals will be strong on Wed. night.  Please help spread the word to DX stations that WB9LYH loves pushing the propagation limits on Wed. nights on 144.240.    With stacked 17B2’s and 500 watts from a ridgetop QTH, Mark’s the strongest EN54 signal.