This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

6:45pm Thur.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR INFO ABOUT THIS WEEKEND’S VHF CONTEST, LOOK DOWN TO POSTS DATED SEPT 3rd and AUG 27th.   Everything you need is there.

On to this week’s net reports…

WB9LYH said the 144.240 net last night had tough conditions, with wind, noise and storms to the east.  Still, Mark had 9 check-ins:   N8WNA EN82;  KC9CLM EN52;  K9GY EN61;  KA9DVX EN51;  WA9BNZ, W9BBP and WB0WSQ EN40;  AC0RA EN41 and W0ANH EN47.
The 144.240 net is every Wed. at 8pm central/9pm eastern.  WB9LYH’s QTH is EN54cl, Central WI, near WI Rapids.  All licensed hams are welcome.   WB9LYH’s antenna pattern from Central WI is NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes.  He has 500 watts and stacked 17B2′s from a ridgetop location and loves pushing the propagation limits.  We love our local and semi-local check-ins, but WB9LYH is always ready to push the propagation limits with stations beyond that typical 200-400 mile range.  Please help us spread the word in a very wide area.
** WB9LYH says his schedule looks good for the rest of Sept. **   If something changes, I’ll post it here, but expect the net to be ON for Sept. 17th and 24th and Oct. 1st.

K8TQK had 21 check-ins to his 144.252 net back on Monday night:  W8SOL EN71;  KC8RRT EN81;  KC8YJB AND KD8JQ EN91;  VA3HD FN14;  W2UAD FN13;  KB3TNZ FN11;  W3IP FM19;  WB4IXU EM86;  W4LES, W4IMD AND WA4NJP EM84;  N4TLL AND WZ8D EM87;  N8XA AND WB8ART EM79;  KI4ROF EM55;  W9SR EN70;  KB8GUE EM89;  W9CWG EN61 and W8IO EN73
The 144.252 net is every Mon. at 8:30pm central.  K8TQK’s QTH is EM89je, or far south-central OH.   K8TQK also has a very big signal and can easily work stations hundreds of miles away.  His antenna pattern is N, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes.

There are MANY other fine nets and activity periods all 7 nights of the week, if one knows where and when to look.  Most are on the 144 MHz band (talking SSB, with horizontally polarized antennas), but there are also options for 50, 222 and 432 MHz.
To learn all about your options (with the emphasis on the Great Lakes, Plains and Ohio Valley) visit posts dated Oct 13th, 15th and 17th, 2013 at kc9bqa.com.  It’s all there.  If you notice something is missing or incorrect, please let me know via regular email  (my address is good at qrz.com).  I’ve had to disable the “comment” feature here because of excessive spam.

222 Tuesday is Every Tuesday + WB9LYH Will be ON 144.240 Tomorrow Night

   4:10pm Tues.

   Beautiful summer day here.  A big low pressure system will be moving in tonight and tomorrow, with plenty of rain, wind and an abrupt change to much colder weather.  Better get outside and enjoy this afternoon.  

   BUT FIRST TWO RADIO TOPICS…
  1)  It’s Tuesday and that means it’s 222 Tuesday.  This is the general USA/Canada activity night on the 1.25m band.  It is not a directed net.  Instead, everyone with 222.100 SSB or 223.500 FM Simplex is encouraged to get on, call CQ, swing the beam in different directions and see who’s out there.  
   There’s no set start time, but most of the activity seems to be centered on the 6-8pm central time frame.  I’d look toward OH and/or MI because there’s usually some 222 activity out that way.  K8TQK in EM89je gets on near 222.100 (SSB)  with a big, big signal.  You can also log into the www.on4kst.com ham chat room (use the IARU Region 2 chat for 144-432 MHz) and monitor things that way. 
   Main thing is to remember to get on for 222 Tuesdays and make some noise.    Plus tell others; spread the word. 

   2)  Just got email from WB9LYH.  Mark is confirming that he will be around tomorrow night at 8pm central to call the 144.240 Wed. net from EN54cl, central WI.   His weather will be a lot colder and blustery, but the thunderstorms should be long gone by tomorrow night.  Please get on if you can, and say hello. 
   WB9LYH also plans to be on for Sept. 16th, 23rd and 30th. 
   More info about the Wed. 144.240 net from WI is right below this post.

Last Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

   5:30pm Sunday

   Meant to get these reports up a few days earlier — been too nice to be inside.  

   Last Wed. WB9LYH had a very active net, one of the better ones this summer.  Talking about the 144.240 long-range net from Wisconsin, every Wed. at 8pm central/9pm eastern.  
   From EN54cl, Central WI, WB9LYH can get out 300-500 miles to stations with decent (horizontal) yagis up in the clear.  Mark’s antenna pattern is NE to start, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes.  All licensed hams are welcome and the net is informal.  Purpose is to increase activity on 2m SSB. 
   Always remember that WB9LYH enjoys pushing the propagation limits so DX is encouraged to listen along and give it a try.  Please help us spread the word in a multi-state region. 

   WB9LYH’s 18 check-ins to the 144.240 Wed. net were:  N8WNA EN82;  KG9QT, KC9WSS, KC9RIO and K9CCL EN61;  W8IO EN63;  W9EWZ EN52;  W8SOL and KC8ZJL EN71;  K9UHF EN53;  K0TPP EM48;  KC9OVD EN41;  W9BBP, WB0SWQ and WA9BNZ EN40;  N0IRS EM29; WB0YWW EN22 and KA8FFM EN56. 

   K8TQK’s net is called at 8:30pm eastern every Monday night, from EM89je, south-central OH.  Bob has a mammoth signal that literally gets out to 20 states and Ontario.  He regularly gets check-ins from as far as 300-500 miles away.  You are always welcome to say hello to K8TQK’s Monday net on 144.252MHz.   His antenna pattern from south-central OH is to first look N, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW, over the next 45-60 minutes or so. 

    The 20 check-ins last Monday were:  N8WNA EN82;  VE3CRU FN03;  WB8AUK EN80;  W2UAD FN13;  VA3HD FN14;  KB3TNZ FN11;  WA3EOQ FM09;  W3IP FM19;  WB4IXU EM86;  N4TLL EM87;  WA4NJP EM84;  AC3L/M FN00;  KI4ROF EM55;  KB8GUE EM89;  WB9LYH EN54;  W9CWG, KG9QT and KC9WSS EN61;  K9MRI EN70 and W8SOL EN71. 

    Our Wed. night net history is available here  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=5363  We go back to June 2008 and this post describes how things have unfolded thru the years.

Post Your Contest Plans (Sep. 13-14) Here

   9:15am Wed. 

   See the post below for WB9LYH’s 144.240 net plans tonight.  

   This post pertains to the ARRL Sept. VHF Contest, which is Sept 13-14.   http://www.arrl.org/september-vhf 

   A full post about the Sept. VHF is dated Aug. 27, 3 posts below this one.  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=7947 
That link also includes my series of articles called VHF Contesting School.  Get this info to hams everywhere.  You have my permission to rebroadcast. 

   ON TO THE TOPIC AT HAND:
   Like he has for years now, W0UC Paul in EN44 has created a Google spreadsheet where those of us in the Midwest/Great Lakes can post our VHF contest plans.  Before I pass the link along (with W0UC’s permission) a few guidelines.  Please read these.  
    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)  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.  
   4)  Please spread the word among your V/UHF buddies in WI and nearby states to list your ARRL August UHF Contest plans here:   http://www.tinyurl.com/SeptVHF2014

WB9LYH is ON With the 144.240 Net Tomorrow Night

   10:30am Tuesday

   Want to confirm what I posted in the Aug. 27th net reports — that WB9LYH EN54cl, Central WI, will call the 144.240 net tomorrow night.  Start time is 8pm central/9pm eastern.  Antenna pattern from EN54cl is first NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes. 
   All licensed hams are welcome, the net is informal and the purpose is to increase activity on 2m SSB. 

   WB9LYH has a big signal and enjoys pushing the propagation limits.  Mark’s typical range with flat band conditions is east to beyond the Cleveland area, south to southern and central IL, southwest to KS, west to the Dakotas and north to Ontario.  Please help us spread the word to all 2m SSB operators in a multi-state (and Canadian province) area.

New 2-Meter and 222 MHz Beacons

9:15pm Tuesday

This will be the last post for tonight.

I’ve gotten email about 3 new beacons.  Let me summarize…

1)  On 144.295, K8MM has a beacon from EN83fa, near Flint, MI.  Beacon is up at 90′, with 10w going to the antenna, which is a horizontally polarized omnidirectional loop.  The cw message is “V V V de K8MM/B EN83FA FLINT MI”, repeating about every 10 seconds.
K8MM has plans in the future to put up beacons for 50, 222 and 432 MHz.   If I hear of anything concrete, I will post it here.

2)  I’ve been hearing that there’s a new beacon around 144.290.  This is the W9MUP beacon.  In fact, when I look at W9MUP’s page at www.qrz.com, I see he has posted the following:  “Have beacons @ 28.295.8 50.075.5,144.290, 432.315.5 , 1296.072.5 , 2304.041.5″  (I assume they are located at his EN52eo QTH, which is on basically on the WI/ILL border, SW of Madison, WI.)

3)  A new 222 MHz beacon is on the air.  Here’s the complete info, via a post to the Badger Contesters group by W9JJ:
” Gang,
Listen up for a new 222 Beacon…
Frequency – 222.058 MHz CW
Call sign – N9HF
Message – 30 second carrier followed by “de N9HF/BCN EN 52 Clinton, Wis”
Location – EN52nn – just North of I-43 in Clinton WI
Height – Antenna is at 120′ AGL (about 1000′ AMSL)
Rig – converted Midland 13-509
Power – 3.5 watts (at transmitter) into 120′ of 7/8ths Heliax
Antenna – Single horizontally-polarized Halo antenna on the mast at
the top the tower, on the South side of the mast.
Reception reports invited to “n9hfontheair@gmail.com
Beacon went on the air at sundown today – 0001 GMT 8/23/14…

73 Bart W9JJ”

ALSO…

4)  A nice listing of Midwest VHF/UHF beacons is here:  http://www.nlrs.org/home/beacons
To that listing, I would also add that a beacon is on 432.300 – the W8GVK/B from EN63vb, Grand Haven, in western MI.   

Two good listings of beacons are here:   http://www.newsvhf.com/beacons2.html  covers 144 MHz and higher
and…  http://www.keele.ac.uk/depts/por/50.htm  covers exclusively 50 MHz  (6 meters)
Save those to your VHF/UHF favorites folder.   Don’t rely on kc9bqa.com for your only source of beacon info.   Also, don’t be surprised if a listed beacon is no longer on the air or if you hear a beacon that isn’t listed.

ARRL September VHF Contest is Sept. 13-14, 2014 + Link to VHF Contesting School Articles

   9pm Tuesday

   The last all-band VHF/UHF contest of the season is drawing closer.  Talking about the ARRL Sept. VHF, all bands 50 MHz and up.  It’s on the weekend of Sept. 13-14, 2014.  In the central time zone, it starts at 1pm Sat. and runs until 10pm Sun.   (The next ARRL multi-band contest will be on either the 3rd of 4th weekend of Jan., 2015) 
   Here’s the link to the rules:  http://www.arrl.org/september-vhf  
   In a week or so, I should have an additional post about this contest, with a link to that Google spreadsheet that W0UC in EN44 has been creating for years now.  In that interactive spreadsheet, Midwest and Great Lakes VHF contesters are encouraged to post their plans and get some pre-contest excitement going. 

    IF YOU ARE NEW TO VHF CONTESTING, I WOULD LIKE TO HELP.  I have a series of articles I wrote several years back.  I call them VHF Contesting School.  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=5931 is the main link.   Everything you need is there. 

    If you would rather have things broken down into bite-sized pieces, you can also go to these links:  
    These links are in order from a basic introduction, to antennas, to what bands and frequencies to use, and so on.  
   http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1677   VHF Contesting School — Introduction.
   http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1689    Antennas – The Most Important Part of Your V/UHF Station.
  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1700    What Bands and Frequencies to Use.
  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1717     How to Log a V/UHF Contest.
  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1727    Helpful Hints — Being a Smarter Operator.
  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1737    Go Roving!   Put the Antennas and Rigs in the Mobile.
  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1740    More Detailed Rover Info.
  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1750    Rules and Scoring.  

    You are free to share this info with hams everywhere.  We need more VHF/UHF Contesters! 
    Reason I wrote these articles was to get more hams comfortable sitting down at the mic and calling, “CQ Contest”.  VHF/UHF contests (at least in the Midwest and Great Lakes) can *always* use more operators.
    THESE ARTICLES ARE NOW SEVERAL YEARS OLD.  I would definitely check the latest ARRL contest rules against what I have written in the last article entitled, “Rules and Scoring”.   The majority of the other articles still have advice that’s applicable today.

144.252 Net Reports from 8/18 and 8/25/14

8:45pm Tuesday

I actually made 3 posts tonight.
Want to remind everyone about the ARRL Sept. VHF Contest, which is on Sept. 13-14.  All bands from 50 MHz on up thru the microwaves are in play.  http://www.arrl.org/september-vhf
Another post will share details about 3 new VHF beacons in WI and MI.

Before I get to K8TQK’s net reports, remember that the 144.240 Wed. net called by WB9LYH in EN54 is OFF for Aug. 27th.  Mark plans on being back on the air Wed., Sept. 3rd, at the usual summer start time of 8pm central/9pm eastern.

K8TQK in EM89je, south-central OH, calls a great net every Monday on 144.252 MHz at 8:30pm eastern.  Bob has a great QTH and big signal.  He routinely gets out 300-500 miles under normal conditions to stations with a decent yagi up in the clear.  (horizontally polarized, as is the custom on the SSB/CW side of VHF/UHF)  K8TQK is always looking for more check-ins, so give a listen his way on Monday evenings on 144.252.   The net is informal, all licensed hams are welcome to listen along or say hello.
K8TQK’s antenna pattern from EM89 is first North, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes.  You can also follow along at the ON4KST.com real-time ham chat.  Specifically talking about the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz.  If you have no idea what this chat is about, go here:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1072  The chat is active every morning and evening.  You are free to simply observe quietly or join in when you’re ready.

On Aug. 18th, K8TQK had 23 check-ins:  N8WNA EN82;  KC8RRT EN81;  KF6A EN73;  VA3HD FN14;  K8ZES FN02;  W2UAD FN13;  W9KXI FN12;  KB3TNZ FN11;  KC8QDQ and KB8GUE EM89;  AC3L/M FN00;  KB3CXQ FM09;  W3IP FM19;  W4LES, WA4NJP and W4IMD EM84;  WB4IXU EM86;  N4TLL EM87;  WB0SWQ EN40;  WB8ART and N8XA EM79;  K9MRI EN70 and KC9WSS EN61.

On Aug. 25th, K8TQK had 25 check-ins:  N8WNA EN82;  W8SOL EN71;  KC8YJB and KD8JQ EN91;  AC3L/M FN00;  KB3TNZ FN11;  KB3CXQ FM09 (hint:  this ham is in WV, a tough state to get on VHF);  W8WG and KB8GUE EM89;  W3IP FM19;  N1GC EM95;  W4LES, WA4NJP and W4IMD EM84;  KY4MRG EM77;  WM8I EN80;  KA2KQM EM74;  NR8OI, WB8ART and N8XA EM79;  KC8RRT EN81;  KA1ZE FN01;  VE3MLM FN04;  NG4C FM16 and VE3XTM EN93

144.240 Net is OFF Tonight and Aug. 27th

   9am Tues.

   WB9LYH has emailed to say that he couldn’t find an alternate net control.  Mark won’t be around the next two Wednesdays, so the 144.240 net is OFF for tonight and for Aug. 27th. 

   Of course, anyone is free to pick up the mic and start something.  Hope someone does. 

   Remember that I’ve been selling off my station so I’m no longer an option.  March 15th posts at kc9bqa.com explain my reasons for selling off and this post from June 27th http://kc9bqa.com/?p=7852 provides the latest update on what still is for sale (towers/yagis/feedline).

This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

   12:30pm Fri. 

   Before I get to the net reports, please note that WB9LYH will NOT be around the next two Weds. to call the 144.240 net from EN54 Central WI.  STAY TUNED, though — WB9LYH is working on getting a fill-in net control and when we know who that will be, I will announce it here at kc9bqa.com.  

   On Wed. night, WB9LYH had a light turnout.  His 8 check-ins to the 144.240 net (start time 8pm central, 9pm eastern, look toward EN54cl, Central WI) were:  N8WNA EN82;  K8TQK and KB8GUE EM89;  K9CCL EN61;  WA9BNZ EN40;  AC0RA EN41;  WB0YWW EN22 and KA8FFM EN56.   Mark was pleased to get KB8GUE in the net log with some help from K8TQK and it’s also good to hear from the U.P. of MI with KA8FFM.  

    On Mon. night, K8TQK called his 144.252 net from EM89je, start time of 8:30pm eastern.  Bob had 22 check-ins:  W8SOL EN71;  KD8JQ EN91;  W2UAD FN13;  W9KXI FN12;  AC3L/M FN00;  W3IP FM19;  VA3HD FN14;  KB3TNZ FN11;  KJ4ZYB FM07;  WB4IXU EM86;  WA4NJP, W4IMD and W4LES EM84;  WD4NMV EM85;  AJ4EN EM94;  WA4REE EM65;  WB7PMP EM88;  WB0SWQ EN40;  KB8GUE EM89;  WB8ART EM79;  WM8I EN80 and W8IO EN63. 

    AGAIN, stay tuned with the 144.240 net control schedule for the rest of August.  I will post details here when I get them.