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.

This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

   6:45am Thur.

   WB9LYH called the 144.240 net last night (Wed.) from EN54cl, central WI.   Mark reported a good net last night.  His 14 check-ins were:  KS8B EN64;  K8TQK EM89;  KD8DRH EN91;  KC9RIO, N9JBW and K9CCL EN61;  KA9DVX EN51;  WA9BNZ EN40;  W1JWS EN50;  WB9TFH EN53;  W8SOL EN71;  WB0YWW and KG0SJ EN22 and W0ANH EN47. 

   *WB9LYH EXPECTS TO CALL THE NET ON WED., AUG 13TH, USUAL SUMMER START TIME OF 8PM CENTRAL/9PM EASTERN*  Antenna pattern from EN54 Central WI is NE, E, 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. 
    WB9LYH enjoys pushing the propagation limits and with stacked 17B2′s and 500 watts from a ridgetop QTH, he is certainly capable.  Please help us by spreading the word to DX stations (beyond say 300-500 miles).  
    We are coming into the best time of year for widespread band openings.  Late summer and fall often have stagnant high pressure systems and conditions can become enhanced, especially from evening thru the overnight and into the morning hours.   The best openings can stick around for several days or more.  I know WI hams are already noticing distant repeaters coming in as of late last night, and with no change in sight weather-wise, the band enhancement should continue. 

    BACK on MONDAY NIGHT, K8TQK also had 14 check-ins to his 144.252 net.  K8TQK is in EM89je, south-central OH and his 144.252 net starts at 8:30pm eastern.  Bob’s antenna pattern is N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes.  He also has a huge signal and easily gets out 300-400+ miles to stations with horizontal yagis in the clear. 
   K8TQK’s 14 check-ins this week were:  N8WNA EN82;  WB8AUK EN80;  VA3HD FN14;  W3IP FM19;  N1GC EM95;  W0LD FM05;  WA4NJP and W4LES EM84;  WB4IXU EM86;  WB8ART and N8XA EM79;  W9CWG EN61;  WA4REE EM65 and KI4ROF EM55.

This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

   6am Thur.
  **ARRL UHF CONTEST IS THIS WEEKEND.  DETAILS ARE IN THE JULY 24TH POST RIGHT BELOW**

   Every Wed. the 144.240 net is on from EN54cl, Central WI.  WB9LYH is net control and the start time in spring and summer is 8pm central and toward about Halloween, he shifts to a 7pm central start for the shorter days of winter.   This Wed. net has been around since June 2008 and our history is here:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=5363 

   WB9LYH emailed me the net report from last night.  Mark said it was a good net, with good conditions, but not many stations on.  His 12 check-ins were:  N8WNA EN82;  W8SOL EN71;  K9CCL and N9JBW EN61;  W9WZJ EM69;  KA9VDU EN53;  N9NDP EN62;  WA9BNZ EN40;  KA9DVX EN51;  W1JWS EN50;  KC9OVD EN41 and WB0YWW EN22. 
  
    *WB9LYH ALSO SAYS HE EXPECTS TO BE ON NEXT WEEK (Wed., Aug. 6th)*  Again, start time is 8pm central/9pm eastern.  All licensed hams are welcome.  The net is informal and the purpose is to create more activity on 2m SSB.  From Central WI, Mark’s antenna pattern is NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes. 
     WB9LYH has a very big signal and really enjoys pushing the propagation limits.  We appreciate you helping us spread the word in a multi-state (and Canadian province) circle. 

     K8TQK has been calling the 144.252 net each Monday @8:30pm eastern for several years now.  Bob also has a huge signal from EM89je, south-central OH.  He can easily work 300-400+ miles to stations with a decent *horizontally-polarized* yagi up in the clear. 
     K8TQK’s 16 check-ins on Monday night were:  W8SOL EN71;  N8AIA EN82;  WB8AUK EN80;  WD8CHR EN90;  WT83 and KD8DJE EM89;  KJ4YZB FM07;  W4LES EM84;  WB4IXU EM86;  N4TLL EM87;  N8XA EM79;  KF6A EN73;  W9DZ EN61;  WB9LYH EN54;  KB8JNE EN70 and WB7PMP EM88.  

     There is SSB activity on bands like 50, 144, 222 and 432 MHz every night of the week, if you know when and where to look.  I summarized this info in posts at www.kc9bqa.com dated Oct. 13, 15 and 17th, 2013.  Visit those posts and learn about your options.  Then help out activity levels by getting that info to your ham buddies.
     Better yet, create your own activity by calling CQ at any time.  That’s what call freqs. like 144.200, 222.100 and 432.100 are for.  Don’t wait for someone else to start something.  Get out of the habit of “just listening”.  I’ve been saying it here for 5+ years… If everyone is at their radio and everyone is “just listening”  how many signals will be heard?

ARRL UHF Contest is Aug. 2-3 Link for Posting Contest Plans is Here.

   12:30pm Thur. 

   Next Saturday at 1pm central is the start time for the ARRL UHF Contest.  It runs 24 hours until 1pm Sun.  (UTC times are 1800Z Sat. to 1800Z Sun).  All bands from 222 MHz on up are in play.  Talking 222, 432, 902, 1296, 2304, 3456, 5 gig, 10 gig and beyond, if you are into the whole laser deal.   You still have 9 days to get ready, please help spread the word.  
    Here’s the link to the ARRL rules and info page:  http://www.arrl.org/august-uhf

     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 UHF 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://tinyurl.com/UHF2014

This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

   Noon Thursday

   Before I get to the net reports, I want VHF’ers to know there are many fine nets and activity nights, all 7 nights of the week, scattered across the Midwest/Great lakes and Plains.  Three posts detailing those VHF/UHF nets are dated Oct 13, 15 and 17th, 2013 at kc9bqa.com.  Use the “archives” at the right and click on “October 2013″ and go from there.   Please spread that VHF/UHF net and activity night info to hams everywhere. 

   Last night, WB9LYH had 13 check-ins with the 144.240 net.  This net is called every Wed. at 8pm central/9pm eastern from EN54cl, Central WI.  (In the fall and winter, we switch to a 7pm central/8pm eastern start)   Antenna pattern from Central WI is NE, 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 very big signal and loves pushing the propagation limits.  His typical range on 2m SSB, with normal band conditions is 300-500 miles.  DX is always welcome to give it a try.  

   We have done the 144.240 Wed. net from WI since June 2008 and our history is here:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=5363 

   WB9LYH reported low noise levels last night but not many folks on the band.  Mark’s 13 check-ins were:  W8SOL EN71;  WB8AUK EN80;  N9JBW and K9CCL EN61;  W1JWS EN51;  WB0SWQ EN40;  KA9DVX EN51;  WB9TFH EN53;  WB0YWW and KG0SJ EN22;  KM0T EN13;  NY0A EN24 and K0BBC EN34.   Both NY0A and K0BBC are new all-time check-ins to the 144.240 net.  Welcome Ron and Matt. 

    Back on Monday, K8TQK had a big night with his 144.252 net.  This net is called from EM89je, south-central OH at 8:30pm eastern time, 52 weeks a year.  K8TQK also has a giant signal on 2m SSB and he’s always looking to stir up more activity.  His antenna pattern is N, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes or so. 
   Monday night K8TQK had 24 check-ins:  N8WNA EN82;  KC8RRT EN81;  KB3CXQ FM09;  W2UAD FN13;  W3IP FM19;  N4TLL EM87;  KY4MRG EM77;  AJ4EN EM94;  W4LES, WA4NJP, W4ZSB and N4QH EM84;  N1GC EM95;  WB4IXU EM86;  KI4ROF EM55;  K9ZF EM78;  KB8GUE and N8XA EM89;  WB0SWQ EN40;  N9EGT and K9SLQ EN70;  KF6A EN73;  WB8AUK EN80 and KC9CLM EN52. 

    YOU CAN MONITOR BOTH THESE NETS AND MUCH MORE VIA THE INTERNET… The ON4KST.com ham chat pages are a free, no-obligation tool for getting more enjoyment out of hamming.  There are many chats for different bands, and the one I’m referring to specifically is the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz.  Read all about the ON4KST.com ham chats here:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1072  
    Over 4400 USA and Canadian VHF’ers are now registered.  The 144-432 MHz chat is busy in the mornings and evenings.  It was really humming Mon. night when band conditions became enhanced later in the evening.

This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

   3:30pm Thursday

   IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR INFO ABOUT THIS WEEKEND’S CONTEST, it’s right below this post. 
  Make sure to take note of the “rover” tab at the bottom of that Google spreadsheet.  AC0RA will be out roving, activating many grids in IL and IA.  Wyatt did a great job in June; he has a nice signal plus enthusiasm.  Return the favor and get on this weekend and hand out points. 

   Let’s get to those net reports.

   WB9LYH called the 144.240 Wed. net from WI.  Mark is in EN54cl, central WI and start time is 8pm central/9pm eastern.  Antenna pattern is NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over a roughly 45-60 minute span.  All licensed hams are welcome.  The net is informal and the goal is to increase activity on 2m SSB.   We appreciate you spreading the word.  
   Mark emailed his net report to me and he had 14 check-ins this week.  W8SOL  and KC8ZJL EN71;  KF6A EN73;  N8WNA EN82;  WA9BNZ and WB0SWQ EN40;  W1JWS EN50;  W9CWD EN52;  KM0T EN13;  W0HXL EN21;  KG0SJ and WB0YNA EN22;  N9KOR EN44 and WB8GUE EM89 was in there briefly. 

   WB9LYH EXPECTS TO BE AROUND NEXT WED. to call the 144.240 net @ 8pm central/9pm eastern.  Hopefully by then we’ll have some real summertime conditions.  Remember that WB9LYH has 500 watts and stacked 17B2′s from a true ridgetop QTH.  His signal gets out forever and he loves it when DX gives it a try.   Help us spread the word far beyond the normal range on 2m SSB (200-500 miles, depending on one’s station). 

   
    THE 144.252 MONDAY NET (called by K8TQK, EM89je, south-central OH, start time 8:30pm eastern) had 18 check-ins this week.  Bob also has a hilltop QTH and an enormous signal.  His antenna pattern is north to start, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes. 
    K8TQK’s 18 check-ins were:  N8AIA EN82;  W8SOL and KC8ZJL EN71;  KD8JQ EN91;  KB3TNZ FN11;  W3IP FM19;  AC3L/M FN00;  KJ4ZYB FM07;  WB4IXU EM86;  W4LES, WA4NJP and W4IMD EM84;  KA2KQM EM74;  WB0SWQ EN40;  N8XA EM79;  KC9CLM EN52 and W8BYA EN70. 

    REMEMBER YOU CAN FOLLOW ALONG WITH BOTH THESE NETS (and connect with other VHF/UHF’ers) via the ON4KST.com ham chat.  Talking the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz.  This is a free, no-BS program available to all hams.  (There are many chat rooms for different bands, check it out)  
    Learn how to register for the ON4KST.com ham chat at this link:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1072