The ARRL January VHF Contest is next Sat. and Sun., the 21st and 22nd. Full details about the contest are contained in a few posts directly below this one at kc9bqa.com. Make plans now to get on and keep the airwaves warm.
144.240 net control WB9LYH reported “variable propagation but good results” about the net on Wed. The 15 check-ins were: KD9BGY, K9CCL and N9KKF EN61; WA9JML EN51; WB8LNG EM79; K9LQZ EM68; N9ARB and W9UIJ EN52; KB9MIV EM59; WB0SWQ, WA9BNZ and W9BBP EN40; W1JWS EN50; N9RXM EN41 and KG0SJ EN22.
Nice turnout on a frigid winter night. Glad to see 3 check-ins from EM-land. I know WB9LYH can get way down into IL, MO and IN. And I know WB9LYH loves pushing the propagation limits, so please remember that DX is always encouraged to give it a try.
Far as I know, WB9LYH has no conflicts on his calendar and you can expect the 144.240 net to be on every Wed at the usual start time of 8pm central/9pm eastern. More details about the net just below. From time to time, (perhaps 4-5 times a year) WB9LYH has a conflict and whenever possible, he finds an alternate net control and we publish any changes here at kc9bqa.com.
The 144.240 net has been called continuously since June 2008. If you care for history, our net story is here: http://kc9bqa.com/?p=5363
If you’re a regular visitor, you know what follows. I repost the net details frequently for the benefit of newcomers. If you are a newcomer to kc9bqa.com, thank you for visiting. I suggest you take 5-10 minutes to scroll thru a few months worth of headlines here. Then take a few more minutes to go thru the posts that are of interest.
The 144.240 net is called every Wed. at 8pm central/9pm eastern by WB9LYH in EN54cl. EN54cl is central WI, near WI Rapids. All licensed amateurs are welcome; the net is informal and the goal is to increase activity on 2 meter SSB. We appreciate you helping to spread the word and newcomers are welcome.
The 144.240 Wed. net always starts out by looking NE, E and SE into eastern time zone. Then WB9LYH turns S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 30-45 minutes or so, give or take.
WB9LYH — Mark — has a big signal. 500 watts into a pair of 17B2’s up on ridge. Mark works stations with horizontal yagis aimed accurately out to 300, 400 and sometimes 500 miles. That’s with ordinary band conditions. As mentioned above, DX is always welcome to listen along and give it a try. Never know when there might be a little bump in propagation and contacts beyond 500-600 miles could be possible. We also value local and semi-local check-ins. The net appreciates the dozens and dozens of regulars over the past 8+ years.