Last Week’s 144.240 Net Report

3:45pm Monday
It was a very light net last Wed. because of the presidential debate.

The 6 check-ins were:  KD9BGY, K9CCL and N9JBW EN61;  WA9JML EN51;  N9RXM EN41 and W9BBP EN40.

144.240 net control WB9LYH (located in EN54cl, central WI) expects to call the net this week, but if something comes up at the last minute, I will always publicize any change here at

If you want more info about the Wed. 144.240 net, scroll down to the first half of a post dated Sept. 28th at


144.240 Net Reports for last night and Oct. 5th

8:45am Thur

Last night, 144.240 net control WB9LYH reported “good propagation to the south but few on”.  Check-ins were KD9BGY, K9CCL and N9JBW EN61;  W1JWS EN50;  NG9K and N9RXM EN41;  N9EM EN53;  W9BBP, WB0SWQ and WA9BNZ EN40 and KG0SJ EN22.

On Oct. 5th, WB9LYH reported average conditions.  Check-ins were KC9RAP EN63;  N9YK EN71;  K9CCL, K9ILU and N9JBW EN61;  KB9PSE EN52;  WB9TFH EN53;  N9RXM and NG9K EN41;  WA9BNZ EN40;  W1JWS EN50;  AE0MM EN34;  K0DPL EN42 and KA0EIV EN30.   Net control WB9LYH also added at the end of his emailed net report to me, “Some of the stations use low power, some use minimal antennas, but it works anyway over hundreds of miles.  It is a learning experience.”
Pleased to welcome AE0MM as a new check-in.  Always nice to hear from Minnesota.  So many VHF’ers in the Twin Cities area, (and MN really, check out for their VHF/UHF club) but so few ever say hello.  Some areas are like that.  Used to recruit very heavily down toward St. Louis via email and could never get anyone to look north on Wed. nights.

THE WED 144.240 NET STARTS AT 8PM CENTRAL/9PM EASTERN.  Net control is WB9LYH Mark, in EN54cl, central WI, a good hour west of Green Bay.  If you need more info about the net, scroll down the front page here at to a post dated Sept. 28th.

144.240 Net is ON Tonight — Not Getting Weekly Emails? Read On

10:15am Wed.

Want to confirm that WB9LYH plans on calling the 144.240 Wed. net tonight at the usual time of 8pm central/9pm eastern.  WB9LYH is located in EN54cl, central WI, a good hour west of Green Bay.  Mark has a big signal and all licensed amateurs are welcome.  The goal is to increase activity on 2 meter SSB.  We appreciate our loyal check-ins, both local and semi-local.  WB9LYH enjoys pushing the propagation limits and DX is always welcome to give it a try.
If you need more info about the net, check other posts below this one at
Ever since I got motivated to increase 2 meter SSB activity back in 2008, I have emailed weekly reminders to various groups of VHF’ers that were in my logbooks.  One group is to the east of WI and another is to the south and west.   I’ve been emailing these hams for many years now.  I am not sure that many read the email anymore.
I would prefer everyone simply check weekly but I know in the real world, that’s not going to happen.  So the weekly emails are a friendly, low-key way of reminding VHF’ers to tune in on Wed. nights and to let others know to do the same.  The same message I put up here at the website.

LATELY MORE AND MORE of these emails bounce back to me.  By now, nearly half of the emails are bouncing back.  So if you’re visiting, wondering where your emails are, now you know.
For a few months, anyone with an address has been bouncing back to me.  Then a few weeks ago, when all the Yahoo BS hit, that triggered a much larger wave of emails bouncing back.  Anyone with a Yahoo email addy, plus and is now affected.
I’M NOT SURE WHAT TO DO ABOUT THIS.  I’m a real putz when it comes to a lot of computer things.  So for the next few weeks, I think I’m going to simply not send out the emails and not get annoyed when dozens of them bounce back to me.

If the number of net check-ins stays strong even without me sending out emails, then I’ll know what to do.  Simply stop sending weekly reminder emails.  That would make my life simpler.

If someone knows an easy solution to this, I’m all ears.  My everyday email is good at  Unfortunately, I had to disable the “comment” feature at several years ago.  I was getting all sorts of crazy spam.

I WON’T LIE.  I WOULD PREFER EVERYONE GET IN THE HABIT OF VISITING KC9BQA.COM just for a minute or two, once or twice a week.  Check the latest headlines and you’re done.  And of course, refer others so we can get more signals on the SSB/CW portions of bands like 50, 144, 222 and 432 MHz.  Plus yes, microwave bands like 902, 1296, 2304 MHz and on up into even 10 Gig.

18 Check-Ins to Last Wed’s 144.240 Net

1:30pm Tues.

Last Wed. night 144.240 net control WB9LYH reported, “Some weather to the east, but a good net”  The 18 check-ins were:  WA9JML EN51;  N9RXM and NG9K EN41;  K9CCL, K9ILU, KC9RIO, N9IYV, N9JBW and KA8TBW all EN61;  K9KHW EN63;  N9LAZ EN52;  WB8AHT EN72;  KC8ZJL EN71;  AB9QH EN62;  W1JWS EN50;  WA9BNZ EN40;  KA0EIV EN30 and W0ANH EN47, south shore of Lake Superior.  Great to hear from Connie up in Grand Marais, MN.
Net control WB9LYH also mentioned that he heard several good comments along the net about how N9XKH helped out last Wed. while Mark was off the air due to lightning.   Appreciate your backup, Dennis.

I will keep this post short.  If you are new here at and you want more info about the Wed. 144.240 net, please visit the 2nd half of the post just below this one.  We appreciate all our check-ins, both regular and occasional, both local and DX.

I would expect WB9LYH to be on 144.240 again this Wed., at the usual start time of 8pm central/9pm eastern.

144.240 Wed. Net Reports from 8/31, 9/7, 9/14 and 9/21


HOORAY!  Finally going to get caught up this morning.  I think the net reports are important, and I want to stay current.  Spread the word that I’ve gotten caught up now.  Lots of check-ins I want to gratefully acknowledge.   First a few announcements for those who may not be familiar with our net.

**WB9LYH should be on as usual tonight — 8pm central/9pm eastern.**  Antenna pattern is always to look into the eastern time zone first.   Talking MI, VE-3, OH.  Then SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45 minutes or so.  Be flexible; we’re never sure which direction might be busier on a given night.   All licensed amateurs are welcome, the net is informal and the purpose is to get more signals on 2 meter SSB.

The 144.240 net is called every Wed. at 8pm central/9pm eastern by WB9LYH Mark, who is in EN54cl, central WI, an hour and a half west of Green Bay.  Mark has a big signal and can easily reach out 300-400+ miles under normal band conditions.  Plus Mark enjoys pushing the propagation limits so weak signals and DX are *always* welcome.
We’ve been doing the Wed. 144.240 net from WI since June 2008 and our story is here:  We always ask everyone to help us spread the word and to get more signals on 2m SSB.  Not just for a few minutes during a net, but whenever you have some time to operate.  Get in the habit of calling CQ, swinging the antenna around, looking for activity.   So many of us fall into the habit of “just listening”  Well if 20 guys are all “just listening” how many signals get heard???  Yep… zero.
Resolve to call CQ more often.
A truly healthy band has lots of hams in different areas calling CQ, swinging the yagi around, looking in all directions.


Here’s the last 4 net reports.

On Aug. 31st, WB9LYH had 15 check-ins to the Wed. 144.240 net.  Mark reported good conditions to the east and south.  Check-ins were:  VE3ZV EN92;  W8SOL and KC8ZJL EN71;  N9NDP EN62;  WB8LNG EM79;  N9RXM and KC9OVD EN41;  W9HQ EN43;  W1JWS EN50;  WA9BNZ and W9BBP EN40;  AB9QH EN62;  N9IYV, WA9HIR and N9JBW EN61.

On Sept. 7th, WB9LYH reported that weather to the south was a limitation.  Still, Mark had a healthy 13 check-ins:  KC9RAP EN63;  KC9RIO, K9CCL and N9JBW EN61;  WA9JML EN51;  KC9VHD EN62;  N9YK EN71;  N9RXM and KD0WTE EN41;  W1JWS EN50;  KA0EIV EN30 and WA9BNZ EN40.
I (KC9BQA) want to note how much activity we’ve had over time from west-central IL and eastern IA.  It’s been really gratifying to see so many different stations on 2 meter SSB from EN40, 41, 50 and the surrounding area.  Want to welcome KD0WTE as a new all-time check-in to the Wed. 144.240 net from WI.  Glad you’re on 2 meter SSB.
As a former contester and grid hunter, my heart skips a beat every time I see a call from EN30.  Glad KA0EIV is checking in occasionally.  If you read these net reports, please help spread the word in S IA and N MO.  I know net control WB9LYH can easily get into those areas, even from EN54, central WI.   Heck, we used to have a regular check-in from the Omaha area, and I don’t think he had more than 9 or 13 elements.

On Sept. 14th, WB9LYH said “good net tonight”.  The 15 check-ins were:  WA9JML EN51;  KC9RIO, K9CCL, N9IYV and N9JBW EN61;  W8SOL EN71;  W9RXM and KC9OVD EN41;  KB9MIV EM59;  N8WAC EN81;  KB8ZJL EN71;  W1JWS EN50;  WA9BNZ and W9BBP EN40 and K0DPL EN42.
Very pleased to see a check-in from EM59.  Thanks for being a new check-in, Tony.   Just like I said above, about getting out to the Omaha area, 144.240 net control WB9LYH can work well down into IL and MO.  We welcome more signals from St. Louis metro and all of MO.  Someone has to help spread the word.  WB9LYH looks south (WB9LYH is EN54cl, central WI) about 8:10-8:25pm central time on 144.240 — Wed. nights.

Last Wed., Sept. 21st, there was a lot of heavy weather affecting our territory.  WB9LYH had lightning around him at 8pm and Mark came up with a clever workaround.  N9XKH in EN52il (WI/ILL state line, south of Madison, WI)  occasionally fills in as net control, and Dennis got things started at the usual time of 8pm central.  Dennis found N9RXM EN41;  KC9WOI and WA9BNZ EN40;  KC9RIO, N9JBW, W9SUS and K9CCL EN61;  WB9TFH and WB9PSH EN53;  WB8AHT EN72 and then WB9LYH EN54.
WB9LYH reports that at 8:40pm central time, the weather over him had cleared and he made a few calls, finding W1JWS EN50, WA9BNZ and KA0EIV EN30.  For a night plagued with storms in a multi-state area, 14 check-ins is very strong.   As WB9LYH said, “tnx to all who communicated through all this”

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.

Full details are in a post here at 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 —

  Please help spread the word and talk the contest up.  Start making plans to get on the air.   Consider posting your contest plans here —   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

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!

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.  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 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.