144.240 Net Called Tonight by N9XKH in EN52il (WI/IL State Line)

8:15am Wed.

As mentioned in this weekend’s net report, tonight’s 144.240 net will have an alternate net control.

Dennis, N9XKH will kick things off at the usual start time of 8pm central/9pm eastern.   His QTH is EN52il, which is on the WI/IL state line between Madison, WI and Rockford, IL.   I assume Dennis will follow the usual pattern of looking NE and E into MI first, then start sliding east/southeast into OH and IN before turning south and southwest to pick up IL/MO and then KS/IA and then northwest and north to pick up anyone in MN and northern WI or the U.P. of MI.

Get on tonight and see who’s out there.  Give N9XKH some check-ins.

I would plan on WB9LYH being back to call the net on Wed., April 22nd.

This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports


WB9LYH reported improved propagation with the 144.240 net on Wed. night.  Mark’s 14 check-ins were:  N6ORS EN53;  WB9SJA EN60;  W8IO EN63;  K8VFV EN82;  K9CCL and KD9BGY EN61;  W8SOL EN71;  N9XKH EN52;   N9NDP EN62;  KB9KLD EM58;  WB0SWQ and WA9BNZ EN40;  KC9OVD EN41 and VE3KRP in EN58, Thunder Bay, ONT.
I know we’ve never had both EM58 and EN58 check into the same net before.  I think that’s fun.  :)
Also, WB9SJA is a new all-time check-in to this net.  Welcome and thanks for getting on 2m SSB.

N9XKH in EN52il will call the 144.240 net next Wed.  Usual start time of 8pm central/9pm eastern.  N9XKH is Dennis and his QTH is on the WI/IL state line, between Madison and Rockford.  Like WB9LYH, he will look NE to start, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 40-60 minutes, depending on activity levels.
I will try to post a reminder here at kc9bqa.com next week, but you can help by spreading the word.

K8TQK had 19 check-ins to his 144.252 net back on Monday night.  They were:  W8SOL EN71;  N8WNA and N8AIA EN82;  VA3HD FN14;  W2UAD FN13;  AC3L/M FN00;  W3IP FM19;  WA4NJP, W4LES, W4IMP and WB4NMV EM84;  K4LY EM85;  N8XA EM79;  KI4ROF EM55;  N9RXM EN41;  KB8GUE EM89;  KD9BGY EN61 and KB3TNZ FN11.

REMINDER –  The Spring VHF and Up Sprints start this Monday night, April 13th, with the 2 meter band.   Runs from 7-11pm in your local time zone.  Full Sprint info is 3 posts below, dated April 1st.

This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

8:15am  Thur

WB9LYH reported good activity to the east last night with the 144.240 net.  The 12 check-ins were:  W8IO EN63 (MI side);  N8WNA and N8AIA EN82;  KC8ZJL and W8SOL EN71;  K8GDT EN91;  KD9BGY, K9CCL, N9JBW and KC9RIO EN61;  N9NDP EN62 and WA9BNZ EN40.  VE3ZV in EN92 reported hearing WB9LYH (via the ON4KST.com real-time ham chat, I presume) but WB9LYH couldn’t hear him.

The 144.240 net is called every Wed. at 8pm central/9pm eastern by WB9LYH in EN54cl, central WI, near WI Rapids.   Mark has stacked 17B2′s (horizontal polarization, per the custom on SSB) and 500 watts from a ridgetop QTH and can easily work out to 300-400+ miles to stations with longer (horizontal) yagis up in the clear.   All licensed amateurs are welcome.  The net is informal and the goal is to promote activity on 2m SSB.  DX is always encouraged to listen along and give it a try.  We never know when there may be a night with band enhancement and those 500-1000 mile surprises pop in.  It’s a real thrill when that happens so help us spread the word in a very wide circle surrounding EN54.
The antenna pattern from EN54 is NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes.  Exact times can’t be pinned down; it depends on activity levels.   Eastern time zone is always targeted first.

There is a chance that WB9LYH could be called away next Wed.  If this happens, and he can find an alternate net control, I will post that info here when I get it.  Either way, plan on the 144.240 net next Wed at the usual time of 8pm central/9pm eastern.

The 144.252 net is called by K8TQK in EM89je, south-central OH every Monday at 8:30pm eastern.  I still publish Bob’s net reports because a few years back, he partnered with us on Wed. nights.  The 144.252 Monday net’s antenna pattern from EM89je is N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes, depending on activity levels.   K8TQK also has a big signal and is always looking for more check-ins in a wide circle surrounding EM89.

K8TQK also had 12 check-ins this week:  N8WNA EN82;  WB8AUK EN80;  W3IP FM19;  KB3TNZ FN11;  K8OY EM88;  K4SAN FM05;  WB4IXU EM86;  WA4NJP, W4LES and W4IMD EM84;  WB8ART EM79 and KB8GUE EM89.

With Spring Here, Time to Repost My For Sale List

6:20am  Wed.

I realize it’s April Fool’s Day, but I wouldn’t joke about my station being for sale.

To keep this post short, I refer you to this link from Dec. 13th.  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=8063

That should get you thinking about buying a first-rate, multi-band VHF/UHF station.

2015 Spring VHF and Up Sprints Start with 144 MHz on April 13th

6am  Wed.

Want to repost the Spring VHF and Up Sprint info.
Originally posted this on Feb. 23, but with the 144 MHz sprint only 2 Mondays away, this is a good time to get the ball rolling.

The info below comes from WB8BZK Mike, who’s part of the organizing committee for the 2015 Spring Sprints.  Feel free to distribute this far and wide.  The sprints and contests always need more signals on the air.

The Central States VHF Society is proud to sponsor and announce the dates and times for the 2015 run of the VHF and up Spring Sprints!

144 MHz: Monday, 4/13/15 from 7 – 11 PM local

222 MHz: Tuesday, 4/21/15 from 7 – 11 PM local

432 MHz: Wednesday, 4/29/15 from 7 – 11 PM local

Microwave, 902 MHz and up: Saturday, 5/2/15 from 8 AM – 1 PM local

50 MHz: Saturday, 5/9/15 from 2300Z until 0300Z Sunday, 5/10/15

More information and rules will be posted at:  https://sites.google.com/site/springvhfupsprints/home


Kent O’Dell KA2KQM & Mike Metroka WB8BZK
Central States VHF Society Spring Sprint Organizing Committee

Q5 Net On 144.220 Every Thur. at 6:30pm Central

4:30pm  Thur.

I say it all the time, but it bears repeating.  This blog is not just about the 144.240 Wed. net from WI and the 144.252 Mon. net from OH.
For instance, every Thursday you have a popular net out of Chicago on 144.220.  I see the start time has now been changed to 6:30pm (used to be 7pm).  I’m talking about the Q5 net called by N9JBW John from EN61 on the south side of Chicago.  It’s a friendly bunch that’s always looking for more signals.  They have a nice website — go here:  http://www.n9abf.com/q5net/  for more details.

For a much more complete discussion of nets on different VHF/UHF bands, all 7 nights of the week, take some time to read thru posts at kc9bqa.com dated Oct. 13, 15 and 17th, 2013.  Use the archives feature on the right to get there.

This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

4pm  Thur.

144.240 Net Control WB9LYH reports, “With spring comes better propagation.  Good signal (last night) to Cleveland and St. Louis area.”
Mark had 17 check-ins last night –  K8RS and KD8PA EN72;  K8GDT EN91;  W8SOL EN71;  KD9BGY, N9JBW, KC9RIO and K9CCL EN61;  KC9WOI, WA9BNZ and KD0TIN EN40;  KB9KLD EM58;  N9XKH EN52,  N9RXM EN41;  WB0YWW and KG0SJ EN22 and KA8FFM EN56.
Looks like KC9WOI is a new all-time check-in to this net.  Been having a lot of expanded activity to the EN40 region.  Whoever’s spreading the word in that area — thank you.  :)

WB9LYH also said in his email that he expects to be on next week.   We should be warmer next week and perhaps signals will continue to improve.

The 144.240 net is called every Wed. at 8pm central/9pm eastern by WB9LYH in EN54cl.  This is central WI, near WI Rapids.  Antenna pattern from Central WI is NE, then 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 has stacked 17B2′s (horizontally polarized, as is the custom on the SSB/CW side of VHF/UHF) and 500 watts from a ridgetop QTH.   Plus Mark loves pushing the propagation limits, so please spread the word in a very wide area.  It’s a real thrill when someone bombs in from that 500-800 mile range.

K8TQK in EM89je (far south-central OH, near Chillicothe) calls a long-range net every Monday at 8:30pm eastern on 144.252 MHz.  Yes, 144.252, as Bob has a birdie right on 144.250.  His antenna pattern is first north, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes.
K8TQK also loves pushing the propagation limits and with long yagis, big power and a hilltop QTH, he can get out forever.   In fact, WB9LYH had Bob with S5-S7 peaks on Monday night, over a 480 mile path.
I still publish K8TQK’s net reports because a few years back, Bob partnered with us on Wed. nights.  (Our Wed. night net story can be found here:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=5363 )

K8TQK had 17 check-ins to his 144.252 net on Monday night.  N8WNA EN82;  W8SOL EN71;  VE3ZV EN92;  VA3HD FN14;  W2UAD FN13;  AC3L/M FN00;  W3IP FM19;  K4SAN FM05;  N1GC EM95;  WB4IXU EM86;  KY4MRG EM77;  WA4NJP EM84;  WD4NMV EM85;  WB8ART EM79;  KB8GUE EM89;  WB9LYH EN54 and KD9BGY EN61.

WB9LYH Has 15 Check-Ins to the 144.240 Net

9am  Saturday

Had some email problems, but they’ve been resolved and I now have WB9LYH’s net report from Wed. night.
Mark reported some good signals, but high noise levels Wed. night.
The 15 check-ins were:  N8WNA EN82;  W8SOL and KC8ZJL EN71;  KD9BGY EN61;  W9YZU EM69;  WB0SWQ, W9BBP and WA9BNZ EN40;  N9RXM and KC9OVD EN41;  KC9CLM EN52;  N0IRS EM29;  WB0YWW EN22;  KM0T EN13;  KA9FFM EN56.

WB9LYH expects to call the 144.240 net on Wed., March 25th.  Start time is 8pm central/9pm eastern.   If you need more details, scroll down 3 posts to the net report from March 16th.

If you’re a newer visitor, welcome and thanks for your interest in the SSB side of VHF/UHF.
If you’re wondering about other nets in the Midwest/Great Lakes, please use the archives here and go back to posts made Oct. 13, 15 and 17th, *2013*.  Many different nets are discussed there.

WB9LYH 144.240 Net is ON Tonight. Widespread Aurora Yesterday + 432.110 Nightly Activity. Also — K8TQK Has 27 Check-Ins to the 144.252 Monday Net

10am  Wed.

Expect WB9LYH to call our flagship 144.240 net tonight at the usual time of 8pm central/9pm eastern.   If it’s your first time here at kc9bqa.com, scroll down 2 posts for full details on the 144.240 Wed. net.   I hope to have WB9LYH’s net report up here tomorrow morning.

There was quite the aurora event yesterday afternoon into evening.  One of the better ones in a while.  Many signals were reported on 50, 144, 222 and even 432 MHz.   In fact, N4PZ in EN52gb said it was the best 432 aurora he had heard in his 55 years on the band.    Hope many of you got in on the action.
Remember that N4PZ and friends have been spearheading nightly activity on 432.110 for a few years now.  It just gets better and better.  Visit this post:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=8165  for more details.

This post is about K8TQK’s check-in list from Monday night.  Bob was back on the air with a bang.  His 27 check-ins (I get the list from checking the chat archives at www.on4kst.com — specifically the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz) included:  W8SOL EN71;  K8GDT EN91;  W2UAD FN13;  WB8AUK EN80;  N8WNA and N8AIA EN82;  VA3ELE/M FN03;  KB3TNZ FN11;  K3JYD FM09;  W3IP FM19;  K4SAN FM05;  N1GC EM95;  WB4IXU EM86;  N4TLL EM87;  WA4NJP, W4VAS, W4IMD and W4LES EM84;  KU8Y and W9CWG EN61;  KA2KQM EM74;  KI4ROF EM55;  K9LQZ EM68;  KB8GUE and W8PU EM89;  KC9CLM EN52 and WB8ART EM79.

The 144.252 net is called by K8TQK at 8:30pm eastern every Monday.  Look toward EM89je, far south-central OH.  Antenna pattern is N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW over the next 45-60 minutes.  All licensed amateurs are welcome and DX is always encouraged to give it a try.

K8TQK is Back ON Tonight with the 144.252 Net From EM89je

3:20pm Monday

I was just checking in at the www.on4kst.com real time ham chat room (specifically the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz) and I see that K8TQK has posted that his Monday night net will be back ON tonight, at the usual start time of 8:30pm eastern.

Bob has been off the last six Mondays, but the rotor repairs have been made and he’s looking forward to an active net tonight.

K8TQK’s net is on 144.252 (yes, .252 because he has a fat birdie right on 144.250).  Bob’s QTH is EM89je, which is south-central OH.  He has a big signal from a hilltop and he gets out forever.  When I was on the air, I heard K8TQK at least 95% of the time from 392 miles away.
His antenna pattern is to start out looking N, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes, depending on how much activity there is.  You can also follow along at the ON4KST.com chat I mentioned above.