Before I get to the net reports, it is Wednesday and that means the 144.240 net is ON tonight at the usual start time of 8pm central/9pm eastern. Most of you know all the details by now, but for anyone new, here’s what you need to know.
WB9LYH expects to be around in April and he will call the 144.240 Wed. net at the usual start time of 8pm central/9pm eastern. Eastern time zone is targeted first. WB9LYH’s QTH is EN54cl, central WI, near WI Rapids. Mark has a big signal and enjoys pushing the propagation limits. Always let stations in DX territory know that EN54 is on the air on Wed. nights.
The net is informal and the purpose is to increase activity on 2 meter SSB. All licensed amateurs are welcome. We always ask that you help spread the word about this net or anything that’s happening on VHF and UHF.
Net control’s antenna pattern from EN54cl is to start out looking E, then SE, S, SW, W, NW and N at the end. During nets, WB9LYH is also available at the real-time ham chat at www.on4kst.com. Talking specifically about the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz. If you need more info about how to register for this free, no-obligation and no-BS chat, go here: http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1072
On March 15, WB9LYH had 13 check-ins to the 144.240 net. Mark reported signals were up and down, same as the rest of the winter. Mark added, “Signal strength on average has been less than previous years. Perhaps sunspots, or lack thereof, have something to do with this, even at VHF?”
The 13 check-ins were: WA9JML EN51; W8SOL EN71; KD9BGY, K9CCL, N9KKF, W9SUS and K9ILU EN61; W9UIJ EN52; N9RXM EN41; W1JWS EN50; WA9BNZ and WB0SWQ EN40 and WB9TFH EN53.
Last Wed., March 22, WB9LYH reported that propagation was better. The 12 check-ins were: WB8LNG EM79; WA9JML EN51; KC9RAP EN63; KD9BGY, K9ILU and N9KKF EN61; N9EM and KC9ZVZ EN53; WA9BNZ, W9BBP and WB0SWQ EN40 and N9RXM EN41.
Pleased to report that KC9ZVZ is a new all-time check-in. Thanks for stopping by and glad you are on 2 meter SSB.