I have WB9LYH’s 144.240 and K8TQK’s 144.252 net reports from this week.
Remember that there are many nets and organized activity on bands like 50, 144, 222 and 432 MHz every week. The trick is knowing where/when to find them. Please refer to posts here at kc9bqa.com dated Oct 13, 15 and 17, 2013. Those posts have info for all 7 nights of the week, in a wide area surrounding the Midwest and Great Lakes. Feel free to pass this info along to hams everywhere.
On Wed. nights, WB9LYH calls the 144.240 net from EN54cl, Central WI. 7pm central/8pm eastern start time and the antenna pattern is first NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next hour or so.
WB9LYH reported the propagation was decent, but not many guys were on. Mark’s 12 check-ins were: K8RS EN72; WB0DGF EN63; AB9QH EN62; K9CCL EN61; KA9DVX EN51; W1JWS EN50; WA9BNZ EN40; WB0YWW EN22; KB9LUK EN34; K0SIX EN35; W9EWZ EN52 and W0ANH EN47. Mark also reported that he was being heard in EM89 by W8PU and KB8GUE but he could not hear them.
On Monday nights, K8TQK calls the 144.252 net from EM89je, south-central OH. 8:30pm eastern start time and the antenna pattern is first N, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and N over the next hour or so. I still list K8TQK’s check-ins because for several years, Bob was affiliated with us on Wed. nights. (If you like knowing how things have evolved over time, our Wed. night net story is here: http://kc9bqa.com/?p=5363)
Monday night, K8TQK had 24 check-ins: N8AIA and N8WNA EN82; KV8T, KD8GHY, KD8JQ and K8GDT EN91; VE3KCY and VE3XTM EN93; VA3HD FN14; W2UAD FN13; AC3L/M FN00; WB4IXU EM86; KI4ECU EM97; W4LES, WA4NJP and W4TMW EM84; WA4REE EM64; KI4ROF EM55; KB9RDS and N8XA EM79; KB8GUE and W8PU EM89; WB0DGF EN63 and KC9CLM EN52.
Both WB9LYH and K8TQK have great stations that can get out 300-400+ miles under flat conditions. They both enjoy pushing the propagation limits so spread the word so that DX will give a listen.
I wonder how many Joe Q. Hams know that you can work hundreds of miles on 2m SSB, any old time, using nothing more special than a horizontal yagi, (or horizontal loops that are omni, but have less gain), good coax and at least 25-100w output power. My guess is less than 10%. I’ve been trying to spread this story since 2007-08. I thank each of you that have also helped spread the news.
Look for WB9LYH and K8TQK next week.
K8TQK is on 144.252 @8:30pm eastern every Mon. from EM89je, south-central OH.
WB9LYH is on 144.240 @7pm central every Wed. from EN54cl, Central WI.
Remember that other VHF/UHF nets and activity nights in a wide area surrounding the Midwest and Great Lakes are listed at posts dated Oct 13, 15 and 17th, 2013 at KC9BQA.com.