Archive for December, 2009

222 Tuesday *ON* tonight — 144 nets tomorrow very doubtful.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

     Please get on and support 222 Tuesday tonight, if you’re able.   This is a nationwide effort to create 1.25m activity at least once per week.   Last week, we had guys from FLA and TX perking things up.   There was good activity (as always) out of the OH/MI/KY/VA/PA area.  
     Locally, I got a nice email from veteran N9NDP.   Harvey said at least 4 fellows were up on 223.5 FM in the Milwaukee area last Tues. evening.  

      222 Tuesday is for everyone, everywhere.   Call CQ, swing your beams, see who’s out there.   Most activity has been centered in the 0100-0400 time period.  

      A large part of the Midwest is going to be affected by a powerful storm today and tomorrow.   This storm is making our 144 nets tomorrow night very doubtful.   I just can’t swing my H-frame with stacked yagis very well in a 30 mph wind.   Snow static could be majestic tomorrow night, too.  
      I emailed WB9LYH and Mark said he was also doubtful.    But he will evaluate the weather at 0100 tomorrow night and make his final decision then.   I’m 95% sure I will be OFF.    So much of the Midwest is going to be affected that I think a lot of guys won’t be on the air.   For you guys out west (MN/IA/KS/Dakotas/NE) the worst of the wind and weather will be done by Wed. night, so feel free to get on and create your own activity.

146.43 FM net report

Friday, December 4th, 2009

    It was quiet last night.     Also had email from K9KJM up in EN64 Sturgeon Bay that he heard nothing out of us with his omni, up very high.   That was surprising.  
    We had:
    KC9NZR  West Bend;  KM4G, KC9KPV,WB9WHO Germantown;  K9FI  Brookfield
    K9FI said that 20m has been good to Indonesia.   He has a Mosley tri-bander up 50′ and 100w.

    Switching gears…
    I’m not going to make this into a weather blog, but I am quite the weather geek.   This time of year, I follow long-range forecasts generated twice daily by computer models.   Last night’s 11pm update showed quite a storm over the Midwest for next Wednesday.

     Does this mean it’s a sure thing?   NO, LOL.    It’s a lot like those Hepburn Tropo Forecast maps.   It’s interesting to look at the potential, but especially with a long-range forecast who knows what will actually happen.  
     If this storm ends up verifying, it would be very windy here next Wed. with a snowstorm somewhere in our region, and a cold rain closer to the low center in SE WI and ILL.

146.43 FM net *ON* tonight — 8:00pm

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

    After a Thanksgiving break, we’re back on with the 146.43 FM simplex net.  

    Not sure if KC9KPV will be looking for DX in MI/IN/IL with his 10 el beam from 0130-0200 or not.   If someone is interested in that, shoot me an email.   Randy’s called for 5-6 weeks now, and I’ve emailed a bunch of guys in the target areas, but he’s only heard from 3 guys, total.   So not sure if we should continue.

     Either way, I am on at 8pm/0200Z with the omni portion of the FM net.   All are welcome to listen along or say hello.   Only purpose is to stir up more activity on less-used portions of 2m.   
     I call for check-ins by local counties first, then I call for “anyone/anywhere”.   If you’re DX, that’s your clue to say hello.   We do listen hard for weak ones, and we’re always looking to expand our range.    If you are on the fringe of our SE WI/NE ILL territory, and you have a strong FM station, we’d enjoy hearing from you.

0100Z Update — WB9LYH is up and running, after all.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

    WB9LYH will be running the 144.240 net, which has just started.     I will be up on 144.250 at 0230Z.

    0225 Update —  Looks like WB9LYH got 23 check-ins tonight.   He’s still calling toward Detroit and St. Louis for the last few minutes.    Conditions were not good, but not quite as bad as I would have thought, given the cold, blustery weather.   I actually heard KB9WZJ EM69, KB9RDS EM79, K0TPP EM48 and N0IRS EM29 fairly well with my own ears.   I heard others, as well, just saying those were the highlights. 
    WB9LYH had:   N8JDO EN62;  KB9WZJ and W9YZU EM69;  KB9RDS EM79;  W9RWS EN52;  AK9F EN61;  N9JZN EN51;  WB0YWW EN22;  W0FAY, KA0OKM, N0RWR and KA9IVP all EN42.  WA0KBZ and K0TPP EM48;  N0IRS EM29;  K0KFC EN35;  N0WJY and WD0BGZ EN10;  K0AJL and KC0TRX EN34;  K0SIX EN35;  N9KOR EN44;  KC9BQA EN63.  
    That’s 23 check-ins, and a lot of grids and states.   The propagation map looked totally flat tonight, but with good participation, many Q’s were made.  

    I came on 144.250 at 0230 and called the Badger Contesters net.   I had 8 check-ins.  
   N9JZN EN51;  K9KHW EN63;  N8JGG and WA8YXT EN71;  KC9NZR, WB9TFH and KB9BJH EN53;  NT9E EN52.  

    The 146.43 FM net is *ON* tomorrow night at 0200Z.    If KC9KPV looks with his 10 el vert. beam for some MI/IN/IL DX, then he’ll do that from 0130-0200.

144.240 and 144.250 SSB nets *ON* tonight — Wed.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

    EDIT — 0500Z UPDATE.   WB9LYH will NOT be on 144.240 later tonight.  Instead, I will take both nets.  I start on 144.240 at 0100Z, or 8pm eastern, looking at MI to start.    I’m 40 miles north of Milwaukee, grid square EN63ao.   I have a 16 el KLM yagi with a 26′ boom, up 70′ and about 140 watts out.       
     Again, I look at MI first, then OH, IN, ILL, MO, IA, NE, MN and finally look north into U.P. of MI about 0220-0230Z.    All are welcome to say hello.   No formal agenda or procedure.   The only purpose is to stir up more activity on 2 meter SSB.  
     Once you know I have moved past your area, please consider doing your own part to liven up 144.   Get on and call CQ in various directions, and see who’s out there.   It is nice that 30-50 guys will try to work a net control.   Think of what an impact it would make if 30-50 guys would spread out across the band and call CQ.

     I also call a net on 144.250, starting at 0230Z.   I start out looking south, where the bulk of my check-ins are from the Milwaukee/Chicago region.   I say hello to each of them for a while, and when done, I swing clockwise, too.   I do pick up some night-owls this way.  

     Both WB9LYH and I hope that we’ll get more and more hams on 144 SSB, across a wide area.   Not so that you can  work us, but that you can work many others.

222 Tuesday report

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

    Got home fairly late from some shopping, but am glad to see that multiple areas of the USA got involved with 222 Tuesday.   We’ve had strong participation for months now with the MI/OH area.   This also includes WB4NKM in EM87 far western part of VA.   Larry’s been in there every night, it seems, handing out a tough grid.  

     A look at the 222 prop logger from tonight shows that an EM86 station, WD4GSM got on, too.   Also had W3KWH in EN90, Pittsburgh.  
     Multiple stations got on from the N FLA area, and later, a handful of guys from Texas got on.    222 Tuesday is for everyone, everywhere, and tonight, we had some variety.