Wed. 144.240 and 144.250 nets are *ON*

    Final call that the 144 nets are *ON* tonight.   WB9LYH comes on 144.240 at 0100Z and starts out looking east into MI.   WB9LYH is located in EN54cl, or smack in the middle of WI.   Mark slowly rotates his stacked 17B2’s clockwise, calling CQ frequently and picking up check-ins from MI, OH, IN, IL, MO, IA, KS, NE, MN and sometimes VE3-land.   Of course, we’re always optimistic about DX beyond those states.     We usually have a SD station or three trying, and would love to hear from any ND stations.   Or outstate MN. 

    We also encourage our check-ins to slide down to 144.230 or lower and try working each other directly.   Or feel free to swing your beams away from WI, and see who’s in the other direction.   With steady progress, we can make this happen and make Wed. night one where dozens of VHF’ers get on the air.    Us net controls can only do so much.   It’s you check-ins that really determine how wide an area we cover.   Nothing would please Mark and myself as much as eventually making Wed. night on 2 meter SSB active across the eastern 2/3rds of the USA.    It’s totally possible, but it does take some effort.   Spread the word and look away from WI with those beams, once you know net control is past you. 

     You guys know about the www.on4kst.com chat by now.   Plenty use it, some won’t.   The reason I promote it is because upon entering the room, you see a roster of all the callsigns and grid squares on the right.   So you know who’s out there.   Also, I can hear everything WB9LYH is doing, so I post who he’s working in real-time.   Gives you a sense of who’s on and how the band is.   Finally, if you are inclined to slide down and work other check-ins, you can use the chat yourself to coordinate contacts.   7 simple steps to sign up for the 144/432 MHz chat room are at http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1072   This is the same chat hundreds of 6m and 160m guys have been using for some years now. 

     I come up on 144.250 at 0230Z with the Badger Contesters net.   All are welcome.   I start out chatting to my south with a fairly regular group of Milwaukee/Chicago check-ins.   After we gab a while, I then swing my beam clockwise, going SW, W, NW, N, NE, E, SE.   I typically don’t get to the eastern time zone until after 10-10:15pm their time.    It may turn out that I’ll change that in 2010 — we’ll see.  

     
      It looks like the 146.43 FM net tomorrow night at 0200Z is *ON*.

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