WB9LYH 144.240 Net Had 24 Check-Ins

    Even with storms plaguing the Chicago area, N IND and S MI, we had a very strong turnout tonight.  
   WB9LYH heard from:  
    KR8T EN72;  N8WNA EN82;  N9FRY, NT9E, K9KEU, KC9AOV, all EN52.   W9GA and WD9ITJ EN53;  K9KHW and KC9BQA EN63;  N9NDP EN62;  W9YZU EM69;  WA9BNZ EN40.   Our temporary detour to 144.250 for the St. Louis area found K0PFX in EM48.   Thanks for tuning in, Mel.    Tonight, the 144.250 call went out at 8:40, but it can be anytime from about 8:20-8:50pm  (We detour to 144.250 for a short call toward St. Louis because there’s often local activity on 144.240 in their area) 
    Once back on 144.240, we heard from K9AKS EN41;  WB0YWW and KG0SJ EN22;  W0ANH EN47;  W0HXL EN21;  N0WJY EN10;  KA0KYZ EN33;  K0SIX EN35; W9JN EN54 and N0IRS EM29.  

    Few highlights from tonight…   KR8T made his first QSO on 144 SSB tonight, the way I heard it.   He has 11 els up 110′, so he’s all set to go.  
   Very strong numbers from WI tonight.   I counted 9 WI check-ins.  
    Later, WB0YWW worked W0ANH up in EN47 on 144.230.   Think that might have been a new grid for ‘YWW, who’s been on 144 a long time.  
    KA0KYZ now has stacked beams from EN33, and he’s very loud.   He also volunteered to look away from WI during future nets, in an effort to reach Dakotas stations WB9LYH might not be able to contact directly.    The more we’re able to do this, the more stations we can include, even 500-700 miles away from WI.  
    In that vein, N0IRS advised that many KC-area stations were on tonight.   They also had good conditions to their south with a Dallas-area SWOT net on 144.250.   Timing was a little off, so we were sorry to miss the KC guys.   Hopefully we’ll have better (and earlier) coordination on future Weds.    I know WB9LYH enjoys working the DX, so we’ll make every effort to include anyone who’s listening.   There’s never any harm in sending me an email (I’m good at qrz.com) ahead of net time, or posting your interest to the on4kst.com chat, if you want a contact.   

    The on4kst.com chat room for 144-432 MHz (IARU Region 2) is not the be all and end all for VHF’ing.   Nothing replaces the actual on-air contact.   To me, the chat is simply a great tool for finding possibilities you wouldn’t otherwise know about.   I’ve yet to run into a VHF’er who tells me the bands are too crowded.   So increasing activity is key.   We can keep guys interested in V/UHF’ing with more activity.   Or we can lose them because they get tired of hearing white noise.   Which option do you prefer?

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