KA0KYZ and WB9LYH Have a Combined 43 Check-Ins Last Night

8:05am Thursday —  Want to thank KA0KYZ and WB9LYH for taking the nets last night and for sending me email with their check-ins.   I’ll get the full net reports up here at some point before noon today, perhaps sooner.  
   When I got home last night, I noticed the APRS prop map http://www.mountainlake.k12.mn.us/ham/aprs/path.cgi?map=na was very orange from WI east to NY and PA.   Generally speaking, when it’s very humid, or there’s widespread fog, conditions improve, sometimes drastically.   There was a big band opening last January 16-17th.   Many guys were making 600, 800 mile contacts.   What I remember was we had an icy fog and the trees were just spectacular.   What I’m saying is today and especially tonight is probably a good time to get on and work some DX.  
    Really having fun going thru the email reports from KA0KYZ and WB9LYH.   After 30+ months of these nets, we’re still getting new all-time check-ins, plus callsigns I haven’t heard on the air in my 7 years of VHF’ing.   For instance, last night we had two new check-ins from EN55, KC9EGV and K9BTP.    Plus a new one from EN44 — N9MHV.  Also had a new one from EN40 — W9BBP.    New check-ins means the word is getting out, so thanks and congrats to all of us who are helping. 
    So many hams now have 2m all-mode capabilities, yet I bet less than 10% ever use it.   Or else they give it a try, hear white noise and give up.   Now if you can direct those guys toward a time and place where they will at least hear activity once a week, then you raise their interest.   Once that happens, they may improve antennas, feedline and really start enjoying the everyday DX potential on 2m SSB/CW.     Or better yet, add bands like 6m, 222 and 432 MHz and become a confirmed V/UHF’er. 

    Last night, KA0KYZ had 14 check-ins:  N9MHV, N9KOR and N9QWH EN44;  W0MTW EN24;   N9NYA EN43;  W8BYA EN70;  N0IRS EM29;  K0CQ EN32;  W0HXL EN21;  WB0YWW and KG0SJ EN22;  K0SIX and KC0RQH EN35;  and KC0TRX EN34.

    Last night, WB9LYH had 29 check-ins:  KC9EGV, WA9ISG and K9BTP all EN55;  N9OLT EN64;  VE3LPY and N8WNA EN82;  W8BYA EN70;  W9YZU EM69;  N9YK EN71;  K9KHW EN63;  KC9GMF EN53;  W9BBP and WA9BNZ EN40.    (Nice to have expanding activity from EN40.)  Continuing — N0IRS EM29;  WB0YWW and KG0SJ EN22;  W0HXL EN21;  K0CQ EN32;  N9MHV, N9KOR and N9QWH EN44;  KC0PDX EN41;  WV9E and KA9FOX EN43;  KA0PQW and KA0KYZ EN33;  KC0RQH and K0SIX EN35;  KC0TRX EN34.     

    I already know that I have the 144.240 net next Wed.   WB9LYH is unavailable.   I am 40 miles north of Milwaukee, grid square EN63ao.   Just like WB9LYH, I start at 0100/7pm central by looking north into the U.P. of MI and then I go clockwise a full 360 from there over the next 90 minutes.   I call CQ frequently, every 20 degrees.   Call at least twice on a given heading before nudging the yagis.   So don’t worry about missing me.

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