KA1ZE/3 Net Update from KA1ZE — On 144.205 Seven Mornings a Week

   Since last October, KA1ZE and W2UAD have been stirring up daily activity on 144.205, starting about 1300Z, or 8am eastern/7am central time.   You want to point at KA1ZE/3, who is located in FN01xt, or far North-Central PA.   Stan has a killer QTH and big yagis up 160′, so he gets out forever.   They’re already making 400-500 mile contacts, with flat bands — wait until there’s some mornings with enhancement.    They are also on the on4kst.com VHF/UHF chat, so you can follow along or send messages there.   Choose the IARU Region 2 Room for 144-432 MHz.   Instructions for signing up are at:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=3765
   Both KA1ZE and myself want everyone to spread the word about this morning activity.   I made a longer post about it, with specific instructions back on Feb. 4th.  If you want details, go here http://kc9bqa.com/?p=4119.   It’s worth taking a few minutes to understand what they’re doing. 
   Stan has sent me a few emails with updates, so here goes: 
   “This is our standard operating habit.  I ask for check-ins and after exchanging reports I standby for anyone in the group that would like to try and make an immediate contact.  This past Saturday, the excitement was a QSO between Gedas W8BYA in EN70jt and Richard N2SPI/M FN22ce.  (N2SPI took a 4 el yagi up 10′ to a high spot and tried very hard over the past two weekends to get W8BYA a new grid — congrats to both Richard and Gedas)   The contact was 498 mi (801km).  Nothing was heard on SSB or CW, so they tried JT65b.   Tones were heard on both ends and signal reports of -11 BYA to SPI and -21 SPI to BYA were received.  Using JT65b I have found copying signals as low as -25 to be pretty routine so there was a little headroom.   W8BYA was at the KW power level and N2SPI used 100 watts to his mobile 4 el yagi. ”
   KA1ZE continues…
   “I could go on and on, but just a few more examples, NG4C Connie in FM16tj worked Dan K1BXC FN31tu 434mi;  W8BYA EN70jt worked WA4GPM FN11og 440 mi;  W8MIL EN74ic worked WA4GPM FN11og 475 mi.  
   The morning regulars (weekdays) are W2UAD FN13gc;  N2SPI FN22bj;  K1BXC FN31tu;  KN4SM FM16qt;  K1PXE FN31ke.  The weekend usually involves W8BYA EN70jt;  W8MIL EN74ic;  WA4GPM FN11og;  KE2DN FN12xc;  and KB3NXQ FM28jn. 
   On Sunday, we had the following check-ins.  W2UAD FN13, W8MIL EN74, K1BXC FN13, N2SPI FN22, W8BYA EN71, VE3VII FN03;  VE3ROR FN03, K1PXE FN31, WB8AUK EN80, KB3TNZ FN10 and W2GIO FN31.   Several QSO’s were made between the stations checking in.  On the “interesting” side of propagation, K1BXC FN31 heard W8MIL EN74 and W8BYA ENEN71 heard K1BXC at S0 for 1 minute with Q5 copy.  Both of these were distances of greater than 670 miles.   Perhaps airplane scatter?   They also reported the common MS (meteor scatter) was prevalent.

   To date well over 100 different stations from 41 grids have checked into the morning group.”

    Make sure to listen in on 144.205 every morning at 7am central/8am eastern.   See what you can hear and if you need to type a message to net control KA1ZE, use the on4kst.com chat, as described in the first paragraph of this post.

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