144.240 (WB9LYH EN54) and 144.250 (K8TQK EM89) Nets ON Wed. Night

   7:45am central, Tuesday morning.  

   Still can’t get over that 2m sprint from last night.  If you’d ever told me I’d work 30% more Q’s in a 4-hour sprint than in the 10+ hours I put in for the ARRL Sept. VHF (comparing 2m to 2m only), I’d have never believed it.   It was busy last night, lots of fun.  Most guys did a great job of spreading out from the 144.200 call frequency, too.  I was hearing signals from 144.170 up to 144.225, which is a lot more enjoyable (and effective!) than having a swarm of stations all QRM’ing each other on 144.200.   (I should enter this as a separate post).  

   Tomorrow night is Wednesday and that means more widespread activity on 2m SSB.   
   K8TQK kicks things off at 0030Z/8:30pm eastern with his 144.250 long-range net.  Bob’s in south-central OH, EM89je and he starts out looking north, then goes clockwise a full 360 over the next hour or so.  If you know Bob and are comfortable giving him a little good-natured grief, make sure to ask him if he’s using his rotatable 2m yagi tomorrow night.  🙂   
    WB9LYH follows at 0100Z/8pm central with his 144.240 long-range net.  Mark’s smack in the middle of WI, EN54cl.  He starts out looking northeast, then goes clockwise a full 360 over the next 60-90 minutes. 

    Both our net controls love DX and testing the limits of propagation.  Do whatever you can to let those who are 300, 400, 500 miles away know that we’re out here looking for them.  I know many of you have helped spread the word so thank you.  

    Please remember that KA0KYZ’s 144.230 net from EN33qw, far SE MN is *off* until at least late Oct/early Nov.  If someone else out west is interested in pitching in, that would be great.  Terry started that net at 0200Z/9pm central.  

    These nets are informal; the only purpose is to create more activity on less-used portions of 2m.  As is the custom on 2m SSB/CW, most stations use horizontally-polarized yagis for maximum range.  If you are used to the FM side of 2m, and use vertical antennas, your range will be greatly reduced due to the 20db loss from antennas being cross-polarized.  But if you hear something in the USB mode, and you want to check in, by all means, go ahead.  
   (Long-term, using vertical antennas on SSB/CW portions of 2m doesn’t make sense.  May as well stay on repeaters, because you’re not getting the DX benefits we enjoy from using horizontally-polarized gain antennas.  Sorry if that sounds blunt, but it’s true.  We want and need new signals on weak-signal V/UHF, but there are certain rules of the road well worth paying attention to. )

    I realize not everyone enjoys a net.  Many prefer to do their own signal-hunting.  We encourage this.  In fact, if enough guys got on and called their own CQ’s any old night, we wouldn’t need nets to ensure activity.   We always encourage both our net check-ins and other stations to slide down below 144.230 and spread out and call their own CQ’s.   Several dozen stations working our net controls is nice.  Multiple stations spreading out and calling CQ is what really makes the band come alive.  We saw this last night with the 2m Fall Sprint.

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