Last Night’s Net Reports

  **Remember that the 144.240 net is now starting one hour earlier until next spring.  WB9LYH (KC9BQA alternate) will start the 144.240 net each Wednesday at 7pm central/8pm eastern.  Please help by letting others know.**
   Last night it was slow for Mark.  We suspect the combination of the time change and both baseball playoff games being on didn’t help. 
   Mark reported excellent conditions into Detroit, and variable cx’s elsewhere.  His 10 check-ins were:  N9OLT EN64;  N9QWH EN44;  N8WNA EN82;  K9KHW EN63;  W9YZU EM69;  KA9DVX EN51;  WB0YWW and KG0SJ EN22;  KD0FEI EM29 and N0KK EN35.  N0KK has been hamming for over 30 years and he’s now doing more on weak-signal V/UHF.   Kirk, welcome to the net and to the V/U side. 

   Nothing will change with K8TQK’s start time.  Bob will continue to do the 144.250 net at 8:30pm eastern.  Last night, Bob had 17 check-ins:  N8WNA EN82;  KB8JNE EN80;  K8POS EN83;  VA3ELE FN03;  NF8O and KD8FHY EN91;  W2UAD FN13;  AC3L/M FN00;  K3IB FM19;  KO4YC FM17;  K4YA EM86;  KE4LGL EM77;  WA4REE EM64;  KI4ROF EM55;  W9YZU EM69;  KB8TDA EN70;  WB9LYH EN54. 

   Both our net controls have excellent range.  Take the contact last night between K8TQK and WB9LYH, for instance.  They worked each other on a roughly 480-490 mile path.  WB9LYH reported S5-9 signals.  This was with normal to slightly enhanced conditions; nothing special.  Both stations have high-gain, directional yagis up high, in the clear, plus amplifiers in the 500w range.  Good QTH’s are an additional bonus. 
   Remember both our net controls enjoy DX contacts.  If you’re within 300-500 miles of either WB9LYH or K8TQK, stop by on Wed. night and see how the bands are.  Help us spread the word, please. 

   If you’re the type of ham who loves DX, you can also start working 100, 200, 300 miles or more on V/UHF.  Move beyond the rubber duck or rooftop vertical.  Get a good horizontal yagi (at least 9-11 elements, preferably more) up as high as you safely can.  Get your output power in at least the 50-100w range and use low loss feedline like LMR-400.   Plus get used to using headphones and hearing static.  This is not the FM side; it’s SSB/CW.  Many times, your most exciting contacts will be at the S0 or S1 signal level and without headphones, you might not even hear the station on the other end. 
   If your QTH is lousy, operate as a portable or hilltopper station.  AC3L is doing this, and so do others.  You take your radio show to great locations where you will be the sought-after DX.

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