Last Night’s Net Reports — Many Pleasant Surprises

   6am Thursday — Still have rain and high wind here this morning, 40 miles north of Milwaukee. 

   WB9LYH emailed me his net report and I’m amazed to read that he had “excellent propagation to the east, and better than average to the south and to Iowa.”  There was a multi-state area of cold, heavy rain and high wind covering SE WI, NE ILL, all of MI, IN and most of OH.   The last thing I would expect with that kind of weather is excellent propagation. 
   Just goes to show the only thing that matters is actual signals on the air.  You can wonder all you want about propagation, but the only way you will know is to pick up a mic, call CQ and make contacts for yourself.  
   **Please remember that the 144.240 net is NOW ON WINTER HOURS, STARTING AT 7PM CENTRAL/8PM EASTERN UNTIL NEXT SPRING.  Help us spread the word to those who don’t have internet or email**
  Let’s get to Mark’s list of check-ins.  Happy to report that 5 new calls were on board last night. 
  WD9CPY EN54;  N9OLT EN64;  KB9HQF and KC8ZJL EN71;  VE3LPY EN82;  N9NYA EN43;  KY9E EN53;  W9YZU EM69;  W9BBP EN40;  KG0SJ EN22;  W0IEZ EN42;  AC0RA EN41;  KC0QWO EN42;  N8MD EN44 and VE3KRP EN58. 
   The calls I think are new to the .240 net are KB9HQF, KY9E, W0IEZ and KC0QWO and N8MD.  Welcome to all of you and thanks for helping make 2m SSB/CW more lively.  I now see via that KY9E is an upgraded call.  Old friend WD9ITJ Bill is now KY9E.  Congrats, Bill on your upgrade!  

   K8TQK’s 144.250 net will continue to start at 7:30pm central/8:30pm eastern. 
   Last night, from EM89, Bob heard from:  VE3LPY EN82;  K8GDT, KD8FHY and NF8O EN91;  WA4REE EM65;  KI4ROF EM55;  KB9RDS EM69;  KC8ZJL EN71;  KB8TDA EN70;  VA3ELE FN03;  W3BFC FM18 and WB9LYH EN54.  
  If someone who is new to Bob’s net doesn’t see me welcome them in print, please understand it’s not intentional.  Because so many of the .250 net check-ins are out of my normal range (near Milwaukee), I’m not as familiar with those callsigns.  I don’t keep databases or a spreadsheet; I just go off of what’s in my head from 8 years of being on the air.  

   Several of you have emailed, wondering what’s up with KA0KYZ and the 144.230 net.  Terry’s fine, but he has been busy with a lot of work, some of it involving travel.  Back in Sept. he decided that since he wouldn’t know from week-to-week whether he’d be around on Wednesday night, it would be best to call the net off until at least early November. 
   If/when I get an update from Terry, I will pass it along here and via the emails I send out in many directions every week.  Anyone who takes a few minutes once or twice a week to visit this website won’t miss a thing.

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