144.240 and 144.250 Nets Should be ON This Wednesday. REMEMBER WB9LYH on 144.240 now starts at 7PM CENTRAL

   The 2m SSB nets on Wednesdays continue to attract both veteran and newer VHF’ers.   You are welcome to listen along or say hello when it’s convenient.  All are welcome; these nets are informal and the purpose is to help create more activity on less-used portions of 2 meters.  Please help us spread the word.  Many times, the difference between someone sticking with weak-signal VHF or giving up is being able to hear activity at least once a week.   We’re trying to grow the hobby.  Will you help? 

   Also remember that both our net controls enjoy pushing the propagation limits.  They have big stations that get out a very long ways and want you guys 400, 500, 700 miles away to listen carefully and try for the tough contact.  

   On Wednesdays, we have WB9LYH in EN54cl, right in the middle of WI.  Mark gets on 144.240 at 7pm central, and starts by looking northeast.  He then calls CQ in a clockwise pattern, covering the E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 60-90 minutes.  The eastern time zone guys need to be on board right at the start. 
   We also have K8TQK in EM89je, south-central OH.  Bob gets on 144.250 at 8:30pm eastern, and starts by looking north.  He then calls CQ in a clockwise pattern, going NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes. 
   The net control start times are deliberately offset so that anyone can try for either net.  

   Beyond our two nets, there’s also Wed. night activity out of EN91, EL98 and EM13.  Wednesday has the most widespread activity on 2m SSB, across the eastern half of the USA and southern Canada. 

   We are *always* encouraging all 2m ops to do their part to make the bands more active.  Don’t just check into our net for a few minutes.  Use your own station to create more activity.  Go down below 144.220 and call your own CQ’s.  Swing your beams and look in all directions.  If enough guys did this at any old time, we wouldn’t need nets to ensure regular activity.  

   If you have internet and a computer near your station, here’s another potential helper.  Back in March of 2010, a free, easy-to-use computer chat room for all USA/VE ops on 144 MHz and higher was kindly created for us by ON4KST, who has a whole family of active and friendly chats across the HF and VHF spectrum.  
   It costs nothing to register or use these chats.  They are available anytime (but typically are most active in the early mornings and evenings and weekends).  No special software is necessary, nor is there any long-term commitment.  The resource is for you to use on your terms.   Over 2500 hams have already registered.   For the 7 simple steps to get setup for ON4KST.com ham radio chats, go here:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1072

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