Great Nets Last Night — 20 Check-ins to 144.240 and 24 Check-ins to 144.250

   Both WB9LYH on 144.240 and K8TQK on 144.250 had more check-ins than they have had in some weeks.  Lots of different grids and states getting on board, too.  Plus more new check-ins to the net.  Great to see.

   **JUST TO AVOID ANY CONFUSION — EVEN WITH TURNING CLOCKS BACK THIS WEEKEND, THE NET START TIMES WILL REMAIN THE SAME.  7PM Central for WB9LYH on 144.240 and 8:30pm Eastern for K8TQK on 144.250**

   WB9LYH on 144.240 is now starting at 7pm central.  This time change took place last month and will remain in effect until next spring, when the days get longer.   He’s in EN54cl, smack in the middle of WI.  Stacked 17B2’s and 500w from a ridgetop QTH.   Last night, Mark’s 20 check-ins were:
   N8WNA and KD8HLV EN82;  N9NDP EN62;  KC8ZJL EN71;  K9NLP, KY9E and WB9TFH EN53;  K8GDT EN91;  W9YZU EM69;  W9BBP and WA9BNZ EN40;  N9NYA EN43;  K9CCL EN61;  KD0FEI EM29;  W0WOI, KG0SJ, and KD0BQK EN22;  W0WFH EM48;  N0PB EM39; and N9KOR EN44.  
   Going off of my memory, I see 3 new all-time check-ins last night.  KD8HLV just put up a 11-element yagi at 50′ and was able to check in from just northwest of Ann Arbor, MI.  W0WOI has been hamming for nearly 60 years, and has many accomplishments on VHF.  I think last night was his first time saying hello to the net from northwest of Des Moines.   Another long-time VHF’er said hello last night, and that’s W0WFH (formerly WA0BKZ) from an hour or so west of St. Louis.  Very pleased to see that we can get out to Central MO, even on a cold, windy, rainy night.  That’s really impressive.   We’ve tried so hard thru the years to find more activity out of MO; maybe this will get the ball rolling.  The KC-area guys have always made it in to the net, no problem, so we know it can be done. 

   **Remember to return the favor with N0PB’s net on Monday nights, on 144.250, starting at 7:45pm central.  Phil’s been calling his SWOT net (www.swotrc.net) for probably close to 10 years, from EM39, north-central MO.  Phil has a very big signal, and gets check-ins over a very wide area.  He uses a pair of omni Big Wheels up high from 7:45-8pm.  Then at 8, he switches to a long yagi for the next hour.  Phil starts out looking south at 8pm, then east about 8:15, north about 8:30, west about 8:45 and then back to south at the end. ** 

   K8TQK had 24 check-ins last night with his 144.250 net.  I think last night, Bob had the best geographic reach I can recall since he got on board last year.  What makes this most impressive to me is that last night, I doubt band conditions were anything special.  With flat late fall bands, Bob worked from FN03 Toronto to the north, FM18 MD/VA to the east, EM84 Northeast GA to the south, EM55 western TN to the southwest, EM39 and EM48 in MO to the west and several check-ins from WI to the NW.   Fellas, this is on 2m SSB, using longer-boom yagis up high for maximum gain.  No tricks, no computers, no repeaters.  Just good ol’ long-haul VHF’ing.  We have 700,000 hams in the USA, and I doubt that even 10% of them know what is really possible on 2 meters.  I’m continually amazed more hams aren’t excited by the possibility of working 200, 300, 400 miles on 2m SSB/CW. 

   Anyway, here’s Bob’s 24 check-ins, as I copied them from the on4kst.com chat room:  N8WNA, VE3LPY, KD8HLV and K8JA EN82;  NF8O and K8GDT EN91;  KD8KZG and W8WG EM89;  K2PQI FM09;  WA3BFC (which is a busted call, can anyone help? ) FM18;  AA4DD EM86;  W4TMW EM84;   KE4LGL EM77 (we hardly *ever* have activity from KY so thanks for saying hello); KI4ROF EM55; W9YZU EM69;  N0PB EM39;  W0WFH EM48;  WA4REE EM65;  WB9TFH and KY9E EN53;  WB9LYH EN54; N9NDP EN62;  N8DJB EN81 and VA3ELE FN03. 

    Nice going everyone.  It’s a pleasure to type up net reports like this.

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