KC9BQA Has 23 Check-Ins and K8TQK 17 Last Night

   6:50am central — 
   I am very happy this morning.  Not only did we have great nets last night with all kinds of newcomers, but I woke up to a beautiful inch, inch and a half of snow.  Now we can have that White Christmas everyone wants.   Funny thing is our local (Milwaukee area) forecast discussion says they’re expecting temps to be near 40F. by Monday.  So the winter that wasn’t will continue its wimpy ways. 

   Last night’s nets were a blast.  It amazes and pleases me that after 3.5 years of this, we still get newcomers to the weak-signal (SSB/CW) side of 2 meters.   I’ll get to the details down the page.  For those who want shorter stories, here’s the check-ins:
   KC9BQA (EN63ao, 40 miles north of Milwaukee) had 23 check-ins with the 144.240 net at 7pm central/0100Z:  N9OLT EN64;  VA3ZV, VE3LPY and N8WNA EN82;  W8BYA EN70;  WA6KLK CM89 (more about this below);  WD9DSN and KC8ZJL EN71;  K9CCL EN61;  N7MB EN50;  KY9E and WB9TFH EN53;  WA9BNZ and W9BBP EN40;  KC9CML EN52;  N9ZWL and K9KEA EN62;  WB9WOZ EN61;  W0ANH EN47;  N0IRS EM29;  KA0KYZ EN33;  N9KOR EN44;  and WB9LYH EN54.  Also want to acknowledge K0SIX EN35 and N9GLO EN45, who were out there, but I didn’t make direct contact with.  
   K8TQK (EM89je) far south-central OH had 17 check-ins with the 144.250 at 8:30pm eastern/0130Z.  Bob’s internet was down last night, so he wasn’t on the ON4KST.com chat.  His check-ins were:  VA3ZV, VE3LPY and N8WNA EN82;  KD8FHY EN91;  AA2DT FN12;  AC3L/M FN00;  W8WG and WT8E EM89;  K4XXX EM97;  W8BYA EN70;  KX4R EM73;  W4TMW EM84;  KE4LGL EM77;  WA4REE EM65;  KA0KYZ EN33;  WB9LYH EN54 and WB4JGG EM75.   Thank you Bob for calling this net this past 15 months and thanks for emailing me the net log. 

   OK, there’s the bare-bones net report.  Here’s more detail for those who enjoy it. 

    Yesterday morning, I was up too early and had time to go thru the ON4KST.com chat archives for the last few days.  I was amazed at how much activity there’s been in there.  It’s wonderful — after almost 2 years, it’s really blossomed.  Based on all the fun they’ve been having in there, I sensed the net last night might be an active one.  I was right.  
     VA3ZV is a new check-in from EN82.  Don had a very nice signal from about an hour NE of Detroit.  Go to his page on www.qrz.com and you’ll see a lot of info about his multi-band setup, plus a nifty listing of nets across a wide portion of the Midwest and Great Lakes.  If you have additions or further info on any of these nets (or others we should know about) tell both Don and me about it. 
     Other new check-ins last night were KC9CML in EN52, an hour NW of Chicago, plus N9ZWL and K9KEA, who are in EN62, Racine and Kenosha, WI, respectively.  We also had a valiant effort from EN45, NW WI, Rice Lake, specifically.  N9GLO is on the air, doing the best he can with antenna restrictions.  I couldn’t dig him out myself, but that’s not surprising on 225-mile path.  I know we had multiple stations on that were much closer to N9GLO so I trust he got some contacts in the log.   Thanks N9KOR for helping t0 get N9GLO involved. 
      Welcome to all the new check-ins.  Keep an eye on KC9CML.  Reason I say that is because he has 4 13-element yagis up at the 100′ level.  This is the kind of 2m station that will get out a long, long ways.  

      Final item — sharp-eyed readers will notice the CM89 check-in.  Much as I’d like to say we worked direct on 2m, uh… that wouldn’t be exactly true.  Near as I can tell, W8BYA was in contact with WA6KLK both in the chat room and on 40 meters.  All of a sudden, I heard WA6KLK thru my headphones on 144.240, and like any good ham, I happily answered his call.  W8BYA set the whole thing up and it worked great.  NOW… I’m not eager to make cross-band contacts on a regular basis on the .240 net, but this one time, it makes for a good story.  I hope I don’t end up reading in QST that there was some fluke opening between N CA and WI on 2m on Dec. 21st!

2 Responses to “KC9BQA Has 23 Check-Ins and K8TQK 17 Last Night”

  1. WA6KLK Len Says:

    Thanks for letting me in the other night. YES, not a good thing to do much but was in the spirit of fun. Hopefully it might get a few more on the air, the logger, or on hf. Nice to talk to other vhfers in other parts of the country and exchange ideas, etc.

    Again, THANKS for letting me check in. You folks do a great job back there with activity.

    Merry Christmas Len

  2. kc9bqa Says:

    Hi Len,

    I wasn’t going to refuse a contact from CM89, even under “unusual” circumstances. 🙂 Last night was a lot of fun. I agree with you about getting VHF’ers everywhere to exchange ideas, and to expand their horizons.

    The ON4KST.com chat truly is for V/UHF’ers everywhere. Hope that the 6’s and 7’s (and 5’s, too) can also enjoy it. If it ever gets too crowded, that will be a most pleasant problem and perhaps we’d end up with two rooms, one west of the Mississippi and one east, or something similar. Guys who wanted it all, could always sign into both rooms, just like there are many ON4KST.com chatters who may be in the 6m room and 160m or V/UHF at the same time.

    Merry Christmas,
    Todd KC9BQA