Welcome to ARRL Contest Update Visitors + Last Night’s Net Reports

  7:15am Thursday — 
  Boy, did it get snappy overnight.  Went up to 22 for a time, now the wind’s NW and we’re having the coldest weather and wind chill of this (so far) wimpy winter.  We’re down to 2 above (F.) here and won’t get much above 6 or 7 today.  Then a good 4-6″ of snow is due in here tomorrow.  

   My website statistics say I had a big spike in visitors yesterday.  This is because N0AX put a nice blurb about kc9bqa.com and the VHF Contesting School articles in the weekly ARRL Contest email.  Thanks Ward.  🙂    
   Weak-signal VHF/UHF sure needs the publicity!  I’ve been banging away here for 3.5 years, trying to tell every ham I can think of to start working 200, 300 miles or more on bands like 50, 144, 222 and 432, any old time, without having to use a repeater.  Been telling hams that if you want one time where you will hear guaranteed activity on these bands, it’s in a V/U contest.  
   So welcome to the new visitors.  Even if you’re not within tropo range of WI, I hope you will spend more than a few minutes here.  I’m doing something valuable, but if you’re in a hurry, you won’t pick up on it.   Take your time, or come back when you have more time.  If you spend 5-10 minutes a week here for a month, I bet you’ll feel more motivated about improving activity levels on the V/UHF bands.  Dig around a little bit.  Scroll back thru several pages worth of posts.  Scan the headlines and get a feel for what interests you.  When you see a clickable link in a post, that’s often something important I want thousands of hams to be aware of. 
   *If you are looking for the VHF Contesting School articles, they are down this front page, at the bottom of a post from Jan. 3rd (2012).   Get this info in the hands of 1000’s of hams and watch our numbers grow*

On to last night’s net reports.  
     WB9LYH is on 144.240 starting at 0100Z every Wednesday from EN54cl, middle of WI.  Mark’s 17 check-ins last night were:  N9OLT EN64;  N8WNA EN82;  KC8ZJL and KD8IME EN71;  KY9E EN53;  N9JBW and K9CCL EN61;  N8ZRD EM79;  WE9K and N9NDP EN62;  W9BBP and WA9BNZ EN40;  K0SIX and KC0RQH EN35;  KA0KYZ EN33;  WB9SLI EN43 and W0ANH EN47. 
    Mark said conditions were up and down, sometimes quite good.  He expects to be on next Wed. and hopes to be on 2m for the contest this weekend. 

   K8TQK is on 144.250 every Wed. starting at 0130Z, from EM89je, south-central OH.  Bob’s 16 check-ins last night were:  KD8IME EN71;  N8WNA EN82;  W8WG and WT8E EM79;  W2UAD FN13;  KB3TNZ FN10;  K4XXX EM97;  WB8AUK EN80;  N8ZRD EM79;  N4PPG EN76;  KE4LGL EM77;  WA4REE EM65;  KI4ROF EM55;  W9GA EN53;  AC3L/M FN00 and VA3ELE FN03. 

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