Rest of Last Night’s Net Reports

       10am central — Thur.
      Nice to see strong nets last night.  Thanks K8TQK and WB9LYH for doing the RF work every Wednesday. 

       K8TQK’s 144.252 net is called from EM89je, south-central OH, every Wed. at 0030Z, or 8:30pm eastern time.  Bob has a huge signal and regularly works decent stations out to 400 miles or more.  He starts out looking north, then gradually moves clockwise, or E, then S, then W and back to N, over the next hour or so.   We always appreciate VHF’ers spreading the word that these long-range nets are friendly, informal and DX is encouraged.  More about the DX potential when we get to WB9LYH’s report from last night. 
    Last night, K8TQK’s 19 check-ins on 144.252 were:  KC8TRL EN81;  VE3ZV EN92;  K8GDT, KD8FHY and WA8RJF EN91;  N8AIA EN82;  W2UAD FN13;  AC3L/M FN00;  WD4NMV EM85;  KC8ITN EM89;  KI4ROF EM55;  KB9RDS EM79;  W0WFH EM48;  W9CWG EN61;  KB8TDA EN70;  KC9CLM EN52;  KC9BQA EN63;  KD8DLX EN62 and WB9SBI EM79. 

    As noted in the post below, WB9LYH’s ears really perked up when he heard an EM71 station briefly pop in.  You can read about that in a separate post below.  If you have an idea who that was, send a comment or let me know via direct email.  My email’s at 
   Mark is on 144.240 from EN54cl, middle of WI, at 0100z every Wed. or 8pm central.  His pattern is the same as K8TQK’s.  Quick look north, then E, S, W and back to N, over about an hour’s time, depending on how active things are.  WB9LYH has stacked 17B2’s (30′ long yagis, with tons of gain) and 500 watts out, from a ridgetop location.  Just the kind of station you want on 2m SSB, when looking for activity in a multi-state region. 
   WB9LYH’s 16 check-ins on 144.240 last night were:   N9OLT EN64;  VE3ZV EN92;  N9YK EN71;  N9NDP and KD8LDX EN62;  K9KHW and KC9BQA EN63;  KC9CLM EN52;  KC9RIO and K9CCL EN61;  W9YZU EM69;  KB9TEN EN53;  WA9BNZ EN40;  W0WFH EM48, KG0SJ EN22 and K0SIX EN35. 
    I know KB9TEN is a new all-time check-in to the net.  Welcome to 2m SSB, Rob.   Now you know what a 17B2 is, even if it won’t fly in your neighborhood.  🙂   Guys who are in antenna-restricted situations, consider becoming rovers or hilltoppers.  Take your radio show on the road and become the guy with the big signal, from a location you *can* operate from. 
    W0WFH has been on the air a long time with a great station from an hour west of St. Louis.  Glad that Bill made the trip last night.   Proves that the WI/MO path is there, even with normal conditions.    Our net controls enjoy testing the propagation limits.

     Plan on both K8TQK and WB9LYH calling their nets next Wed. night.

     Want more hints and tips about the Wed. nets?

     Here’s a post that explains how these Wed. nets unfolded since we got started in June of 2008.

One Response to “Rest of Last Night’s Net Reports”

  1. Bryan, KD8LDX Says:

    I damaged my cheap yagi pretty badly by falling over on Wednesday. I may or may not make the nets next week while I determine if I can finish the Quad that I’ve been talking about. I certainly want to make it lighter than the 1×1 treated lumber that I was using as the beam of the CY.