WB9LYH Has 19 Check-Ins Last Night

   7:45am Thursday

   WB9LYH has emailed his 144.240 net report.  In it, Mark says that the snow storm caused excellent propagation to the southeast.  His 19 check-ins were:  N9OLT EN64;  N8WNA and N8AIA EN82;  K9CCL and N9JBW EN61;  K9LQZ EM68;  WB8AUK EN80;  W8SOL and KC8ZJL EN71;  N9NDP EN62;  KR8T EN72;  K8GDT EN91;  WB9TFH EN53;  WA9BNZ EN40;  KG0SJ EN22;  N8MD EN44;  K0SIK and N0KFB EN35 and W8BYA EN70. 
   Good to hear K9LQZ make the trip from southern IN.  We’re always trying to push propagation limits and we don’ t hear from enough stations in downstate MO/IL/IN, plus KY.  Want to welcome N0KFB who heard WB9LYH on his vertical.  Always good to hear new signals on the weak-signal portions of VHF/UHF. 
    I want amateurs who try the SSB/CW portions of V/UHF bands to realize that to have the best range, to work the most DX, horizontal antennas (preferably higher-gain yagis) are a must.  The reason I often harp on the antennas is that so many times, hams give 2m SSB a brief try.  They usually have compromise antennas (at best) and get discouraged and give up.  If they have decent yagis, at least 50-100w output power, and they know where and when to find on-air activity, there might be a happier ending.  

   Expect WB9LYH to call the 144.240 net on March 6th and 13th.  7pm central start time and Mark’s QTH is EN54cl, right in the middle of WI.

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