34 Combined Check-Ins on 144.240 Nets Last Night

  9:45pm central Wed.

  We definitely got the airwaves active tonight.  WB9LYH had 25 check-ins, from 7-8:30pm central.  Mark ended up talking with EN47, EN66 and EN65 for his last three check-ins.   When does that ever happen?
  A combination of K9LQZ (EM68) and W8SOL (EN71) found 5 check-ins to their east and south.
  W0WFH (EM48) got on and had 4 check-ins.   All of this occurred on 144.240.  Plenty of other stations were creating their own activity on other frequencies, too.

  11:30am Thur. 
  We are now taking steps toward expanding the 144.240 net far beyond WI and surrounding states.  WB9LYH remains the flagship net control.  If you are in WI, MI, VE-3, IN, OH, IL, MO, KS, IA, NE, MN and the Eastern Dakotas and you are used to checking in with WB9LYH, stick with that.   Mark will continue to call in a full 360, starting out NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 60-90 minutes. 

   What we’re taking baby steps with is now “handing it off” to K9LQZ EM68ul and W0WFH EM48ck, from roughly 7:20-:30 until 7:45-8:00pm central.   This is also on 144.240.   They then call their own mini-nets, with the emphasis on pointing *away* from WI.    The reason we’re doing this is to find VHF’ers in states we can’t normally reach from WI.   We also want to avoid any QRM from WB9LYH as he continues to call the regular 144.240 net.  
   In K9LQZ’s case, we’re targeting downstate IL/IN/OH, plus W VA, VA, KY, TN, Western Carolinas, plus GA, AL and MS. 
   In W0WFH’s case, we’re targeting KS, MO, AR, OK, downstate IL and IN, plus KY, TN, MS, and AL. 
   Please help us spread the word to VHF’ers in those areas.   We are open for business and looking south.  Talking 144.240 at roughly 7:20 until 7:45pm, central time.  Look toward EM68 or EM48 and see what you hear. 

   What we’ve found the first two weeks is that some regulars that can work WB9LYH also want to say hello to K9LQZ and W0WFH.  This is only natural, and we want to run friendly and open nets.   In time, we will refine our timing and antenna patterns.   This will be especially important as we get more DX-type check-ins from the states I mentioned above.  For now, let’s be flexible, and enjoy the new signals. 
    All 3 net controls are far enough apart that there won’t be QRM unless they are looking directly at each other.  Check-ins — remember to follow along using the ON4KST.com chat.  It was very useful last night, and many of the VHF’ers there were working each other, on frequencies below 144.240. 

    WB9LYH had 25 check-ins of his own last night.  Between 7-7:30pm, he worked:  N9OLT and K9KL EN64;  KC9RIO, K9CCL and N9JBW EN61;  N9NDP EN62;  K8TQK EM89;  K9SLQ and W8BYA EN70;  KC9BQA EN63;  WB8AUK EN80;  KC8ZJL and W8SOL EN71 and KC9CLM EN52.  Mark then took a break while we turned it over to the alternate net controls in IN and MO.  Toward 8pm, WB9LYH resumed calling and found W0LGQ and W0HXL EN21;  KG0SJ EN22;  K9LQZ EM68;  W0WFH EM48;  WA9BNZ EN40;  N9KOR EN44;  K0SIX EN35;  W0ANH EN47;  N8PUM EN66 and N8JWT EN65.   Believe it or not, there are some VHF’ers in the U.P. of MI and we are always grateful to hear from them, or those in Northern WI.  (At one time, we used to get 2-3 check-ins from EN55) 

   W8SOL EN71 and K9LQZ EM68 looked around to their east and south on 144.240 at about 7:20pm central/8:20pm eastern.  They found AC3L/M FN00;  WD8CHR EN90;  KY4MRG EM77;  N4PPG EM76 and W8BYA EN70.  
   W0WFH EM48 looked around to his south and west about 7:30-7:45pm central.  Bill found WA2BKZ and KD0AKF EM38;  W0LGQ and W0HXL EN21. 

    Good job — everyone.  Check-ins and net controls alike.

One Response to “34 Combined Check-Ins on 144.240 Nets Last Night”

  1. Tim Says:

    Two Wednesdays in a row I’ve listened but noise level has made it difficult….or just missed the timing of when the beams pointed my way..oh we’ll try it again. 8 pm cst would work well for me
    73 N0UJJ EN36