WB9LYH (and W0WFH EM48) Get 26 Check-Ins Last Night

    1:30pm  Thur. 
    Great net last night.  Here’s the details: 

   WB9LYH emailed to report :  What a wild net!… Conditions were up and down with some aurora on the signals.  Checkins were N9OLT EN64;  WB8AUK EN80;  K8GET EN91;  KR8T EN72;  N8WNA and N8AIA EN82;  K9YK and KC8ZJL EN71;  N9JBW and K9CCL EN61;  N9LB and KC9CLM EN52;  N9DG and KY9E EN53;  KA9DVX EN51;  W0WFH EM48;  N0MST EM27 (contacted by W0WFH);  KE0MS EN41;  WA9BNZ EN40;  W9WZJ EM69;  WB0YWW and KG0SJ EN22;  WB0DBQ EN46;  K0SIX EN35;  W0ANH EN47 and KD0SJY in EN34.  KD0SJY is new to the net; want to say “welcome”.  KD0SJY was very pleasantly surprised that his indoor Elk yagi on the 2nd floor was able to make the contact.  He also got to work a few other stations after the net, and the ON4KST.com chat page helped get him noticed. 

    We’ve had two VHF’ers step up and offer to help on Wed. nights.  W0WFH was available last night and Bill called to his SE, S and SW for a time (on .240, about 7:30-7:40pm) to see if he could pick up any stations that are too far away for WB9LYH.   W0WFH is located in EM48ck, a good 80-90 miles west of St. Louis.   Next Wed., we’re optimistic that K9LQZ in EM68ul, located 30 miles NW of Louisville, will be on board, and able to help us get better coverage to our south.   

    This is going to be a work in progress for several weeks to come, as we learn the best way to proceed.   We will try to communicate the changes here and on the ON4KST.com ham chat (use the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz).   The main thing is that we want stations in KS/MO/OK/AR/S IL/S IN/KY/TN/MS/AL/GA  to be on the air on Wed. nights.  From roughly 7:30-7:45pm or maybe even 8pm central, the focus is going to be on those areas, with either K9LQZ or W0WFH (or both) looking for check-ins.  This will happen on 144.240 and WB9LYH will be quiet during that time, perhaps for eventually as long as 20-30 minutes.   Obviously, the more check-ins K9LQZ and/or W0WFH take, the longer WB9LYH will be quiet.   If they end up getting a lot of business, we will be very happy and we will explore different ways to make it all work smoothly. 

    What this means to our regulars is that WB9LYH will start the net at the usual time on 144.240 — 7pm central/8pm eastern.  He will still be looking for MI/VE-3/OH and IN check-ins (and YES — always into Toronto, W NY and PA if conditions allow) from roughly 8-8:20 or 8:30pm eastern.  When he gets to where he’s pointing his yagis south, that’s when he will turn it over to K9LQZ (first) and then to W0WFH (second).    Mark will also be listening south, just in case there’s a band opening and we can work some DX beyond 400-500 miles.  After K9LQZ and/or W0WFH are done, WB9LYH will resume the net as usual, and look for stations to the SW, W, NW and N of EN54.   Mark will probably call the 2nd half of the net from about 7:45-8pm until 8:15-8:30pm central time. 

    The goal is to have a lot more VHF’ers on the air.   By having more signals on the air, we’re more likely to find band openings.  Nobody likes dead bands, and we’re doing our part to jump start the airwaves.  You can do your part by calling your own CQ’s away from the net frequency.  It’s fine and dandy when 30-40 hams say hello to a net control.  But think if those 30-40 VHF’ers spread out across the band and called CQ in different directions.   If enough hams did this, the airwaves would be truly alive. 

    Comments or questions?  Use the “comment” feature below.  I’ll try to help.

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