222 Tuesdays Are Still Around — Help Spread the Word

    11:45am central, Tuesday

    The standard operating procedure going back decades on the weak-signal side of VHF/UHF has been to do your 144 MHz activity on Mondays, 222 MHz on Tuesdays and 432 MHz on Wednesdays.   Since it’s Tuesday, let’s talk about 222 MHz.   

    There are still pockets of consistent 222 MHz activity on Tuesday evenings.  I’m sure there’s plenty of it in the densely populated northeast parts of the USA.   Closer to the Midwest/Plains, you have K8TQK EM89, along with N8WNA EN82 and K8GDT EN91.  In the southern Plains, you have a group of 222’ers who also call around on Tuesday nights.   I’m told W5LUA EM13 and WB5AFY EM04 are regulars in the TX/OK area, and I know others get on from that region. 
    In the GA/TN/KY/Carolinas area, WA4NJP in EM84 is on 222.100 on Tuesday nights and I hear that WB4IXU in EM86 may be getting on this spring.  

    To make something like 222 Tuesday work, you need to get on the air (222.100 and nearby is best) and make yourself heard.   Take turns calling CQ in various directions and then listen carefully.  I would do this anywhere from 7-9pm on Tuesdays.  I’d also check into the ON4KST.com ham chat (IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz) and make yourself known there, too.   Don’t passively wait for someone to “find” you.  222 Tuesday is not a directed net. 

     If I start hearing more about specific 222 Tuesday participants, I’ll post them here.  I don’t want to be a nationwide V/U blog, but 222 is such a great band — more hams should enjoy it.  222 almost always has better propagation than 144, and less noise.   Problem with 222 is that it’s hard to find rigs that have SSB/CW capability.  Most guys go the transverter route, or they have to find a Yaesu FT-736R or 726R that *has the optional 222 band module installed*.

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