Archive for April, 2013

4pm Wed. Update — WB9LYH is Home and Will Call 144.240 Net Tonight

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

The post title says it all.
Got email from Mark and he’s home in plenty of time to call the net after all.
Look for WB9LYH in EN54cl to call the 144.240 net at 7pm central/8pm eastern.  His antenna pattern is to start NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next hour or so.   All licensed hams are welcome and the net is friendly and informal.  Purpose is to increase activity on less-used portions of 2m SSB.
*REMEMBER THE TIME CHANGE NEXT WEEK.  Everything starts one hour later until at least October.*

222 Tuesday Participants from April 9, 2013

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

   9:45am Wed. 
   As mentioned in a post yesterday, we’re going to try and perk up 222 Tuesdays a little bit.  K8TQK has asked me to do a short writeup every week, mentioning who got on 222.  
   Here goes:  Looking at the chat archives, I see 8 calls last night.  This was from 0000Z or 7pm central/8pm eastern until about 0130/8:30/9:30.   K8TQK EM89;  N8WNA, N8AIA and K8JA EN82;  K8GDT EN91;  K4LY EM85,  VE3ROR FN03; and K9MRI EN70. 

   Looking at the 222 Prop Logger at DX World, per K5SW’s request, I saw very light activity:  K5YG EM50 and KE5JXC EL39.  I *know* there was more activity than that, but I can only post what I can find.

Weather Cancels the KC9BQA/W0WFH 144.240 Nets. K9LQZ May Still Get On.

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

   9:00am Wed.

   Woke up this morning to heavy rain and thunder.   Then opened up the blinds and saw ice coating treetops, antennas, you name it.  That was a shock.  It’s 32 degrees here on the nose.   I need to be grateful that the bulk of our rain (2.31″ since Monday morning) has been liquid.   
    More rain and storms are forecast later today and tonight, and it’s not going to warm up, so I’m calling the net off right now. 

    There is an option tonight for those of you farther south.  K9LQZ has plans to get on 144.240 about 0020Z/7:20 central/8:20 eastern.  He’ll call for 15-20 minutes, depending on how much activity he hears.   Who knows?  Maybe if the band is open or if he gets busy, he’ll keep going.   K9LQZ is in EM68, a half hour NW of Louisville.   Of course, if there’s thunderstorms in Lowell’s area, then all bets are off. 

     *Again, starting next week, the mainstay WB9LYH net from EN54cl will start one hour later, at 8pm central/9pm eastern.  Also means that when W0WFH and K9LQZ are available, they will start their calling about 8:20/9:20pm, or 0120UTC.* 

    I’m going to make another post this morning about 222 Tuesday activity.  At the chat archives from last night, looks like there were some stations on.   K8TQK has asked me to post these stations, to try and raise the visibility of 222 Tuesday.

K8TQK Has 19 Check-Ins to the 144.252 Monday Net

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

   12:50pm Tuesday

   K8TQK calls a net every Monday at 8:30pm eastern from EM89je, far south-central OH.  This is on 144.252.  Bob has a very big signal and is more than capable of making those 400+ mile contacts to well-equipped stations.  That’s under flat bands.  Wait until we start getting occasional band openings with nicer weather.  
   K8TQK’s antenna pattern is to start out looking N, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes.  

   K8TQK’s 19 check-ins last night were:  N8WNA and N8AIA EN82;  W8SOL EN71;  VE3YCU FN02;  VE3CRU FN03;  KC8YJB, KY8T, WD8PFZ and N8DEA EN91;  WD8CHR EN90;  AC3L/M FN00;  W7UAD and W2CNS FN13;  WB4IXU and AA4DD EM86;  KY4MRG EM77;  KI4ROF EM55;  WB8ART EM79;  VA3VEC FN14.     

  Also on Monday nights,  W4TMW calls the North GA net on 144.210 at 8pm eastern.   Tom’s antenna pattern is to look *south* first, then SW, W, NW, N, NE, E, and SE over the next 30-60 minutes or so.   This net works very well with K8TQK’s in covering a huge part of the Midwest and Southeastern states on Monday nights. 
   Then you have the very popular W5VHF net out of OK on Monday nights.  They had over 30 check-ins (mostly from OK/AR/MO/TX/KS) last night.  Several check-ins were in that 350-400+ mile range.  The net is called by KD5ZVE in EM26.  It’s on 144.190, and starts at 8pm central. 

   Monday is a very active night on the SSB/CW side of 144 MHz.  Click here: for a listing of other Monday nets and activity on 144 MHz and 432.100, as well.   So many times, hams give the SSB/CW portion of VHF/UHF bands a brief try, don’t find activity and give up.   The trick is to know when and where to find the activity.   Plus, make sure you use good antennas, low-loss coax and at least 50-100w output power.

222 Tuesdays Are Still Around — Help Spread the Word

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

    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 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*.

Good Numbers with the 144.240 Nets Last Night

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

4pm Thursday —
Let’s get this net report finished.

1)  I call the 144.240 net next Wed.  I anticipate K9LQZ EM68ul and W0WFH EM48ck also being on board next Wed., but please check back here next Tues./Wed. when we put out an updated net announcement.   We are dependable, but sometimes weather or life gets in the way.  You can also be on top of any last-minute changes by monitoring the real-time ham chat.  We use the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz, and over 3500 USA/VE/XE hams have registered.  This free, no B.S. chat is usually active every morning and evening, plus on weekends.  It’s open 7/24/365.   The 7 simple steps to get signed up to the ham chat rooms are here:
2)  As mentioned in the April 2nd post below, WE ARE SWITCHING TO OUR SUMMER HOURS EFFECTIVE APRIL 17TH.   This means all the nets on 144.240 on Wed. will start one hour later until at least October.   That means an 8pm central/9pm eastern start for WB9LYH, a 9:20pm eastern start for K9LQZ in EM68 and a 8:20-30pm central start for W0WFH in EM48.  Again, this goes into effect on April 17th.   If you know of someone without email or internet, please help us remind them.
WB9LYH had 19 check-ins last night, W0WFH had 6 and K9LQZ had 2.

WB9LYH got off to a slow start, but check-ins kept showing up and it became a lot of fun.  Mark’s list included:  N9OLT EN64;  KC9BQA EN63;  N9YK EN71;  N9JBW, K9CCL and KC9AZ EN61;  WB8AUK AND WM8I EN80;  WA9BNZ EN40;  W0WFH EM48;  WB0YWW and KG0SJ EN22;  W0ANH EN47;  K0SIX EN35;  KC9CLM EN52;  KC9GMF EN53, VE3KRP EN58 AND KA8FFM EN56.
There was a mystery check-in at the start of the net, while both WB9LYH and N9OLT were looking into MI.  We think it was N8WNA but couldn’t complete the contact.  Whoever you were, thanks for the try and propagation can only get better, once the weather warms up.
Propagation was poor to the east, especially early on.  Propagation to the northwest and north seemed pretty decent.

K9LQZ (30 mins. NW of Louisville, KY) called to his E, SE, S, and SW on 144.240 from about 8:20-8:40pm eastern time.  The idea is to have Lowell pick up activity in directions we can’t normally reach from WI.  Talking far S IL/IN/OH, plus W PA, W VA, VA, W NC, KY, TN, and parts of GA, AL and MS.
Last night, K9LQZ contacted KY4MRG EM77 and N4PPG EM76.   Apparently there was a large area of rain in Lowell’s target area, so I’m sure that put a damper on things.

W0WFH (about an hour and a half west of St. Louis, MO) called to his SE, S, SW and W on 144.240 from about 7:20-7:40pm central time.  Same idea here — pick up VHF’ers we can’t normally reach from WI.  Bill’s target area is far S IL/IN, plus KY, TN, parts of GA, AL, MS, along with MO, AR, KS and OK.
Last night, W0WFH had 6 check-ins:  W0TSM EM38;  WB0YWW EN22;  WB9LYH EN54;  W0HL EM27;  K0KUU EM48 and WB0UDA EM48.

We ask you to help us spread the word to 2m ops in those states.  We’re looking for more activity  from farther away on Wed. nights, on 144.240. 
We also hope our check-ins 
(and all VHF’ers, really, because we realize not everyone is “into” nets) will look around on their own, and make their own contacts on freqs. below 144.230.  It’s nice if 20-40 hams say hello to net control and we appreciate that.  But the recipe for a truly healthy band is to have many VHF’ers in different grids and states calling CQ, turning the yagis, looking around, spreading out across the band.  That’s our larger goal.

If you want to know about your Thursday night options on VHF/UHF,  click here:  You will find several options every Thursday.  As that post was originally made on Jan 17th, you can ignore the first paragraph about the ARRL Jan VHF contest.   The rest of the info is valid.


K8TQK Has 15 Check-Ins to the 144.252 Monday Net

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

   8pm Tuesday

   Got email from K8TQK with the list of check-ins to his 144.252 net Monday night. 
   K9SLQ EN70;  WD8CHR EN90;  N8WNA, K8JA and N8AIA EN82;  W2UAD FN13;  VE3YCU FN02;  AC8IS EM89;  AA4DD and WB4IXU EM86;  KY4MRG EM77;  KB9RDS and K8DZ EM79;  K4LY EM85;  and WA4NJP EM84. 

   K8TQK is located in EM89je, far south-central OH.  Big antennas, power and a great QTH means K8TQK can easily make contacts out to 300, 400 miles or more.   Looking at a US/Canada map, here are the states that K8TQK can routinely work:  MO/E IA/WI/IL/MI/VE-3/OH/IN/KY/TN/NY/PA/NJ/MD/DE/W VA/VA/NC/SC plus N GA, AL and MS.  
   Bob gets on at 8:30pm eastern, starts out looking N, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes.  All licensed hams are welcome and DX is encouraged to give a listen.  

   There are many other Monday options for the SSB/CW side of VHF and UHF.  This post has your Monday details:

144.240 Wed. Net(s) Will START AT 8PM CENTRAL Effective April 17th

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

   10:45am central Tuesday —
   Just got off the horn with WB9LYH and we both agree we need to change our start time, sooner the better.  We both have daylight until nearly 8pm now.  So it’s time to make our seasonal time change. 

   PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD — *We will change to an 8pm Central/9pm Eastern start time, effective Wed., April 17*  This is 0100 UTC time.  This will remain in effect until at least October.   
   This will also affect the times that our new net helpers K9LQZ (EM68ul, half hour NW of Louisville) and W0WFH (EM48ck, about 80 miles west of St. Louis) will do their thing.   K9LQZ will be calling to his E, SE, S and SW from roughly 9:20-9:40pm eastern (or 0120-0140 UTC time).  W0WFH will be calling to his SE, S, SW and W/NW between about 8:25-8:45pm central time.   All three callers will be on 144.240.  They are far enough apart that they shouldn’t QRM each other.   You pick the net you want to hear.  Or shoot for all 3.  That’s why you have a rotor!  🙂  

    I also know that WB9LYH will be net control tomorrow night at 7pm central. 
    I will be net control on Wed., April 10th, also at 7pm central. 

    When WB9LYH calls the net on April 17th, that’s when the starting times will change to one hour later — 8pm central/9pm eastern.