Wed. 144.240 and Mon. 144.252 Net Reports

   8am Wed

   Last night with the 144.240 long-range net from WI, WB9LYH reported that propagation was not so good.  There was plenty of activity, though, and that’s always a good thing. 
   Mark reported 17 check-ins:  W9EWZ EN52;  N9OLT EN64;  W8SOL and N9YK EN71;  N9JBW and K9CCL EN61;  KF8QL EN72;  KC9BQA EN63;  WB9TFH EN53;  WA9BNZ and W9BBP EN40;  KG0SJ and WB0YNA EN22;  W0HXL EN21;  W0ANH EN47;  K0SIX EN35 and W0WFH EM48.   That’s a nice list of 2m SSB’ers in all directions.  There are so many loyal check-ins we’ve had these past 5 years… really want to thank all of you for helping.  

   In our continuing effort to expand the 144.240 activity to states/grids we can’t normally reach from WI, both K9LQZ and W0WFH got on 144.240 last night and called around for check-ins.  They do this from about 0120-0140Z, although they would surely stay on longer if things got busier.  We can always find ways to work with more activity — we like solving pleasant problems.  🙂 
   K9LQZ in EM68 heard from WD8CHR EN90.   W0WFH in EM48 worked W0FY EM48; W0HXL EN21; W0TSM EM38 (who is getting started on 2m SSB, congrats and welcome.)  W0WFH also heard from WB9LYH EN54 at the end of Mark’s net. 

   *Please remember that we are looking for 2m SSB’ers from the following areas on Wed. night, on 144.240:  W VA, western parts of PA, VA, NC and SC.  Much of GA, AL, MS.  All of KY, TN, MO, AR, KS and eastern NE.  And obviously, if the bands are really open, then let the DX roll in and say hello.* 

   On Monday nights, K8TQK calls his 144.252 net from EM89je at 8:30pm eastern.  Antenna pattern is to start N, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes.  We still post his net reports because of his previous affiliation with us on Wed. nights.  I go to the ON4KST.com chat archives and am able to access Bob’s list that way. 
   K8TQK had a big night on Monday.  I counted 25 check-ins.  KC9CLM/M EN81;  N8AIA EN82;  W8SOL EN71;  KB8TDA EN70;  VA3VEC FN14;  VE3YCU FN02;  NF8O and K8GDT EN91;  W2UAD FN13;  WD8CHR EN90;  K8RYU EM99;  AC3L/M FN00;  KB3TNZ FN10;  AA4DD and WB4IXU EM86;  KA2KQM EM74;  KY4MRG EM77;  KI4ROF EM55;  WA4REE EM65;  W4ZST EM84;  KB9RDS and WB8ART from EM79;  WB9LYH EN54 and N1GC EM95.  There was a 3rd check-in from EM79, but the text was clearly a typo.  I’m guessing it might have been K8DZ. 

    On Tuesday night, we had the national 222 MHz activity night.  I scan thru the ON4KST.com chat archives and look for anything posted at the 222 MHz prop logger.  This past Tuesday was very quiet for postings, but I imagine there’s plenty of guys who get on, and you just don’t know it unless you are also on the air. 
   K5SW in EM25 has been a consistent 222 Tuesday promoter for years.  Sam reported working K5LLL EM10.   K5PHF in DM61, El Paso, TX, was also on/near 222.100, trying to make things happen.    Sounds like the best time to look around is from 0000-0200. 
   Here’s a post that explains 222 Tuesdays better:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=6935

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