Can You Do More CQ’ing and Less “just listening”?

   Please consider doing more than just turning your rig on for 30-60 minutes a week, listening to a net control, then turning the rig off.   In most areas of the US, activity levels on 2m SSB are too low.  They were too low 20 years ago, too low 10 years ago and nowadays, I suspect they’re even lower than ever. 
   While many good nets in different parts of the country are helping to provide known, reliable signals that VHF’ers can tune into, I know  we don’t have enough all-purpose CQ’ers on/near 144.200.   (notice I didn’t say to ragchew for minutes on end on 144.200, I said to CQ.  Once you’ve established contact, if you’re going to have a ragchew, QSY off 144.200 so someone else can call CQ.  There’s usable spectrum from 144.150 up to 144.260-270.  Use your VFO and use the entire band.  Don’t stay glued to 144.200 — especially if you’re in an area with lots of hams.) 

   I’ve said it in this blog many times thru the years: 
   15-20 VHF’ers turning on the rig and saying hello to a net control is nice.  We appreciate the check-in and want you to enjoy the hobby as you see fit.  BUT… BUT… for a truly healthy 2-meter band, we need dozens of operators in many states and grids to get on/near the call frequency (144.200) and call CQ any old time, for a few minutes, in different directions.   Do this in the evening, in the morning, on the weekends, when more hams are likely to be near the rigs.   So many guys say, “I’m just listening.”  Well, if 50 guys are all sitting in front of their rigs, tuned to 144.200 and they’re all “just listening”, how many signals are going to be on the air??  


 We need more CQ’ers. 

  If there were enough general activity from John Q. VHF’er most nights of the week, we wouldn’t need nets to stir up activity.   We need more ops to take the initiative for themselves and not rely on Mr. Net Control to always be the signal provider.

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