Tuesday Has 222 MHz Tuesday

  11am Sunday

   This post will concern only 222 Tuesday.  I will make a separate post about Tuesday activity on other bands shortly.   
   222 Tuesday is not really a directed net.  Rather, it’s a nationwide activity night where all 222 MHz ops are encouraged to get on, call CQ, turn the antenna, see who all is around.  This happens on/near 222.100 from roughly 7-9pm in your local time zone.  One pocket of guaranteed activity on Tuesday is centered on MI/OH.  K8TQK puts his huge signal to work, starting about 7-7:30pm eastern time.  Bob gets things stirred up in a multi-state area.  You can follow along via the ON4KST.com chat.  
   The guys in the MI/OH area will be happy to hear more signals from WI, so jump in there any old time.   Or call around on your own.  Again, 222 Tuesday is not a net.  Don’t sit back and wait for someone else to start something.  Do your own CQ’ing and encourage others to do the same.   222 Tuesday only works if many guys get on and make contacts. 

   The info below is for those who are new to the “weak-signal” (meaning SSB/CW mode, using horizontally-polarized gain antennas for maximum DX potential) side of VHF/UHF. 

   222 is not nearly as popular a band as 6m or 2m SSB is.  Reason for this a lack of commercially-available rigs.  (Again, I’m talking about strictly the SSB side here, which is where the DX is found.  There are plenty of options for getting on 223-225 MHz, FM mode)  It’s a shame there aren’t more guys on 222, because it’s just a fantastic band.  There’s less atmospheric noise on 222, vs. 50 or 144 MHz.  Plus it sure seems like that watt-for-watt, db-for-db, signals get out farther and louder on 222, compared to 144. 

   If you want to get on 222 SSB, you have a few options. 
   1)  Most technically-proficient guys will use a transverter and get the benefit of lower noise figures, superior adjacent signal rejection, and probably a few other things a techno-putz like me isn’t thinking of right now.   Use Google and search “222 MHz transverters” to see what all is available these days. 

   2)  You can try to find the rare and very expensive Icom 375H and 375A rigs.  These were made for a short time, and are valued collector’s items.  

   3)  Is the direction I went.  I found a Yaesu FT-736R and then acquired the optional 222 MHz band module.   Yaesu also made FT-726R’s and here, too, you want to make sure the rig you’re interested in has the optional 222 band module installed.

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