Wed. 144.240 and Mon. 144.252 Net Reports

6:30am Thur.

WB9LYH calls the 144.240 net every Wed. at 8pm central/9pm eastern from EN54cl, Central WI.  His antenna pattern starts out looking NE into Upper MI, then soon looking E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next hour or so.   All licensed amateurs are welcome.  The net is informal, listen along or say hello when it’s convenient.  The goal is to increase activity on “weak-signal” portions of 2 meters.  Want to also remind VHF’ers that WB9LYH loves to push the propagation limits.  DX is *always* encouraged to give it a try.   With stacked 17B2’s, 500 watts and a ridgetop QTH, WB9LYH’s signal gets out a very long way.

On to WB9LYH’s net report from last night.  Mark had fun; he reported good propagation all over.  With dense fog setting up over most of the Upper Midwest, I bet the bands were in good shape.  Warmer air aloft moving in over cooler air at the surface is a great recipe for band enhancement.   I imagine there’s great conditions this morning, too.  Get on and call CQ.
WB9LYH had 16 check-ins last night:  N9OLT EN64;  K8CIT EN85;  K8GDT EN91;  WB0DGF and N9OJH EN63;  KD8LDX;  N8WNA EN82;  N9GUU and KC9CLM EN52;  N9JBW EN61;  WA9BNZ EN40;  KG0SJ EN22;  KB9LUK EN34;  W0ANH EN47;  N9AAO EN56 and KB8GUE EM89.  That’s a nice contact into southern OH with KB8GUE.  Right in that 400-420 mile range.  Also want to welcome K8CIT to our net.

On Monday night, K8TQK in EM89, south-central OH had 24 check-ins.  Bob calls a net at 8:30pm eastern (that time remains the same, year-round) on 144.252 MHz.  Yes, 144.252, that’s not a misprint.  K8TQK uses 144.252 to avoid a bad birdie he has on 144.250.  This past Monday, K8TQK’s check-ins were:  N8WNA and N8AIA EN82;  KG9QT EN61;  VA3VEC FN14;  K8GDT and KD8FHY EN91;  VE3YCU FN02;  AC3L FN00;  W2UAD FN13;  WD8CHR EN90;  W9KXI FN12;  KB3TNZ FN10;  N1GC EM95;  N4TLL EM87;  WA4NJP, W4IMP and W4TMW EM84;  WD4NMV EM85;  KA2KQM EM74;  KB8GUE and W8PU EM89;  KY4MRG EM77;  WB9LYH EN54 and KC9CLM EN52.

What great nets.  Wonderful to see guys getting out 200, 300, sometimes 400-450 miles on 2 meter SSB, with horizontally-polarized antennas (preferably higher-gain yagis, for best range) .

One Response to “Wed. 144.240 and Mon. 144.252 Net Reports”

  1. Bryan Leenheer, KD8LDX Says:

    I guess Mark had trouble hearing me with the rain fades, but I was calling from EN62. I finally have my M2 2m loop up (at 10 feet AGL – and -20 feet HAAT) so I was happy to make it into the net at all! 221.8 mi from his QTH to mine, suboptimal condx, and poor placement on my end isn’t a bad haul!

    I have a 432 stack of 2 M2 loops 5 feet above the 2 meter loop as well, and I’m hoping to be able to check into some nets for 70cm as well soon. Unfortunately, they mostly seem to be on Monday which is a busy evening for me.