Archive for March, 2014

Your Sunday Night Options on VHF

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

   12:15pm Sunday
   If you want to know about your options on the SSB side of VHF and UHF, I have detailed info regarding all 7 nights of the week.  That info is in posts dated Oct. 13, 15 and 17, 2013 at  

   For example, since this is Sunday, here are 3 options I know of in the Upper Midwest/Great Lakes region:

   1)  K8NFT calls the Sidewinders Around Michigan net on 144.155 at 9:30pm eastern Sundays from EN62xt, far W MI, near Grand Rapids.  Bob starts out looking N, then goes clockwise, or E, S and W as the net progresses.  

    2)  K0SIX calls a net on 50.175 at 8:30pm central Sundays from EN35dj, or an hour north of the Twin Cities.  Vince has a very big signal and can work out to 300+ miles via normal “groundwave” on 6m (to stations with horizontal yagis pointed at him).   Not sure about the antenna pattern K0SIX uses for the net, but I know that he’ll be on the chat (IARU Region 2 chat for 144-432 MHz, or try the 50 MHz chat, as well.  I’m sure you can have more than one chat open at a time.) 

   3)   KA0PQW calls a net on 144.260 at 9pm central Sundays from EN33iu, far south-central MN.  Matt also has a nice signal — I can usually work him on a 265 mile path when we’re pointed at each other.   I’m not sure of the antenna pattern KA0PQW uses, so just point toward the middle of the MN/IA state line and wait for his signal to peak up.   
   If KA0PQW needs a night off, then K0SIX (EN35) or KA0KYZ (EN33) pitches in on 144.260.


    If any of this info is outdated or needs revising, let me know. 

    I’ll be making two more posts very shortly.

WB9LYH Has 16 Check-ins Last Night

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

   10:30am Thur

   Nice turnout for the 144.240 Wed. net.  WB9LYH emailed me with the particulars —    Mark reported some propagation to Cleveland, and good signals from Detroit, also.  Loudest stations were from IN.  
   Check-ins were:  N8WNA and N8AIA EN82;  WM8I EN80;  WB0DGF EN63;  W8SOL EN71;  K8GDT EN91;  AB9QH EN62; KG9QT EN61;  W9BBP and WA9BNZ EN40;  N9NYA and WB9SLI EN43;  W1JWS EN50;  N0IRS EM29 and KG0SJ EN22.  KC8QDQ in EM89 also checked in, and was relayed by WM8I.  

   Checked the chat archives and see that K8TQK’s Monday 144.252 net was off again this Monday.   This blankety-blank winter has his rotor frozen and as soon as Bob can get repairs done, I’m sure he’ll be back on @8:30pm eastern every Monday night.