Archive for June, 2014

The Q5 Net is on 144.220 Thursdays @7pm Central

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

   4:30pm Thursday

   On Thursday evenings, you have the Q5 net, called by N9JBW located in EN61, south side of Chicago.   Tune to 144.220 @7pm central.   The Q5 net is friendly, active and always looking for more signals.  You can read all about it here:

Catching Up With 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

   4pm Thursday

   I can tie up a few loose ends in this post. 
   I have the 144.240 net report from May 28th and from last night.    I will also have K8TQK’s 144.252 net report from Monday night. 

   On May 28th, N9XKH Dennis filled in for WB9LYH.   N9XKH got things started from EN52il (right on the IL/WI state line, SSW of Madison, WI) and worked N9OLT EN64, KC9CLM EN52 and KC9OVD EN41.  Then WB9LYH got home from unexpectedly being called away and worked W1JWS EN50. 
   Thanks Dennis for pitching in.  It’ll get busier for you, I’m sure of that. 
   HERE’S THE 144.240 NET CONTROL SCHEDULE FOR THE REST OF JUNE:  (Start time 8pm central/9pm eastern in summer) 
   June 11th — WB9LYH EN54cl, Central WI 
   June 18th — WB9LYH
   June 25th — N9XKH will pinch-hit from EN52il, right on the IL/WI state line, SSW of Madison, WI.  

   Please remember the antenna pattern starts out NE, then goes E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes.  Those times are approximate — sometimes a busy night or a DX check-in may take extra time. 

   Last night, WB9LYH was back at the mic and Mark was happy to report a busy net with a DX possibility.  Mark had 14 check-ins:   K6VWE EN73;  KC8ZJL, N9YK and W8SOL EN71;  KC9RIO, K9CCL and N9JBW EN61;  N9XKH EN52;  WA9BNZ EN40;  KC9OVD and KC9RJI EN41;  W8BYA EN70;  W1JWS EN50 and WB0YWW EN22.  
   I just  reviewed the chat at from last night and KD5CKP was on board from EM54, far northern Mississippi.  It sounds like Tim heard some bits and pieces of WB9LYH.  Yes, Mark’s voice is deep and yes, his rig is frequently off a kc.  (WB9LYH loves his trusty Kenwood TS-700, which is an analog rig.  Long-time listeners to the net know to adjust a little or gently nudge Mark on freq. and it all works out fine.)  
   W0WOI EN22 was also around last night, but had to run. 

    On to the K8TQK 144.252 Monday net report: 
    3 nights ago, Bob had 20 check-ins:  K8KGM and KB8GUE EM89;  W2UAD FN13;  KD8JQ and N8DEA EN91;  AC3L/M FN00;  N1GC EM95;  WB4IXU EM86;  W4VAS, W4IMD and W4LES EM84;  WA4REE EM65;  KI4ROF EM55;  K9MRI EN70;  KC9VHD EN62;  N8XA EM79;  KC8ZJL EN71;  WB9TFH EN53;  KB3TNZ FN11 and W3IP FM19. 
    Remember that K8TQK calls his net from EM89je (south-central OH) every Monday at 8:30pm eastern.  His antenna pattern also follows the clock.  Start out pointing north, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and ending up NW over the next 45-60 minutes or so.  K8TQK is on board at the chat and there’s always plenty of activity.   (use the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz.  Go here  if you need more info about the real-time ham chat rooms)

WB9LYH Calls 144.240 Net Tonight @8pm Central/9pm Eastern

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

  9:30am Wed.

  Want everyone to know that WB9LYH plans on calling the 144.240 Wed. net for the next several weeks. 
  Look toward EN54cl (Central WI) and say hello tonight.  WB9LYH’s antenna pattern from Central WI is to start out looking NE, then go E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes or so.

  The net is informal and all licensed hams are welcome.   Purpose is to stir up more activity on 2m SSB and to push the propagation limits.  DX is always encouraged to listen along.  We appreciate anyone helping us spread the word beyond the typical 200-400 mile limit with well-equipped 2m SSB stations.   It really keeps a VHF’er motivated when you are able to work stations 500, 600 miles or more on a night with great band conditions.

Monday is a Very Active Night — Let Other Hams Know

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

  8am Monday — 

  Let hams everywhere know about how to find signals on the SSB portions of the VHF/UHF bands.  Monday is a great night, with well-run and well-attended nets from multiple states and Canadian provinces. 
   I made a post back on Oct. 13, 2013 at that has full details.  That post is here:  

  You are free to share this info with hams everywhere.

Last Week’s Net Reports

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

   8am Monday —

   I have the K8TQK 144.252 net report from last Monday.  This net is every Monday at 8:30pm eastern time, called by K8TQK in EM89je, south-central OH.  Antenna pattern is North, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes or so.  

  I’m able to type up Bob’s check-in list because he posts them to the real-time ham chat at  If you need more info about this free, no BS, no hassle service, go here:  Over 4300 US and Canadian VHF’ers are now registered for the “IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz”.  There’s plenty of activity every day, and it’s busiest in the mornings and evenings. 

   K8TQK’s 13 check-ins on May 26th were:  W2UAD FN13;  W4LES, W4IMD, WD4NMV and W4TUN EM84;  K4LY EM85;  KA2KQM EM74;  N4TLL EM87;  W3IP FM19;  NR8O and KB9RDS EM79;  K9MRI EN70 and W8SOL EN71. 

   I have no 144.240 net report from last week. 
   WB9LYH would like everyone to know he expects to take the Wed. 144.240 net, at 8pm central, from EN54cl, Central WI. 

   I need to start making summer VHF/UHF Contest updates.  The ARRL June VHF is in two weekends (June 14-15).  Look for those updates by tomorrow, maybe earlier.