This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

11:30am  Thur.

Last night WB9LYH had 13 check-ins to the 144.240 net.  Mark was pleased to make contact with VE3ZV in EN92 — they’ve been working on that for a while.  The check-in list:  VE3ZV EN92;  N9JBW and KC9RIO EN62;  W8SOL EN71;  K8TQK EM89;  W9BBP, WA9BNZ and WB0SWQ EN40;  KC9CLM EN52;  N9RXM and KC9OVD EN41;  WB0YWW and KG0SJ EN22.
Want to also add that KJ4MCZ in FM06 Virginia was listening along and while net control “heard something” off to the SE, no contact was made.  But we appreciate KJ4MCZ giving it a try.  DX is always encouraged with this net.   WB9LYH has stacked 17B2’s and 500 watts from a ridgetop QTH and with a little help from propagation, it’s a real thrill to make contacts beyond the normal 300-450 mile range.

As mentioned in prior posts, the 144.240 net is on Wed. nights at 8pm central/9pm eastern.  Net control is WB9LYH Mark in EN54cl.  This is right in the middle of WI, near WI Rapids.   Mark’s antenna pattern from EN54 is first NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes.  All licensed amateurs are welcome, the net is informal and the purpose is to increase activity on 2m SSB.  We appreciate you helping us spread the word in a very wide circle.

WB9LYH says his schedule looks good for the rest of June.  Plan on Mark being around for the next 3 Wednesdays.  If anything changes, as always, I will post the details here.

Back on Monday night, K8TQK had 23 check-ins to his 144.252 net  (yes 144.252, Bob can’t use 144.250 because he has a birdie there).  K8TQK’s check-ins Monday night were:  N8AIA EN82;  VA3HD FN14;  K8GDT EN91;  W2UAD FN13;  KJ4ZYB FM07;  N8XA EM79;  W3IP FM19;  N4PPG EM76;  WA4NJP, N4QH, W4LES, W9BN, W4VAS and W4IMD all EM84;  W4YZJ EM64;  KY4MRG EM77;  KI4ROF EM55;  KA2KQM EM74;  N9RXM EN41;  KB8GUE EM89;  K9ILU EN61;  WB9LYH EN54 and KA9VDU EN53.
Look at a grid square map and appreciate the huge territory covered.  You’ve got southern Canada, to MD, NC, AL and SW TN and up into NW IL and central WI.  All on 2m SSB, using long horizontally-polarized yagis.  Just everyday terrestrial communications on 144 MHz.  This is the story that needs to be told to every ham.

K8TQK’s 144.252 net is every Monday at 8:30pm eastern.  Bob’s QTH is EM89je, which is south-central OH, near Chillicothe.  Bob also has good power and antennas from a hilltop QTH.  But this isn’t a requirement.  Even guys with shorter yagis, at least 50-100 watts out, and fairly decent horizons can get out 100-300 miles on 2m SSB.

K8TQK has a live audio stream of his station.  I have no idea how these things work, I’m just the messenger.  Go to this post for instructions on how to listen along when K8TQK is on the air.

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