144.240 Wed. Net Reports for Sept. 30th and Oct. 7th

8am  Sunday

First the 144.240 net reports from Sept. 30th and Oct. 7th…
Back on Wed., Sept. 30th, WB9LYH reported good propagation (even though no colors were showing on the APRS Mountainlake propagation map  http://aprs.mountainlake.k12.mn.us/ )  Mark had 13 check-ins:  KD9CKB EN54;  WA8IPJ EN74;  N8TGY EN73;  N8WNA EN82;  VE3ZV EN92;  K9CCL, KD9BGY, K9ILU and N9JBW EN61;  WA9BNZ EN40;  N9RXM and KC9OVD EN41 and KA9DVX EN51.
Net control WB9LYH (located in EN54cl, Central WI) noted that WA9BNZ checked in from west-central IL using a dipole and 70 watts.  That’s a darn good path over 220-240 miles using a very basic antenna.

Both KD9CKB and N8TGY are new check-ins to the 144.240 Wed. net.  Welcome, and thanks for getting on 2 meter SSB.

On Wed., Oct. 5th, WB9LYH again reported good propagation.  Mark had 15 check-ins:  W9PSE EM69;  KD9CKB EN54;  WA8IPJ EN74;  K9CCL and N9JBW EN61;  W8SOL EN71;  N9NMS EN52;  someone in the Appleton WI area who had distorted audio so we’re not sure of the callsign; N9RXM, KC9OVD, N9GK and WK7G EN41;  WA9BNZ, WB0SWQ and W9BBP EN40.  What a great turnout from the EN40/41 area.
Also happy to note that W9PSE from the Indianapolis area is a new all-time check-in to the net.

WB9LYH added that lately he’s had several stations with 20 watts or less output power and he was still hearing them well.  Mark says, “low power is not a barrier to the use of this band.  I encourage more folks to try it to see how far they can reach with 5 or 10 watts.”

EXPECT WB9LYH TO BE ON THIS WED — OCT. 12TH,  at the usual start time of 8pm central/9pm eastern.  This is our start time, all 52 weeks of the year.
WB9LYH is in EN54cl, central WI, near WI Rapids.  Because Mark has stacked long yagis and 500 watts from a ridgetop QTH, he gets out a very long ways.  All licensed amateurs are welcome, the net is informal and the goal is to increase activity on 2 meter SSB.  We know many of you have helped spread the word (we still regularly get new check-ins after 7+ years of operation) and we thank you.
Eastern time zone is always targeted first with the 144.240 Wed. net.  From EN54cl, the antenna pattern with this net is to start out looking NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes, depending on how much activity there is.

I’m going to cut this into 2 posts.  Breakfast bell is ringing downstairs.  Look for K8TQK’s 144.252 net reports a little later this morning.

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