14 Check-Ins to Last Night’s 144.240 Net

7:45am  Thur.

WITH THE 144.240 NET last night, net control WB9LYH in EN54cl reported “the band is getting better”.  Glad the band conditions are getting better, because the weather sure isn’t!   This morning I have 33F and a dusting of snow (40 miles N of Milwaukee), with possible shoveling snow tomorrow.  Supposed to warm up about a week from now.  That would be welcome.

Here’s the check-in list from last night:  K9ILU, N9IYV, KD8BGY, KC9RIO, N9JBW and K9CCL EN61;  WB8LNG EM79;  KY9E EN52;  WB0SWQ EN40;  KC9OVD, N9RXM and NG9K EN41;  KG0SJ EN22 and KA9VDU EN53.

Net control WB9LYH in EN54cl, central WI, expects to be available every Wed. night in April.

If you like short stories, you’re done.  🙂  If you don’t visit kc9bqa.com often or want more info, please read on:

The 144.240 net is called every Wed. at 8pm central/9pm eastern.   Net control is WB9LYH in EN54cl, central WI, near WI Rapids.   Antenna pattern from Central WI is NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes.  Eastern time zone is always targeted first.  All licensed hams are welcome.  The net is informal and the purpose is to increase activity on 2m SSB.

WB9LYH has a very big signal and loves pushing the propagation limits.  His typical range on 2m SSB, with normal band conditions is 300-500 miles.  But on nights with band enhancement, contacts beyond 500 miles are possible *IF* the stations are out there, giving it a try.  DX is always welcome to with the 144.240 net.   Help us spread the word in a very wide circle, especially with warmer weather and better propagation just around the corner.
We really appreciate our net check-ins thru the years, but the recipe for a truly healthy band is to have lots of signals on the airwaves on a daily/nightly basis.  Call your own CQ’s in various directions whenever you can.  So many of us fall into the rut of “just listening”.  Well… if dozens of VHF’ers in many grids and states are all “just listening”, then how many signals are heard??  That’s right, zero.  Then everyone says, “the bands are so dead.”  There’s a remedy for this — Call your own CQ’s — start something.

I want VHF’ers to know there are many fine nets and activity nights, all 7 nights of the week, scattered across the Midwest/Great lakes and Plains.  Three posts here at kc9bqa.com detailing those VHF/UHF nets are dated Oct 13, 15 and 17th, 2013.  Use the “archives” at the right and click on “October 2013” and go from there.   Please spread that VHF/UHF net and activity night info to hams everywhere.


We have called the 144.240 Wed. net from WI since June 2008 and our history is here:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=5363

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