Archive for January, 2018

144.240 Net Reports Going Back to Nov. 29th, 2017

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

9:15am Tues.

Let’s get caught up with net reports this morning.
First, 144.240 net control WB9LYH advises that he expects to be on, as usual, in January.  The 144.240 net is called every Wed. at 8pm central/9pm eastern.  Net control WB9LYH is located right in the middle of WI, grid square EN54cl.   Mark has a big signal and enjoys hearing from locals and especially DX.
If you’d like more detailed info about the Wed. 144.240 net, scroll down to the 2nd half of the post dated Nov. 16 (2017) at  All licensed hams are welcome; please help us spread the word.

OK,  here are the net reports…
Back on Nov. 29th, WB9LYH emailed “Good to be back at it.  Conditions were decent but no long propagation.”   There were 15 checkins:   WA9JML EN51;  WB8LNG EM79;  K9CCL, N9JBW, WA9HIR, W9SUS and N9KKF EN61;  KC9VHD and AB9QH EN62;  KC9KCR EN52;  N8XEW EN71;  WB0SWQ, WA9BNZ and W9BBP EN40 and N9RXM EN41.

On Dec. 6th, there were high winds (on Dec. 5th actually) over much of the Midwest/Great Lakes.   It was still breezy on 12/6.   WB9LYH reported, “Nasty weather here, but no antenna damage.”  There were 12 check-ins:  KD9BGY, N9CCL and N9KKF EN61;  K9LQZ EM68 (nice 400+ mile path from SW Indiana);  AB9QH and KC9VHD EN62;  KC9RAP EN63;  WA9JML EN51;  N9EM EN53;  W9BBP and WA9BNZ EN40 and a new all-time checkin to the 144.240 net — KR8U EN72.  Thanks for saying hello and glad you’re on 2 meter SSB.

On Dec. 13th, Mark noted, “A short net, few on.”  KC9BQA remembers this as being a snowy day, esp. in the northern portions of our territory.   The 7 checkins were:  K9CCL and KD9BGY EN61;  WJ8L EN72;  W8SOL EN71;  N9ABR EN51 and WA9BNZ and W9BBP EN40.

On Dec. 20th, N9XKH on the WI/ILL state line (grid EN52il) filled in as net control.  Dennis does this occasionally when WB9LYH has other obligations.   N9XKH doesn’t email net reports, so I have nothing to share.  As mentioned before, we really appreciate N9XKH helping and I hope Dennis got lots of activity.

On Dec. 27th, I don’t have anything to report.  It’s possible that N9XKH called the net again.

ON TO 2018!  Let’s make this a great year for hamming and specifically for VHF/UHF.  The 144.240 net will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary in early July.  First net was July 9th, 2008.  You can read the whole history here:    

Last Wed., Jan 3rd, 144.240 net control WB9LYH said, “Happy New Year!  Tough conditions tonight and not a lot of guys on the bands”   There were 13 checkins:  KC9PQT EN70;  K9ILU and K9CCL EN61;  KR8U EN72;  KB9MIV EM59;  WA9GNZ, W9BBP and WB0SWQ EN40;  N9RXM EN41;  N0RWR EN42;  KC9VHD and AB9QH EN62 and W8SOL EN71.
KC9BQA is pleased to report another new all-time checkin to the Wed. 144.240 net.  KC9PQT in EN70, east-central Indiana.  Welcome and help us spread the word.
Also was pleased to see EN42, Dubuque IA area on the list.  A long time back, when I was calling the net (talking 2008-10 — I’ve been off the air since 2014 now) we’d have regular activity out of the Dubuque area.  I just thought of W0FAY Bill — glad when my memory still works!  Anyway, thanks for saying hello Donnie, glad you’re still on 2 meter SSB.

AGAIN — The 144.240 net is on every Wed. at 8pm central/9pm eastern.  Net control is WB9LYH.  Mark is located near WI Rapids, WI, right in the middle of WI.  Grid square EN54cl.   Mark’s antenna pattern is to start out looking ENE, then steadily moving clockwise over the next 30-45 minutes.  Talking E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and ending up looking north at the end of the net.    More info about the 144.240 net can be found at the 2nd half of a post dated Nov. 16, 2017 at