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WB9LYH in EN54cl Calls 144.240 Net Tonight @8pm central/9pm eastern

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

12:30pm  Wed.

I know there may be t-storms in eastern parts of our region tonight, but the forecast is for clear weather in Central WI.  So 144.240 net control WB9LYH will be ON at the usual time of 8pm central/9pm eastern.

The 144.240 net is called every Wed. night at 8pm central/9pm eastern.  Net control WB9LYH is located in EN54cl, which is Central WI, near WI Rapids or about 1.5 hours west of Green Bay, WI.  Mark has a big signal and enjoys pushing the propagation limits.  Please let VHF’ers in a very wide radius know that we’re on the air on Wed. nights.

From central WI, WB9LYH starts out looking NE, E and SE.  Eastern time zone is always targeted first with the 144.240 Wed. net.  From there, Mark starts edging S, then SW, W, NW and N to finish.  All licensed amateurs are welcome; the net is informal and the purpose is to increase activity on 2 meter SSB.  We always appreciate you helping to spread the word and doing  your part to make the SSB/CW portions of the VHF/UHF bands more active.

PLEASE NOTE — the ARRL June VHF Contest is on June 11-12th.  A trio of articles promoting the contest and helping hams to get educated and involved is right below this article.  Spread the word to hams everywhere to visit posts dated June 1, 2016 at kc9bqa.com.

Links to KC9BQA’s VHF Contesting School Articles

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

12:15pm Wed.

Start spreading the word everywhere about the ARRL  June VHF Contest, which is June 11-12, 2016.   Other posts dated June 1, 2016 at kc9bqa.com promote the contest itself, and give publicity to the 5 known VHF/UHF contest clubs in and near Wisconsin.  Those posts are right below this one.

If you want to know more about what a VHF/UHF contest is all about, I humbly refer you to a series of articles I wrote about 6-7 years back, called VHF Contesting School.   I wrote these articles to get even casual VHF’ers, and hams in general more confident about playing in a VHF contest.

Visit this link for KC9BQA’s VHF Contesting School articles   http://kc9bqa.com/?p=5931   You are free to share those articles with hams everywhere.  The whole reason KC9BQA.com exists is to increase on-air activity on bands like 50, 144, 222 and 432 MHz.

Please don’t think that only the big guns get on for VHF/UHF contests.  The contests are a lot more fun if even the guys with just a few bands, or limited time, stop by and call some CQ’s, let others know they are out there, and make the airwaves more active.

WANT TO ALSO ADD…
Because those articles were written back in 2009 or 2010, some of the content may be outdated, in the areas of scoring or rules.  Refer to the ARRL website for current info.

Listing of VHF/UHF Clubs in or near Wisconsin

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Noon Wed.

This is a repeat of a post from early April.  If you haven’t visited in weeks, please use the archives (on the right) to go back over posts I made back in early April.

With the VHF contest season starting next weekend (ARRL June VHF on June 11-12), this is a good time for readers to join one of the regional VHF/UHF contest clubs, if you haven’t already done so.

As of June 2015, I know of 5 VHF/UHF clubs in and near WI.  When I say “VHF/UHF Club”, I’m talking about clubs where the emphasis is on SSB/CW/Digital modes on bands like 50, 144, 222, 432 MHz, clear on up to microwave bands like 902, 1296, 2304, 3456 MHz, and even into 5 and 10 Gig and beyond.
If you are even a casual VHF’er, but would like your contest scores to go toward a club total, consider joining any of these clubs.  All the info you need to get started is below.

1)  My club is the Badger Contesters.  Their website is at www.badgercontesters.org.  If you are within 175 miles of Oshkosh, WI, you are in the BC circle.  A graphic showing our territory is available at:  http://www.badgercontesters.org/club_area.html  The BC’ers are a low-key, low-stress, no-dues club.  If you want more info, go to the website or contact me.

2)  NLRS stands for Northern Lights Radio Society, which covers MN, and probably adjacent parts of W and NW WI and N IA.  Their website is at www.nlrs.org.

3)  SMC stands for Society of Midwest Contesters, based in IL and parts of adjacent states.  SMC is a very active HF club, with a decent number of V/UHF contesters, too.  Their website is at www.w9smc.com   SMC has done some amazing things, getting their HF contesters to try 6 meters in the June ARRL contest (when sporadic E skip usually opens up 6m across the country)

4)  CVVHF stands for Chippewa Valley VHF and they are pretty much centered on EN44.  I’m sure their territory covers most of NW WI and plenty of the U.P. of MI.  CVVHF’s website is at www.k9cvc.org.

5)  As of late summer, 2014, Michigan is now represented here.  Several motivated guys got together and have created the Michigan VHF-UHF Society or MIVUS.  Their website is at http://mivus.org/  Check them out.

If you enjoy V/UHF contesting, these clubs would like very much for you to join and then submit your contest scores as part of the club’s  aggregate score.

I am not aware of any active V/UHF clubs in IN or IA.  If I’m mistaken, someone set me straight.

Post Your ARRL June VHF Contest Plans Here (Link is in Item #5 Below)

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

11:45am Wed

The ARRL June VHF Contest is in 2 weekends.  It starts at 1800 UTC time (1pm central) on Sat., June 11th and runs 33 hours until 0300 UTC time on Monday (which is 10pm central Sunday night)    All bands from 50 MHz on up into the microwaves are in play.  The June contest has evolved over the last 5-10 years into the biggest VHF contest of the year.   6 meters is often open for long stretches of the June contest and I can remember working over 100 grid squares in a single contest.  Lots of fun.
Other big VHF contests are in July and September and January.   Here’s the link to the ARRL rules and info page for the June VHF:  http://www.arrl.org/june-vhf

Plus DON’T FORGET there WILL be an August UHF contest this year.  I covered this back in April, go here for full info http://kc9bqa.com/?p=8600 and make sure to talk this up in all directions.

Talk up the contest June 11-12 and help get more signals on the air.  Refer hams to this blog, if they need more info.

Like he has for years now, W0UC Paul in EN44 has created a Google spreadsheet where those of us in the Midwest/Great Lakes can post our June VHF contest plans.  Before I pass the link along (with W0UC’s permission) a few guidelines.  Please read these.
1)  I know nothing about a Google spreadsheet.  I’m just the messenger.
2)  Notice on the lower left that there are tabs for both fixed stations and rovers.
3)  Even if you’re part-time or you don’t know exactly when you can be on, post your general intentions anyway.  This is fun, not a legally binding contract.  :)
4)  We kindly ask that with this sheet, the emphasis remains on WI and nearby states.  We’re NOT trying to create a nationwide sheet.  If you are more than say 300-400 miles from WI, considering doing something similar for your own area.  It would be a big boost to V/UHF contesting if there were similar listings for other parts of the USA and Canada.
5)  Please spread the word among your V/UHF buddies in WI and nearby states to list your ARRL June VHF Contest plans here:   http://www.tinyurl.com/JuneVHF2016
6)  Because this is an interactive spreadsheet, remember to check back from time-to-time and view updated plans from both fixed stations and rovers.

13 Check-Ins to 144.240 Net on Wednesday Night

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

11am Sunday

144.240 net control WB9LYH had this to say in his emailed net report:  “This was an adventure.  Storms, lots of static, high and low propagation, apparent lightning enhancement.  Lots of fun.”
Check-ins were:  KS8B EN64;  N9EM EN53;  W8SOL EN71;  K9ILU and N9IYV EN61;  WB8LNG EM79;  W8PU EM89;  WA9BNZ and W9BBP EN40;  N9RXM EN41;  KG0SJ EN22;  W0VB EN34 and AB9QH EN62.
Mark also noted that W8PU got through with CW, then SSB, despite really bad QSB and noise.
Would like to say welcome to the Wed. 144.240 net to W8PU.  I think this is his first time checking in.

WB9LYH expects to be on for the next several Wednesdays.  The 144.240 net is called every Wed. night at 8pm central/9pm eastern.  Net control WB9LYH is located in EN54cl, which is Central WI, near WI Rapids or about 1.5 hours west of Green Bay, WI.  Mark has a big signal and enjoys pushing the propagation limits.  Please let VHF’ers in a very wide radius know that we’re on the air on Wed. nights.

From central WI, WB9LYH starts out looking NE, E and SE.  Eastern time zone is always targeted first with the 144.240 Wed. net.  From there, Mark starts edging S, then SW, W, NW and N to finish.  All licensed amateurs are welcome; the net is informal and the purpose is to increase activity on 2 meter SSB.  We always appreciate you helping to spread the word and doing  your part to make the SSB/CW portions of the VHF/UHF bands more active.

12 Check-Ins to The 144.240 Net Last Night

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

12:45pm Thursday

144.240 net control WB9LYH reported that propagation was good last night.  Check-ins were:  K9ILU and N9JBW EN61;  KC9VHD and AB9QH EN62;  N9IYV and KB9PSE EN52;  N9YK EN71;  NG9K and N9RXM EN41;  KA9DVX EN51; and WB0SWQ and WA9BNZ EN40.

We finally have high pressure overhead that isn’t moving much.  Extended periods of stable weather often mean improved band conditions.  VHF/UHF’ers need to get on the air during this stretch and call CQ, and start some activity; see who’s out there.  Mornings and evenings (esp. toward and after dark) would tend to have the best conditions.  Spin the beams, call around, keep the airwaves alive.

WB9LYH expects to be on for the next several Wednesdays.  The 144.240 net is called every Wed. night at 8pm central/9pm eastern.  Net control WB9LYH is located in EN54cl, which is Central WI, near WI Rapids or about 1.5 hours west of Green Bay, WI.  Mark has a big signal and enjoys pushing the propagation limits.  Please let VHF’ers in a very wide radius know that we’re on the air on Wed. nights.

From central WI, WB9LYH starts out looking NE, E and SE.  Eastern time zone is always targeted first with the 144.240 Wed. net.  From there, Mark starts edging S, then SW, W, NW and N to finish.  All licensed amateurs are welcome; the net is informal and the purpose is to increase activity on 2 meter SSB.  We always appreciate you helping to spread the word and doing  your part to make the SSB/CW portions of the VHF/UHF bands more active.

RIP Bob — WB0YWW

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

3:45pm Saturday

Very sorry to report that WB0YWW became a silent key early this month.  Bob had been battling cancer for several years.

When I was actively running the 144.240 net (years back), I always smiled when I heard from Bob.  He just had a way about him and while I was never able to eyeball with him, I sure enjoyed his personality on the radio.   I saw in an obituary that he enjoyed going out and watching storms.  I wish we had talked about that;  I love doing that too.     Bob was one of our earliest, most frequent and loyal check-ins.  Time on the radio was more fun with him around.
My sympathies to his wife, family and loved ones.

 

144.240 Net Reports From 4/13/16 to 5/11/16

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

3pm Saturday

The last net report I posted was back on 4/7.  In this post, there will be net reports for 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4 and 5/11.

Back on April 13th, there were 10 check-ins to the 144.240 net:  K9ILU, KD9BGY, KC9RIO, N9JBW, K9CCL and N9IYV EN61;  N9YK EN71;  WA9BNZ and WB0SWQ EN40 and KB9PSE EN52.

On April 20th, there were 9 check-ins:  K9ILU, N9IYV and KD9BGY EN61;  WB8LNG EM79;  AB9QH EN62;  KB9PSE EN52;  W9BBP EN40;  N9XJE EN53 and N9XRM EN41.   Want to welcome N9XJE to the net; always grateful for new signals on 2m SSB.

On April 27th, there were 11 check-ins:  KG9B EN54;  K9ILU, KC9RIO and KD9BGY EN61;  WB8LNG EM79;  KY9E EN52;  NG9K and N9RXM EN41;  WB0SWQ and W9BBP EN40;  and KG0SJ EN22.   Also want to welcome KG9B to the net.  Nice to hear you on 2 meter SSB.  That’s 2 new ones from central WI in 2 weeks.

On May 4th, there were 12 check-ins:  N9JBW, K9ILU, KA8BTW, KD9BGY and KC9RIO EN61;  AB9QH EN62;  WB8LNG EM79;  N9RXM EN41;  W9BBP, WA9BNZ and WB0SWQ EN40;  and KG0SJ EN22.

Last Wed., May 11th, there were 13 check-ins to the 144.240 net.  Net control WB9LYH reported good propagation to the east.  Check-ins were:  AC8GD and KC8ZJL EN71;  WB8LNG EM79;  K9ILU, KC9RIO and KD9BGH EN61;  KB9PSE EN52;  N9RXM EN41;  WB0SWQ, W9BBP and WA9BNZ EN40;  WB9FBO EN52 and KA8FFM EN56 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Net control WB9LYH also noted that a WB4 called briefly, but Mark could not copy the rest.  Mark said there was the best propagation to the southeast that he has heard for a while.
Also want to welcome WB9FBO to the net.  That’s 3 new calls in the last 5 weeks.  Those of you who are helping us spread the word — THANK YOU.

OK, ALL CAUGHT UP ON THE NET REPORTS for the last 5 weeks.  Finally.

Friendly reminder:  The 144.240 net is called every Wed. at 8pm central/9pm eastern by WB9LYH in EN54cl.  That’s central WI, near WI Rapids, or about 1.5 hours west of Green Bay, WI.   We have been calling the 144.240 net since June of 2008.  If  you’re into history, our net story is here:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=5363
Net control WB9LYH has a big signal.  Stacked 17B2 yagis and a ridgetop QTH and 500 watts.  You don’t need all that to talk a few hundred miles on 2 meter SSB, but it surely helps!  Mark can routinely work other well-equipped stations out to 400 miles — under normal band conditions.  With summer out there somewhere (had snowshowers and 39 degrees today on MAY 14th!) we will have nights with enhanced propagation.  Please let VHF’ers in a very wide area know that WB9LYH is there on Wed. nights, and he loves to push the propagation limits.  Just like with the mystery WB4 station who almost made it in on May 11th.

All licensed amateurs are welcome to the 144.240 net.  We appreciate local and DX check-ins, we appreciate regulars and those who just drop by from time to time.  The net is informal and the purpose is to create more activity on 2 meter SSB.  We always encourage you to help spread the word and get more signals on the air.

WB9LYH expects to be on next Wed., May 18th.  He starts the net by looking northeast, east and southeast.  Eastern time zone is always targeted first with this net (again, start time is 8pm central/9pm eastern)  By about 8:10-8:15 central, WB9LYH is edging south, looking into IN, IL and southern WI.  Then he starts looking SW into MO, IA and KS.  Eventually he looks W, NW and N, from (roughly) 8:20-8:45pm.  All times approximate, never know which direction might have more activity.

My Towers, Yagis and Coax are Sold — IC-575H and SB-230 Are Still Available

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

7:30pm Tuesday

Happy to report that I sold my towers, yagis and coax this weekend.  That means my station is about 2/3rds liquidated.   What remains are odds and ends that I’m not ready to catalog at this time.   I will get my act together by next month.   The biggest items will be rotors, but they are still up on the towers so that will take some time, too.  Don’t worry, when I’m ready to sell accessories, I will make a post and publicize things via various email lists.

***One thing that is for sale right now — I have a well-used, but perfectly operational, Icom IC-575H, mated to a Heathkit SB-230 that puts out about 220-230 watts, max.  You can get on 6 and 10 meters just in time for summer E skip season, for the low price of $450.***   Quite honestly, I should charge more, but I don’t mind this going to a good home.   You get a discount because the dial lamp is out — big deal.  I can see the freq. display just fine without the dial lamp.
I am not going to ship this combo.  When I sold most of my rigs and amps and transverters back in the spring of 2014, I was glad to drive up to 100-150 miles to either deliver or meet hams halfway.  If you are interested in this combo, email me.  My everyday email is good at www.qrz.com or if you can’t log in there you can also use wi.todd (AT) yahoo.com.   If you know of someone who wants to get on The Magic Band with a quality rig and an amp that puts out at least 200 watts, tell them to jump on this deal.

Made Multiple New Posts This Weekend.

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

8am Thur.

If you haven’t visited kc9bqa.com in a while, be aware that I made many new posts this past weekend.  Scroll down this “front page” and make sure you catch all the headlines.   Several important events that VHF’ers will want to be on top of.

1)   Central States VHF Society has their 50th annual conference from July 28-31 in Rochester, MN.
2)  August UHF Contest is *ON*
3)  Spring VHF and up Sprints start Monday night, April 11th, from 7-11pm in your local time zone.    Spread the word and get on the air for the Spring VHF and up Sprints.
4)  I posted a listing of known VHF/UHF clubs in WI and adjacent states that you can join or follow.

Detailed info about these topics are right down the front page here at kc9bqa.com.  You are free to share the info here with your clubs, ham buddies, etc.