10am Monday (If you’re looking for last Wed’s 144.240 net report, scroll down 2 posts)
Since it’s Monday, here’s a repeat of what I originally posted on Nov. 14th.
If you’ve been visiting kc9bqa.com for some years, you already know about many of the nets and activity nights we’ve been promoting since 2009.
But time passes, and (hopefully) we get new visitors, so I like to repost info and keep it fresh.
There’s a big 2 meter SSB net on Monday nights. It’s called by K8TQK Bob, who’s located in EM89je, or south-central OH. Starts at 8:30pm *eastern*. It’s on 144.252 because K8TQK has a big birdie right on 144.250. Bob has long yagis and good power from a hilltop QTH and he gets out forever. When I was on the air, I could work him on a 392-mile path (from my QTH just north of Milwaukee) even under flat conditions 95% of the time.
The antenna pattern from K8TQK’s south-central OH location is North to start, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes. All times estimated, never know which direction might be busier on a given night. As with any net, be flexible and patient. Typically K8TQK is looking NW toward Chicago and WI about 8-8:30pm *central* time.
For some years, K8TQK partnered with us on Wed. nights. The goal (with using a few strong net controls spaced apart by several hundred miles) was to cover 20-30 states. Had a lot of fun with this and even now, with the switch to Mondays by K8TQK, his net follows an active one out of Northern GA. There’s a lot to listen to on Monday nights.
Honestly, to stay on top of all this activity, a VHF’er should be logged into that ON4KST.com ham chat. Specifically talking about the “IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz” I haven’t been there in many months and just spending a half hour to buzz thru the chat archives (they have a dropdown menu in the upper left with several dozen useful options) I can see that nearly every night, there’s something going on. This is such a valuable tool to help connect VHF’ers who might not otherwise know what’s going on.