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WB9LYH Net Report + Time Change Effective April 2nd

Friday, March 14th, 2014

   10:15pm Thur. 

   WB9LYH had 12 check-ins to the 144.240 Wed. Net last night.  We’ll get to the list in a bit.

   **THE 144.240 NET WILL SWITCH TO SUMMER HOURS (hah!) STARTING WED, APRIL 2ND.  START TIME WILL BE ONE HOUR LATER — 8PM CENTRAL AND 9PM EASTERN.**  Please help us by spreading the word to everyone you can think of.  
   This time change will stay in effect until at least October.  We switch times seasonally to try and follow the sun.   We noticed years ago that when sunset is later, we get less check-ins.  Plus, starting the net later in summer helps catch better conditions, as the sun sets and the atmosphere “turns over” temperature-wise. 

    Again, effective April 2nd, the 144.240 Wed. net called by WB9LYH EN54 out of Central WI will start @ 8pm central and 9pm eastern.  

  
    Here’s WB9LYH’s net report from last night:  Propagation was iffy, with few stations on.  Checkins were N8WNA EN82;  WB0DGF EN63;  KA9DVX EN51;  K9CCL EN61;  WA9BNZ and W9BBP EN40;  WB9SLI and N9NYA EN43;  KD0UHN EN41;  WB0YWW and KG0SJ EN22 and KC9CLM EN53. 
    Looks like KD0UHN is a new call to the net.  Welcome, Scott and glad you made the trip from Bettendorf, IA. 
    This net is always looking for new check-ins and more participation.  DX is encouraged, too. 

   
     GUYS — I’m going to make a long-overdue post this weekend, hopefully by Saturday.  It’s time to sell my rigs and gear.   Rigs for 144 thru 2304 MHz, rotators, control boxes, power supplies, brick amps, and eventually antennas for 28 thru 2304 MHz, plenty of feedline runs and even towers.  Talking a 100′ stick of Rohn SSV, plus a separate 70′ stick.  All self-supporting.  Been putting this off too long and it’s time to get started.

WB9LYH 144.240 Long-Range Net is ON This Wed., March 12th

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

   12:20pm Sunday

   I forgot to specifically mention that WB9LYH will be ON with the 144.240 net this Wed.   Winter start time is 7pm central/8pm eastern. 

   We had a nice turnout next week and with hints of spring showing up, here’s hoping even better nets and band conditions are right around the corner. 

    WB9LYH is located in Central WI, grid EN54cl, near WI Rapids.  His antenna pattern starts out looking NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next hour or so.  All licensed amateurs are welcome.  The net is informal and the purpose is to stir up more activity on the SSB side of 2m.   
   WB9LYH has stacked 17B2′s and 500 watts from a ridgetop QTH and he loves pushing the propagation limits.  We are always looking for DX targets in that 300-600+ mile range, so help us spread the word. 
   We really appreciate our regulars and reliable, strong signals, too.

   One more post to follow — the Spring VHF/UHF Sprints are only a month away.

Many V/UHF Options on Monday Nights

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

   12:20pm Sunday 

   This post originally appeared on Jan. 27, 2014 at kc9bqa.com.

   Want readers to know that I list many different nets on all 7 nights of the week at kc9bqa.com posts dated Oct 13, 15 and 17th, 2013.   Go back in the October 2013 archives and take what you need.  Tell your ham buddies who probably are wondering where all the signals are on bands like 50, 144, 222 and 432 MHz.  
   
   Mondays are always a great night across a wide part of the Midwest and Mid-South.  Visit this post http://kc9bqa.com/?p=7438  to see your Monday options on 144 and 432.100 MHz.  I originally made that post on 10/13/13 and as far as I know, all the nets I mention are alive and well.

Your Sunday Night Options on VHF

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

   12:15pm Sunday
  
   If you want to know about your options on the SSB side of VHF and UHF, I have detailed info regarding all 7 nights of the week.  That info is in posts dated Oct. 13, 15 and 17, 2013 at kc9bqa.com.  

   For example, since this is Sunday, here are 3 options I know of in the Upper Midwest/Great Lakes region:

   1)  K8NFT calls the Sidewinders Around Michigan net on 144.155 at 9:30pm eastern Sundays from EN62xt, far W MI, near Grand Rapids.  Bob starts out looking N, then goes clockwise, or E, S and W as the net progresses.  

    2)  K0SIX calls a net on 50.175 at 8:30pm central Sundays from EN35dj, or an hour north of the Twin Cities.  Vince has a very big signal and can work out to 300+ miles via normal “groundwave” on 6m (to stations with horizontal yagis pointed at him).   Not sure about the antenna pattern K0SIX uses for the net, but I know that he’ll be on the ON4KST.com chat (IARU Region 2 chat for 144-432 MHz, or try the 50 MHz chat, as well.  I’m sure you can have more than one chat open at a time.) 

   3)   KA0PQW calls a net on 144.260 at 9pm central Sundays from EN33iu, far south-central MN.  Matt also has a nice signal — I can usually work him on a 265 mile path when we’re pointed at each other.   I’m not sure of the antenna pattern KA0PQW uses, so just point toward the middle of the MN/IA state line and wait for his signal to peak up.   
   If KA0PQW needs a night off, then K0SIX (EN35) or KA0KYZ (EN33) pitches in on 144.260.

  

    If any of this info is outdated or needs revising, let me know. 

    I’ll be making two more posts very shortly.

WB9LYH Has 16 Check-ins Last Night

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

   10:30am Thur

   Nice turnout for the 144.240 Wed. net.  WB9LYH emailed me with the particulars –    Mark reported some propagation to Cleveland, and good signals from Detroit, also.  Loudest stations were from IN.  
   Check-ins were:  N8WNA and N8AIA EN82;  WM8I EN80;  WB0DGF EN63;  W8SOL EN71;  K8GDT EN91;  AB9QH EN62; KG9QT EN61;  W9BBP and WA9BNZ EN40;  N9NYA and WB9SLI EN43;  W1JWS EN50;  N0IRS EM29 and KG0SJ EN22.  KC8QDQ in EM89 also checked in, and was relayed by WM8I.  

   
   Checked the ON4KST.com chat archives and see that K8TQK’s Monday 144.252 net was off again this Monday.   This blankety-blank winter has his rotor frozen and as soon as Bob can get repairs done, I’m sure he’ll be back on @8:30pm eastern every Monday night.

WB9LYH Has 8 Check-Ins Last Night

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

   8am Thur

  WB9LYH reported a few strong signals last night, but that poor propagation to the east likely prevented contacts with some of the guys out there.  Mark’s 8 check-ins were:  KG9QT and K9CCL EN61;  N8AIA EN82;  W9BBP and WA9BNZ EN40;  WB9SLI EN43;  KC9GMF EN52 and WB0YWW EN22. 

   *WB9LYH expects to call the 144.240 net again next Wed., March 5, at the usual winter start time of 7pm central/8pm eastern.* 

    K8TQK remains off with his 144.252 Monday net, due to rotor problems and persistent frigid weather.  When the weather eases, Bob will have a helper get a working rotor up and running.   Judging from the extended forecasts (and just the overall firmly-entrenched pattern this winter) that may be a few weeks away.   I know K8TQK looks forward to calling his net again, as soon as he safely can. 

   There are *many* other options on Monday nights.  Just off the top of my head, I can think of activity out of EN52 on 432.100, plus 2m nets in NY, ONT, GA and OK.   Details about all the Monday activity on V/UHF  are at this post:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=7438  

    Remember that I have posts listing V/UHF activity for all 7 nights of the week, in a wide area surrounding the Midwest and Great Lakes.  The posts you want to go thru are dated Oct. 13, 15 and 17, 2013 at kc9bqa.com.  Take a few minutes to look over those options and make sure to tell hams in your area about them.  So many guys have rigs with 50, 144 and 432 MHz.  They just need to know where and when to find some reliable signals, so they can keep their interest up.

WB9LYH Net Report from Wednesday

Friday, February 21st, 2014

   9am Friday

   Glad to see everything still up on the tower this morning.  We had multiple wind gusts to 40 mph overnight with a high of 48 mph.  The actual forecast was for gusts to 55, though, so I guess we got off a little easy. 

    On Wed. night WB9LYH called the 144.240 net and had 16 check-ins.  Mark reported some propagation to the east and he was glad to talk to the Cleveland area for a while.  Check-ins were:  WB8AUK and WM8I EN80;  N9YK EN71;  WB0DGF EN63 (MI side);  N8WNA and N8AIA EN82;  K8GDT EN91;  N9NDP EN62;  KC9CLM EN52;  K9CCL EN61;  WB9SLI EN43;  W9BBP and WA9BNZ EN40;  KG0SJ and WB0YNA EN22.  Mark also reported that it sounded like KA9DVX trying to check in, but he couldn’t get the entire call before John faded out. 

    **WB9LYH plans on calling the 144.240 net again next Wed., Feb. 26th.**
     Winter start time is 7pm central/8pm eastern.  Look toward EN54cl, the middle of WI, near Wis Rapids.   All licensed hams are welcome; net is informal and the goal is to stir up more activity on 2m SSB.  We appreciate you helping to spread the word in all directions.  WB9LYH’s antenna pattern from central WI is NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes.

    I did not see any chat at www.on4kst.com from K8TQK this Monday so I’m assuming Bob’s rotor remains out of service due to this lovely winter weather that just won’t quit.   If I hear anything, I’ll pass it on.   This concerns the 144.252 net that K8TQK in EM89je calls every Monday at 8:30pm eastern.  Antenna pattern from south-central OH is N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW.

Thursday Options on 144.220, 144.250, 146.460, 50.135 and 432.100 MHz.

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

   2:30pm Thursday

   Remember that I outline many VHF/UHF nets and activity periods on all 7 nights of the week here at kc9bqa.com.  Go to posts dated Oct 13, 15 and 17, 2013 to scroll thru your options.  And get this info to hams who don’t know where or how to find the activity on the SSB side of V/UHF bands like 50, 144, 222 and 432 MHz.  
    Since tonight is Thursday, here’s a rebroadcast of what I posted back on 10/17/13.  

   Every Thursday you have the long-running Q5 net out of EN61 Chicago, called by N9JBW at 7pm central, on 144.220.  
    Believe they start out looking east and then go clockwise a full 360 from there.  This is a friendly, active net and thru the years, N9JBW has always let others know they are welcome to stop by and check it out.   The Q5 net now has a website at http://n9abf.com/q5net/   Typing www.q5net.net into my web browser got me there, also.      
   There’s also a net on 144.250 out of SE OH, grid square EM89ud on Thursdays at 8pm eastern.  Your net controls are AB8XG Kenny (primary) and KD8DJE Russell (backup).   I mention this net because we have visitors from MI, IN and OH. 

   The next item is about the only time you will see me mention FM in this blog.  Not because I have anything against FM, but because the focus with this blog is on the SSB side of VHF/UHF. 
   I mention WV9E’s Thursday night 146.46 FM net because I know Dave personally helps promote SSB activity on 2m in his part of the world. 
   Here’s the details:   If you’re within 100 miles or so of La Crosse, WI, grid square EN43, remember WV9E is in the 4th year of his 146.460 net, at 8:30pm central time, every Thursday.  This net is on the simplex portion of the FM band.  No offsets or P/L’s.  All are welcome, and I’m sure they’d appreciate a DX-type check-in.  WV9E has been proactive about getting more V/UHF activity in/near the La Crosse area.  Dave also has a ham website at www.wv9e.net.  His specific webpage for the 146.46 FM net on Thursdays is:  http://wv9e.net/laxfmnet.htm

    
   SWITCHING TO 50 MHz… Every Thursday, there’s a  6m net called from EM38, Missouri.  It’s on 50.135 at 9pm central time.  They usually have a couple of guys looking in different directions for check-ins, so point your 6m yagi toward Central MO and see what you hear.   The net control possibilities are KD0AKF (primary), K0WYN and WA2KBZ (backups).   If, for some reason, this net is no longer happening, please let me know.  In fact, always let me know about any SSB net that may have started up, or gone off the air.  (Within roughly 200-500 miles of WI)   

   FINALLY ON TO 432…  N4PZ in EN52gb is now hosting 432.100 activity on Thursday nights, too.  Same start time as his Monday 432.100 activity — 8pm central.   Steve’s location is a little bit SW of Rockford, IL, a good hour west of Chicago.  This is the only regularly-scheduled 432 activity I know of in the Midwest/Great Lakes.  It is worth reminding readers that N4PZ has a huge 432 signal.  His territory includes anything within 500 miles of Rockford, IL, under flat conditions.  Nights with band enhancement??  Who knows?  But with the 432.100 activity now being on twice a week, they will stand a better chance of catching openings. 
   I see that N4PZ is now using the ON4KST.com chat, which should help, as the signals on 432 are pointy, and you can easily miss contacts if you are looking the wrong way or miss net control when he turns the antennas your way.   If you don’t know about the free and no-BS ham chat rooms at ON4KST.com, read about it here:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1072  As of fall 2013, nearly 4000 USA/Canada hams have registered for the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz.  Other bands/rooms are available, too.  It’s a great resource.

Getting Caught Up With the Net Reports

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

   2pm Thursday

   Let’s get caught up, going back two weeks.

   I’ve gone to the chat archives at www.on4kst.com (talking the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz) and I see that K8TQK hasn’t been able to call the 144.252 net the last two weeks — Bob’s rotor is acting up.  
   Whenever he’s able to turn again, remember that K8TQK calls a very wide-range net (easy 300-400 mile circle) on Monday nights on 144.252 at 8:30pm eastern.   Look toward EM89je — south-central OH.   K8TQK’s antenna pattern is N, then NE, E,SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes.   You can always follow along at the ON4KST.com chat, too. 

   With our Wed. night net from WI, we were also off the air on Feb. 5th. 
   Last night, WB9LYH was back at the mic and Mark had 13 check-ins.  Mark reported typical winter conditions and his list included:  N9NDP EN62;  W8BYA EN70;  W9WZJ EM69;  K9CCL, N9JBW and W9SUS EN61;  W1JWS EN50;  WB9SLI EN43;  W9BBP EN40;  WB0YWW and KG0SJ EN22 and KA0PQW EN33.  

   WB9LYH plans on calling the 144.240 net both Feb. 19th and 26th.  Start time in winter is 7pm central/8pm eastern.  Look toward EN54cl, right in the middle of WI.  Antenna pattern from Central WI is NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N.  All licensed hams are welcome and DX is encouraged to give it a try.  WB9LYH loves pushing the propagation limits.  

    
    I’ll make a separate post very shortly about your options on Thursday night.

WB9LYH is ON With the 144.240 Wed. Net for Feb. 12th

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

   9:45am Tuesday

   Just got good news from WB9LYH.  Mark has confirmed that he will be able to call the 144.240 long-range net tomorrow night, at the usual winter start time of 7pm central/8pm eastern.   He also is optimistic about Feb. 19th. 

   Look toward EN54cl (near WI Rapids, in the middle of WI) tomorrow night and say hello to Mark and listen to how the bands are.  (Relatively) warmer air should be moving in and this could help propagation.  Thru the years, we’ve noticed quite a few winter nights where band conditions are better than you would think. 

    WB9LYH has stacked 17B2′s and 500 watts from a ridgetop QTH.  His signal gets out a very long way.  His antenna pattern from EN54 is northeast to start, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next hour or so.  All licensed amateurs are welcome.  The net is informal and the goal is to stir up activity.   Another goal is to find DX.  WB9LYH is always looking to push the limits of propagation.   He wants check-ins in that 300-500+ mile range, so spread the word. 

    With our net, we’re very grateful for the regulars, but let’s face it, what makes SSB on the VHF/UHF bands so special is the superior range.  With normal band conditions, a station with a horizontal yagi of at least 7-9 elements up in the clear, plus a rig that has at least 50-100 watts out can work 150-250 miles.  That’s anytime.  Share that info with Joe Q. Ham.  Ditch the rubber duck, get an all-mode rig, good feedline and a decent antenna and start working hundreds of miles, not dozens.