Before I get to the net reports, 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 detailing those VHF/UHF nets are dated Oct 13, 15 and 17th, 2013 at kc9bqa.com. 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.
Last night, WB9LYH had 13 check-ins with the 144.240 net. This net is called every Wed. at 8pm central/9pm eastern from EN54cl, Central WI. (In the fall and winter, we switch to a 7pm central/8pm eastern start) Antenna pattern from Central WI is NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes. 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. DX is always welcome to give it a try.
We have done the 144.240 Wed. net from WI since June 2008 and our history is here: http://kc9bqa.com/?p=5363
WB9LYH reported low noise levels last night but not many folks on the band. Mark’s 13 check-ins were: W8SOL EN71; WB8AUK EN80; N9JBW and K9CCL EN61; W1JWS EN51; WB0SWQ EN40; KA9DVX EN51; WB9TFH EN53; WB0YWW and KG0SJ EN22; KM0T EN13; NY0A EN24 and K0BBC EN34. Both NY0A and K0BBC are new all-time check-ins to the 144.240 net. Welcome Ron and Matt.
Back on Monday, K8TQK had a big night with his 144.252 net. This net is called from EM89je, south-central OH at 8:30pm eastern time, 52 weeks a year. K8TQK also has a giant signal on 2m SSB and he’s always looking to stir up more activity. His antenna pattern is N, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes or so.
Monday night K8TQK had 24 check-ins: N8WNA EN82; KC8RRT EN81; KB3CXQ FM09; W2UAD FN13; W3IP FM19; N4TLL EM87; KY4MRG EM77; AJ4EN EM94; W4LES, WA4NJP, W4ZSB and N4QH EM84; N1GC EM95; WB4IXU EM86; KI4ROF EM55; K9ZF EM78; KB8GUE and N8XA EM89; WB0SWQ EN40; N9EGT and K9SLQ EN70; KF6A EN73; WB8AUK EN80 and KC9CLM EN52.
YOU CAN MONITOR BOTH THESE NETS AND MUCH MORE VIA THE INTERNET… The ON4KST.com ham chat pages are a free, no-obligation tool for getting more enjoyment out of hamming. There are many chats for different bands, and the one I’m referring to specifically is the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz. Read all about the ON4KST.com ham chats here: http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1072
Over 4400 USA and Canadian VHF’ers are now registered. The 144-432 MHz chat is busy in the mornings and evenings. It was really humming Mon. night when band conditions became enhanced later in the evening.