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This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

4pm  Thur.

144.240 Net Control WB9LYH reports, “With spring comes better propagation.  Good signal (last night) to Cleveland and St. Louis area.”
Mark had 17 check-ins last night —  K8RS and KD8PA EN72;  K8GDT EN91;  W8SOL EN71;  KD9BGY, N9JBW, KC9RIO and K9CCL EN61;  KC9WOI, WA9BNZ and KD0TIN EN40;  KB9KLD EM58;  N9XKH EN52,  N9RXM EN41;  WB0YWW and KG0SJ EN22 and KA8FFM EN56.
Looks like KC9WOI is a new all-time check-in to this net.  Been having a lot of expanded activity to the EN40 region.  Whoever’s spreading the word in that area — thank you.  :)

WB9LYH also said in his email that he expects to be on next week.   We should be warmer next week and perhaps signals will continue to improve.

The 144.240 net is called every Wed. at 8pm central/9pm eastern by WB9LYH in EN54cl.  This is central WI, near WI Rapids.  Antenna pattern from Central WI is NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes.  All licensed amateurs are welcome.  The net is informal and the purpose is to increase activity on 2m SSB.
WB9LYH has stacked 17B2’s (horizontally polarized, as is the custom on the SSB/CW side of VHF/UHF) and 500 watts from a ridgetop QTH.   Plus Mark loves pushing the propagation limits, so please spread the word in a very wide area.  It’s a real thrill when someone bombs in from that 500-800 mile range.

K8TQK in EM89je (far south-central OH, near Chillicothe) calls a long-range net every Monday at 8:30pm eastern on 144.252 MHz.  Yes, 144.252, as Bob has a birdie right on 144.250.  His antenna pattern is first north, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes.
K8TQK also loves pushing the propagation limits and with long yagis, big power and a hilltop QTH, he can get out forever.   In fact, WB9LYH had Bob with S5-S7 peaks on Monday night, over a 480 mile path.
I still publish K8TQK’s net reports because a few years back, Bob partnered with us on Wed. nights.  (Our Wed. night net story can be found here: )

K8TQK had 17 check-ins to his 144.252 net on Monday night.  N8WNA EN82;  W8SOL EN71;  VE3ZV EN92;  VA3HD FN14;  W2UAD FN13;  AC3L/M FN00;  W3IP FM19;  K4SAN FM05;  N1GC EM95;  WB4IXU EM86;  KY4MRG EM77;  WA4NJP EM84;  WD4NMV EM85;  WB8ART EM79;  KB8GUE EM89;  WB9LYH EN54 and KD9BGY EN61.

WB9LYH Has 15 Check-Ins to the 144.240 Net

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

9am  Saturday

Had some email problems, but they’ve been resolved and I now have WB9LYH’s net report from Wed. night.
Mark reported some good signals, but high noise levels Wed. night.
The 15 check-ins were:  N8WNA EN82;  W8SOL and KC8ZJL EN71;  KD9BGY EN61;  W9YZU EM69;  WB0SWQ, W9BBP and WA9BNZ EN40;  N9RXM and KC9OVD EN41;  KC9CLM EN52;  N0IRS EM29;  WB0YWW EN22;  KM0T EN13;  KA9FFM EN56.

WB9LYH expects to call the 144.240 net on Wed., March 25th.  Start time is 8pm central/9pm eastern.   If you need more details, scroll down 3 posts to the net report from March 16th.

If you’re a newer visitor, welcome and thanks for your interest in the SSB side of VHF/UHF.
If you’re wondering about other nets in the Midwest/Great Lakes, please use the archives here and go back to posts made Oct. 13, 15 and 17th, *2013*.  Many different nets are discussed there.

WB9LYH 144.240 Net is ON Tonight. Widespread Aurora Yesterday + 432.110 Nightly Activity. Also — K8TQK Has 27 Check-Ins to the 144.252 Monday Net

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

10am  Wed.

Expect WB9LYH to call our flagship 144.240 net tonight at the usual time of 8pm central/9pm eastern.   If it’s your first time here at, scroll down 2 posts for full details on the 144.240 Wed. net.   I hope to have WB9LYH’s net report up here tomorrow morning.

There was quite the aurora event yesterday afternoon into evening.  One of the better ones in a while.  Many signals were reported on 50, 144, 222 and even 432 MHz.   In fact, N4PZ in EN52gb said it was the best 432 aurora he had heard in his 55 years on the band.    Hope many of you got in on the action.
Remember that N4PZ and friends have been spearheading nightly activity on 432.110 for a few years now.  It just gets better and better.  Visit this post:  for more details.

This post is about K8TQK’s check-in list from Monday night.  Bob was back on the air with a bang.  His 27 check-ins (I get the list from checking the chat archives at — specifically the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz) included:  W8SOL EN71;  K8GDT EN91;  W2UAD FN13;  WB8AUK EN80;  N8WNA and N8AIA EN82;  VA3ELE/M FN03;  KB3TNZ FN11;  K3JYD FM09;  W3IP FM19;  K4SAN FM05;  N1GC EM95;  WB4IXU EM86;  N4TLL EM87;  WA4NJP, W4VAS, W4IMD and W4LES EM84;  KU8Y and W9CWG EN61;  KA2KQM EM74;  KI4ROF EM55;  K9LQZ EM68;  KB8GUE and W8PU EM89;  KC9CLM EN52 and WB8ART EM79.

The 144.252 net is called by K8TQK at 8:30pm eastern every Monday.  Look toward EM89je, far south-central OH.  Antenna pattern is N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW over the next 45-60 minutes.  All licensed amateurs are welcome and DX is always encouraged to give it a try.

K8TQK is Back ON Tonight with the 144.252 Net From EM89je

Monday, March 16th, 2015

3:20pm Monday

I was just checking in at the real time ham chat room (specifically the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz) and I see that K8TQK has posted that his Monday night net will be back ON tonight, at the usual start time of 8:30pm eastern.

Bob has been off the last six Mondays, but the rotor repairs have been made and he’s looking forward to an active net tonight.

K8TQK’s net is on 144.252 (yes, .252 because he has a fat birdie right on 144.250).  Bob’s QTH is EM89je, which is south-central OH.  He has a big signal from a hilltop and he gets out forever.  When I was on the air, I heard K8TQK at least 95% of the time from 392 miles away.
His antenna pattern is to start out looking N, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes, depending on how much activity there is.  You can also follow along at the chat I mentioned above.

WB9LYH Has 13 Check-Ins to the 144.240 Net Last Wed.

Monday, March 16th, 2015

3:15pm Monday

Here’s the long-overdue net report from last Wednesday.  Sorry I didn’t post it sooner.

Net control WB9LYH in EN54cl (Central WI) reported good propagation to the south and to Indiana last Wed. night.  Checkins were:  K9CCL, N 9JBW and KD9BGY EN61;  W9YZU EM69;  W9BBP, WB0SWQ and KD0TIN EN40;  N9RXM and KC9OVD EN41;  K9XKH EN52;  N9DG EN53;  WB0YWW EN22 and N0IRS EM29.
KD0TIN is a new check-in to this net.  Welcome and thanks for getting on 2 meter SSB.

The 144.240 net is on every Wed. at 8pm central/9pm eastern.  Again, net control is WB9LYH in EN54cl.   Mark is right in the middle of WI, near WI Rapids.  The antenna pattern from Central WI is NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes.  Eastern time zone is always targeted first.
All licensed amateurs are welcome.  The net is informal and the purpose is to increase activity on 2m SSB.  DX is always encouraged to give it a try.   Net control WB9LYH has stacked 17B2’s and 500 watts from a ridgetop QTH, and he loves pushing the propagation limits.  Please help us spread the word far beyond that typical 300-450 mile radius on 2m SSB.

WB9LYH specifically said in his email that he expects to be on this Wed. as well.

WB9YLH Has 9 Check-Ins to the 144.240 Net

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

5:15pm  Thur.

WB9LYH reported spotty propagation along with some good stuff last night.  Check-ins were AC8GD EN71;  N8WNA EN82;  KG9QT, KD9BGY and N9JBW EN61;  KB9KLD EM58;  W9BBP and WA9BNZ EN40 and WB0YWW EN22.
Mark reported that KJ4ZYB in FM07 (that’s Central VA, if you’re not familiar with Maidenhead Grid Squares) was hearing a letter or two of Mark’s call on pings.
WB9LYH also reported that KB9KLD  (a little northeast of St. Louis) had an excellent signal.  Very grateful to have a regular check-in from even farther than our EN40 stalwarts.  WB9LYH is always looking for more signals from MO and downstate IL.  Indiana, too.

The 144.240 net is called every Wed. night at 8pm central/9pm eastern.  Net control WB9LYH is in EN54cl, near WI Rapids, WI, right in the middle of WI.  Mark’s antenna pattern is to start out looking NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes.  Eastern time zone is always targeted first.
All licensed amateurs are welcome.  The net is informal and the goal is to promote activity on 2m SSB.
WB9LYH expects to be around on Wed., March 11th and beyond.  As always, if Mark has a conflict pop up, I will announce it here.

The 144.252 Monday net (start time 8:30pm eastern) called by K8TQK in EM89je, south-central OH was off again this week.  His rotors have been frozen for some weeks now.  Check the chat page (specifically the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz) on Monday nights to see when the weather allows Bob’s helpers to make repairs.

WB9LYH Has 12 Check-Ins to the 144.240 Net

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

3:30pm Thur.

WB9LYH said last night was really tough.  The 12 check-ins were:  AC8GD and W8YXT EN71;  W8KX EN72;  K9CCL EN61;  W9YZU EM69;  N8WNA EN82;  W9BBP and WA9BNZ EN40;  KB9KLD EM58;  WB0YWW EN22;  N9DG EN53 and KD9AXR EN43.  Looks like KD9AXR is another all-time new check-in to our net.  Welcome and thanks for getting on 2m SSB.
Mark did report hearing someone off the back of his antenna toward the end of the net, when he was looking west, but no contact was made.  He thought the call sounded like WB9FBO.  Try it again, next Wed., whoever you are.

Net control WB9LYH anticipates being around next Wed. as usual.  The net starts at 8pm central/9pm eastern.  Mark’s QTH is EN54cl, Central WI, near WI Rapids.  All licensed amateurs are welcome, the net is informal; purpose is to create more activity on 2m SSB.  Antenna pattern from EN54cl is NE to start, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes.  Weak signals and DX is encouraged to give it a try.  WB9LYH has stacked 17B2’s (horizontally polarized) and 500 watts from a ridgetop QTH so he truly has 300-500 mile range under flat band conditions.j


Listing of VHF/UHF Clubs in or near Wisconsin

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

2:40pm Monday

While I am on the topic of clubs, I may as well repost this, too.

As of February 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  If you are within 175 miles of Oshkosh, WI, you are in the BC circle.  A graphic showing our territory is available at:  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
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   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
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  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, OH or IA.  If I’m mistaken, someone set me straight.

New VHF/UHF Club in Michigan —

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

2:30pm  Monday

While we are on the topic of Michigan, let me share what I originally posted on Nov. 13, 2014.

Happy to report there’s a new VHF/UHF club out of MI.
The Michigan VHF-UHF Society has a website here:   They have a nice, clean website with various links to info.  Take a few minutes and check it out.
Very glad there’s now a weak-signal VHF/UHF club in MI.   Well done, gentlemen.

Remember 432.110 MHz Activity 7 Nights a Week

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

2pm Monday

While we’re on the topic of recurring activity you can count on, let me relay email from N4PZ, who has been stirring up more 432MHz activity for several years now.  The pace has really picked up in the last year or so, as they’ve gone to nets every night.   Plus N4PZ has a full legal limit amp and 4 long yagis on 432, so he can get out 400-500 miles to well-equipped stations under flat band conditions.  Use CW if you care or need to, N4PZ is a big fan of CW and CW really helps when making those distant contacts.
Final tip — this group uses the ham chat every night.  Great way to let others know you are out there.  Talking specifically about the “IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz.”  If you have no idea what this free, no-BS chat is all about, visit this post:   By now, nearly 5,000 USA and Canadian VHF/UHF’ers are registered for the chat.  There is normally good activity in the mornings and evenings.  Joining does not obligate you to yak up a storm — most guys simply log in and observe.

Hi Gents

Remember the 432.110 net Monday night at 8 PM CST / 9 PM EST.

As usual We will begin looking SE from EN52gb 100 miles west of Chicago.
Then east, NE N, NW etc .Anyone we miss to the east will be picked up after we complete the 360 degree sweep.

We’re asking that everyone help dig out the small stations I cannot hear.

Thanks all & happy hunting.

We need a big tropo opening to the gulf coast.