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This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

11am  Thur.

In his emailed net report, WB9LYH reported more folks on the band last night.  Might have had something to do with the contest this past weekend, might have had something to do with an Eskip opening that apparently got all the way up into 144 MHz yesterday late morning/early afternoon.   I would check out the chat archives at  (talking about the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz) if you want to read more about what happened.   If you have no idea what the free ham chats are all about, go here:  To access the chat archives, use the dropdown menu on the upper left.  Ton of options available there.

Back to the net reports…  WB9LYH had 15 check-ins last night:  W8SOL and KC8ZJL EN71;  K9CCL, KD9BGY and N9JBW EN61;  K8TQK EM89;  KD8PA EN72;  N9RXM and K9FYU EN41;  KA9EEM, W9BBP and WA9BNZ EN40;  KC9VHD EN62;  W9HQ and WV9E EN43.   That’s a really nice list, with several new calls and a few old friends stopping by from EN43, La Crosse WI area.
Want to welcome KA9EEM and KC9VHD to the 144.240 Wed. net.  Thanks for stopping by and glad that you’re on 2m SSB.
**Also — WB9LYH expects to be around the next few Weds.  If there’s ever a time where Mark can’t make it, I mention it here at**

Back on Monday night, K8TQK had 13 check-ins to his 144.252 net.  WM8I EN80;  W2UAD FN13;  KC4AAW EM85;  WA4NJP, WD4NMV, W4VAS and W4IMD EM84;  KB9RDS, WB8ART and N8XA EM79;  KB8GUE EM89;  N9RXM EN41 and WB9LYH EN54.

I have complete info about both the 144.240 Wed. and 144.252 Mon. nets in the post directly below this one.   Plus, if you want a much more complete listing of nets and activity periods on multiple bands on different nights, visit posts dated Oct 13, 15 and 17, 2013 at   You are free to distribute this info to hams everywhere.  The whole reason exists is to get more signals on the SSB/CW side of the VHF/UHF bands.

Last Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

9:45am Tuesday

Sorry that I didn’t post these sooner.

Last Wed., WB9LYH in EN54cl (central WI, near WI Rapids) had 11 check-ins to the 144.240 net, which is called at 8pm central/9pm eastern every Wed.  Mark reported decent propagation, but storms to the south and not many guys on.  His list — N9JBW, K9ILU and KD9BGY EN61;  N9NDP EN62;  KC8ZJL EN71;  WJ8L EN72;  N9RXM and KC9OVD EN41;  WA9BNZ, W9BBP and KC9WOI EN40.

WB9LYH expects to be on both this Wed. and next Wed. at the usual time.  All licensed amateurs are welcome, the net is informal and the purpose is to increase activity on 2m SSB.  WB9LYH has a big signal  from a great QTH and he loves pushing the propagation limits.  DX is always welcome to give it a try.  Please help us spread the word in a very wide circle extending hundreds of miles from WI.   Mark’s antenna pattern from EN54cl is NE at first, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes.  Eastern time zone is always targeted first.

On Mon., June 8th, K8TQK in EM89je (south-central OH, near Chillicothe) had 13 check-ins to his 144.252 net, which is called at 8:30pm eastern every Monday.  Parts of Bob’s territory also must have been affected by storms on June 8th.  His list — N8WNA EN82;  W9BN and WA4NJP EM84;  K3WHC FM10;  W3IP FM19;  WA9M, KB9RDS, N8XA and WB8ART EM79;  WB7PMP EM88;  KC8ZJL EN71;  KD8JQ EN91 and VE3ZV EN92.
Like WB9LYH, K8TQK has a big signal from a hilltop.  All licensed amateurs are welcome to this friendly and informal net.  Bob’s antenna pattern from EM89je is N first, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes.

K8TQK has a live audio stream of his station.  I have no idea how these things work, I’m just the messenger.  Go to this post for instructions on how to listen along when K8TQK is on the air.

Listing of VHF/UHF Clubs in or near Wisconsin

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

Noon Sat.

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  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 or IA.  If I’m mistaken, someone set me straight.

Link to my VHF Contesting School Articles

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

Noon, Sat. June 6th, 2015

NO IDEA WHAT A VHF CONTEST IS ALL ABOUT?  No problem.  I was in the same boat back in 2002-2003.  Even though I am now off the air, I would still tell anyone the contests were by far the most fun I had in hamming.   (see March 15, 2014 posts at if you didn’t catch the details about my moving on and selling my station.)
Several years back, I wrote a series of articles that I hope will educate and motivate hams to get on the air for the friendly and laid-back VHF Contests.

Visit this link for KC9BQA’s VHF Contesting School articles   You are free to share those articles with hams everywhere.

As of June, 2015, some of the info I’m sharing in those articles may be outdated, in the areas of scoring or rules.  Refer to the ARRL website for current info.


Post Your ARRL June VHF Contest Plans Here

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

11:45am Saturday

Next weekend is the first major VHF/UHF contest of the season.  Talking ARRL June VHF Contest.  Starts at 1pm central time on Sat. June 13th and runs 33 hours until 10pm Sun. June 14th.  All bands from 50 MHz on up thru the microwaves are in play.   The ARRL Rules and Info link —

There’s a Google spreadsheet where you can post your contest plans.  W0UC in EN44 has been doing these for years now and it’s a good way to get activity jumpstarted.  Visit the spreadsheet here:
Please read these friendly suggestions:
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)  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, consider 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.

Enjoy the contest!

PS:  If you’re looking for a Summer 2015 VHF/UHF Contest Calendar, consult my post dated May 28th at  Here’s the specific link:

This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

11:30am  Thur.

Last night WB9LYH had 13 check-ins to the 144.240 net.  Mark was pleased to make contact with VE3ZV in EN92 — they’ve been working on that for a while.  The check-in list:  VE3ZV EN92;  N9JBW and KC9RIO EN62;  W8SOL EN71;  K8TQK EM89;  W9BBP, WA9BNZ and WB0SWQ EN40;  KC9CLM EN52;  N9RXM and KC9OVD EN41;  WB0YWW and KG0SJ EN22.
Want to also add that KJ4MCZ in FM06 Virginia was listening along and while net control “heard something” off to the SE, no contact was made.  But we appreciate KJ4MCZ giving it a try.  DX is always encouraged with this net.   WB9LYH has stacked 17B2’s and 500 watts from a ridgetop QTH and with a little help from propagation, it’s a real thrill to make contacts beyond the normal 300-450 mile range.

As mentioned in prior posts, the 144.240 net is on Wed. nights at 8pm central/9pm eastern.  Net control is WB9LYH Mark in EN54cl.  This is right in the middle of WI, near WI Rapids.   Mark’s antenna pattern from EN54 is first 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.  We appreciate you helping us spread the word in a very wide circle.

WB9LYH says his schedule looks good for the rest of June.  Plan on Mark being around for the next 3 Wednesdays.  If anything changes, as always, I will post the details here.

Back on Monday night, K8TQK had 23 check-ins to his 144.252 net  (yes 144.252, Bob can’t use 144.250 because he has a birdie there).  K8TQK’s check-ins Monday night were:  N8AIA EN82;  VA3HD FN14;  K8GDT EN91;  W2UAD FN13;  KJ4ZYB FM07;  N8XA EM79;  W3IP FM19;  N4PPG EM76;  WA4NJP, N4QH, W4LES, W9BN, W4VAS and W4IMD all EM84;  W4YZJ EM64;  KY4MRG EM77;  KI4ROF EM55;  KA2KQM EM74;  N9RXM EN41;  KB8GUE EM89;  K9ILU EN61;  WB9LYH EN54 and KA9VDU EN53.
Look at a grid square map and appreciate the huge territory covered.  You’ve got southern Canada, to MD, NC, AL and SW TN and up into NW IL and central WI.  All on 2m SSB, using long horizontally-polarized yagis.  Just everyday terrestrial communications on 144 MHz.  This is the story that needs to be told to every ham.

K8TQK’s 144.252 net is every Monday at 8:30pm eastern.  Bob’s QTH is EM89je, which is south-central OH, near Chillicothe.  Bob also has good power and antennas from a hilltop QTH.  But this isn’t a requirement.  Even guys with shorter yagis, at least 50-100 watts out, and fairly decent horizons can get out 100-300 miles on 2m SSB.

K8TQK has a live audio stream of his station.  I have no idea how these things work, I’m just the messenger.  Go to this post for instructions on how to listen along when K8TQK is on the air.

April 15 and May 20 144.240 Net Reports From N9XKH

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

1pm  Sat.

I got email from N9XKH Dennis in EN52il.  He occasionally fills in as the Wed. 144.240 net control if WB9LYH isn’t available.  Dennis sent along two net reports; here they are.

First net 4-15-15 I starts as usual and NOTHING for 50 minutes NOT a soul. I checked and double checked everything, I could hear beacons so I knew the antenna was up and connected. Finally I realized it was WAY off. A few days before we had 5 or 6 tornadoes come thru and a MAJOR wind storm after it was all clear. I looked around after and looked like we survived without any real damage. Had a couple of little things but nothing serious.

Till the net… apparently the wind spun my mast in the rotor.

So finally I was able to get back on track and made a few contacts here they are…




5-20-15 NEXT NET ALMOST NEVER TURNED MY ROTOR, EVERYONE WAS  making it in on the back or sides! Go figure. Conditions were better.


Thanks for your patience, Dennis N9XKH en52il WB0YWW EN22 BOB


2015 Summer VHF/UHF Contest Calendar

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

2:45pm  Thur.

Before I share the actual contest dates, I want to post an important rules change for all V/U contests from ARRL.  The following is from the ARRL Contest Update email that went out on May 20, 2015:

SELF-SPOTTING is now ALLOWED in ARRL VHF/UHF Contests, starting with the June (2015) ARRL VHF Contest.  These changes were made to encourage greater participation and band utilization.  For more information on these rule changes, see the Jan. 22nd 2015 ARRL Letter and the General Rules for ARRL Contests Above 50 MHz (specifically item 1.16) at this link
Note that self-spotting… “Announcements shall be limited to call sign, location, band or frequency, mode and — if applicable — transmitting sequence and listening direction… (and) may also be used to coordinate antenna peaking prior to initiation of the contact and to explain contest rules, such as the exchange required…”

2015 Summer VHF/UHF Contest Calendar
June 13-14   ARRL June VHF Contest.  In the central time zone, this starts at 1pm central on Sat. June 13th and runs 33 hours until 10pm Sun. June 14th.  See  for full info.
All bands from 50 MHz on up thru the microwaves are in play here.

July 18-19   CQ WW VHF Contest.  In the central time zone, this starts at 1pm central on Sat. July 18 and runs 27 hours until 4pm Sun. July 19.  See  for more info but please note that as of today (May 28, 2015) the link to the rules PDF shows the 2014 info.
This contest uses 50 and 144 MHz only.  Bread-and-butter bands of VHF’ing.

August 1-2  ARRL UHF Contest.  In the central time zone, this starts at 1pm central on Sat. Aug. 1 and runs 24 hours until Sun. Aug. 2.  See for full info.
The UHF contest starts at 222 MHz, and goes up thru 432, 902, 1296 MHz and beyond, clear up into the 10Gig and laser spectrum.  50 and 144 MHz are NOT in play in the UHF contest.

Sept 12-13  ARRL September VHF Contest.  This contest follows the same format as the ARRL June and January VHF Contests.  In the central time zone, it starts at 1pm on Sat. Sept. 12 and runs 33 hours until 10 pm on Sun. Sept. 13.  All bands from 50MHz on up are in play.  This includes 144, 432, 902/3, 1296, 2304, 3456 MHz, 5 and 10 GHz and clear on up to laser.

There’s your Summer 2015 VHF/UHF Contest Calendar.  The June contest is barely 2 weeks away.  Start spreading the word and getting your station ready to play.  Feel free to rebroadcast this info to hams everywhere.

Central States VHF Society Conference is in Denver July 23-26

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

2:30pm Thur.

Want to share an email I received last month, regarding the 2015 Central States VHF Society Conference.  This is directly from N0POH Wayne:

Just a reminder, the Central States VHF Society Annual Conference for 2015 is being held in the Denver Colorado Metro area between Thursday July 23rd and Sunday July 26th. Our local sponsor this year is Rocky Mountain Ham Radio. Our convention site is the Denver Marriott Westminster; the venue is available for booking at our special conference rate of $109 per night. Please plan on booking your vacation around the conference as the special room rate is available from Monday July 20th through Wednesday July 29th.

The conference will feature the traditional activities, Banquet, Luncheons and hospitality suites, technical programs, noise figure measurement, antenna range, Rover vehicle show and tell. Our Saturday evening banquet is Rick Roderick K5UR First Vice President of ARRL and an avid VHFer. We have a wide variety of activities available along the Front Range of Colorado and will be offering a choice of side trips designed to entertain the entire family.  Operating opportunities under consideration include operating from the Rocky Mountain Ham Radio remote base station in Pueblo, microwave operating from local mountain tops and the chance to score a microwave VUCC in a weekend! Just bring your own equipment! We will have introductory programs geared to newcomers to weak signal operation on the VHF+ bands that will be promoted locally and designed to encourage younger hams to get involved in DX’ing and contesting.

We are currently soliciting papers, presentations, and Poster displays for the 49th Annual CSVHFS Conference. Our deadline for receiving papers and getting them to ARRL for publishing is Rapidly Approaching! It is April 22, 2015 so now is the time to prepare your submission!  We hope you will have something to share with your fellow VHF enthusiasts. Questions concerning papers, presentations and Poster displays can be directed to our Program Chairman John Maxwell W0VG (

Conference registration, as well as a link to the conference venue for bookings, is now available at  Please visit the site if you need any other additional information

73 Doug K2AD President, Jeff K0RM Vice President and Facility Chairman, John W0VG Vice President and Program Chairman & Wayne N0POH Treasurer


Getting Caught up with Net Reports

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

2pm Thur.

Last night WB9LYH had 9 check-ins to the 144.240 net.  It always get slower in late spring and summer when 6 meters starts to open up.    Check-ins were:  N9NDP EN62;  K9CCL, KC9RIO and N9JBW EN61;  KB9KLD EM58;  KC9OVD EN41;  WB0SWQ EN40 and WB0YWW EN22.  WA3EOQ in FM09 reported via the chat that he heard something on 144.240, but net control didn’t hear any CW from western Maryland.  As WB9LYH really enjoys pushing the propagation envelope, want to thank WA3EOQ for listening along and giving it a try.

WB9LYH has 2 things to share:  1)  Want to thank N9XKH Dennis for filling in as net control last Wed. (May 20th).  2)  WB9LYH says that right now, his schedule looks good for June.  Unless you read otherwise here at, expect WB9LYH to call the 144.240 net as usual, every Wed. at 8pm central/9pm eastern.  WB9LYH’s QTH is EN54cl, which is central WI, near WI Rapids.  His antenna pattern is NE to start, 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 the SSB side of 2 meters.  We always appreciate you spreading the word to hams everywhere.

REMEMBER THAT IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE 144.240 WED. NET — I say this frequently and I mean it.  There are many great nets on various frequencies nearly every night of the week.  IF… IF… you know where and when to look for them.
For instance, every Thursday you have a popular net out of Chicago on 144.220.  I see the start time has now been changed to 6:30pm (used to be 7pm).  I’m talking about the Q5 net called by N9JBW John from EN61 on the south side of Chicago.  It’s a friendly bunch that’s always looking for more signals.  They have a nice website — go here:  for more details.

For a much more complete discussion of nets on different VHF/UHF bands, all 7 nights of the week, take some time to read thru posts at dated Oct. 13, 15 and 17th, 2013.  Use the archives feature on the right to get there.
On May 18th, K8TQK had 16 check-ins to the 144.252 net.  N8WNA EN82;  K8GDT EN91;  AC3L/M FN00;  KB9RDS and N8XA EM79;  KB8GUE EM89;  K4SAN and W0LD FM05;  W4IMD EM84;  KI4ROF EM55;  WB7PMP EM88;  N9RXM EN41;  KD9BGY EN61;  KC9VHD EN62;  VA3HD FN14 and VE3ZV EN92.
On May 25th, K8TQK had 12 check-ins:  WA3EOQ FM09;  W2UAD FN13;  WD4NMV EM85;  WB4IXU EM86;  WA4NJP and W4IMD EM84;  KB9RDS and N8XA EM79;  KB8GUE EM89;  N3EVW FN21 and KA9VDU EN53.
The 144.252 net is called every Monday at 8:30pm eastern by K8TQK.  Bob is in grid square EM89je, which is south-central OH, near Chillicothe.  Antenna pattern is N to start, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45 minutes or so.