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144.240 Net Report for Dec. 30, 2015

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

6:45pm  Sat.

Happy 2016 to Everyone.

Back on Wed. night, net control WB9LYH reported very different conditions from last week.  Very strong signals.  Mark’s 11 check-ins were:  K9CCL, N9JBW and K9ILU EN61;  KC9OVD EN41;  WB9TFH EN53;  KB9PSE EN52;  W9BBP, WB0SWQ and WA9BNZ EN40;  KB0MDQ EN34 and KA8FFM EN56.   Glad to report a new all-time check-in to the 144.240 Wednesday net.  Welcome to KB0MDQ on the south side of the Twin Cities.  Glad you’re on 2m SSB.
WB9LYH reports that he expects to be on for most of January.  As always, if there’s ever a change, I announce it here at kc9bqa.com.
The 144.240 Wed. net is called by WB9LYH in EN54cl, central WI, near WI Rapids.  Start time is 8pm central/9pm eastern.  Antenna pattern is NE to start, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes, depending on activity levels.  Eastern time zone is always targeted first.
All licensed amateurs are welcome, the net is informal and the goal is to increase activity on 2m SSB.  Please help us spread the word.  WB9LYH has stacked 17B2’s and 500 watts from a ridgetop QTH.  Mark gets out a long way, and enjoys pushing the propagation limits.  Let VHF’ers beyond the typical 300-400 mile range know that WB9LYH is out there on Wed. nights, looking for openings.

Far as I know K8TQK is still waiting for rotor repairs and the 144.252 Monday net from EM89je is OFF.  Let me check the chat archives at ON4KST.com (ham chat rooms, specifically the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz) and see if there was a net last Monday… Nope, I see K8TQK is still off the air.  We will update here when the rotor repairs are made.
If you don’t know about the ON4KST.com ham chats, here’s more info:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1072

WB9LYH Calls 144.240 net Tonight (12/30/15) at 8pm Central/9pm Eastern

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

5pm Wed.

Just got home, need to head out again, but realized I didn’t make a specific post about tonight’s 144.240 net.  Good news, it’s ON.  WB9LYH in EN54cl (central WI, near WI Rapids) will start the net at 8pm central/9pm eastern, as usual.  More specifics are available in other net announcements, just scroll down this front page a little.
Thanks and Happy New Year.

144.240 Net Report from Last Night

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

8am Christmas Eve

Season’s Greetings to all.  :)

WB9LYH’s net report from last night:

Todd,

Please extend my apologies to the guys.  The kids came and I was a half hour late.  That haveing been said, the conditions were the worst ever.  Noise, lightning crashes, and some aurora effects.  Checkins were KB9PSE, WA9BNZ, and W0KWZ.  Several other stations tried, to no avail.  We will try again next Wednesday, hopefully with better conditions.

Thank you for your support, and Merry Christmas.

Mark

WB9LYH Back with 144.240 Net on Wed., Dec. 22nd

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

7pm Tues.

WB9LYH would like VHF’ers to know that he will be back calling the Wed. 144.240 net as usual tomorrow night.  Start time 8pm central/9pm eastern.  WB9LYH is located in EN54cl, right in the middle of WI, near WI Rapids.  Big signal from a ridgetop QTH and the antenna pattern is to start out looking NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes, give or take, depending on activity levels.
All licensed amateurs are welcome, the net is informal and the goal is to increase activity on 2m SSB.  DX is welcome to listen along and see if they hear anything.  We appreciate you spreading the word in a very wide area surrounding WI; we always enjoy new check-ins and treasure our regulars, going back to 2008.

Not sure how N9XKH’s nets went the past two Wednesdays.  If I get a net report, I’ll make sure to post it here.

K8TQK Monday 144.252 Net is OFF for Rotor Repairs

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

6:50pm Tues.

I should have shared this last week — K8TQK emailed me to say that his rotor isn’t working and until someone can go up and make the necessary repairs, Bob is off the air.  K8TQK isn’t quite sure when the 144.252 net will be back on.  If I hear more, I will post it here.  Also can monitor the ON4KST.com ham chat room (specifically talking about the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz) on Mondays and see if Bob announces any changes.

Recent 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

6:30am  Saturday

We’ve had beautiful ice fog the past few mornings.  Looks like this morning’s the same.  This kind of weather often means enhanced band conditions on the VHF/UHF frequencies.  The basic mechanism is a temperature inversion, meaning warmer air slightly above the earth’s surface, with colder air near ground level.   These inversions tend to be strongest during the nighttime into the morning hours.  It would probably pay to get on the air this morning and see if the VHF/UHF signals are stronger than normal.

I’m posting this morning to get caught up with net reports.

First, an announcement.  As already posted here at kc9bqa.com, the 144.240 Wed. night net will have N9XKH as a guest net control for both Dec. 9 and 16.  N9XKH is in EN52il (WI/ILL state line, south of Madison, WI)  Dennis has helped out several times the past few years.  He’s got a nice signal but doesn’t have a lot of spare time to get on the air.  So when he is able to call a net, N9XKH really appreciates lots of stations checking in and giving him signal reports.  Help spread the word about this change for the 144.240 net on Wed. Dec. 9th and 16th.
Net will have the same start time — 8pm central and 9pm eastern — and same basic antenna pattern.  Start out looking NE into MI, then look E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes, depending on how much activity there is.

144.240 Wed. Net Reports —
WB9LYH did not call a net on Wed., Nov. 25th.  This was a Thanksgiving break.
On Wed., Dec. 2nd, WB9LYH was back and reported there was some propagation around the Midwest, with some strong signals.  Mark’s 12 check-ins were:  N9YK EN71;  KD9BGY, N9JBW, K9ILU and K9CCL EN61;  KC9OVD and N9RXM EN41;  K0TPP EM48;  WA9BNZ and W9BBP EN40;  KB9PSE EN52 and N0IRS EM29.

144.252 Mon. Net Reports —
Back on Mon., Nov. 23rd, K8TQK had 15 check-ins to the 144.240 net:  N8WNA and N8AIA EN82;  VE3ZV EN92;  WB8AUK and WM8I EN80;  W9BN, WA4NJP and W4IMD EM84;  N8GCP EM88;  KI4ROF EM55;  N9RXM EN41;  WB8ART EM79;  KB8GUE and KC8VPQ EM89 and KB8TDA EN70.
Then on Mon., Nov. 30th, K8TQK had 20 check-ins:  N8WNA EN82;  VE3ZV EN92;  AC3L/M FN00;  WA3EOQ FM09;  K3GNC FN20;  KC8QDQ and KB8GUE EM89;  N8XA and WB8LNG EM79;  W0LD FM05;  W4LES, W9BN, W4VAS, WA4NJP and W4IMD EM84;  KC4AAW EM85 and KA2KQM EM74;  WB9SWQ and KC9WOI EN40 and N9RXM EN41.

As mentioned many times before, the 144.252 net is called every Monday at 8:30pm eastern.  K8TQK is net control, located in EM89je, south-central OH, near Chillicothe.  All licensed amateurs are welcome.  The net is informal and the goal is to increase activity on 2m SSB.  DX is always encouraged to give it a try, as K8TQK has a whopping signal from a hilltop QTH.
K8TQK’s antenna pattern is to start out looking N, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes.  Depends on how busy the net is.

N9XKH is 144.240 Net Control for Dec. 9th and 16th

Friday, December 4th, 2015

3:45pm Friday

N9XKH will call the 144.240 Wed. net the next two weeks.  Dennis is in EN52il, which is on the WI/ILL border, a little ways south of Madison, WI.  Dennis has helped before.  He has a nice signal and always enjoys getting check-ins who can give him feedback on how well his station is getting out.  Do N9XKH and the net a favor and spread the word about this change.

So on Wed. Dec. 9th and Wed. Dec. 16th, with the 144.240 net, look toward N9XKH on the WI/ILL border, grid square EN52il.  Net will start at the same time — 8pm central/9pm eastern — and the antenna pattern will be the same.  Net control starts out looking into MI, then edges down toward OH and IN, then starts looking south down the length of IL, edging SW into MO and KS and shifting W toward IA and ending up looking NW toward MN and N into WI and the U.P. of MI, if anyone’s out there.  The whole process takes about 40-60 minutes, depending on how busy net control is.

I don’t have time tonight to get caught up with the net reports, but I’ll get them done sometime later Saturday or Sunday.

Enjoy the beautiful weather — long-range forecasts look mild right into the weekend of the 11th and 12th.

Saturday Night 144.205 Net out in FM18, Maryland

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

7:50pm Friday

Got a nice email from W3BFC Ray a few days ago.  Ray wants readers here at kc9bqa.com to know that they are looking for Midwest and Great Lakes activity over in FM18.  A net is called on 144.205 nearly every Saturday evening at 9:30pm eastern.  Net control is W3BFC, and Ray has a pair of 12 element K1FO’s up high into a 1000 watt amp.  Remember, W3BFC and WB9LYH did hear bits of each other on Wed., Nov. 18th, which was a night with very average conditions, at best.   You stations east and southeast of WI, especially, stand a shot at making it into FM18.  Let me share Ray’s email:

HI  TODD:

Please alert your mid west operators that every Sat. at 9:30EST [0230 UTC] a group in the Chesapeake area[FM18] meet with checkins from VA to CT.  W3BFC is Net Control.  WM8I and K8TQK sometimes check in.

We would like to hear from other nearby E Ohio, MI, and IND. stations.. Please listen for W3BFC as we are sure we can stretch the string a little further…

TNX

W3BFC, RAY  [FM18tr]

KC9BQA continues…  Please help spread the word to other VHF’ers about this Sat. night 144.205 activity out of FM18, Chesapeake Bay region.
I noticed that W3BFC, like 100’s of other active VHF’ers, uses the ON4KST.com real-time and free ham chat.  Talking specifically about the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz.  I bet if you watched that chat on a Saturday night, you’d be able to get net control’s attention.  Or visit anytime and observe.  Mornings and evenings have plenty of activity to view.
If you haven’t heard of the ON4KST.com ham chat rooms, go here:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1072

This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

7:30pm Friday

I will be making another post after this one about activity on Sat. nights at 9:30 EST (0230 UTC) on 144.205 out of FM18.   Net control is W3BFC Ray.   As always, help spread the word.

**No 144.240 Wed. net on Nov. 25th**    Happy Thanksgiving.
Net will be back on Wed., Dec 2 at the usual start time of 8pm central/9pm eastern.

WB9LYH had 10 check-ins to the 144.240 net on Wed. night, plus a near-miss on the DX side.   Pretty good turnout on a night that had high winds in WI and I think the whole surrounding area.  Check-ins were:  WA8IPJ EN74;  KC9KPV EN53;  KB9PSE EN52;  K9CCL EN61;  WB0SWQ and WA9BNZ EN40;  KC9OVD, NG9K, N9RXM and KC9RJI EN41.  The DX was W3BFC out in FM18, Maryland.  Thanks Ray, for giving the net a try.   W3BFC reported hearing a few syllables of SSB and WB9LYH heard a few bits of CW, but not enough for a contact.  Mark said it was fun to try — remember WB9LYH enjoys pushing the propagation limits.
On a personal note, very glad to see KC9KPV checked in.  When I was still on the air and getting this whole push started back in 2008-2009, KC9KPV was a frequent check in and helped us out a few times when we needed cover.

K8TQK calls the 144.252 net every Monday at 8:30pm eastern.  Look toward EM89je, south-central OH.   This Monday, Bob had 19 check-ins:  N8WNA EN82;  WB8AUK EN80;  VE3ZV EN92;  WA3EOQ FM09;  AC3L/M FN00;  W4IMD, W4LES and WA4NJP EM84;  N4TLL EM87;  KC4AAW EM85;  N9RXM EN41;  KB9RDS, WB8LNG and K8EJM EM79;  W9SR EN70;  K9ILU andW9CWG EN61;  N8GDP EM88 and KC8QDQ EM89.

Like I said, stand by for a separate post announcing a net many of you may not be aware of.

This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

5:30pm Sat.

WB9LYH in EN54cl, central WI reported a short net last Wed., due to the weather.  In the half hour that Mark could operate, he heard from WA8IPJ EN74;  K9CCL, K9ILU and N9JBW EN61; WB0YWW EN22 and N9RXM EN41.

WB9LYH expects to be ON next Wed., Nov. 18th, at the usual start time of 8pm central/9pm eastern.   Mark will be *OFF* on Wed., Nov. 25th and we wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving in advance.
With the 144.240 Wed. net, the antenna pattern from EN54cl is NE to start, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes or so, depending on activity levels.  All licensed amateurs are welcome.  The net is informal and the goal is to increase activity on 2m SSB.  We also appreciate you helping to spread the word.
Remember that WB9LYH runs a pair of long yagis and 500 watts from a ridgetop location.  This means he gets out a very long way.   Mark always enjoys pushing the propagation limits so help us let DX know that we’re out there on Wed. nights, looking for contacts beyond that 400-500 mile limit.  Of course, we are grateful for all check-ins, regardless of distance or signal level.

K8TQK in EM89je, south-central OH, calls another active net every Monday at 8:30pm eastern.  The antenna pattern is N to start, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes.  You can follow along at the ON4KST.com real-time ham chat.  (Specifically the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz)  That’s how I get Bob’s check-ins, using the chat review feature from the dropdown menu.  You do need to register to join the ON4KST.com ham chats, but it’s free and no BS.  More info about registering for the ON4KST.com ham chats is here:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1072

Because K8TQK partnered with us a few years back on Wed. nights, I still include his net reports here at kc9bqa.com.  ( To read about our net history, go here: http://kc9bqa.com/?p=5363)

Last Monday, Bob had 25 check-ins across a multi-state area.  WA4NJP and W4VAS EM84;  W0LD and K4SAN FM05;  N8WNA and N8AIA EN82;  WB8AUK EN80;  K8EJM, NR8O and WB8LNG EM79;  VE3ZV EN92;  AC3L/M FN00;  W2UAD FN13;  KB8GUE EM89;  WA8TGG FM09;  W3IP FM19;  WD4NMV EM84;  N8GCP and KC8PWO EM88;  KA2KQM EM74;  WB4JGG EM75;  N9RXM EN41;  KC9WOI EN40 and K9ILU and N9JBW EN61