I’m pleased to report that daily visitors here are up about 50% this month. Even on the days where I don’t update, I’m gettting 60-80 visitors, which is a great thing. The busier days (net announcements and net reports) have 100-130 visitors.
Promoting V/UHF doesn’t work unless hams a) listen and b) get on the air. So spread the word and continue to get on the air. 2009 has seen great improvement and 2010 will be even better. There are still plenty of V/UHF’ers out there, but we need to stay active and connected.
This week’s schedule is:
TONIGHT: N0PB’s very strong net on 144.250 from EM39, N Central MO. Phil starts out with his stacked Big Wheel omnis from 7:45-8:00pm or 0045/0100 utc. At 0100, he switches to the beam and starts out looking south, then east at 0115, north at 0130, west at 0145 and back to south at 0200. N0PB’s been doing this net for years, and has a big following. Imagine most of you know about this net already.
Also tonight: N4PZ in EN52gb, just SW of Rockford, IL hosts 432.100 activity at 0100 utc. He may change back to 0000 utc for the winter, so stay on your toes. Steve’s got a very big signal on 432, and when he peaks up on you, you should hear it. Some of the guys there QSY to 432.110 to work each other.
TUESDAY: 222 Tuesday continues. This is a Midwest and Nationwide effort to get signals on 222 every Tuesday. Time is roughly 0000-0300Z. Frequency is 222.100 and spread out a bit if it gets busy. No net control, no single focus of activity. Get on, call CQ, swing your beams everywhere. TALK IT UP IN YOUR AREA. (Please )
More 222 Tuesday info is here: http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1134
We’re asking stations to join this real-time chat to graphically see everyone who is participating. The chat is free, no-strings-attached and it’s the same chat hundreds of 6m DX’ers have been using for years. It’s time to put it to use on other bands. Details are at: http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1072
The word is also going out that 223.5 FM activity is welcome and encouraged. A number of hams have emailed asking about the FM portion of 223. I say go right ahead, the water’s fine. I’ll be listening some to 223.5FM in my area, and sending out lots of email to my local clubs and contacts. You do the same, and we’ll get a good turnout.
WEDNESDAY: We’ll have our two 144 SSB nets called from WI.
1) 144.240 from 0015-0130 utc. WB9LYH EN54cl is net control, with stacked 17 B2’s and 500 watts. His QTH was an old AT&T tower site, so this is the easiest EN54 you can work.
2) 144.250 from 0130-0230 or so. I am net control from EN63ao, or 40 miles north of Milwaukee. Good yagis up high and about 130 watts.
Everyone in a wide area is invited to listen along and say hello to these nets. Only purpose is to stir up more activity on V/UHF. Feel free to QSY down from the net freqs. and work other stations directly. Far better to have multiple QSO’s on different freqs. Use the www.on4kst.com chat for better coordination of the activity.
THURSDAY: 146.43 FM simplex net at 0130 from the Milwaukee area. This is more local, but we do look into MI/IN/IL now with KC9KPV’s vertical beam, from 0100-0130utc. If you enjoy a little DX on FM, then point toward KC9KPV in EN53, 15 miles NW of Milwaukee. I call the regular portion of this net at 0130, with my omni up 90′.
ALSO EVERY THURSDAY: 144.220 SSB net at 0000 utc, hosted by N9JBW John, EN61 south side of Chicago. This net has been on for many years and also has good participation. Always look John’s way if you want to play 2 meter SSB on a Thursday.
SATURDAY: 6 meter Fall Sprint. From 2300-0300utc time. Make some time to play on 6 meters Saturday night. I will be on and look forward to working many of you. Link to the fall sprint rules and info: http://www.svhfs.org/fall_sprint_rules_2009.pdf In fact, I’m going to make this a separate post so it doesn’t get lost at the bottom of this one.