Archive for October, 2010

144.230, 144.240 and 144.250 Long-Range Nets *ON* Wed. Night

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

  Tomorrow night (Wed.) we’ll have all 3 long-range net controls on board, promoting widespread activity from the Dakotas east to NY/PA and south to AL/GA.  
   144.230 is hosted by KA0KYZ Terry in EN33,  southeast MN.   He’ll get on at 7pm central/0000Z and call mostly to his south, SW, W, NW and N.   EDIT — He has been calling other directions lately; best to “find” him on the on4kst.com real-time chat for VHF. 
   144.240 is hosted by WB9LYH Mark in EN54, Middle of WI.   He’ll also get on at 7pm central, and goes around a full 360.   Starts out looking NE into the U.P. of MI, then swings E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and finally N by about 8:15-8:30pm.  
   144.250 is now hosted by K8TQK Bob in EM89, southern OH.   He gets on at 8:30pm eastern, or 0030Z, and starts calling to his NNE, then NE, E, SE, S, SW and finally toward his WSW about 0115Z.    **K8TQK is capable of working stations in E MI, OH, southern VE-3, NY, PA, VA, W VA, MD, DE, NJ, NC, SC, GA, AL, KY, TN and southern portions of IN and ILL.**   We hope that anyone reading this from those areas will help out 2m activity by spreading the word.  
   Any questions, email me. 

   We encourage 3 things:
   1)   Creating 2m SSB activity across most of the eastern half of the USA and VE-land.   You don’t have to be a net check in to benefit from this.   We encourage our check-ins and others to do their own looking around on 144.220 and lower.   Far better to have dozens of ops in multiple states on the air.  
   2)   All 3 net controls enjoy hearing from you.   We especially encourage DX-type check-ins, to push the limits of propagation.   
   3)   We enjoy using the on4kst.com real-time chat.   It does so much more than the old 144 Prop Logger.   It’s far more interactive and flexible.   Registration is free and fairly simple.   Once you’re registered, choose the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144/432 MHz.   That’s where the USA/VE activity is.  
           Use the chat however you care to.    Invite a buddy or two.  
          What we hope you will do is make more on-air contacts.    When you come into the chat, there’s a “roster” of  everyone that’s logged in.   Callsigns and grid squares.   So a guy in say EN10, Omaha area can say to a guy in EN70, near Ft. Wayne, IN “Hey, you want to slide to 144.205 and see if we can make the path?”

222 Tuesday ON Tonight — K9LQZ EM68 now QRV on 222

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

    222 Tuesday is ON every Tuesday.   General USA/VE Activity Night for the 222/223 MHz band.   No single focus of activity, and no net control.   222 Tuesdays are as good as you make it.   Most guys have been getting on toward dark.   Swing your beams, call CQ, see who’s out there.   Be conscious of not hogging 222.100.   Spread out a little and/or give others a chance to call on .200.   If you’re FM-only, see who you can raise on or near 223.500.   Please remember to spread the word, because activity has been down for some weeks now.  

    If you want more info about 222 Tuesday, visit http://kc9bqa.com/?p=3339   Some helpful hints there.

    If you want to see the first post I made on this website about 222 Tuesday, it’s here:   http://kc9bqa.com/?p=950   That post was made on Sept. 15, 2009.    It gives you historical perspective and properly credits N8WNA EN82 and KC8QAE (who’s now K8GDT) EN91, who actually re-started the 222 activity a year ago.

   Glad to report that K9LQZ from EM68 has put up a first rate 222 station.   Look toward Southern IN and see if you can work Lowell.

Why Should I Use the ON4KST Chat Page for 144/432 MHz?

Friday, October 15th, 2010

    If you visit this website, you are probably interested in improving VHF/UHF activity levels.   There are not enough signals on the band, outside of contests and major band openings.   I’ve yet to run into a weak-signal op who thinks the bands are too busy.  

   One tool that can help improve activity is the real-time, friendly chat at www.on4kst.com.    This chat is free and available anytime for all USA/VE/XE ops.   The ON4KST chat for 6m has been a big hit for years now.   Try the IARU Region 2 Room for 144/432 MHz anytime, but especially on Wed. nights.   That’s when it really comes alive.   The hope is that in time, that room will be busy most evenings and weekends.   It’s very odd that over 1600 hams have registered for the chat, but most days, less than 40 actually log in.  

    The 144 Prop Logger at  http://dxworld.com/144prop.html has been around for years and I’m grateful to whomever has taken the time and energy to maintain it.   But most nights and weekends it has little activity.   I’ve thought for years there has to be a better mousetrap.   Now as of March 2010, we have another option.  Why is ON4KST.com chat an improvement?  
   1)  There’s no prohibition on general, friendly chat.
   2)  When you check into the on4kst.com chat, you see a “roster” of all hams in the room, including call signs and grid squares.   So you have the ability to scan down the list and say, “Hey, Mr. AB9XYZ in ENXX, would you like to try making a contact?”  
   3)  Of course, you can also post your contacts, so others will know who’s working what.  
   4)  You can talk about your station, or your grid counts, etc, etc.   You can do this with guys in other parts of the country that you won’t work unless there’s a major opening.

    I could think of more benefits, but #1 and #2 are the biggest attractions for me.  

    Let’s have a push for more activity on the ON4KST.com chat for 144/432 MHz in IARU Region 2.   Invite your buddies, and start participating when you have an hour or two to play radio.   If we had 50-100 guys in that room most evenings or weekends, 2m activity would blossom.

Wed. SSB Net Report From Last Night

Friday, October 15th, 2010

   Last night on SSB, our 3 net controls made 29 contacts across many states and grids.    We are actively seeking more check-ins from the Dakotas south to KS and east thru the mid-south states and back north up the Atlantic coast and west back to the Midwest.    As always, please help spread the word.  

   On 144.230, starting at 0000Z, KA0KYZ in EN33 worked KG0SJ and WB0YWW EN22;  N0DSN EN33;  K9MU EN44;  and N9OLT EN64.   KA0KYZ also worked KD8IME EN71 and WB9TFH EN53 a little bit later on.   The contact with KD8IME was a real treat, 442 mile path.  
   On 144.240, starting at 0000Z, WB9LYH in EN54 heard from N9OLT EN64;  N8FQ EN62;  VE3LPY EN82;  W9YZU EM69;  K8TQK EM89;  KC9LHB EN54;  WA9BNZ EN40;  W0FAY EN42;  KG0SJ and WB0YWW EN22;  KA0KYZ EN33;  K9MU EN44;  WA9ISG EN55;  KC9BQA EN63 and KD8IME EN71.
   On 144.250, starting at 0030Z, K8TQK in EM89 checked in K8WW and N8OQH EN81;  VE3LPY EN82;  VE3ZV EN92;  W2KV FN20;  K3SZY FN10 and N9UYC EM69.  

   Very glad to finally have coverage into the FN grids with K8TQK.   We hope as time goes by, that K8TQK will hear from many different stations in E MI, OH, southern VE-3, NY, PA, VA, W VA, MD, DE, NJ, NC, SC, GA, AL, KY, TN and southern portions of IN and ILL.   If you’re in those areas, please help spread the word that K8TQK is on 144.250 from 0030-0115Z on Wed. nights.    You can always email me if you need more info; I’m happy to help improve 2m activity.

    IF NETS DON’T INTEREST YOU, that’s OK.   Instead, consider calling CQ on 144.220 and lower on Wed. nights.   We encourage our net check-ins to “look around” after net control has passed them by.   Every Wed. night, there are dozens of weak-signal ops on from many states and grids.   Join in the fun and make 2m come alive.  And start calling CQ, and stop “just listening.”  🙂

146.430 FM Net Reports from 9/30 and Tonight

Friday, October 15th, 2010

   146.430 FM net numbers have been very light lately.   I missed 10/7 due to a funeral in the community.  

   On Sept. 30th, I checked in KC9ISU, KM4G, WB9TFH and WD9ITJ — all local in SE WI.   
   Tonight, we heard from KM4G, WB9TFH and WD9ITJ.   We were done by 8:20pm and WD9ITJ and WB9TFH are ragchewing at 8:50pm.   Remember that with our nets, there’s frequently ragchewing afterwards, so don’t hesitate to jump in and say hi whenever you have time.  
    Want to thank KM4G, WB9TFH and WD9ITJ for being there basically every week.   🙂

    I sincerely hope we haven’t hit some sort of wall after 2+ years of weekly nets.   We’re still looking for new check-ins and guys out 70, 100, 150 miles or more.   I can switch to a 10 element vertical beam up 75′, if I know someone wants to check in from beyond 50-100 miles.   Email me prior to the start of the net, and I’ll know to point your way.    If you’re reading this and know of guys who would enjoy something different on FM simplex, please spread the word.

146.430 and 146.460 FM Simplex Nets *ON* Tonight

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

    I’ll call the 146.430 FM net at the usual time — 8pm central.   Look toward 40 miles N of Milwaukee.   I call CQ for SE WI Counties first, then open it up to “anyone, anywhere”.   If you’re DX, that’s your cue to say hello.   I have a vertical up 90′ and 200w, so I get out pretty well.   I can also switch to a 10 el vertical beam up 75′, if anyone wants a sked.   Please email me prior to the net so I know where to point.   

    WV9E Dave also runs a FM net at 8:30pm every Thursday, and he’s on 146.460, located just north of La Crosse, WI, in EN43.   They have a good group and also enjoy DX check-ins.  

    Both these nets are friendly and flexible.   The purpose is to create more activity on less-used portions of 2m.   Say hello when you’re able and please spread the word in a wide area.   We want to hear from all parts of WI and surrounding states.

144.230 (EN33), 144.240 (EN54) and 144.250 (EM89) Long-Range Nets *ON* Wed. Night

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

   I will again refer you to an Oct. 5th post.   Everything’s the same as last Wed — most of the eastern 1/2 of USA is within range of one or more nets on Wed. night.   (Remember that there are SWOT nets out of EL99 Daytona Beach and EM12 Dallas area on Wed. night, also.   Both are on 144.250)  

   If you take 2 minutes to read the Oct 5th post, you’ll have a clear idea of what we’re trying to accomplish.   We’re  making Wednesday a “can’t-miss” night for 2m SSB.    Get on the air and get involved.   Enjoy the benefits.  

   Remember that the 144.230 and 144.240 nets now start at 0000Z or 7pm central/8pm eastern.   This is in effect until next spring.   K8TQK is on 144.250 from 0030-0115Z.   Everyone’s specific schedules and directions are at that Oct 5th post.

222 Tuesday is ON Every Tuesday

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

    Please scroll down to an Oct. 5th post for the 222 Tuesday info.   Plenty of good info there.

2010 LaCrosse Area 2 Meter FM QSO Party Oct 30-31st

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

    WV9E and the La Crosse-area guys continue to improve VHF/UHF.    This link http://www.wv9e.net/qsopart.htm has all the details. 
    If you’re in or near the La Crosse area, please help spread the word.   
    If you want more activity in your area, consider doing something similar.   There are many new hams that are open to fun activities like this.

146.430 FM Net *OFF* Tonight — 146.460 with WV9E is *ON* @ 8:30pm

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

   I’m unavailable again tonight, so if you fellows want 146.430 activity, put a few calls out at 8pm and see who responds.  
   You also have WV9E Dave just north of La Crosse, in EN43.   He’s been doing the 146.460 FM Simplex Net at 8:30pm on Thursdays for months now, and they’re getting good activity.   Speaking of WV9E, I need to add a post about a 2m contest they’re going to try on Oct 30-31st.