This post was originally made on Oct 20, 2011.
Been wanting to make this post for months. I realize that we get new visitors and net check-ins all the time and there’s no way anyone is going to go back thru 100′s of posts here to follow how things have unfolded over time.
Here’s the story about the Wed. 2m SSB nets:
The 144.250 Wed. night net started on June 18, 2008 with KC9BQA as net control and promoter. This evolved over time, and is currently called by K8TQK from south-central OH, EM89je, at 8:30pm eastern every Wed. Bob started with us in October of 2010.
Bob has an excellent station and can reach out to the east coast, into southern VE-3 land, into the mid-Atlantic, the northern parts of Dixie, and west and northwest into IL/MO/WI/IA.
EDIT — January 7, 2013 — Effective tonight, K8TQK will switch his popular net to Monday nights. Please note that Bob has had to slide up to 144.252, to get away from a birdie right on .250. He still has the same start time of 8:30pm eastern, but now calls his net on Mondays. The 144.240 net from WI will remain on Wed. nights. We gave some thought to moving to Mondays, with N0PB’s 144.250 net from MO now QRT, but we decided to stick with Wednesdays and see how that goes. Monday nights do have the W5VHF net out of OK, on 144.190 at 8pm central, called by KD5ZVE or K5SW out of EM26. That covers the southern half of what was N0PB’s circle.
The 144.240 Wed. night net started on July 9, 2008 with KC9BQA as net control and promoter. This net originally concentrated on areas to my west and north, and ran for a half hour prior to the 144.250 net. WB9LYH gradually assumed net control duties here by the fall of 2009. His location is right in the middle of WI, grid square EN54cl. His plan is to continue into 2012. When Mark is unable to go, I pinch hit and as of late 2012, N9OLT in EN64 is another backup net control. The 144.240 long-range net from WI starts at 7pm central in the fall and winter months, and at 8pm central in the spring and summer months.
The 144.230 Wed. night net started in late July of 2010. KA0KYZ in EN33qw (far SE MN) started this on his own (with my encouragement). Terry has a great signal from a nice QTH. His net started later, at 9pm central. Terry’s net went on hiatus in Sept. 2011, as his work and travel has gotten busier. If/when I hear from Terry, I’ll let everyone know via this website and emails. If someone else wants to pick up the 144.230 net, I’m all ears. We can discuss the possibilities. It would be great to have a western option that would provide coverage into the Dakotas, NE and KS.
EDIT — EDIT — Oct. 16, 2012 – We are looking for another net control on Wed. nights.
This is especially important now that N0PB is QRT with his Mon. 144.250 net from EM39.
Another net control from KS/MO/IA/NE/W IL or S MN would be a good addition to our lineup.
If you’re interested, get in touch with me and we can talk about the possibilities.
EDIT — March 15, 2013 — The alternate net control could also be anywhere south of a line from Kansas City to Indianapolis. The idea is to have someone who can hear both the net control station in WI and can also call to their south, into MO/OK/KS/AR/Downstate IL/IN, plus KY and TN. Idea is to spend at least 10-15 minutes spreading the activity into areas we can’t normally reach from WI. You wouldn’t necessarily have to be there every single Wed., nor would you have to call a full-scale net. Something would be better than nothing, and again, we can discuss the possibilities. Please help us spread the word and advise anyone with interest to either contact me via email or WB9LYH on the air.
Our net controls enjoy DX check-ins and pushing the propagation limits. Please help us spread the word to more and more VHF’ers. We always encourage our net check-ins and all 2m ops to do their own CQ’ing on and around 144.200, to improve the overall health of the band.
There are other 2m nets on Wed. nights out of EL98, EN91, EM13 and EN93. Wednesday is a very active night on 2m SSB in the eastern half of the USA and Canada.
There are many other nets on different nights and bands. The best list I have is here: http://kc9bqa.com/?p=5017. I’d print that out and save it, if nets are your thing.
EDIT — Jan. 7, 2013 — That list of nets directly above needs an overhaul. But honestly, the best source for a concise, nationwide listing of nets is in the 205MorningReport, published daily by KA1ZE, Stan. If I wanted to know my net options, I’d visit his daily newsletter archives at www.ka1ze.com and get the info there.