6:15am Thursday —
This won’t take long. For those who were listening for the 144.252 net last night, I just read on the ON4KST.com chat archives that K8TQK “had a failed system and could not run the 144.252 net. I will be back up for next Wed.” Glad it’s nothing serious.
WB9LYH took the 144.240 net as usual and reported “Good propagation to the east. Contacts were: N9OLT EN64; VE3ZV EN93; N8WNA and VE3LPY EN82; KF8QL EN72; N9YK EN72; N9JBW and KC9RIO EN61; WB9TFH EN53; KC9CLM EN52; WA9BNZ EN40; WB0YWW EN22. Also had CW from AB0YY in EM29, Topeka, KS. I heard the weak CW and ‘YWW was able to identify the call.”
You can expect both WB9LYH (144.240 at 0100Z/8pm central) and K8TQK (144.252 at 0030Z/8:30pm eastern) to call their nets next Wed. If something changes, we’ll advise here.
REMEMBER THE ARRL SEPTEMBER VHF CONTEST IS ONLY 9 DAYS AWAY. All bands 50 and 144 MHz and on up thru 222, 432 and into the microwaves. Full details here: http://kc9bqa.com/?p=6104 Make plans to get on the air Sept. 8-9, and remind other VHF’ers.
If you have no idea how to “do” a VHF contest, my series of articles called VHF Contesting School can help. I wrote these with newer VHF’ers in mind.
Here are the links to the complete set of VHF Contesting School articles. Actually, much of the info below is helpful for general operating on the “weak-signal” portions of bands like 6m, 2m and 70cm.
These links are in order from a basic introduction, to antennas, to what bands and frequencies to use, and so on.
http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1677 VHF Contesting School — Introduction.
http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1689 Antennas – The Most Important Part of Your V/UHF Station.
http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1700 What Bands and Frequencies to Use.
http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1717 How to Log a V/UHF Contest.
http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1727 Helpful Hints — Being a Smarter Operator.
http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1737 Go Roving! Put the Antennas and Rigs in the Mobile.
http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1740 More Detailed Rover Info.
http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1750 Rules and Scoring.
You are free to share the VHF Contesting School articles with hams everywhere.