7:05am Thursday —
Hope everyone remembers by now that K8TQK’s 144.252 net has permanently moved to Monday nights. K8TQK’s first Monday net took place on Jan 7, 2013. On Jan 14th, Bob was under the weather and on Jan 21st he had rotor problems. Last night, he was able to call his 144.252 net (8:30pm eastern start time) and had 13 check-ins. Bob reported his noise levels were bad, but he still worked W8SOL EN71; K8JA and N8AIA EN82; W2UAD FN13; AC3L/M FN00; KA2KQM EM84; KD8DJE and W8PU EM89; NR8O EM79; WA4REE EM65; K9MRI EN70; W9WZJ EM69 and KC9CLM EN52.
If you like short stories, you’re done. 🙂
K8TQK, WB9LYH and I discussed a potential move to Monday nights back in Oct/Nov. (If you like history, our Wed. net story is here: http://kc9bqa.com/?p=5363 )
Part of our motivation was to help fill the void left when N0PB’s Monday night SWOT net from EM39, MO, went QRT permanently (after 10+ years of great service — thanks again Phil.) Another factor Bob, Mark and I discussed was how Monday night has traditionally been 2m night on the SSB/CW side, going back decades. In the end, Bob was very excited about moving to Monday nights and Mark wanted to stay with Wednesdays and see how our 144.240 net from WI did on its own. Either way, it’s a win/win because there are more active nets, being called by net controls with good stations, than there were 5-10 years ago. Don’t believe me? Visit the daily newsletter archives at www.ka1ze.com and scroll down thru any issue of the 205MorningReport to about the halfway point. KA1ZE has detailed listings of many nets on different bands and nights.
On Monday nights, Bob’s able to combine forces with the W4TMW net on 144.210 out of North GA. This net starts at 8pm eastern, from EM84. Antenna pattern is to start south, then SW, W, NW, N, NE, E and SE over the next hour or so. Of course, K8TQK’s net is on 144.252 and it starts at 8:30pm eastern, with an antenna pattern of N first, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW over the next hour or so.
There are other Monday options. I won’t be posting these often because the focus here is within several hundred miles of WI.
W5VHF Net at 8pm central on 144.190. Net control is KD5ZVE in EM26, OK.
Rochester, NY net at 9pm eastern on 144.260.
Guelph, ONT net at 9pm eastern on 144.245. Net control is VE3XTM in EN93. Because VE3XTM runs multiple nets on different bands and nights, there’s a post specifically about his nets. Click here: http://kc9bqa.com/?p=6606
Rocky Mountain VHF runs a nice slate of nets on various bands and nights. Visit http://www.rmvhf.org/wordpress/?page_id=1239 for the full scoop. Their 144.220 net is on Monday nights at 8pm mountain time, from the Denver area.