2 nights ago, WB9LYH called the 144.240 Wed. net from EN54cl (Central WI). This was the first net since Dec. 18th; there was no net on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.
Mark had 12 check-ins on Wed. night: N8AIA and N8WNA EN82; WE9K EN62; K9CCL, W9SUS and N9JBW EN61; KY9E and WB9TFH EN53; KC9CLM EN52; WB0YWW EN22; K0SIX EN35 and KB0HNN EN25.
Expect WB9LYH to call the 144.240 net @7pm central/8pm eastern on Jan. 15 and Jan. 22. All licensed hams are welcome, the net is informal, the goal is to increase activity on SSB portions of 2 meters.
Let’s get up to date with K8TQK’s 144.252 net, called every Monday from EM89je, south-central OH, @8:30pm eastern.
On Dec. 23rd, Bob had 27 check-ins: N8AIA and N8WNA EN82; N8HMG, KD8FHY, KD8JQ, NF8O and K8GDT EN91; N8XQM EN80; W2UAD FN13; AC3L/M FN00; KC8QDQ, WT8E and W8WG EM89; W4LES, WA4NJP, W4IMD, W4VAS and W4TMW EM84; N4TLL EM87; KB9RDS and WZ8I EM79; N9EGT EN70; N1GC EM95; KI4ECU EM97; KG9QT and KC9WSS EN61 and WB9LYH EN54.
On Dec. 30th, K8TQK had an even more robust turnout. There were 34 check-ins by my count. This may be an all-time high for K8TQK’s net.
The 34 check-ins to the 144.252 net on Mon., Dec. 30th were: N8WNA EN82; VE3YCU FN02; W2UAD FN13; KV8T EN91; W9KXI FN12; KB3TNZ FN10; AC3L/M FN00; WT8E, W8WG, KC8QDQ, W8PU and KB8GUE EM89; WB4IXU EM86; N1GC EM95; N4TLL EM87; N4PPG EM76; KY4MRG EM77; WA4NJP and W4IMD EM84; KI4ECU EM97; KB9RDS, N8XA and WB8ART EM79; WA4REE EM65; KI4ROF EM55; K9SLQ, N9EGT, K9MRI, KC9WSS and KG9QT EN70; WB9DGF and KC0ECE EN63; W2RCA FN02 and WD8CHR EN90.
The next time someone tells you that either 1) There’s nobody on 2m SSB or 2) That you can’t get out any farther on SSB than you can on FM, show them these net reports from K8TQK. From south-central OH (admittedly with a very good station from a great QTH), Bob worked as far north as southern ONT, as far south as the Carolinas and GA, as far west as southwest TN and as far NW as western MI.
K8TQK could not call the 144.252 net on Jan. 6th because his rotor was frozen.
If you’re wondering how I obtain K8TQK’s list of check-ins, it’s by using the “chat review” feature at the www.on4kst.com real-time VHF/UHF chat. This free, no BS ham chat is available for all licensed US/VE/XE hams. There are many different “rooms” for different ham bands, and the one I lobbied ON4KST to create in March of 2010 is called “IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz” By now, over 4000 VHF’ers have registered for the chat and it’s busy every morning, evening and weekend. In fact, there’s usually someone active during the daytime, too.
For more info about the ON4KST.com ham chat, visit this post: http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1072