**ARRL UHF CONTEST IS THIS WEEKEND. DETAILS ARE IN THE JULY 24TH POST RIGHT BELOW**
Every Wed. the 144.240 net is on from EN54cl, Central WI. WB9LYH is net control and the start time in spring and summer is 8pm central and toward about Halloween, he shifts to a 7pm central start for the shorter days of winter. This Wed. net has been around since June 2008 and our history is here: http://kc9bqa.com/?p=5363
WB9LYH emailed me the net report from last night. Mark said it was a good net, with good conditions, but not many stations on. His 12 check-ins were: N8WNA EN82; W8SOL EN71; K9CCL and N9JBW EN61; W9WZJ EM69; KA9VDU EN53; N9NDP EN62; WA9BNZ EN40; KA9DVX EN51; W1JWS EN50; KC9OVD EN41 and WB0YWW EN22.
*WB9LYH ALSO SAYS HE EXPECTS TO BE ON NEXT WEEK (Wed., Aug. 6th)* Again, start time is 8pm central/9pm eastern. All licensed hams are welcome. The net is informal and the purpose is to create more activity on 2m SSB. From Central WI, Mark’s antenna pattern is NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes.
WB9LYH has a very big signal and really enjoys pushing the propagation limits. We appreciate you helping us spread the word in a multi-state (and Canadian province) circle.
K8TQK has been calling the 144.252 net each Monday @8:30pm eastern for several years now. Bob also has a huge signal from EM89je, south-central OH. He can easily work 300-400+ miles to stations with a decent *horizontally-polarized* yagi up in the clear.
K8TQK’s 16 check-ins on Monday night were: W8SOL EN71; N8AIA EN82; WB8AUK EN80; WD8CHR EN90; WT83 and KD8DJE EM89; KJ4YZB FM07; W4LES EM84; WB4IXU EM86; N4TLL EM87; N8XA EM79; KF6A EN73; W9DZ EN61; WB9LYH EN54; KB8JNE EN70 and WB7PMP EM88.
There is SSB activity on bands like 50, 144, 222 and 432 MHz every night of the week, if you know when and where to look. I summarized this info in posts at www.kc9bqa.com dated Oct. 13, 15 and 17th, 2013. Visit those posts and learn about your options. Then help out activity levels by getting that info to your ham buddies.
Better yet, create your own activity by calling CQ at any time. That’s what call freqs. like 144.200, 222.100 and 432.100 are for. Don’t wait for someone else to start something. Get out of the habit of “just listening”. I’ve been saying it here for 5+ years… If everyone is at their radio and everyone is “just listening” how many signals will be heard?