Archive for April, 2016

This Week’s 144.240 Net Report

Friday, April 1st, 2016

7:15am  Friday

Net control WB9LYH had 12 check-ins to the 144.240 net on Wed. night.   Mark said in his report, “Lots of weather noise but good signals from the SE.  Signals are getting better with the coming of spring but the continuing unsettled weather has kept some of us off the air at times.  Let’s see what next week brings.”

The 12 check-ins were:  KB9PSE and KY9E EN52;  WB8LNG EM79;  K9ILU, N9JBW and K9CCL EN61;  N9YK EN71;  K9SLQ EN70;  N9RXM EN41;  WA9BNZ EN40;  KG0SJ EN22 and W0KWZ EN34.
Grateful for the nice turnout on a night where a lot of showers and thunderstorms were scattered across the Midwest and Great Lakes.  Thanks everyone for keeping 2m SSB active.
Remember to create activity at any time.  Really appreciate our check-ins thru the years, but the recipe for a truly healthy band is to have lots of signals on the airwaves on a daily/nightly basis.  Call your own CQ’s in various directions whenever you can.  So many of us fall into the rut of “just listening”.  Well… if dozens of VHF’ers in many grids and states are all “just listening”, then how many signals are heard??  That’s right, zero.  Then everyone says, “the bands are so dead.”  There’s a remedy for this — Call your own CQ’s — start something.

I want VHF’ers to know there are many fine nets and activity nights, all 7 nights of the week, scattered across the Midwest/Great lakes and Plains.  Three posts here at kc9bqa.com detailing those VHF/UHF nets are dated Oct 13, 15 and 17th, 2013.  Use the “archives” at the right and click on “October 2013” and go from there.   Please spread that VHF/UHF net and activity night info to hams everywhere.

The 144.240 net is called every Wed. at 8pm central/9pm eastern.   Net control is WB9LYH in EN54cl, central WI, near WI Rapids.   Antenna pattern from Central WI is NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes.  Eastern time zone is always targeted first.  All licensed hams are welcome.  The net is informal and the purpose is to increase activity on 2m SSB.

WB9LYH has a very big signal and loves pushing the propagation limits.  His typical range on 2m SSB, with normal band conditions is 300-500 miles.  But on nights with band enhancement, contacts beyond 500 miles are possible *IF* the stations are out there, giving it a try.  DX is always welcome to with the 144.240 net.   Help us spread the word in a very wide circle, especially with warmer weather and better propagation just around the corner.

We have called the 144.240 Wed. net from WI since June 2008 and our history is here:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=5363