146.43 FM net — 10 check-ins on a rainy night —- Also, 222 Tuesdays will include 223.5 FM Mode, starting next week.
After 10 minutes of the net we only had 4 check-ins, but as time went by, more kept showing up. Had a nice group tonight, signals were OK considering the cold rain and 37 degrees.
KC9KPV Germantown, 50 over S9; KM4G Germantown, 20 over; WB9WHO Milwaukee, S7; N9NFB Waukesha, S3; KD9LEH Dave, Brown Deer, S2 – Dave’s first time on the net and good to hear him. W9GA, S5; WB9TFH, S3; KC9NZR, 40 over avg. from the mobile; KG9FC Milwaukee, S5; KD9TZ Ada (N Sheboygan Co.) 60 over.
Had some interesting chit-chat tonight. I was fascinated with the steady rain that radar shows is coming in off Lake Michigan. Pretty unusual occurrence. I’m a weather geek; always have been.
On a more radio-related note, I’d like to pass along a few things.
1) KD9TZ told us about a 160m net that he is net control for on Thursdays. This net runs 365 days a year, at 0000utc, regardless of season. It’s on 1895 KHz, and they had 35 check-ins tonight across the USA. KD9TZ Mike invites anyone with privileges for 160m to say hello. If I ever get on an HF band someday, 160m will probably be it. EDIT: I Googled this net and found a pair of websites: http://www.wb8sqj.com/en160/index.html and http://k9zw.wordpress.com/2008/04/15/every-night-160-meter-group-1895-year-round/
2) I’ll talk more about this next week, but start putting the word out locally that 222 Tuesdays will ALSO INCLUDE 223.5 MHZ — FM MODE. We’re going to encourage those with 1.25cm FM to get the band active, every Tuesday night.
N9NFB, KD9LEH, myself and probably a few others should be on 223.5 FM next Tuesday, starting at 7pm or so. I will still be on 222.100 SSB plenty, because that’s where my power and range is, but I will try to say hello on 223.5FM as well. This is not a net, but a general activity period. Gotta motivate yourself for this one, and spread the word with the FM guys you know. I will send out email, but word of mouth is probably more effective.