OK, here’s the scoop. WB9LYH EN54cl is unavailable tomorrow night. I will call both these nets from EN63ao, or 40 miles north of Milwaukee, with good antennas up high and about 140W out. I have 300 mile range to decent stations and work a few guys in the 400 mile range. We’ll see how prop is tomorrow night. It should be at least average, which is pretty good for late October.
On 144.240, I start out looking south at 7:15pm central/0015Z. I then slowly edge SW, W, NW, N, NE, E, SE, calling frequently and announcing where I’m pointing. Where I point and when is subject to how busy I am. I try to update where I’m pointing at the www.on4kst.com 144/432 MHz chat. It really pays to check into that room and watch what’s happening in real-time.
You can also find other stations to work by being in that real-time chat. That’s the whole purpose of using that room; to increase activity in all directions, on various frequencies. I want to work lots of check-ins, but I’d rather see 20-30 guys spread out and create their own activity. In the chat room, you can see who all is logged in and ready to play radio. I am done with the 144.240 net by 8:30pm central/0130Z.
The 144.250 net starts at 8:30pm and I follow the same procedure as above. Start out looking S, and then swing clockwise, going SW, W, NW, N, NE, E and SE. As with any net I run, all are welcome.
The new wrinkle we’re going to try tomorrow night is with the 144.240 net. We’re going to (knock wood) have a relay station in EM29, KC Mo. and another one in EN22, N Central IA looking SW, W and NW between 8:00-8:30pm. We ask stations in N OK, all of KS, all of NE and the Dakotas to spread the word, and to look east between 8-8:30pm tomorrow night on 144.240. Long-term, we’re looking for ways to involve stations in a very wide range. Anyone who can help email me and we’ll discuss it. If this plan for tomorrow night changes, we’ll advise on the website later today. It’s always a good idea to check this website prior to any net, just in case something came up.