Both WB9LYH and I are available Wed. night, so we’re back at it with the long-range 144 nets.
For those who haven’t been following along, here’s what we do:
WB9LYH is on 144.240, starting at 0000Z/7pm central time, looking east into MI and beyond, if prop allows. WB9LYH’s QTH is in EN54cl, right in the middle of WI. He has stacked 17B2′s and 500 watts, and gets out a long, long ways. Routinely works Detroit/Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Omaha/Lincoln and into Thunder Bay, ONT, EN58. We are always looking for participation within 400-500 miles of his central WI QTH.
So at 0000Z, you guys out east want to be ready. By 0015 or so, ‘LYH is turning SE, more toward OH and IN. By 0030 or so, he’s turning S more toward WI/ILL/MO. By 0045 or so, he’s more SW, toward IA/KS/NE/S MN. By 0100, he’s west toward the Dakotas and Twin Cities. All times approximate +/- number of check-ins – be patient and flexible. WB9LYH is done at 0130Z, usually looking north at that time.
The best way to keep track of all this is to join the free chat we use. I type in frequent updates about where WB9LYH is pointing and who he’s working to the 144-432 MHz chat room at www.on4kst.com. 7 simple steps to get signed up to this free, no B.S. chat are at http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1072 Save that info, and get yourself registered. Once you are registered, you can join in the chat any time you care to. We really have fun in there on Wed. nights.
You are also encouaged to use this chat yourself, to try and coordinate other activity on 144.230 and lower, with other check-ins. Even if you have no hope of hearing WI, join the chat and observe how we use it. It just might show you how it can be put to use in your own area.
I call the Badger Contesters net on 144.250, starting at 0130Z or 8:30pm central on Wed. nights. I’m located in SE WI, 40 miles N of Milwaukee. My net has tended to turn into more of a S WI/NE ILL net. If you’re DX, you are better off trying for WB9LYH. Also, I don’t start calling CQ in other directions until at least 0200-0215, so you may fall asleep waiting for me.
What I do is gather a group of S WI/N ILL guys, and we have our roundtable for 30-60 minutes. After I’m done with that, I then swing my beams clockwise, calling CQ in a full 360. I rarely hear anyone after 0200-0230 and honestly, that’s fine. The main thing is that between WB9LYH and I, we get 30-40 guys on the air weekly, which is exactly what V/UHF needs.
I know many of you have been spreading the word; we still get new check-ins after doing this since July 2008. We must be easily over 400-450 unique call signs by now between myself and WB9LYH. So the VHF/UHF’ers are definitely still out there. We just need to keep being more active and involved.