Plenty have said they enjoy these net reports, and I appreciate the kind comments. Glad to get caught up this afternoon. I also do these net reports for myself. It keeps me motivated when I go back thru the archives here and see the amazing number of VHF stations that are still out there. I’d have never guessed there were half this many.
The bigger challenge is to somehow have these stations on the air more often. If 30% of all weak-signal VHF stations would get on the air for just a half hour or hour every week, and call CQ, we’d be all set. We really would. If you want more active bands, do your part and make some noise. Do it in the evening, in the early mornings, on the weekends. Don’t “just listen”. Listening on a dead band is useless. I know it’s just not in some guys’ constitution to call CQ. But I know from experience that there’s at least 5 guys “listening” for every one that CQ’s. Probably more. When you call CQ, you make activity happen. I noticed this myself last Wed., before the net. I called and within 5 minutes, I had several guys I QSY’d off 144.200.
No idea when, but someday I will compile a list of unique call signs that have checked in on SSB and/or FM simplex. I know the number is over 500 now, going back to when we started all this in June of 2008. We’re still getting new all-time check-ins so the word must be spreading. Those of you who are helping, thank you very much.
On WED. AUG 18TH, we had KA0KYZ (only) on 144.230. From EN33, SE MN, Terry raised 9 guys. WB0YWW and KD0SJ EN22; KD0KUK and K0SIX EN35; W0FAY EN42; W0MTW EN24; NT0V EN08; N0UY EN18 and WV9E EN43. Great to get NE N.D. and NW MN in the net log, with NT0V and N0UY.
On WED. AUG 25TH, KA0KYZ EN33 was again on 144.230. He had 8 check-ins. WB0YWW and KG0SJ EN22; W0MTW EN24; K0SIX and KD0KUK EN35; N0UY EN18; W0FAY EN42 and KC0MIA EM28. Good to see our friend John KC0MIA in there from the Kansas City area. He makes the most of what he can, using good yagis in his attic.
On 8/25, I was on 144.240 from EN63. I had 12 check-ins. N8FQ EN62; KF8QL and KR8T EN72; W9YZU EM69; W9DZ EN61; NT9E and N9UM EN52; WB9TFH, W9GA and W9REL EN53; KA0KYZ EN33 and WV9E EN43.
On WED. SEPT 1ST, KA0KYZ was on 144.230 and had 8 check-ins. W0FAY EN42; K0JRD EM38; WB0NQD EM29; N0DSN EN33; KG0SJ and WB0YWW EN22; W0HXL EN21 and W0MTW EN24.
On 9/1, WB9LYH EN54 was on 144.240 and had 20 check-ins. K8TQK EM89; N8WNA EN82; W8SRT EN80; W9YZU EM69; WB9WOZ EN61; N9LAD EN62; KA0OKM and W0FAY EN42; W1JWS EN50; WA9BNZ EN40; K0JRD EM38; KG0SJ EN22; WV9E EN43; N0WJY EN10; KA0KYZ EN33; N9KOR EN44; W9MP EN45; K0SIX EN35; W0ANH EN47 and KC9BQA EN63
On WED SEPT 8TH, KA0KYZ took 13 check-ins on 144.230. Great DX with W8BYA clear across Indiana in EN70.
KA0OKM and W0FAY EN42; KD0FEI EM29; WB0YWW EN22; W0HXL EN21; N0WJY EN10; N0DSN EN33; W0MTW EN24; K0SIX EN35; N0UY EN18; N9LB EN52; WV9E EN43 and best for last, W8BYA EN70. I’m not sure that Q would have happened if Terry and Gedas hadn’t been in the on4kst.com real-time chat for VHF/UHF. Because they were both busy working other activity, they were able to coordinate via the chat and then make the Q.
Also on 9/8, WB9LYH on 144.240 had 23 check-ins: KA0OKM and W0FAY EN42; N8FQ EN62; N9OLT EN64; W8BYA EN70; KR8T EN72; K8TQK EM89; WD9DSN EN71; K9CCL and W9EWZ EN61; N9CUE EM69; KB9RDS EM79; N9LB and K9VS EN52; N9JZN EN51; WB9TFH EN53; N0IRS EM29; WV9E EN43; W0HXL EN21; KA0KYZ EN33; K0SIX EN35; VE3KRP EN58 and KC9BQA EN63.
On WED SEPT 15TH, KA0KYZ was off 144.230 due to thunderstorms.
I was on 144.240 and had 18 check-ins. N9OLT EN64; N8FQ EN62; VE3LPY EN82; K8TQK EM89; KR8T EN72; W9REL and NT9E EN52; W9DZ, W9EWZ and WB9OWZ EN61; N9CUE EM69; WB9TFH EN53; N9JZN EN51; WB0YWW EN22; W9FZ/M and WV9E EN43; VE3KRP EN58 and after the lightning moved on, KA0KYZ EN33.
On WED SEPT 22ND, KA0KYZ was again plagued by thunderstorms.
I was on 144.240 and had 26 check-ins. A general summary is farther down this “front page”. N2YZ in FN02, was a DX highlight. I worked: N9OLT EN64; K8MM EN83; VE3LPY and K8VFV EN82; KR8T EN72; NY2Z FN02; K8GDT EN91; K8TQK EM89 (Bob also relayed N8YOH/M from OH); WB9MXX, and AB8GL EN62; WA9KPZ, N9UM, K9IJ, K9VS and KC9AOV EN52; N9UYC EM69; W9LNL EN63; W9EWZ EN61; AA9MY EN50; WB0NQD EM29; WA9BNZ EN40 (relay help from K9UHF); KC9FNM and K0VSC EN53; WV9E EN43 and W0ANH EN47.