You have several options on Fridays and Saturdays — save this info it’s of interest. Please help spread the word so the bands will be more active. This is new info that I haven’t previously posted here.
Every Friday at 7pm central time, there’s the Chicago/Ohio net on 144.215. I’m rarely around on Friday evenings, but I did have a nice conversation on the air with KD8IME a few Wednesdays ago. KD8IME is Bob in EN71, NW Ohio. He now calls this net, and I know Bob has a very healthy signal. Bob also went on to say that they enjoy new check-ins, so don’t worry too much about the “Chicago/Ohio” name. If you can hear KD8IME on 144.215 any old Friday at 7pm central time, then say hello and tell him KC9BQA sent you.
Next up on Fridays is a 6m net from NE Ohio, grid square EN91. This net is on 50.165 at 9pm eastern every Friday. It’s called by Jim K8ZWY in EN91kk. They apparently cover western NY & PA and eastern OH. If you’re within a few hundred miles of Cleveland, I’d check this one out and see how well they get out. This info came from N8WNA John in EN82, Detroit area.
EDIT — Feb. 2, 2012 – Just learned last night from KD8IME that this net has now been starting at 7pm eastern, one hour earlier than before.
Saturday evenings, at 7pm eastern/6pm central, there’s 6m activity on 50.170 MHz. KD8IME is net control from EN71, NW Ohio. He starts out calling to his SW, then goes clockwise a full 360 from there. Meaning SW, then W, NW, N, NE, E, SE and S. He has a nice signal on 2m, so I assume he’d get out pretty well on 6m.