Nets had two things going against them last night. 1) The great band conditions of Tuesday night and Wed. morning were blown away from the Upper Midwest by a cool front with brisk winds and much drier air. 2) Thunderstorms kept most of MI, IN and N OH off the air.
Our net controls reported up and down propagation, plus a fair amount of noise. Despite this, there were many interesting check-ins from a wide area.
K8TQK in south-central OH had: K8GDT EN91; KB8TDA EN70; W2REA FN02; W2KV FN20; AC3L/M FN00; K4LY EM85; N8XA EM79; K4YA EM86; KI4ROF EM55; K4QH/M EM67; KD8EBS EM89. Nice to see NY and SC stations checking in with Bob. NJ, TN and KY, too. I feel like I say this too often, but it bears repeating — K8TQK has an amazing signal. If you’re within 300-500 miles of EM89je, (more with band enhancement) you want to listen Bob’s way on 144.250 from 8-8:45pm eastern time, every Wednesday.
WB9LYH has a superb 2 meter signal too, from EN54cl. I have a strong station and sometimes, Mark hears guys a few S units better than I do, even when he’s 100 miles farther away! (That’s a big part of why I’m so glad WB9LYH took over the 144.240 net control over a year ago.)
WB9LYH’s check-ins last night were: N9OLT and KA9BXG EN64; K8MM EN83; N9JBW, KC9AZ and K9CCL EN61; N9LAH EN60; KA9DVX EN51; KD0FEI EM29; WB0YWW EN22; W0HXL EN21; WD0BGZ EN10 and new check-in WD0BWE who is in EM29, Kansas side. Welcome to the net and thanks for helping increase activity.
KA0KYZ in EN33qw also has a 300-500 mile 2m signal. For instance, Terry regularly works W8BYA near Ft. Wayne, IN. While his net was slow last night, Terry reports that general activity levels have been fairly strong lately. Remember that Terry’s net is later, so night owls will want to listen toward far SE MN starting at 0200Z, and see if things are still going at 0300 or later.
His 6 check-ins were: K0NY EN44; N9OLT EN64; KC9NOJ EN43; KD0FEI EM29; W0HXL EN21 and KB0UCO EN33. Want to welcome KC9NOJ to the SSB side of 2m. He got his ticket 3 years ago, and has been having fun recently, discovering you can work way farther than line of sight on both 2m SSB and FM simplex.