Last Night’s 2m Net Reports — Lots of Excitement

   Last night’s nets had it all, far as I was concerned.  Plenty of activity in all directions, a little DX,  new calls on 2m SSB, a mystery check in ending in “Hotel” to my southwest that I just couldn’t dig out … you name it, last night delivered.   

   I do have an announcement.  *I HAVE DECIDED TO CALL NEXT WEEK’S 144.240 NET OFF*.  Next Wed. I will be doing the 432 MHz Fall Sprint, and will focus 100% on that.  So for Oct 5th, the 144.240 net is off.  (WB9LYH is unavailable).   I do hope those of you with 432 will get on, call CQ and spin your beams next Wed.  The early weather forecast looks mild, perhaps we can luck into a fall opening??  Fall sprint info is all over this front page, just scroll down a few posts. 
   When we come back on Oct. 12th, we’ll be starting with our winter hours.  That means the 144.240 net will start at 7pm central/8pm eastern until at least next April.   If you can help spread the word, I’d appreciate it.   I will post another reminder between now and then. 

    I asked K8TQK what he wanted to do next Wed. and *HIS NET WILL BE ON* He will stir up activity on 2m, and make some contacts on 432 along the way.   Next week, you can give Bob two contacts for the price of one, so to speak.   His start time on 144.250 will remain 8:30pm eastern for the winter — no changes with the K8TQK net. 

    Last night K8TQK had 17 check-ins:  KC9BQA EN63; W8KHP and N8XA EM79;  K8GDT and W8AC EN91;  K3IP FM19;  AC3L/M FN00;  W2UAD FN13;  W3BFC FM18;  KD8KZG EM89;  K4XXX EM97;  KI4ROF EM55;  KJ4UGO EM64;  WA4REE EM65;  KB8TDA EN70;  N8WNA EN82 and KR8T EN72.  Nice turnout in all directions of the compass. 

    Turns out K0SIX in EN35 got on 144.230 at 9pm central.  If you were using the ON4KST.com V/UHF chat, you heard about this in real-time.  Vince worked VE3KRP EN58 (Thunder Bay, ONT);  WB0YWW and KG0SJ EN22;  AC0RA EN41;  W0HXL EN21 and N9OLT EN64.   

    With the 144.240 net, I took 21 check-ins, plus a near miss.  We had a good burst of activity to the north, right at the start and that set the tone for a busy evening.  N9OLT EN64;  W0ANH EN47;  VE3KRP EN58;  W9JN and grandson KC9TVG EN54, also N9QZD EN54.  KS8B EN64;  K8TQK EM89;  KR8T EN72;  W9YZU EM69;  K9CCL and N9JBW EN61;  N9NDP EN62;  N9UM EN52;  AC0RA EN41;  KC9GMF EN53;  WB0YWW EN22;  W0HXL EN21;  K9ALT and WV9E EN43 and K0SIX EN35.

    For those who like more detail, last night provided plenty of material.
    The best conditions last night were to my north.  Both W0ANH and VE3KRP let me know we had a good path.  N9UM got wind of this in the ON4KST.com chat and was very interested in trying to work both Connie and Eddie on 432.  So I helped a little to set that up, and they took it from there.  (No, they didn’t make it) 
    Having a trio of check-ins from EN54 was nice.  W9JN’s grandson sounds good on the air and I learned that he’s 10 years old and plays both guard and tackle on the local football team, just not at the same time, hihi.  Welcome Jacob, to the net.  N9QZD is back on the air after having been off several years.  He’s got all the bands working and is loud.  Welcome back Pete.  
    The southwest thru west portion of the net had several pleasant surprises.  K9ALT and AC0RA are both new to the net, so welcome to Glenn and Wyatt.  AC0RA is a younger guy who has to go portable to operate VHF, outside Cedar Rapids, IA.  Wyatt and I have been emailing for some time, and last night was a good night for him to take his homebrew 2 and 6m yagis out to a high spot and do some testing.  I wasn’t sure we’d make it, but there he was, Q5 most of the time, on a 220 mile path.  Great job!   Wyatt’s looking forward to the January contest. 
     When I worked WB0YWW Bob, near Ft. Dodge, IA, I was surprised how quiet he was.  Bob often booms in.  That made AC0RA’s contact more impressive.  I knew from the chat page that W0HXL was out there, in EN21, Omaha, but I didn’t figure we had a prayer, given the light copy from WB0YWW.  Well, I was wrong.  Dick came up on a peak and we got each other’s grids and rogers, so we finally have a contact, after many months of trying.  The only other NE contact I’ve ever had on 2m was N0WF, back in July 2006.  Dick, if you’re reading this, I’m going to send a card out to you today.  Great contact and thanks for giving us something to shoot for most Wednesdays.  
    I never did find out who the mystery station was last night.  All I know is that several times, I heard something light off to my SW, ending in “hotel”.  It never got stronger than that.  I thought it might have been W0WFH in MO, but an email from Bill says he wasn’t on the air last night.

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