More Fun Last Night — KC9BQA and K8TQK Net Reports

7am (central) Thursday —

I took 19 check-ins last night with the 144.240 net which starts at 7pm central/0100Z time.   I will take the .240 net on both Jan. 4th and Jan. 11th. 
N9OLT EN64;  N8WNA, VA3ZV and KD8HLV EN82;  K8GDT EN91;  N8DJB EN81;  W8BYA EN70;  W9YZU and W9WZJ EM69;  WE9K and N9NDP EN62;  N9JBW EN61;  WB9TFH and KC9AOV EN53;  N9DG EN52;  WV9E and N9NYA EN43;  WB9LYH EN54 and K0SIX EN35. 
   Want to add that because of the chat (choose the IARU Region 2 room for 144/432 MHz) last night, we knew ND0B in EN07 (ND) was trying to check in.  So was KE4LGL in EM77 (KY).  Because we knew ND was out there, K0SIX was able to turn toward EN07 and make contact.  ND0B is also capable on the digital modes, and is looking for contacts that way.   Again, you can find him in the chat.  The 7 simple steps to get signed up for this free, no B.S. chat are at:
   KE4LGL said he heard a few syllables out of me, and I look forward to completing directly with him on a night with better prop.  I’ll be curious to see if WB9LYH can ever get into KY, too. 

    Few more notes from last night… Conditions were just brutal to the east and southeast.  I’ve rarely heard Detroit, VE-3 and OH so poorly.  If I missed anyone off to the east, I apologize. 
   WE9K is a new check-in.  Glenn and I had a good laugh, as he detailed his kludged- together 2m station (he’s been a ham since 1987).  He made his first contact ever on 2m SSB last night, with 8 watts, and a squalo on a 10′ push-up pole.  Plus a few spare pieces of coax spliced together with various connectors.  Despite these limitations, he was pleased to have heard a few of the 8 stations (bet it was W8BYA).  Welcome to “weak-signal” VHF, and hope to hear more from you.  
   A few were already asking about the ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes, which is only 3 weekends away.  Starts 1pm (central) on Saturday, Jan. 21st and runs 33 hours until 10pm Sunday, Jan. 22nd.  All bands 50 MHz and up are in play.  Get on with what you have and let us know you are out there.  We really need all hands on deck for a good VHF contest.  I will have far more about the contest shortly.  Want to get that info up today.  Might have several new posts today, actually.  Stand by for those. 
   Speaking of contests, had a nice surprise check-in last night.  Heard from N9DG for the first time in probably 2-3 years.  Duane was on with reduced power and what must be a small antenna, because he’s usually S9+.  Sounded like he’s in a new house and reconfiguring the shack.  Before the QSB all but wiped him out, I did hear Duane talk about being back on for the Jan. contest with the lower 4 bands.  Looking forward to that. 

   Time to do K8TQK’s net report.  His net is on 144.250, starting at 0130Z.  Bob also had 19 check-ins last night.  N8WNA, VA3ZV and KD8PA EN82;  K8GDT and NF8O EN91;  W8BYA EN70;  KC8RRT and N8DJB EN81;  WB8AUK EN80;  W8WG and WT8E EM89;  W3BFC FM18;  K4XXX EM97;  W4TMW EM84;  KE4LGL EM77;  KX4R EM73;  W9YZU EM69;  KI4ROF EM55 and WB9LYH EN54.

    I would check back a few times today.  Look for several useful posts.

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