8am central —
Want to get this net report posted this morning.
K8TQK had a very nice turnout last night, I’ll lead off with his 24 check-ins…
K8TQK 144.250 net at 0030Z UTC/8:30pm eastern:
K2PQI FM09; K8GDT, NF8O and KD8FHY EN91; VE3LPY and N8WNA EN82; VE3VII FN03; VE3SG EN92; K8WFM EN90; AC3L/M FN00; WB2RVX FM29; W2KV FN20; K4XXX EM97; KB8JNE EN80; AA4DD EM86; W4TMW EM84; KY4MRG EM77; N4VFB, KI4PQE and WA4REE EM65; KI4ROF EM55; KC9BQA EN63; N8DJB EN81; KF8MY EN84; WB8AUK EN80.
What a nice turnout in a full 360. Looks like several new calls in there, although I don’t keep track of Bob’s master list as closely as I do those from my own region. Main thing is the word keeps spreading and so does the activity. A big thanks to all of you who are helping.
I had the 144.240 net last night at 0000Z or 7pm central/8pm eastern. WB9LYH in EN54 hopes to be back on next Wed. If he is unable, then I pinch-hit. Either way, we’ll announce the lineup for next week right here on the website, just like we always do.
Much of the Midwest had record or near-record warmth yesterday. Milwaukee set a new record with a high of 78, and I had 70 degrees at net time. I was optimistic that would be good for band conditions. I was wrong, ahem. The only direction signals were a bit above average was to the W and NW. Signals to the E and SE were flat at best. Everyone last night had deep, rapid QSB. Many stations were S5-7 at times, and then would fade right into the noise.
My 14 check-ins were:
N9OLT EN64; W8MIL EN74; N8FR EN73; N8WNA and VE3LPY EN82; K8GDT EN91; KF8MY EN84 (believe this is Mike’s first time saying hello to the .240 net. Welcome and thanks for the shout.); KC8ZJL EN71; WE9K EN62; KC9CLM EN52; KG0SJ EN22; KA0KYZ EN33; N9KOR EN44 and K8TQK EM89 at the end, when Bob looks our way (about 8:15-8:30 central)
Lots of guys last night talking about making station improvements. Antennas, feedlines, amps, mast-mounted preamps. Happens every spring.
After I was done with the net, I did turn south, via a request on the ON4KST.com real-time V/UHF chat. (We use the IARU Region 2 room for 144-432 MHz — the 7 simple steps for getting signed up are here: http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1072) Some of the EM65/55 stations wanted to see if we had a path. I did get just a few dits and dahs from WA4REE ( I think it was) but not enough to make a proper Q. Plus — full disclosure — my CW is so shaky that I don’t have a key hooked up to my 2m net rig. I just don’t want to slow things down that much and embarrass myself. I can copy CW with a chart if you send at about 3-5 wpm, (feel my face turning red as I type that) but for obvious reasons, 99% of my net is conducted on SSB.
Bottom line, we need a night with better conditions to make it with TN. But it is fun to try and I appreciate the effort. K4QH used to be a semi-regular visitor back in 2008-09, but I think he had a kilowatt. I also think my station heard better, several years ago.