Net Reports — K8TQK has 24 Check-Ins on 144.250 and KC9BQA Has 14 on 144.240

  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.

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