15 Check-ins Last Night to 144.240 Net, with Several New Check-Ins

4pm Thursday —

WB9LYH reports that propagation last night was mostly tough.  Despite this, Mark had a wide variety of DX, including several new all-time checkins.   Some of you must be spreading the word, and we really appreciate that — thank you.
With the flagship 144.240 net coming up on its 4th anniversary, I’m continually amazed at just how many SSB-capable stations are out there on VHF.   If there were a way to get all these stations to call CQ for 15-30 minutes, once or twice a month, the bands would be jumping.   We wouldn’t need nets like ours to increase activity, because hundreds of weak-signal stations would be doing it for themselves.

WB9LYH’s 15 check-ins last night were:  N9OLT EN64;  K8MM EN83;  KC9AZ and K9CCL EN61;  WB8AUK EN80;  KC9CLM EN52;  K9EJ EM59;  N0PB EM39;  W9BBP and WA9BNZ EN40;  KC0WQK EN21;  KA0KYZ EN33 and W0WOI, KG0SJ and WB0YNA all EN22.
I think K9EJ, KC0WQK and W0WOI are all new to this net.  It’s great to get well down into Central IL, get out to the Omaha area, and EN22 has been one of our net hotspots the last 4 years, courtesy of WB0YWW and KG0SJ.  Nice to hear others on from EN22, as well.

I now know the 144.240 net schedule for the rest of May.  You’ll have to put up with me.  🙂  WB9LYH will be unavailable, so I pinch-hit when Mark can’t go.   Mark looks forward to getting back behind the mic in June.
I will be taking the 144.240 net on May 16, 23 and 30th.  Same start time of 0100Z/8pm central.   I am 40 miles north of Milwaukee, grid square EN63ao.  I don’t get out quite as far as WB9LYH — on 144 I have a 16-element KLM yagi up 70′, with about 200w out.   I start out looking N, then swing clockwise a full 360, going NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 60-90 minutes.  If I’m on the air, then I’m also monitoring the ON4KST.com chat.  We use the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz.  By now, nearly 3000 VHF’ers all across the USA and Canada are registered for this free, no BS chat.  It’s available anytime day or night, and is busiest in the mornings, evenings and on weekends.  If you need the 7 simple steps to get registered, visit this post:   http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1072

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