2pm Tuesday –
Both of the websites I’m about to share may help you make more on-air contacts.
Back in March of 2010, ON4KST was kind enough to create a free, easy-to-use chat room where North American V/UHF’ers can hang out, announce where they are pointing their yagis, and see who else others are working. Plus you can talk rigs, antennas, accessories, you name it.
It’s the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz, located at www.on4kst.com.
By now, well over 3000 of you have registered. I enjoyed spending a little time in there today, choosing the “chat review” feature from the extensive drop-down menu. By reviewing a few day’s worth of chat, I was able to see some very nice DX contacts were made last night and this morning on 144, 222, 432, 1296, 2304 and 3456 MHz. Contacts I wouldn’t know about otherwise. If you have internet and a computer near your rigs, I’d check this out and see if it’s for you. You are under no pressure to chat; there are plenty who simply observe in the background. But I encourage you to at least post where your CQ’ing and who you are working.
Here’s my post with the 7 simple steps to get signed up for the on4kst.com ham chat rooms.
Some still use the older and simpler 144 MHz Propagation Logger. http://dxworld.com/144prop.html No registration needed, and very easy to use.