Long-Range 2m Nets ON Wed. Night

9pm Tuesday —
We’ll have our regular net controls tomorrow night.
Before I make the net announcement, want you to be aware of 2 additional items.  Both are listed at the bottom of this post.

Wed. long-range net controls:
K8TQK on 144.252 (yes .252) at 0030Z, or 8:30pm eastern.  Bob’s QTH is EM89je, which is south-central OH.  Bob starts out calling CQ to his north, then steadily moves clockwise a full 360 over the next hour or so.
We also have WB9LYH on 144.240 at 0100Z, or 8pm central.  Mark’s QTH is EN54cl, right in the middle of WI.  Mark also starts out calling CQ to his north/northeast, then steadily moves clockwise a full 360 over the next hour or so.
All licensed amateurs are welcome.  The nets are informal; the purpose is to stir up more activity on less-used portions of 2m SSB.  Newer stations — you are welcome to listen along and say hello when you’re ready.  A big part of why we run these nets is to give newcomers (and veterans) guaranteed activity, to ensure they hear signals coming out of their rig.
The rest of you are encouraged to expand on this guaranteed activity by calling some CQ’s of your own on Wed. night, or any other time.  20-40 stations listening for a net control for a few minutes per week is a good start.  But think if those 20-40 stations, in different states and grid squares, would spread up and down the band, calling CQ in various directions.   That’s the biggest thing weak-signal VHF needs — more signals on the air.

Both K8TQK and WB9LYH have big stations.  Long (horizontally-polarized) yagis well above the horizon, with lots of gain, plus plenty of output power and great QTH’s.   You don’t need all that to have fun on “weak-signal” (SSB/CW) VHF, but yes, it does help.  ;)     The point is both our net controls enjoy pushing the propagation limits and they appreciate DX check-ins.  Even if you’re 400, 500, 600 miles away, give a listen and see if the band is up.   We encourage everyone to spread the word about activity on 2m SSB, and we thank those who have helped us.
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ITEM #2)   IF YOU HAVE TIME IN THE MORNINGS, CHECK OUT THE 144.205 MORNING GROUP.  This post explains the .205 Morning Group.  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=6073   VHF’ers everywhere need to know about this daily activity.

ITEM #3)   ARRL SEPT. VHF CONTEST IS SEPT 8TH-9TH.  ALL BANDS FROM 6M, 2M AND ON UP INTO THE MICROWAVES.   MAKE TIME TO GET ON THE AIR AND IMPROVE ACTIVITY.  FULL DETAILS HERE:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=6104

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