Last Night’s Net Reports — Great Night for K8TQK

   2:30pm Thursday — 
   The K8TQK 144.252 net had 24 check-ins last night.  They were:  N8WNA, K8JA and N8AIA in EN82;  WB8AUK and W8SAC EN80;  VE3XTM EN93; K8GDT, NF8O and KD8FHY EN91;  N3ASE FN00;  KB3TNZ FN10;  WT8E and W8WG EM89;  K1KC EM73;  WD4NMV EM85;  KI4ROF EM55;  WA4REE EM65;  KC9BQA EN63;  KC9CLM EN52;  KB8TDA and W8ICU EN70;  KD8LDX EN62 and N4PPG EM76.  There was also a 24th check-in that I didn’t catch the complete call of.  It was W9CW?   Suppose it might have been W9CWD in EN52, south side of Madison, WI.  That’s the only W9CW-blank call I can think of on VHF.   If anyone has the missing letter, let me know so I can be accurate. 
    This was another very strong night for the K8TQK net, so great job everyone and thanks Bob for being on the air so often.  

   Thunderstorms ended up being a factor for WB9LYH with the 144.240 net last night.  Despite this, Mark tallied 12 check-ins.  We had a peculiar day in WI.  Many parts of WI had their first frost/freeze early in the morning, but it got windy and sunny by mid-afternoon and climbed into the low 70’s.  Then showers and storms developed in the evening.   Those storms were about an hour east of WB9LYH at net time.   
    Mark’s comments:  “Very tough weather.  Lots of static from the thunderstorms.  Nevertheless, we had some contacts at long distance through the weather to the east.  Contacts were N8WNA EN82;  KC9BQA EN63;  WB8AUK EN80;  N9NDP EN62;  K9CCL and KC9RIO EN61;  W9YZU EM69;  KC9CLM EN52;  WA9BNZ EN40;  WB0YWW and KG0SJ EN22 and K0SIX EN35.”   Mark continued, “I suspect some stations were off the air because of the storms.”  
    KD8LDX in EN62 also was on board and heard WB9LYH but they could not complete due to the noise on Mark’s end. 

    Expect both the K8TQK 144.252 net (0030Z or 8:30pm eastern start time) and the WB9LYH 144.240 net (0100Z or 8pm central start time) to be ON next Wed.  Right now, the weather forecast for next week looks very pleasant, starting about Sunday/Monday and hopefully for several days after.  The forecast is for warmer temps and lighter winds.  Knock wood — we might actually have decent conditions for the 222 sprint.  We’re due for a break after the lousy cx’s in both the ARRL contest 2 weekends ago and the 144 sprint Monday night.

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