K8TQK 144.252 and KC9BQA 144.240 Nets ON Wed. Night

   8:30pm Tuesday
   As mentioned for a few weeks now, I am pinch-hitting for WB9LYH tomorrow night with the 144.240 net from WI.  I start at the same time as Mark, 8pm central/9pm eastern.  I start out looking north, then look NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next hour or so. 
   My QTH is 40 miles north of Milwaukee; grid square EN63ao. 
   I will also call the 144.240 net on Wed., Oct 31st.  Same start time of 8pm central/9pm eastern. 
   **EFFECTIVE NOV 7TH, THE 144.240 NET STARTS ONE HOUR EARLIER (7PM Central) UNTIL NEXT APRIL/MAY**  This time change only concerns the 144.240 net. 

   K8TQK also calls his long-range net from EM89je every Wednesday on 144.252.  (Yes, 144.252, Bob needs a little relief from a birdie right on 144.250)   The K8TQK net starts at 8:30pm eastern.  Bob also starts out looking north, then goes clockwise a full 360 over the next hour or so.  

   As always, all licensed amateurs are welcome to listen along and encouraged to say hello.  The nets are informal.  The purpose is to create more activity on the SSB portions of the 2m band and to push the propagation limits. 

   For most visitors, you know my standard spiel by now.  If you are new, welcome and consider reading the following:
   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.  Plus you are able to compare signal strengths in different directions and over varying distances.  
  All 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.

   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.

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