WB9LYH Calls 144.240 Long-Range Net Wed., 7pm Central

   8:30pm Tuesday —
   For the benefit of new visitors, the net announcement for tomorrow night (Wed.) will be a little more detailed than usual. 
   You veterans, everything you need is in the headline. 

   WB9LYH in EN54cl will call the 144.240 net on Wed., Jan 23 and 30th.  Start time is 7pm central/8pm eastern.  Mark is typically net control and when he can’t go, either N9OLT EN64 or myself help out.  The net has been on in one form or another since June of 2008.  It is informal and the purpose is to increase activity on the SSB side of 2m.  We enjoy “regulars” and new check-ins are especially welcome. 
    On V/UHF, we use USB mode.   Put that all-mode portion of your multi-band rig to use on 144 MHz.  With WB9LYH’s signal, you may hear him, even with a modest or compromise antenna.   
   There are many other regional nets to choose from on different freqs. and nights.  The best current list is available via the KA1ZE 205MorningReport.  This is a daily V/UHF magazine, really.  To see the newsletter archives, visit ka1ze.com.  The net listings would be in about the middle of each day’s PDF. 
    The 144.240 net controls enjoy pushing the propagation limits.  WB9LYH especially has the station to do this.  Talking a pair of stacked 17 element yagis, horizontally-polarized (horizontal pol. is the custom on the SSB/CW portions of any V/UHF band), 500 W and great QTH.   If you are 300, 400, 500+ miles away from EN54 and find yourself in front of the radio on a Wed. night, tune to 144.240 for a bit and see if you can make WB9LYH very happy.  🙂   If you’re not familiar with the SSB/CW side of 6m, 2m and 70cm, those 200, 300, 400-mile contacts are not science fiction.  That is the normal range between well-equipped stations on the bands we call home.  Is it full-quieting like you might be used to on FM?  Well — no.  It’s a lot more interesting than that.   It’s a challenge, yes, but hardly impossible.  

    The antenna pattern with the 144.240 long-range net is this:  From WI we look first into the U.P. of MI.  Then E toward Lower MI, ONT and OH/NY/PA.  Then keep moving SE toward IN/KY/TN.  Then S into IL, SSW into MO, SW into KS/NE/IA, W and NW into the Dakotas and MN.   This usually takes at least an hour, and varies depending on the number of check-ins.

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