Seeing W4TMW’s call in the list of check-ins to K8TQK’s net last night reminds me that Tom calls a net on Mondays from EM84, NE GA. The majority of the USA and southern VE-3 is within range of one or more nets on Monday nights.
W4TMW calls the North GA net every Monday on 144.210 at 8pm eastern. His antenna pattern is to look *south* first, then SW, W, NW, N, NE, E, and SE over the next 30-60 minutes or so. I realize N GA is a long haul from WI, but I do mention the DX nets from time to time so readers will know all their options. This net is fairly new (maybe 6 months?) and they’re getting good #’s of check-ins and plenty of those check-ins are from beyond 100-200 miles.
The W4TMW net combined with K8TQK’s on Monday nights means nearly all the eastern 1/3 of the USA (and southern VE-3) are within range of one of these nets. The K8TQK net is on 144.252 (yes .252) and starts at 8:30pm eastern. Bob’s QTH is EM89je and his antenna pattern is to start North, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes.
There are other Monday options. I won’t be posting these often because the focus here is within several hundred miles of WI.
W5VHF Net at 8pm central on 144.190. Net control is KD5ZVE in EM26, OK. K5SW Sam can backup if Jimmy can’t go.
Rochester, NY net at 9pm eastern on 144.260.
Guelph, ONT net at 9pm eastern on 144.245. Net control is VE3XTM in EN93. Because VE3XTM runs multiple nets on different bands and nights, there’s a post specifically about his nets. Click here: http://kc9bqa.com/?p=6606
Rocky Mountain VHF runs a nice slate of nets on various bands and nights. Visit http://www.rmvhf.org/wordpress/?page_id=1239 for the full scoop. Their 144.220 net is on Monday nights at 8pm mountain time, from the Denver area.
As always, please spread the word to VHF’ers you know. With spring and summer coming (don’t ask anyone in the Upper Midwest about their weather, because we might bite your head off, LOL) there will be band openings and DX surprises. So it’s good to know your options. It’s even better if you get on the air yourself, at any old time, and call CQ on/near 144.200.
EDIT — April 2, 2013
Don’t want to leave out N4PZ’s 432.100 activity net on Monday nights. Steve gets things going from EN52gb, which is north-central IL, about 70-80 miles west of Chicago. N4PZ has a box of yagis and at least a kilowatt amp. When he points his 432 signal at you, you will know it. N4PZ has been doing this for several years and it’s the only regularly-scheduled 432 activity in the Midwest (that I’m aware of). So we want to spread the word in all directions and we ask you to help.
N4PZ was actually in the ON4KST.com chat last night, and he says they get on at 8pm central, until 9pm. He starts out looking east, and I’m not sure what the pattern is from there. If I wanted to check in, I’d be on 432.100 at 0100Z, point my 432 antenna toward EN52gb and patiently wait for a signal to pop up. I’d also watch the ON4KST.com chat (IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz).