Good Numbers with the 144.240 Nets Last Night

4pm Thursday —
Let’s get this net report finished.

TWO ANNOUNCEMENTS FIRST —
1)  I call the 144.240 net next Wed.  I anticipate K9LQZ EM68ul and W0WFH EM48ck also being on board next Wed., but please check back here next Tues./Wed. when we put out an updated net announcement.   We are dependable, but sometimes weather or life gets in the way.  You can also be on top of any last-minute changes by monitoring the ON4KST.com real-time ham chat.  We use the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz, and over 3500 USA/VE/XE hams have registered.  This free, no B.S. chat is usually active every morning and evening, plus on weekends.  It’s open 7/24/365.   The 7 simple steps to get signed up to the ON4KST.com ham chat rooms are here:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1072
2)  As mentioned in the April 2nd post below, WE ARE SWITCHING TO OUR SUMMER HOURS EFFECTIVE APRIL 17TH.   This means all the nets on 144.240 on Wed. will start one hour later until at least October.   That means an 8pm central/9pm eastern start for WB9LYH, a 9:20pm eastern start for K9LQZ in EM68 and a 8:20-30pm central start for W0WFH in EM48.  Again, this goes into effect on April 17th.   If you know of someone without email or internet, please help us remind them.
WB9LYH had 19 check-ins last night, W0WFH had 6 and K9LQZ had 2.

WB9LYH got off to a slow start, but check-ins kept showing up and it became a lot of fun.  Mark’s list included:  N9OLT EN64;  KC9BQA EN63;  N9YK EN71;  N9JBW, K9CCL and KC9AZ EN61;  WB8AUK AND WM8I EN80;  WA9BNZ EN40;  W0WFH EM48;  WB0YWW and KG0SJ EN22;  W0ANH EN47;  K0SIX EN35;  KC9CLM EN52;  KC9GMF EN53, VE3KRP EN58 AND KA8FFM EN56.
There was a mystery check-in at the start of the net, while both WB9LYH and N9OLT were looking into MI.  We think it was N8WNA but couldn’t complete the contact.  Whoever you were, thanks for the try and propagation can only get better, once the weather warms up.
Propagation was poor to the east, especially early on.  Propagation to the northwest and north seemed pretty decent.

K9LQZ (30 mins. NW of Louisville, KY) called to his E, SE, S, and SW on 144.240 from about 8:20-8:40pm eastern time.  The idea is to have Lowell pick up activity in directions we can’t normally reach from WI.  Talking far S IL/IN/OH, plus W PA, W VA, VA, W NC, KY, TN, and parts of GA, AL and MS.
Last night, K9LQZ contacted KY4MRG EM77 and N4PPG EM76.   Apparently there was a large area of rain in Lowell’s target area, so I’m sure that put a damper on things.

W0WFH (about an hour and a half west of St. Louis, MO) called to his SE, S, SW and W on 144.240 from about 7:20-7:40pm central time.  Same idea here — pick up VHF’ers we can’t normally reach from WI.  Bill’s target area is far S IL/IN, plus KY, TN, parts of GA, AL, MS, along with MO, AR, KS and OK.
Last night, W0WFH had 6 check-ins:  W0TSM EM38;  WB0YWW EN22;  WB9LYH EN54;  W0HL EM27;  K0KUU EM48 and WB0UDA EM48.

We ask you to help us spread the word to 2m ops in those states.  We’re looking for more activity  from farther away on Wed. nights, on 144.240. 
We also hope our check-ins 
(and all VHF’ers, really, because we realize not everyone is “into” nets) will look around on their own, and make their own contacts on freqs. below 144.230.  It’s nice if 20-40 hams say hello to net control and we appreciate that.  But the recipe for a truly healthy band is to have many VHF’ers in different grids and states calling CQ, turning the yagis, looking around, spreading out across the band.  That’s our larger goal.

If you want to know about your Thursday night options on VHF/UHF,  click here:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=6641  You will find several options every Thursday.  As that post was originally made on Jan 17th, you can ignore the first paragraph about the ARRL Jan VHF contest.   The rest of the info is valid.

 

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