Wed. 144.240 Net Reports — Good Night with 22 Check-Ins

    8:15am Thur. 

    Want to know your Thursday options?  Click here:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=6641  There is 6m, 2m SSB and FM Simplex activity every Thursday.   The nets I list would welcome you as a check in. 

    As described in the post below, last night had the 432 MHz sprint + the 144.240 nets.   The ON4KST.com chat was very lively, and 3 years after the creation of the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz, it’s a good feeling to see the chat continue to grow and facilitate more on-air contacts.    
   
    I was surprised to see my 432 rig has a problem, so I wasn’t able to play in the sprint.   
   
    I was disappointed to see reliable sources report persistent ragchewing on 432.100 from northern ILL during the sprint.  What made it worse is the stations involved have very big antennas and QRO, plus many decades of experience.   There’s a lesson to be learned here —   If you’re newer to weak-signal V/UHF, just know that you don’t monopolize the call frequencies, and ESPECIALLY during an activity where others would like to use it.  They/you/me/anyone should take long-winded QSO’s off the calling frequency.   Thank you. 

   Switching gears…
    WB9LYH had 17 check-ins last night with the 144.240 net.  His list included N9OLT EN64;  N8WNA EN82;  K8GDT EN91;  N9YK EN71;  WA9ACI, N9NMS, W9EWZ and KC9CLM EN52;  N9JBW EN61;  KC9BQA and W9APE EN63;  KC9GMF EN53;  W0WFH EM48;  WA9BNZ EN40;  KG0SJ EN22;  W0ANH EN47 and K0SIX EN35. 
   Would like to welcome WA9ACI to the net.  Glad you are on 2m SSB.  
   W0ANH and W9EWZ contacted each other as the net was closing.  Glad they could connect.   
   EDIT — Got email from KC9GMF.  It was Tom, and not KC9GMS, who checked in last night.  Thanks Tom for the clarification; want to be accurate here.   KC9GMF was also pleased to report working W0ANH on about a 300 mile path.  As Tom has 8 elements at a fairly low height (want to say about 30-40′) and 170 watts, working EN47 was a big deal for him.   Again, Tom, thanks for the email.   
   VE3YCU in FN02 used the chat to get our attention and he and WB9LYH came very close to completing.  On a night with decent propagation, they’ll have no problem. 

    W0WFH EM48ck and K9LQZ EM68ul were both on 144.240 from roughly 0120-0140, or 8:20-8:40pm central/9:20-9:40pm eastern.  They look to their E, SE, S and SW/W to find activity that we are can’t normally reach from WI.   If you can help us spread the word to these areas, we would appreciate it very much:  W PA, W VA, western portions of VA, NC and SC.  All of KY and TN, plus downstate OH, IN and IL.  Also much of GA, AL, MS.  And all of MO, AR, OK, KS and portions of eastern NE. 
    A big goal of mine when I started this in June of 2008 was to always expand the activity farther and farther.  That’s why WB9LYH became net control; because his signal gets out farther.  That’s why we worked with stations like K8TQK and KA0KYZ — to expand the activity farther.  
    So as of spring 2013, we now have K9LQZ and W0WFH on board, and we hope that as weather heats up and propagation improves, we will have nights with over 20 states (and VE provinces, too) checking in.   Again, let VHF’ers in those areas know we are looking their way on 144.240 on Wed. nights, right about 0115-0145Z.

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