6 Nets Every Monday on 144 MHz SSB + 432.100 Activity

   6am Sunday

   May as well post the wealth of Monday options, in a very wide area surrounding the Midwest and Great Lakes.  I’m not saying this covers every last net (readers, always email me with details of anything I’m missing) but I know these nets are alive and well.  I also know the net controls have stations capable of getting out 300-400+ miles.  Help spread the word.  

   The main message is I want hams to know that Monday is a big night for 2m SSB activity across much of the USA.   Many times, guys give 2m SSB a brief try.  They don’t know where/when to find signals, and lose interest.  If the 700,000+ hams in the USA and Canada all knew the info below, we’d have several thousand new ops within a month.   12-13 years ago, I had *NO* clue guys worked hundreds of miles on 144, 222 and 432 MHz, using SSB mode and horizontal yagis or loops.   Like most Joe Q. Hams, I thought 2 meters meant local repeater operations in FM mode. 

   1)  K8TQK is on 144.252 at 8:30pm eastern time, from EM89je, south-central OH.  Giant signal that covers many states and VE-3.  Bob’s antenna pattern is to first look N, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes.
   These other nets are farther away from WI, but with summer here, there will be nights with enhancement, so it’s good to know all your options.  I’m sure there are other Monday nets, but I’m trying to stick within a Midwest/Great Lakes/Plains territory. 

   2)  W4TMW calls the North GA net from EM84ni 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’ve seen net reports of W4TMW’s and they include plenty of signals beyond 100-200 miles so this is a popular net with good range. 

   3)  W5VHF Net at 8pm central on 144.190.  Net control is KD5ZVE in EM26, OK.  K5SW Sam is the backup if Jimmy can’t go.  Not sure which directions they rotate in.   I’ve seen net reports where they have 30-35 check-ins, so again, this is an active, popular net with good reach. 

   4)  Rochester, NY net at 9pm eastern on 144.260.  Don’t know much about this one.  You could Google Rochester VHF Group and learn more that way.   I do see VA3VEC on the ON4KST.com chat, promoting this net on Monday nights, so it is up and running. 

   5)  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

   6)  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.

   7)  N4PZ in EN52gb (a little SW of Rockford, IL) calls for activity on 432.100 every Monday at 8pm central.  He has a box of yagis and QRO, so his 432 signal gets out a very long ways.  I’m told Steve starts out looking east, and I’m unsure what happens after that.  I would point my 432 yagi at EN52gb and simply wait to hear something.  I am also told that this 432.100 activity repeats on Thursday nights, too.  Same start time of 8pm.

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