Wed. 144.240 and Mon. 144.252 Net Reports

Noon Thursday
After this report is done, I’ll be as caught up as I’ve been in a long time.  Feel good about that.  Now all the various nets and activity nights are in a day-by-day format.   Please refer hams to the posts at kc9bqa.com dated Oct 13, Oct 15 and Oct 17, 2013.  We all know how good it feels to turn on your rig and actually hear signals!   Many times hams just don’t know where or when to tune into guaranteed activity.  That’s why I do this blog, do the emails, do the promotion — to let hams know where/when they can find signals on SSB portions of bands like 50, 144, 222 and 432 MHz.    It’s a good time to help promote weak-signal V/UHF because there are definitely more nets and activity nights than there were 6-7 years ago.   Thanks to the many guys out there who are helping.   Both net controls and check-ins.

Checking into nets is nice, but it’s even more important to call your own CQ’s.    If enough VHF/UHF’ers called CQ in various directions for 15 minutes once or twice a week, we’d be all set, activity-wise.   There are literally 100’s of weak-signal V/U’ers still out there, in a several-hundred mile radius of WI.   I’d have never guessed that, before I started doing all this back in 2007-2008.  The trick is to get on the air,  just a little more often.   And I should lose 30 pounds by Thanksgiving, ahem.   Neither may happen, but let’s not fool ourselves — we always need more CQ’ers, at any time.

Enough preaching, on to the net reports —

Last night, WB9LYH heard from 18 hams, including several who are new to the 144.240 Wed. net, and a father/son team.  Those are always fun.
Check-ins were:  N9OLT EN64;  N8WNA EN82;  KB9LUK, KC9TXM and KC9YGY EN34 (KC9TXM and KC9YGY are father and son.  All 3 EN34 check-ins are new to this net.  A hearty welcome to all three of you.  Thanks for stopping by.)   Continuing with the net report — AB9QH EN62;  K9CCL and N9JBW EN61;  W8SOL EN71;  KA9MFY EN40;  KC9CLM EN52;  W9WZJ EM69;  W0WOI, WB0YWW and KG0SJ EN22;  N9ISN EN44;  W0ANH EN47 and last, a mystery check-in that net control couldn’t quite make contact with.  Might have sounded like WB9BGU, but that isn’t a valid call at qrz.com.  If anyone knows who that was, let me know and I’ll set the record straight.
I also see that KA9MFY is a new call to the net.  Welcome to you, Wes, and thanks for the email a few weeks back.  Glad you made the trip up from west-central IL.
Remember that the 144.240 long-range net from WI is on every Wed. at 8pm central.  WB9LYH is usually net control and he’s in EN54cl, middle of WI.  Mark’s antenna pattern is NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next hour or so.  Mark has a big signal from a great QTH and can get out several hundred miles any old time.  He also loves DX, so spread the word to stations in that 300-700 mile range.  Tune in on Wed. nights and see what you hear.

 
Moving on to K8TQK’s 144.252 net report from Monday…
K8TQK calls a great net every Monday at 8:30pm eastern from EM89je, south-central OH.  Bob starts out looking North, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes.  He has amazing range and all hams are welcome to stop by and say hello.
K8TQK had 22 check-ins Monday night:   N8WNA and N8AIA EN82;  VA3VEC FN14;  W2UAD FN13;  VE3YCU FN02;  WD8CHR EN90;  W8SOL EN71;  WT8E, KC8QDQ and W8PU EM89;  N1GC EM95;  N4TLL EM87;  KY4MRG EM77;  W4VAS EM84;  KI4ROF EM55;  WA4REE EM65;  N9EGT EN70;  NR8O, WB8ART and KB9RDS EM79;  WA9KPZ EN52 and N9JBW EN61.

If you don’t know what all the EN82/FN14/EM89 wording is, those are grid squares.  Google “grid squares” or “maidenhead grid squares” and you’ll learn something new.  Then print out your own grid square map (again, use Google) and start keeping track of where everyone is.  When you look at the territory that K8TQK’s net covers, it’s just astounding.  Joe Q. Ham has no idea that contacts of 300, 400, 500 miles can be made on 2 meters, on a night with normal band conditions.    From south-central Ohio, K8TQK worked stations as far north as Ontario, as far east as North Carolina, as far west as southwest Tennessee and as far northwest as Chicago.    On 2 meters — the same band that most hams think has “line-of-sight” range.

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