This Week’s 144.240 and 144.252 Net Reports

   9:45am Thur.

   REMEMBER THE ARRL JUNE VHF CONTEST IS THIS WEEKEND, STARTS AT 1PM CENTRAL/2PM EASTERN SAT. AND RUNS 33 HOURS UNTIL 10PM/11PM SUNDAY NIGHT.  
   Several posts designed to help increase contest participation are just below this net report. 

   WB9LYH emailed to say he had a good net last night.  Took 11 check-ins, plus a W8 station that came up briefly and then faded out.  Last night with the 144.240 Wed. net from WI (EN54cl), we had:  W0VB EN34;  W8SOL EN71;  N9GUU EN52;  N8WNA EN82;  WM8I EN80;  KC8ZJL EN71;  KC9RIO EN61;  KC9OVC EN41;  WA9BNZ EN40;  W1JWS EN50 and KG0SJ EN22.  
   Looks like KC9OVC is new to this net.  We’ve had several new ones from the Quad Cities area the past year.  Welcome and thanks for saying hello. 

   WB9LYH also said he expects to be on next Wed. at the usual (summer) time of 8pm central.  All licensed hams are welcome, the net is informal, purpose is to stir up more activity on 2m SSB.   Antenna pattern from EN54cl (Central WI) is NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next 45-60 minutes.  

   
   K8TQK had 21 check-ins Monday night to his 144.252 net.  This net starts at 8:30pm eastern and is called from EM89je, or south-central OH.  Antenna pattern is also N, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes. 
   K8TQK’s check-ins Monday night were:  W8SOL EN71;  N8WNA and N8IEZ EN82;  KB3CXQ FM09;  W2UAD FN13;  W8UJM and W8WG EM89;  AC3L/M FN00;  W3IP FM19;  WB4IXU EM86;  N4TLL EM87;  N4PPG EM76;  K4LY EM85;  W4ZST, KA2KQM and W4IMD EM84;  W9SR EN70;  WB9LYH EN54;  KC9CLM EN52;  N8XA EM79 and WB7TMT EM88.   

    I list check-ins from WB9LYH and K8TQK because ‘TQK helped us out on Wed. nights for several years.   In fact, here’s a post about our Wed. night net history:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=5363   
  

   THERE ARE MANY other fine nets out there.   I’ve been promoting them for 5-6 years now.   I promote nets because I know first-hand how many hams give weak-signal (SSB/CW/Digi) VHF/UHF a try, hear little or nothing, then lose interest and give up.   My solution is to steer hams to where and when the signals are.  Far better chances of keeping someone interested if they actually hear signals come out of their radio. 
   If you want a detailed listing of nets and activity periods (with a Midwest/Great Lakes emphasis) on bands like 50, 144, 222 and 432 MHz, visit posts dated Oct 13, 15 and 17th, 2013 at kc9bqa.com.   You are free to share that info with licensed hams everywhere.  If you notice I have outdated info, please email me (I’m good at qrz.com).  

   ONE THING I DON’T HAVE CONTROL OVER, BUT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER…
   You are always encouraged to start your own activity.  Way too many hams are “just listening”.  If 50 guys in several states are all “just listening”, how many signals will be heard?  Exactly  —  zero.  
   Take some initiative and call your own CQ’s any time your around the rigs.  Turn the beams, call in different directions, see what you can do on your own.  If we had enough CQ’ers, we wouldn’t need nets to ensure activity.

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