144.240 Net Reports From 7/13 and 7/20

5pm Friday

Let’s get these overdue net reports posted!

Back on 7/13, net control WB9LYH reported storms to the south and most station to the southeast were off.  Still was a nice turnout of 11 stations, including a new all-time check in from EM59, central IL.
The 11 check-ins were:  KD8DEG EN72;  KC9RAP EN63;  N9RXM, NG9K and KC9OVD EN41;  WB8LNG EM79;  KC8ZJL EN71;  KB9MIV EM59;  WB0SWQ EN40;  K0NY EN44 and KG0SJ EN22.   Hello to KB9MIV, about an hour northeast of St. Louis.  Glad you’re on 2 meter SSB.  We get a lot of loyal check-ins from EN40 and EN41, year-round, in any kind of band conditions.  But we don’t get much activity from the St. Louis region.  I know it’s a doable path, so if you are able, please help spread the word to MO and downstate IL.

On 7/20, net control WB9LYH reported good propagation (yep, it was hot and humid).  The list included a new all-timer, from a tough grid to find on 2m SSB.  Read on for the details…
The 16 check-ins were:  KG9QT, K9ILU, KD9BGY and N9JBW EN61;  KR8T EN72;  WB8LNG EM79 — really appreciate the consistent signal from SW Ohio ;  N9NMS and KC9CLM EN52;  W9BBP and WA9BNZ EN40;  KC9OVD, NG9K, N9RXM and KD0JNQ EN41.  Also had KA0EIV from EN30, between Ottumwa and Fairfield, IA.  Welcome to the net and glad you’re on 2 meter SSB.  When I was on the air, I enjoyed the contests the most and I played hard in those contests.  Called CQ in all directions for hours and hours and loved it when I scared up a rare grid or worked a new station (especially the weaker ones I had to dig out)  Well, EN30 was nearly impossible to get.  So even though I realize many hams won’t do contests, I’m glad EN30 is in the net log.  If you read this blog, tell your friends in IA and MO they can work into EN54, Central WI on Wed. nights with the 144.240 net.
More good news to report — K8TQK EM89 checked into the net and I’m told Bob is now able to rotate his long yagis again.
Remember to look toward EM89 (south-central OH) on Monday night at 8:30pm eastern.  I bet K8TQK is back on 144.252 with his net (yes, 144.252, that’s not a typo, Bob has a fat, loud birdie right on 144.250).  Bob has a whopping signal and easily gets out 300-400+ miles.  He runs a casual, friendly net and all licensed amateurs are welcome.  If nothing has changed, his antenna pattern from EM89 is to start out looking N, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW at the end.

*The 144.240 net will have a guest net control on Wed., July 27th.  More about that in a separate post that will be right on top of this one.*

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