I’m amazed there was any net at all last night, on account of the high winds. I know it was quieting down a little by evening, but SE WI had widespread gusts to 50-60mph in the late morning and afternoon. When I was still on the air, I had multiple long yagis up 110′ in a big box configuration and once the winds got over 30mph, the rotors really didn’t work very well. So I think 11 check-ins last night is very impressive.
I’m behind again, so let’s get caught up.
Back on February 15, N9XKH on the WI/ILL state line (EN52il) filled in as net control. I heard Dennis had 12 or 13 check-ins and he was very happy with the turnout. Thanks Dennis for keeping the net going.
On Feb. 22nd, regular net control WB9LYH was back and Mark reported “the usual up and down propagation” There were 15 check-ins: WB8LNG EM79; K9ILU, K9CCL and N9KKF EN61; KC9RAP EN63; AB9QH EN62; WA9JML EN51; W9CL and W9UIJ EN52; W8SOL EN71; N9RXM EN41; WA9BNZ, W9BBP and WB0SWQ EN40 and W1JWS EN50.
On March 1st, WB9LYH had 13 check-ins: AB9QH and KC9VHD EN62; N9IYV, K9ILU and N9KKF EN61; WA9JML EN51; WJ8L EN72; W9UIJ EN52; WA9BNZ, W9BBP and WB0SWQ EN40; N9RXM EN41 and KG0SJ EN22.
Last night, as mentioned above, WB9LYH had 11 check-ins. Mark said, “Well the antennas are still there. We had an abbreviated net. The winds were still blowing. Propagation has been rapidly up and down all winter and shorter to the east than a few years ago.” (KC9BQA adds that we’ve had less check-ins from MI and OH, if anyone can help spread the word in that direction — Indiana too — we’d be grateful)
The check-ins last night were: KC9RAP EN63; N9YK EN71; WA9JML EN51; K9CCL, KD9BGY, N9KKF and N9JBW EN61; WB8LNG EM79; N9RXM EN41; WA9BNZ EN40 and KB9MIV EM59.
OK, caught up on net reports. WB9LYH expects to be around in March and he will call the 144.240 Wed. net at the usual start time of 8pm central/9pm eastern. Eastern time zone is targeted first. WB9LYH’s QTH is EN54cl, central WI, near WI Rapids. He has a big signal and enjoys pushing the propagation limits. Always let stations in DX territory know that EN54 is on the air on Wed. nights.
Mark’s antenna pattern from EN54cl is to start out looking E, then SE, S, SW, W, NW and N at the end. During nets, he is also available at the real-time ham chat at www.on4kst.com. Talking specifically about the IARU Region 2 Chat for 144-432 MHz. If you need more info about how to register for this free, no-obligation and no-BS chat, go here: http://kc9bqa.com/?p=1072