144.240 Net Has at Least 21 Check-ins

   WB9LYH and I split duties tonight.   I started out to the N and E, and then he took over when he got home, looking S, W and N at the end.   Mark had good conditions into IA and MO.  
   Having N8PUM and N8JWT both check in from the U.P. of MI really perked things up.   Lots of guys were looking around, finding their own contacts on 144.230.   ON4KST.com IARU Region 2 chat for 144-432 MHz was a big help with that.   Over 700 hams have registered there, but less than 30-40 use it daily.   Guess a lot of guys are waiting on big tropo openings.   Funny thing is that when enough guys are on, there’s plenty of fun to be had, even without a true opening.  
   Tonight we heard from:   N8PUM EN66;  N8JWT EN65;  W9GA EN53;  N8WNA EN82;  KB9WZJ and W9YZU EM69;  NT9E EN52;  several locals from EN54 checked in — KC9HDT, someone named Don (I busted the call with KB9TSA), and KC9LWC.   N9NFB EN53;  N9NDP EN62;  KC9BQA EN63;  W0WP EN42;  WA9BNZ EN40;  W0FAY EN42;  WB0YWW and KG0SJ EN22;  N0IRS EM29;  KA0KYZ EN33 and WV9E EN43.   I may have missed one or two others.  

   I got on 144.250 at 9:30pm and heard from W9GA and WD9ITJ in EN53 and N9NDP EN62.   I let them know that shortly, I’ll be easing out of the 144.250 net.   Several reasons, but mostly, it’s because we’re already very well covered on 2m SSB with WB9LYH’s 8pm net.   Another is that by now, most of the 144.250 check-ins are fellows I also work on Thursday nights, with the 146.430 FM net.   No need to have duplicate nets on consecutive nights.  
   I will be continuing with the 146.430 FM net.    Look forward to running that every Thursday, weather permitting.  
I’m also excited to see what sort of activity I can find with the 10 el vertical beam at 75′, rotatable a full 360 now.   Anyone outside of SE WI who wants to try a sked, or try checking in on Thur. nights, please email me.  

   I do hope that anyone who wants the 144.250 net to continue will consider making some noise on Wed. nights, about 9-10pm.    I plan on being on 144.250 next Wed. in case anyone has questions or ideas.

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