Archive for November, 2010

Heads-Up for 144.250 (and nearby) Activity Tonight — Monday. Let me explain…

Monday, November 15th, 2010

    12:15am early Monday —

    Just saw email from N0PB in EM39 and Phil’s not available tonight to call his popular 144.250 net at 7:45-9:00pm central time tonight.   He’s urged his email contacts to look around and make some noise.   I have asked a few of our guys if they’re willing to help pitch in later tonight.   I’ve also asked Phil if it’s OK with him, as he’s been running this successful net for many years.  

    Long story short, stay tuned here, and hopefully we’ll have something organized tomorrow night between myself, and perhaps K8TQK EM89, KA0KYZ EN33 and/or WB9LYH EN54.   Not really a formal net, but more of a good excuse to get on the air and encourage activity on 2m SSB.    Stay tuned, and check back here later today.   Whatever happens, I’ll be on the chat for IARU Region 2 144/432 MHz when it happens.

    Remember that there’s 432.100 activity every Monday night hosted by N4PZ in EN52gb, who is 100 miles west of Chicago.   Steve has a very big 432 station and he goes around the compass starting at 8pm central, looking SW and then going counter-clockwise from there.   432 activity is hard to come by outside of a contest or big band opening, so take advantage of this whenever you are able.

146.460 FM Net out of EN43 ON Tomorrow — 8:30pm. My 146.430 FM Net is a Game-Time Decision.

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

    I’ve already gotten email from WV9E Dave, who calls the 146.460 FM Simplex net from the La Crosse area.   He’s on tomorrow night at their usual time of 8:30pm.   Dave’s website is, if you want further info.   Those La Crosse guys are working hard on increasing activity.    I can hear bits and pieces of them clear across WI about every 4th net.   Look their way and say hello — they want more activity and more DX.  

    My 146.430 net at 8pm is a gametime decision because I’ve got a good head cold.   Tomorrow will be Day 3, and usually that’s the peak of it with me.    My voice already sounds funny and now my taste buds are going bye-bye.   I could fill a Kleenex every 10 minutes, easy.   
    Let’s leave it at this — I’m pretty doubtful for tomorrow night.   If I have a big rebound tomorrow, I’ll put the word out here that we’re on.   If I don’t get on, I hope someone else will call out a few CQ’s, just in case the band is open or a lot of guys are out there.   Anyone can create activity.   🙂

2m SSB Activity Every Thursday out of Chicago

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

    I said I was going to update the weekly roster of VHF/UHF activity, and now we’re up to Thursday.   Scroll down this page, if you want the info for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  
    Every Thursday at 7pm central time on 144.220, you have the Q5 Net, hosted by John N9JBW in EN61, south side of Chicago.   John’s been at this for many years, and always has a good group.   John’s a friend of VHF and enjoys hearing from everyone.    Stop by and say hello when you have time.    
    I believe N9JBW starts out looking east (into the eastern time zone, where it’s already 8pm) and then goes clockwise, like our nets do.   Help spread the word about the Q5 net every Thursday at 7pm on 144.220 from EN61 Chicago.

59 total check-ins to All 3 Nets Tonight — Woo Hoo!

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

   9:10pm — Just got off the radio with K8TQK, who relayed his 18 check-ins on 144.250 to me.   He had:  
K9LQZ EM68;  N8IEZ, N8WNA  and VE3LPY EN82;  KD8OQH and W8UTC EN81;  KD8OEK, K8KGM, KD8DJE and KD8KZE EM89;  N8YOH/M, W3KWH and WA3TTS EN90;  K8GDT EN91;  K3DNE FM19;  WB4IXU EM86;  K4EQH EM54 and W9YZU EM69.     
    Bob indicated he was on the air for over an hour.  

   WB9LYH on 144.240 took 34 total check-ins.   That might be a new all-time high, I’d have to go back thru the archives here.   The bands were up, but not outrageously long.   Just plenty of guys who were several S-units stronger than they usually are.    Also good to hear from at least 3-4 new callsigns.  
    Mark heard from:   N9QWH, K9MU and N9KOR EN44;   N9OLT EN64;  N8WNA and N8IEZ EN82;  N8FQ EN62;  K9EA and KC8ZJL EN71;  K9KHW and KC9BQA  EN63;  W8BYA EN70;  KX9M/P, WB9TFH and W9NHE EN53;  K0KP EN36;  K8GDT EN91;  WD8AUL EN73;  N9LB and KC9AOV EN52;  N9NDP EN62;  N9UYC and W9YZU EM69;  KC9AOV EN52;   KA9DVX EN51;   WB0YWW and WB0YNA EN22;  W0MTW EN24;  WD0BGZ EN10;  WV9E EN43;  K0SIX EN35;  KC0TRX EN34;  VE3KRP EN58.
     Saving the best for last, a pair of EN55 check-ins.   One of whom I actually heard.   WA9ISG and WB9EZB EN55, Vilas Co. WI.   WA9ISG has the modest yagi and I did hear him about S2 on a peak while he was saying hello to WB9LYH.    WB9EZB currently has a dipole, but he did hear VE3KRP tonight, plus worked WB9LYH.  

     KA0KYZ was on 144.230 and he just emailed me with his 7 check-ins.   They were KX9M/P EN53;  W8BYA EN70 and K0SIX EN35;  N0SM EN30;  W0MTW EN24;  N9LB EN52 and KC0MIA EM28.   Note that KC0MIA is working with a pair of yagis in his attic (want to say 9 elements each?)    That is a dang nice 300 mile path with attic yagis.   

     I think the nicest part about tonight is hearing so many guys reporting activity on 2m.   K9MU said he heard QSO’s on no less than 4 different freqs.   I know many were in the chat, making skeds on various freqs.

7 Simple Steps to Register For VHF/UHF Chat

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

    Click on this link for everything you need to know about accessing the chat.   It’s available anytime for all USA/VE/XE weak-signal VHF/UHF hams.  
    Use this valuable resource, especially on weeknights and weekends, when more guys tend to be on the air.   Post the contacts you make in the chat so others know what you’re working.     Tell your friends, and help increase on-air activity.

Wednesday Long-Range Net Lineup for Nov. 10th

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

   The nets I’m listing below are the only organized activity I’m aware of within 500 miles of my EN63 QTH on Wednesdays.    
   This Wednesday, we will have:
   KA0KYZ EN33 — southeast MN — on 144.230, starting by looking east right at 0045Z or 7:45pm eastern time.   He goes clockwise from there.   Guys in MI, OH, VE-3, and IN, listen for ‘KYZ.   He works W8BYA in EN70 regularly on a 400+ mile path.   You won’t miss anything on 144.240 or 144.250 — that’s why KA0KYZ is now starting 15 minutes earlier, so there’s no conflict.    After KA0KYZ looks at MI, OH and IN, he continues clockwise, and looks toward IL, MO, KS, IA, NE, the Dakotas and Minnesota, of course.   He’s always in chat if you want to set something up with him.  
   WB9LYH EN54 — central WI — on 144.240, starting at 0100Z or 8pm eastern, by looking NE into the U.P. of MI and then continuing clockwise, a full 360, over the next hour and a half.    Big station with stacked 17B2’s and 500w from a ridgetop QTH.   On a busy net night, he can work from Cleveland to Indy, to St. Louis, Kansas City, Omaha and up into EN58, Thunder Bay ONT.   This is with flat bands.  
   K8TQK EM89 — southern OH — on 144.250, starting at 0130Z or 8:30pm eastern, looking NNE to start and then going clockwise a full 360 over the next hour or so.    He covers so many states, it’d take me two lines to list them all.   Last week, he had 16 check-ins, getting out to  FN20, NJ and also to EM54, far NW AL.   That gives you an idea of Bob’s range.   We’re thrilled he’s on board with Wed. nights, expanding the activity farther and farther.     You can help by spreading the word to areas within 500 miles of southern OH.  
    Also remember that there are SWOT nets (see from EL99 Daytona Beach, FL on 144.250 at 8pm eastern and from EM13, just north of Dallas/Ft. Worth on 144.250 at 9pm central.   70-80% of the eastern half of the USA is now within range of a net on Wed. nights.  
    Nets don’t interest you?   Plenty feel the way you do; no problem.   Go ahead and enjoy 2m anyway.   
    There are dozens of signals on from multiple states on 2m on Wed. nights.   We encourage our net check-ins to “look around” on 144.220 and lower after net control has passed them by.   Dozens of guys working net control is nice and we appreciate it.   But if dozens of guys will call CQ in different directions on various frequencies, it does a world of good for activity levels.   Post your activity to the 144 Prop Logger or join us in chat — use the “IARU Region 2 Chat for 144/432 MHz”

222 Tuesday is ON Every Tuesday + SW Lower MI 6m and 2m activity every Tuesday

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

    Several posts down this page, I outlined the Sunday night and Monday night activity you can hear every week.   Now let’s get to Tuesday.   First off, you have activity from Kalamazoo MI area, EN72, SW Lower MI.   

You can also look up K8BKB’s page for this info.  

Other Tuesday evening VHF nets:   (Again, this is EN72, SW Lower MI) 
TUE 7:00 PM Eastern–144.222Mhz– AM
TUE 7:30 PM Eastern–144.222 Mhz–SSB
TUE 9PM Eastern–50.3 Mhz–West MI Six Meter SSB net
TUE 9:30PM Eastern–50.4 mhz–West MI Six Meter AM Net
Net times may vary…

Now, about 222 Tuesday.   It’s the USA/VE activity night on the 1.25m band.   No net control, no single area of focus.   Get on about 7-8pm, call CQ, swing the beams, see who’s out there.    Spread the word to all parts of the country, and make use of the wonderful 222 MHz band.     
This first link is basic 222 Tuesday info
 The 2nd link goes into the history of 222 Tuesday — how it got started, etc.

  If you’re thinking, “Where’s KC9BQA and his 222?” I don’t blame you.   2 problems — 1) I’m frequently unavailable on Tuesday nights  2)  my 222 and 432 rotor has been frozen for some weeks.   Like I’ve said before, if I’m on for 222 Tuesday then you will find me in the VHF/UHF chat.   Use the IARU Region 2 room for 144-432 MHz.

   I got email from K8TQK last week and Bob said there were at least 7-8 ops on last Tuesday from the MI, OH, KY, TN and VA region.   That was great to hear.   If your area has 222 activity, send a comment to the website or email me.

N4QWZ Has a New 2 Meter Beacon

Monday, November 8th, 2010

   N4QWZ Todd is a friend of VHF and I want to share this email I got from him today:
“The new N4QWZ/B is on the air. Location is EM74 in North,GA,  Antenna KU4AB Loop  at 3500ft Elevation. its on Sassafras Mtn . I dont have the 6 digit grid square yet, I will try to get that soon, its in a rural area. The ID on the beacon is identifying  EM84 which is incorrect  this will be changed soon. Frequency 144.281. Rig  Ts-700 Kwd running 5 watts.”
     I know a beacon in EM74 is too far for most of us Midwest/Lakes types, unless there’s major enhancement.   But I suspect we have plenty of readers to our south, so they will want to know about this new beacon in the mountains of northern Georgia.

Monday Night 144.250 and 432.100 MHz Activity — Every Week

Friday, November 5th, 2010

   N0PB’s long-range SWOT net ( for more info) is on 144.250 from EM39,  North-Central MO.    Phil is on every Monday night, starting at 7:45pm with omni loops up high.   Then at 8pm, he switches to a beam and calls south first, then east, then north and west before going back to south about 9pm (all times central).  
    So if guys are willing, let’s get on Monday and say hello to Phil N0PB’s net.   Great guy and he’s been doing it right for many years.   He’d enjoy hearing from you.   

   Another fellow who’d like to hear from you is on 432.100 every Monday night.   He’s N4PZ and his QTH is 100 miles west of Chicago, grid square EN52gb.   Steve has 4 long yagis and a kilowatt on 432 and works even modest stations out to 400+ miles, if they’re pointed right at him.   You can’t believe how loud he gets when those sharp yagis peak right up on you.   
   N4PZ is on 432.100 every Monday night at 8pm central.   Believe he starts out looking SW and then swings his yagis counter-clockwise, or S, SE, E, NE, N, NW and then W.   You should get on 432 and say hello and see who else you can work — N4PZ is always trying to setup contacts between check-ins; it’s a lot of fun.

   So conditions are going to (knock wood) improve next week with the warmer weather, plus you have two great nets to check out.   Get on and have fun.   Leave a comment here, and help motivate others.   Spread the word to a buddy or two of yours.

Sunday Activity You Can Enjoy — Multiple Options from MN and MI.

Friday, November 5th, 2010

   The Minnesota guys are always looking for more check-ins with their Sunday night 6m and 2m nets.   Print this info out and save it near your rigs.  
   K0SIX is on 50.175, from 8:30-9pm central.   Big 6m station, gets out a long ways.   He’s located in EN35dj, or about an hour northwest of the Twin Cities.  
   KA0PQW is on 144.260 (yes .260) at 9pm central.   He’s in EN33iu, south-central MN, near the IA border.   Another nice signal; I work him about anytime we’re pointed at each other.  
   Both Vince and Matt are good guys and friends of VHF.   Check in when you can and spread the word.    Like all of us, it makes them feel better when they get more activity. 

   We’re not quite done with the Sunday lineup yet.   Also have 6m and 2m activity out of SW Michigan.  
    Sunday             8:00 P.M.      50.150 USB     N8QEM    (EN72au)
    Sunday             8:30 P.M.     144.155 USB    K8NFT     (EN62ws)
    Those times are also central.

    I believe the 144.250 SWOT net that K9TMS was hosting from the northern Chicago suburbs at 7pm Sundays is not on the air anymore.   If I’m wrong, someone please correct me.