WB9LYH Has 18 Check-Ins + Several Over 400 Miles

    11am Thursday — 
    WB9LYH had a very enjoyable net last night.   Before we get to the net report, here’s a heads-up that there will be some net control changes for the next few weeks at the bottom of this post. 

    WB9LYH’s emailed net report said he had both a good turnout and good propagation.  When you see the territory covered, I think you’ll agree.  Mark’s 18 check-ins to the 144.240 net from EN54cl, central WI were:  N9OLT EN64;  N8WNA EN82;  KR8T EN72;  (Mark reports that KR8T’s dog also checked in and was 5 x 5.  :))  KD8IME, W8SOL and KC8ZJL EN71;  KC9RIO and K9CCL EN61;  N9NDP EN62;  W9KUF EM58;  WA9BNZ EN40;  KC9CLM EN52;  W0SRB EM48;  W0HXL EN21;  KG0SJ EN22;  W0ANH EN47;  K0SIX EN35 and WB0ULX EN04.   
     Look at the territory last night’s net covered — OH to the east, deep into IL and MO to the south, NE and SD to the west and N MN to the north.   All on 2m SSB, on a early winter night.   In fact, I’d have to call this one of WB9LYH’s best nets ever.   Just a great turnout in all directions. 

     W9KUF EM58 and W0SRB EM48 are new to the net.  We’re always trying to get more activity from downstate IL and MO.  Hope this will get the ball rolling.   Good to get out to the Omaha area with W0HXL.  Great to hear from WB0ULX in EN04, Huron, SD.  There just aren’t many guys on weak-signal VHF/UHF from the Dakotas, so we appreciate Lloyd stopping by and proving that the EN04/EN54 path is workable. 

     I checked the ON4KST.com chat archives from last night and N9OLT typed that a VE4 station in EN19 was either hearing or was heard by WB9LYH.  Not sure what the exact story is there, but I’m told there’s activity in the EN19 area on Wed. nights, and if they can get their VHF neighbors in NW and N MN to look toward EN54 when WB9LYH has the net, it will lead to some good contacts.  

    Here’s the net control schedule as far as we know it, right now.

   144.240 from WI, 7pm central                          144.252 from OH, 8:30pm eastern
   Dec. 19th —  KC9BQA  EN63ao                           K8TQK EM89je is doubtful, bad rotor. 
   Dec. 26th — KC9BQA hour north of MKE       Will advise here when K8TQK is back on 144.

    A word about my station on 2m… there aren’t many who get out as far as WB9LYH.  I’ve got a good station, but I know from years of experience that ‘LYH hears farther and gets out better than I do.  I run 200w into a 16 el KLM yagi up at 70’.   I get out plenty well, just not quite as far as WB9LYH.   Plus, my band isn’t as quiet as it was 4-5 years ago. 
    Like Mark, I enjoy DX check-ins.  I listen carefully for the weak ones.   Hope to hear some 300-500 mile contacts the next few Wednesdays.   Oh yes, I also follow the same antenna pattern as WB9LYH.   I get on at 7pm central, look north, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW over the next 60-75 minutes.   If I’m out in the shed playing radio, then I’m using the ON4KST.com ham chat (IARU Region 2 chat for 144-432 MHz)

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