WB9LYH EN54cl Calls 144.240 Net Tonight @7pm Central/8pm Eastern

   7:45am Wed.

   Happy New Year to everyone.   

   Would not be surprised if the bands are somewhat enhanced tonight.  More about that below. 

   After a 2-week holiday break, WB9LYH will be *ON* tonight with the first 144.240 long-range net of 2014.  Start time is 7pm central/8pm eastern and Mark’s QTH is near WI Rapids, in the middle of WI, grid EN54cl.  WB9LYH has a pair of 17B2 yagis and 500 watts from a ridgetop, so his signal gets out a very long way.  DX is always welcome to the Wed. 144.240 net and we encourage everyone to spread the word in a 500-mile circle. 

   WB9LYH’s antenna pattern is first NE into the U.P. of MI.  Then he’s soon looking E and SE into MI/OH/VE-3.  Then it’s SSE into IN; S, into WI and ILL; SW into MO, IA, KS and NE, W into MN and the Dakotas and finally NW and N into N MN and Canada again.   This has been the pattern for years.  If you’d like to know our Wed. net history, it’s here:   http://kc9bqa.com/?p=5363 

   The 144.240 Wed. net is informal and all licensed amateurs are welcome to listen along and say hello when they’re comfortable.  The purpose is to promote more on-air activity on 2m SSB. 

   Would not be surprised if the bands are a little bit enhanced at times tonight.  Warmer air is trying to move in above the frigid air at ground level.  Warmer air aloft over colder air near the surface is conducive to band enhancement.  Start 2014 off right by supporting more on-air activity on bands like 50, 144, 222 and 432 MHz.  Help us get the word spread to guys who have all-mode capability on V/UHF, and let them know where and when they can find signals. 

    Remember that it’s not just about us on Wed. nights.  I have detailed posts at kc9bqa.com dated Oct. 13th, 15th and 17th, 2013.  Those posts outline nets and activity all 7 nights of the week, in a wide area surrounding the Midwest and Great Lakes.  There’s far more activity than casual operators realize.  It’s important to steer hams to where and when the activity takes place.  Nobody wants to listen to a dead band.

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