Archive for October, 2016

Last Week’s 144.240 Net Report

Monday, October 24th, 2016

3:45pm Monday
It was a very light net last Wed. because of the presidential debate.

The 6 check-ins were:  KD9BGY, K9CCL and N9JBW EN61;  WA9JML EN51;  N9RXM EN41 and W9BBP EN40.

144.240 net control WB9LYH (located in EN54cl, central WI) expects to call the net this week, but if something comes up at the last minute, I will always publicize any change here at

If you want more info about the Wed. 144.240 net, scroll down to the first half of a post dated Sept. 28th at


144.240 Net Reports for last night and Oct. 5th

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

8:45am Thur

Last night, 144.240 net control WB9LYH reported “good propagation to the south but few on”.  Check-ins were KD9BGY, K9CCL and N9JBW EN61;  W1JWS EN50;  NG9K and N9RXM EN41;  N9EM EN53;  W9BBP, WB0SWQ and WA9BNZ EN40 and KG0SJ EN22.

On Oct. 5th, WB9LYH reported average conditions.  Check-ins were KC9RAP EN63;  N9YK EN71;  K9CCL, K9ILU and N9JBW EN61;  KB9PSE EN52;  WB9TFH EN53;  N9RXM and NG9K EN41;  WA9BNZ EN40;  W1JWS EN50;  AE0MM EN34;  K0DPL EN42 and KA0EIV EN30.   Net control WB9LYH also added at the end of his emailed net report to me, “Some of the stations use low power, some use minimal antennas, but it works anyway over hundreds of miles.  It is a learning experience.”
Pleased to welcome AE0MM as a new check-in.  Always nice to hear from Minnesota.  So many VHF’ers in the Twin Cities area, (and MN really, check out for their VHF/UHF club) but so few ever say hello.  Some areas are like that.  Used to recruit very heavily down toward St. Louis via email and could never get anyone to look north on Wed. nights.

THE WED 144.240 NET STARTS AT 8PM CENTRAL/9PM EASTERN.  Net control is WB9LYH Mark, in EN54cl, central WI, a good hour west of Green Bay.  If you need more info about the net, scroll down the front page here at to a post dated Sept. 28th.

144.240 Net is ON Tonight — Not Getting Weekly Emails? Read On

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

10:15am Wed.

Want to confirm that WB9LYH plans on calling the 144.240 Wed. net tonight at the usual time of 8pm central/9pm eastern.  WB9LYH is located in EN54cl, central WI, a good hour west of Green Bay.  Mark has a big signal and all licensed amateurs are welcome.  The goal is to increase activity on 2 meter SSB.  We appreciate our loyal check-ins, both local and semi-local.  WB9LYH enjoys pushing the propagation limits and DX is always welcome to give it a try.
If you need more info about the net, check other posts below this one at
Ever since I got motivated to increase 2 meter SSB activity back in 2008, I have emailed weekly reminders to various groups of VHF’ers that were in my logbooks.  One group is to the east of WI and another is to the south and west.   I’ve been emailing these hams for many years now.  I am not sure that many read the email anymore.
I would prefer everyone simply check weekly but I know in the real world, that’s not going to happen.  So the weekly emails are a friendly, low-key way of reminding VHF’ers to tune in on Wed. nights and to let others know to do the same.  The same message I put up here at the website.

LATELY MORE AND MORE of these emails bounce back to me.  By now, nearly half of the emails are bouncing back.  So if you’re visiting, wondering where your emails are, now you know.
For a few months, anyone with an address has been bouncing back to me.  Then a few weeks ago, when all the Yahoo BS hit, that triggered a much larger wave of emails bouncing back.  Anyone with a Yahoo email addy, plus and is now affected.
I’M NOT SURE WHAT TO DO ABOUT THIS.  I’m a real putz when it comes to a lot of computer things.  So for the next few weeks, I think I’m going to simply not send out the emails and not get annoyed when dozens of them bounce back to me.

If the number of net check-ins stays strong even without me sending out emails, then I’ll know what to do.  Simply stop sending weekly reminder emails.  That would make my life simpler.

If someone knows an easy solution to this, I’m all ears.  My everyday email is good at  Unfortunately, I had to disable the “comment” feature at several years ago.  I was getting all sorts of crazy spam.

I WON’T LIE.  I WOULD PREFER EVERYONE GET IN THE HABIT OF VISITING KC9BQA.COM just for a minute or two, once or twice a week.  Check the latest headlines and you’re done.  And of course, refer others so we can get more signals on the SSB/CW portions of bands like 50, 144, 222 and 432 MHz.  Plus yes, microwave bands like 902, 1296, 2304 MHz and on up into even 10 Gig.

18 Check-Ins to Last Wed’s 144.240 Net

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

1:30pm Tues.

Last Wed. night 144.240 net control WB9LYH reported, “Some weather to the east, but a good net”  The 18 check-ins were:  WA9JML EN51;  N9RXM and NG9K EN41;  K9CCL, K9ILU, KC9RIO, N9IYV, N9JBW and KA8TBW all EN61;  K9KHW EN63;  N9LAZ EN52;  WB8AHT EN72;  KC8ZJL EN71;  AB9QH EN62;  W1JWS EN50;  WA9BNZ EN40;  KA0EIV EN30 and W0ANH EN47, south shore of Lake Superior.  Great to hear from Connie up in Grand Marais, MN.
Net control WB9LYH also mentioned that he heard several good comments along the net about how N9XKH helped out last Wed. while Mark was off the air due to lightning.   Appreciate your backup, Dennis.

I will keep this post short.  If you are new here at and you want more info about the Wed. 144.240 net, please visit the 2nd half of the post just below this one.  We appreciate all our check-ins, both regular and occasional, both local and DX.

I would expect WB9LYH to be on 144.240 again this Wed., at the usual start time of 8pm central/9pm eastern.