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Amateur Radio Club encouraging VHF UHF and microwave activity in the Wisconsin Area
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From the KC9BQA news blog:
WB9LYH will be ON with the 144.240 net this Wed., Dec. 18th, at the usual winter start time of 7pm central/8pm eastern.   
   Look toward EN54cl, Central WI, near Wisconsin Rapids.  All licensed amateurs are welcome.  The net is informal, and the purpose is to stir up more activity on 2m SSB.  Another goal is to push the propagation limits.  WB9LYH loves DX check-ins, so spread the word in a multi-state area.   Antenna pattern is always first NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N. 
   The 144.240 Wed. net will be OFF on Dec. 25th and Jan 1st.   Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year to everyone. 

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WB9LYH Calls 144.240 Wed. Net @8pm Tomorrow Night
  WB9LYH would like everyone to know that he will be back calling the 144.240 long-range net from WI on Wed. nights. 
   His schedule looks good for the rest of October and into November.  WB9LYH’s QTH is EN54cl, central WI, near WI Rapids.   Mark’s antenna pattern is to start out looking NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next hour or so. 
   The 144.240 net start time remains at 8pm central until November 6th.  
   Effective November 6th, the 144.240 Wed. net from WI will change to winter hours.  This will mean a 7pm central/8pm eastern start time until at least next April.  Please help spread the word.  
   This only pertains to the 144.240 long-range net from WI on Wed. nights.
   The 144.240 Long-Range (SSB mode) net from WI is the only Wed.  activity I’m aware of within a few hundred miles.   All licensed amateurs are welcome.  The net is informal and the purpose is to promote activity on the SSB side of 2m.  As always, please help spread this info to interested hams everywhere.  KC9BQA.com exists to show hams where and when you can find activity on the “weak-signal” (or SSB/CW mode, for superior range) portions of bands like 50, 144, 222 and 432 MHz.

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144.252 Mon. and 144.240 Wed. Nets are ON This Week
   As mentioned below, K8TQK will be starting with his 144.252 net from EM89je, south-central OH at 0030Z/8:30pm eastern tonight.        K8TQK’s antenna pattern is first north, then NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next hour or so. 
    The 144.240 net will be on this Wed. called again by WB9LYH in EN54cl.  Start time is 0100Z or 8pm central/9pm eastern.  Mark’s antenna pattern is NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N. 
   Apparently K9LQZ has also been getting on Wed. nights, looking for activity we can’t normally reach from WI.   We appreciate his efforts.  K9LQZ looks E, SE, S, SW and W from his EM68 QTH, a half hour northwest of Louisville, KY.  He does this on 144.240, from about 0120-0140.  If anyone knows of a way to get K9LQZ’s check-ins to me, I’ll be happy to type them up here.

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   Email from WB9LYH says that he plans on calling the 144.240 long-range net on both Sept. 4th and Sept. 11th.   Start time is 8pm central/9pm eastern.  Look toward EN54cl, right in the middle of WI.  Antenna pattern is first to the NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next hour or so. 
   Scroll down this front page for more details about the net, or to read last week’s net report, which had over 30 check-ins. 
   Also remember to make plans for the ARRL Sept. VHF Contest, on the weekend of the 14-15th.   The Aug. 28th post has a link where you can post your contesting plans to a Midwest/Great Lakes spreadsheet.

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Wed. 144.240, Mon. 144.252 and Tues. 222 Net Reports

     WB9LYH had 11 check-ins to the 144.240 net last night:  K8VFV EN82;  KD8CQC EN73;  N9JBW and K9CCL EN61;  KC9CLM EN52;  WA9BNZ EN40;  K0NY EN44;  W0HXL EN21;  KG0SJ and WB0YWW EN22 and KG1X EN42.   
   
      WB9LYH will call the 144.240 long-range net from EN54cl (central WI) next Wed., July 31st.  Start time is 0100Z/8pm central/9pm eastern.  Remember we always have an updated net announcement here at kc9bqa.com on Tuesday or early Wed., in case anything changes. 

       K9LQZ in EM68 southern IN may or may not have gotten on 144.240 last night.  I don’t have an email net report from Lowell.  If/when I hear something, I’ll update this post.   Heads-up that on July 31st, K9LQZ will not be on 144.240. 

    

     ON MONDAY NIGHT… K8TQK called his 144.252 net from EM89je, south-central OH.  This starts at 0100Z/9pm eastern.  
      Bob had 16 check-ins on Monday night:  N8AIA EN82;  KD8FHY and K8GDT EN91;  VE3KCY EN93;  W2UAD FN13;  WD8CHR EN90;  AC3L/M FN00;  KB3TNZ FN10;  KY4MRG EM77;  WA4REE EM65;  KI4ROF EM55;  KB9RDS EM79;  WB9LYH EN54;  KC9CLM EN52;  KA2KQM EM74 and KD8KCF EN81. 

      TUESDAY NIGHT IS 222 TUESDAY.  
      The 222 Tuesday summary only includes reports I can find online, via the ON4KST.com chat archives or the 220 Prop Logger.  I’m sure there are pockets of other 222 activity that I’m not accounting for and that’s OK, as this is not a nationwide V/U blog.   The main thing is to let VHF’ers everywhere know that 222 Tuesday is the nationwide activity night on 1.25 meters.   No net control, no single area of focus.  Guys get on/near 222.100 anywhere from 0000-0200Z, and call CQ in different directions and create their own activity. 
      K8TQK has been proactive about “calling around” on 222.100 on Tuesdays, starting about 0000Z.  Two nights ago, Bob worked:  W9ZIH EN51;  N8AIA EN82;  K8GDT EN91;  KD8DJE EM89 and KD8KCF EN81. 

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WB9LYH EN54 and K9LQZ EM68 Call 144.240 Nets Tonight

   7:30am Wed.  
  As mentioned in the middle of the July 18th post, both WB9LYH EN54 and K9LQZ EM68 should be ON tonight, trying to drum up 2m SSB activity in a very wide part of the Midwest/Great Lakes/Ohio Valley and Mid-South. 
  This is our 5th year of Wed. night nets and as always, we’re trying to expand the activity farther.  
  WB9LYH EN54cl (central WI) is the flagship net control.  Mark gets on at 8pm central/9pm eastern (antenna pattern is NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N).   With stacked 17B2′s and 500 watts from a ridgetop QTH, WB9LYH can get out 400+ miles to decent stations with flat bands. 
   Tonight, we should also have K9LQZ EM68 (southern IN) on 144.240 from roughly 0120-0140.  Lowell’s been helping us expand the activity to areas we can’t normally reach from WI.   He looks east, then SE, S, SW and W during the time he’s on.   This covers W VA, western parts of VA, NC, SC.  All of KY and TN plus northern parts of GA, AL and MS.  Also southern parts of  OH, IN and IL, in addition to much of MO and parts of AR.   Please help us spread the word in those areas.   What we’re looking for (in a perfect world) is the occasional night where the band is open and dozens of stations are on from multiple grids and states.  Then folks can slide down the band, work each other and anyone else who is on 144 MHz.

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Wed. 144.240, Mon. 144.252 and 222 Tuesday Reports
   Thur. morning

   WB9LYH in EN54cl had another good turnout on 144.240 last night.   I counted 22 check-ins and several new ones. 
   N9OLT EN64;  N9OJH, KB5ZJU and KC9BQA EN63;  N8UYC EN62;  N9JBW, KC9RIO and K9CCL EN61;  W8BYA and K9MRI EN70;  N9YK and W8SOL EN71;  N9NDP EN62;  KC9CLM and his 3 year-old grandson Justin from EN52;  W9BBP EN40;  W0HXL EN21;  KG0SJ and WB0YWW EN22;  KD0JSY EN34;  KC0RQH EN35 and W0ANH EN47.  Just like last week, this was a sociable group and Mark wasn’t done until after 9pm central. 
   Want to welcome N9OJH and KD0JSY to the net.  Thanks for stopping by, Lonnie and Charles.  Justin, have your grandpa Dave say hello to you as well.    

    As mentioned before, next Wed. should be WB9LYH again, at 8pm central/9pm eastern (antenna pattern is NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N).   We should also have K9LQZ EM68 (southern IN) on 144.240 from roughly 0120-0140.  Lowell’s been helping us expand the activity to areas we can’t normally reach from WI.   He looks east, then SE, S, SW and W during the time he’s on.   This covers W VA, western parts of VA, NC, SC.  All of KY and TN plus northern parts of GA, AL and MS.  Also southern parts of  OH, IN and IL, in addition to much of MO and parts of AR.   Please help us spread the word in those areas.   What we’re looking for (in a perfect world) is the occasional night where the band is open and dozens of stations are on from multiple grids and states.  Then folks can slide down the band, work each other and anyone else who is on 144 MHz. 

   
    ON MONDAY NIGHT, K8TQK calls a 144.252 net from EM89je, south-central OH.  It’s at 8:30pm eastern or 0130 UTC time.  Bob’s signal is huge and his manner is always relaxed and friendly.  The antenna pattern with the K8TQK net is to start out N, then go NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW over the next 45-60 minutes. 
    On July 15th, Bob had 18  check-ins:  N8WNA and N8AIA EN82;  W8SOL EN71;  NF8O, K8GDT and KV8T EN91;  W2UAD FN13;  AC3L/M FN00;  VA3VEC FN14;  VE3MLM FN04;  VE3VII FN03;  W8BYA and K9MRI EN70;  KA2KQM EM74;  WA4REE EM65;  KI4ROF EM55;  KB9RDS and WB8ART EM79.  

   EVERY TUESDAY IS 222 TUESDAY — the national activity night for 1.25 meter band ops.  The idea is for everyone with 222 to get on/near 222.100 starting from about 0000-0200.  Call your own CQ’s, turn the beams, try to stir up activity in every direction. 
  Out of respect for K8TQK, I post any 222 Tuesday activity I find using the ON4KST.com chat review feature.  This is who I saw spotted on Tuesday, July 16:  K8TQK EM89;  N8AIA and N8WNA EN82;  KD8KCF EN81;  KU8Y EN61 and VE3ZV EN92.

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Post Your CQ WW VHF Plans Here — Contest is This Weekend
   8:30am Wed. 

   Tonight’s 144.240 net announcement is right below this post.  WB9LYH will be net control tonight from EN54cl, 8pm central start. 

   *THE CQ WORLDWIDE VHF CONTEST IS THIS WEEKEND*  Starts at 1800Z Sat. and runs until 2100Z Sun.   This contest keeps it simple — 6m and 2m only.  Bread-and-butter bands of VHF’ing.   It also has several differences (some would say improvements) on ARRL V/U contest rules.  So take some time to go thru the rules. 
   Here’s the link to info and rules:  http://www.cqww-vhf.com/ 

   *PLEASE POST YOUR CONTEST PLANS HERE*
   W0UC Paul in EN44 has again created a Google spreadsheet where you can enter your contest plans.  Before I share the link, I want a few things to be clear.
   1)  I know nothing about a Google spreadsheet.  I’m just the messenger.
   2)  Notice on the lower left that there are tabs for both fixed stations and rovers.  
   3)  We kindly ask that with this sheet, the emphasis remains on WI and nearby states.  We’re NOT trying to create a nationwide sheet.  If you are more than say 300-400 miles from WI, considering doing something similar for your own area.  It would be a big boost to V/UHF contesting if there were similar listings for other parts of the USA and Canada.  
   4)  Please spread the word among your V/UHF buddies in WI and nearby states to list your CQ WW VHF plans here: 
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AvU0R8d2qq2DdF92ZWpCRU1TZWtwSWt2bFhYVHZveXc#gid=0

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WB9LYH Calls 144.240 Net Wed. Night @0100Z/8pm Cent. from EN54
   7pm Tuesday
  Tomorrow night’s net control is WB9LYH in EN54cl, right in the middle of WI.   Mark starts at 8pm central/9pm eastern by looking NE, then E, SE, S, SW, W, NW and N over the next hour or so.  All licensed amateurs are welcome.  Our nets are informal, the purpose is to increase activity on the SSB portion of 2 meters. 
   K9LQZ is not available on the 3rd Wed. of the month.  
   The early call for July 24th is that WB9LYH and K9LQZ will both be ON.   Of course, we always announce the net plans here at kc9bqa.com on Tuesday or early Wed. of every week.

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Wed. 144.240, Mon. 144.252 and Tues. 222.100 Reports
   6:15am Thursday

   It got down to 56 here at daybreak.  Nice change from the recent warmth and especially the humidity.   But it’s mid-summer and warm weather will be making a comeback.  Along with the warmer weather will come increased chances of tropo openings.  Back on June 20th, I made a post about tropo potential.  The link to that post is here:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=7197  
   Also, if this is one of your first visits to kc9bqa.com, remember to let hams with an interest in VHF/UHF band conditions to know about the following websites:  You have the real-time APRS map at:  http://aprs.mountainlake.k12.mn.us/ 
   And the forecast tropo conditions at:  http://www.dxinfocentre.com/tropo.html  
   For a more complete description of these websites, refer to this post:  http://kc9bqa.com/?p=7081

  
   On to the net reports…
   I was swamped last night.  Had 23 check-ins, by the time I wrapped things up at 9:30pm central.  I joked with several guys that 6 meters must not have been open last night, we had so many guys monitoring 144 MHz.  (This is not a dig at 6m, not at all.  I love the DX and activity that’s on 50 MHz.  I joke with guys that given a choice between listening to same old boring me or working DX on 6, I’d choose the Magic Band) 
   I don’t think conditions were anything special last night, but I sure was amazed at how quiet the band was here.  I have a fairly quiet QTH, but it’s not nearly as quiet as it was when I got on the air back in 2003/04.  Last night, I could have heard a  pin drop in every direction.  So last night was very enjoyable.  Thanks everyone for coming out and saying hello. 

   Please remember that the Q5 net out of Chicago is on every Thursday, on 144.220, at 7pm central, hosted by N9JBW in EN61.  

   My 23  check-ins last night were:  KB5ZJU EN63;  N9OLT and KS8B EN64;  WJ8L, KR8T and WD8LDL EN72;  VE3ZV EN92;  KD8KCF EN81;  W8SOL EN71;  K9LQZ EM68;  K9GY, KC9RIO and N9JBW EN61;  N9NDP EN62;  WB9TFH and N9DG EN53;  W9EWZ, KC9CLM/M and NT9E EN52;  KG0SJ and WB0YWW EN22 and thanks to W0ANH EN47 and N8PUM EN66 for staying up on a night where I wasn’t able to look north until 9:15-9:25pm. 
   A few notes… KD8KCF is a new check-in to this net.  Thanks for saying hello and glad to see you’re getting on for 222 Tuesday.   Good to hear from KB5ZJU in Sheboygan.  Was very surprised to hear K9LQZ running S3-5 on peaks from far southern IN.  I know Lowell had some check-ins last night and when I get his list, I’ll add it to this net report. 

   Remember that WB9LYH will be back next Wed., July 17th.  K9LQZ is not available on the 3rd Wed. of the month.  

   On Monday night, K8TQK had 19 check-ins to his 144.252 net, called from EM89je, south-central OH @0030Z or 8:30pm eastern. 
   KC8TRL and KD8KCF EN81;  N8AIA and N8WNA EN82;  VE3VII FN03;  VE3KCY EN93;  W2UAD FN13;  W9KXI FN12;  WD8CHR EN90;  AC3L/M FN00;  WT8E, W8WG and KD8DJE EM89;  WB4IXU EM86;  KY4MRG EM77;  WA4REE EM65;  KI4ROF EM55;  KB9RDS and WB8ART EM79.  

   Every Tuesday is 222 Tuesday — the national activity night for 1.25 meter band ops.  The idea is for everyone with 222 to get on/near 222.100 starting from about 0000-0200.  Call your own CQ’s, turn the beams, try to stir up activity in every direction. 
   K8TQK reported the following activity on Tuesday night:  VE3ZV EN92;  N8AIA and N8WNA EN82;  K8GDT EN91;  WB4IXU EM86 and KD8KCF EN81. 

   Everyone have a nice weekend and keep your fingers crossed for good tropo openings on bands like 144, 222 and 432 MHz.
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