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  • Mark Thompson
    The SSB net had check-ins from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana & Ohio. Perhaps Western Michigan can make it across the lake with some enhancement. ... From:
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 17, 2009
      The SSB net had check-ins from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana & Ohio.
      Perhaps Western Michigan can make it across the lake with some enhancement.
      ----- Forwarded Message ----
      From: KC9BQA <sprinkies@...>
      To: MadisonAmateurRadio@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 4:03:40 PM
      Subject: [MadisonAmateurRadio] Introduction from KC9BQA -- Join our nets *tonight and tomorrow night*

      I live in southern Sheboygan county and am a big fan of VHF/UHF
      operation.  Specifically using SSB and FM simplex.  I back this up by
      hosting weekly fun nets that give everyone a chance to say hello and
      see how well their station gets out.  Been running the nets since
      summer, and lately the La Crosse area has really gotten active.  Now
      I'm spreading the word around Madison to see who else we can meet on
      the air.  If you think this is interesting, I urge you to spread the
      word, too.   

        As luck would have it (grin) there's a net tonight and tomorrow
      night.  Wednesday -- tonight -- has 2 SSB net options.  The first is on
      144.240 (USB) and runs from 7:30 to 8:30pm.  My target area with this
      net definitely includes Madison.  I look toward Madison roughly around
      7:40-45pm.  I try to de-emphasize the Milwaukee/Chicago area from 7:30-
      8:30 to look farther away for weaker stations.   

        At 8:30pm, I QSY to 144.250 and call the Badger Contesters net.  This
      net (like all my nets) is open to anyone.  The only club that matters
      to me is the hams I can work.  If I can work you, then you're in My
      Club.  :)  The bulk of our check-ins on 144.250 are typically in the
      Milwaukee/Chicago corridor, but *everyone, everywhere* is welcome to
      check in.  This net typically runs until about 9:15-9:30, give or take
      the number of check-ins. I usually point my beams toward Madison about
      8:35-8:45.  If you're listening, you'll hear when I peak up. 

        These nets are SSB (USB mode) and the only purpose is to stir up
      activity.  They are open to anyone who can hear me.  A big part of my
      goal is to introduce new folks to SSB ops, so even if you have just
      light copy on me, please listen along or say hello.  If you have a beam
      antenna, point it at far south-central Sheboygan county and listen to
      how I get stronger or lighter as I swing my beams around, while I point
      and call for check-ins in all directions.  You may also hear other
      stations in different areas, so it's an interesting exercise for the
      ears and the brain.   

        Antennas on SSB are typically horizontally polarized, so if you
      happen to have a flat side beam, you should definitely hear me when
      we're pointed at each other.  Also, if you don't have a beam, a
      horizontal loop does a pretty good job.  Higher is better, as is using
      quality feedline.  Failing that, just use what you have and see what
      you hear.  Sometimes verticals get the job done, too.  I've had some
      guys with verticals surprise me on the SSB side.  I'm always interested
      in finding out how well I'm getting out.  On 144 SSB, I have a pair of
      12 element beams up at 105/115'.  You should hear me, especially on
      SSB, hi.  :) 

        Now if you're looking for an FM net, then Thursday is your night.  I
      call CQ on 146.43 simplex at 8:30 every Thursday night.  On FM, I am
      only omni-directional, with a dual-band Diamond vertical up 60'.  The
      bulk of our check-ins are from SE WI, but I have had stations from
      outside of Prairie Du Chien, to Freeport, IL, to Sturgeon Bay, to south
      of Chicago on 146.43 FM.  It may well be that some Madison stations
      will hear me at times, and I'd enjoy meeting some new check-ins. Again,
      please spread word of this, especially to those who have decent
      stations and/or are toward the east side of Madison. 

        I see from reading around the website that my Thursday net conflicts
      with a net you guys have from 8-10pm.  That's too bad, but perhaps some
      of you can multi-task, since you're at the rig anyway.  Even if time
      doesn't permit you to check in, drop me an email or a message via this
      reflector if you hear the Thursday FM net.  I enjoy finding those hams
      who enjoy weak-signal work.  Frankly, there's not enough of us, so we
      really have to keep on top of what's happening on the bands. 

        These nets run every week, and I announce them ahead of time to
      various email reflectors like this.  I have to announce things, because
      too many ops forget if they don't get a friendly reminder. 

        Thanks for your ear, and thanks for having me here.  If anyone has
      any questions at all, just email me or ask the group here. 

        73, hope to hear some of you on the nets tonight,
        Todd  KC9BQA  EN63    40 miles N of Milwaukee 


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