Re: [WestMichiganHams] 6 meter sprint tonight -- 7-11pm eastern
- AGAIN, THANK YOU SIR! I AM AN EFFICIONADO OF 220 SSB- USED TO MONITOR ALL THE TIME BUT GREW TIRED OF "WHITE NOISE" WHICH IS ALL I MOSTLY WORKED! LOVE 223.3 FM AS WELL- OF COURSE VERY QUIET THERE AS WELL-AGAIN,MANY THANKS AND KEEP IT UP! DE WD8USA ...-.-
From: Todd Sprinkmann <sprinkies@...>
To: wd8usa@...; WestMichiganHams@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sat, Oct 24, 2009 10:40 am
Subject: Re: [WestMichiganHams] 6 meter sprint tonight -- 7-11pm eastern
Tnx Joe for the kind words. They really help keep me motivated. This
V/UHF "weak-signal" (meaning non-repeater operations) can be a lonely
business. Thing is, so few hams even know what's possible. I firmly
believe that if we just keep spreading the word, we can really perk things
When I started learning back in 2002 that it was possible to work all
across the USA/VE on 6m in sporadic Eskip openings, that turned a lightbulb
on for me. Then I found out that guys routinely work 100-300 miles on 144
SSB with modest beams (horizontally polarized) up 30-60', and I knew where I
was going to specialize in ham radio.
(Heck, on 6m, even horizontal loops and dipoles up 20-30' will work that
Eskip when the band is open -- and it's open much of the time from
May-August. I now have close to 400 grids worked on 6 meters in the past 5
years, and one new fellow in Milwaukee worked 100 grids this summer on a
Problem was, once I got on the air in 2003-04, I heard so many veterans
talk about how much better V/UHF was back in the 1960's, 70's, 80's.
They're probably right, but I figure we need to do what we can *right now* to
make things better.
Only way I know how to make things better is to promote activity. Who
wants to play radio on a dead band?
I figure out of 100 hams, perhaps 20-30 might have at least some interest
in working V/UHF beyond the repeater. And out of those 20-30, some will
actually improve their station and capabilities to where they can start
hearing what they've been missing. Those are the hams I'm trying to find.
If you've got a little DX'er in you, and some curiosity, you probably get
what I'm saying.
We've had very good success in 2009 with increasing activity on bands like
50, 144, 222 and 432 MHz in WI and ILL. It much better than it's been in
some years. Since MI is right across the lake, it's only natural to spread
the word to our east.
Best way to keep up is to read my website. Think of it as a V/UHF
newspaper for our region. If you read the paper for a few minutes, a few
times a week, you'll be up to speed. This isn't fast-food hamming, so it
does take a little time. But it's also not rocket science. My hope is
that guys like you will keep spreading the word. We'll keep doing weekly
nets and promoting fun activities like tonight's 6m sprint.
A very local net option for W MI hams is on Sunday nights at 9:30pm
eastern. K8NFT has been running a net for many years on 144.155 SSB and
he's located between Holland and Zeeland, in Ottawa Co. Check that out when
you have the time.
Finally (!, LOL) I really do encourage those who are curious to get signed
up to this www.on4kst.com chat. I've been there for years, and I assure you
it's free and no-strings-attached . The 50 MHz IARU Region 2 chat almost
always has activity, any time. There are 44 hams from all across the USA in
there right now on a Sat. morning.
The 144/432 room is good for our 222 Tuesdays and the 144 nets on
Wednesdays. Join the chat and start getting familiar with what we're doing.
Todd KC9BQA EN63 40 N of Milwaukee
http://www.kc9bqa. com For Frequent VHF/UHF Updates
> Thank you for the time you take to provide VHF updates and nets to particip
> ate on. Hats off and thanks- Great job! DE WD8USA ...-.-
> -----Original Message-----
> From: kc9bqa <sprinkies@excel. net>
> To: WestMichiganHams@ yahoogroups. com
> Sent: Sat, Oct 24, 2009 9:26 am
> Subject: [WestMichiganHams] 6 meter sprint tonight -- 7-11pm eastern
> Last reminder about the 50 MHz fall sprint tonight: http://svhfs. org/fall_ s
> print_rules_ 2009.pdf
> I'll be on, but don't let that stop you from participating. :)
> I'll be concentrating on 6m SSB, where most of the action will be.
> On 6m SSB, use 50.125 up to about 50.160 or so. If the band opens up and it
> gets busy, you may need to go above 50.200.
> CW-only band is between 50.080-50.100. It's OK to use CW anywhere on 6, tho
> ugh. Leave 50.000-50.080 alone because that's the beacon band.
> You may notice I didn't cover 50.100-50.125. That's the DX Window, and good
> USA ops leave that alone unless you hear XE/VE or other parts of the world
> . Even DX-range USA/USA contacts are discouraged on 50.100-50.125.
> If you have 6m FM, then make some noise on/near the FM call freq. of 52.525
> I'm also going to be in the www.on4kst.com chat. The option to use for 6m c
> hatting is "50 MHz IARU Region 2". This is the same chat we're putting to g
> ood use during 222 Tuesdays and the 144 SSB nets on Wednesdays. On those ni
> ghts, you want to use the "144/432 MHz" room.
> If you missed the 144 net reports from Wed., they are now up on the website
> . Between WB9LYH and I, we rounded up 37-38 check-ins wwith the 2 nets. Thi
> s was on a rainy night with flat propagation. Thanks to all the check-ins.
> It sure is fun to see 144 alive across a wide area.
> See you on 50 MHz tonight, 73,
> Todd KC9BQA EN63ao 40 N of Milwaukee
> http://www.kc9bqa. com For Frequent VHF/UHF Updates