222 Net

Re: 222 Net

Postby w7qq » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:22 pm

Gentlemen,

At the end of November I submitted an activity report to the ARRL through K5BIS and AG5S. We had a total of 28 check-in contacts for the month and I'm pleased to say this represents good activity on a band that sees very little use. Thanks for your activity on this band. I think it takes a bit of extra effort to get on this band but 222 is a great band.

This net occurs on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 8:00 PM (0230 to 0300 UTC) on 222.150 MHz. We use upper sideband voice and CW if required. W7QQ is the net control station, located in Santa Fe, NM, DM75ao, at 7,100 ft MSL.

The location is quite good for take-off angles southeast, south, southwest through due north; 135 through 000 degrees true. It's not so good from north, northeast and east; 010 through 120 degrees true. The southern portion of the Pecos Mountain range obstructs takeoff angles and line of sight in those north through east directions I'm sad to say.

The 12-6-2017 222 weak signal net had the following check-in participants:

W7QQ Bill DM75
KC8YJO Eric DM64
AG5S Alden DM75
AF9O Eugene DM75
AE5AI Hans DM65
WA5FBM Don DM61
K5PHF David DM61
NK5W Bruce DM65

Nice turnout! Thanks for checking in.

73 Bill W7QQ
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Re: 222 Net

Postby w7qq » Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:20 am

222 weak signal net report 12/13/2017

Band conditions were not as good as they have been and general turnout wasn't as good either. Well it's Christmas shopping time and that's expected. I was not able to copy the El Paso stations. I could tell they were there but the signals were well under the noise. N5JEH Ed was listening but could not hear anyone.

W7QQ net control station had an equipment change for this evening: The transmit amplifier was changed from the TE Systems 2252g at 275 watts to a Klitzing/W6PQL 1000 watt amplifier. I'm not sure that was an improvement because the new W6PQL amplifier, while having 5 dB more power, did not have an internal receive pre-amp like the TE Systems amp. Receive performance was not as good and that may have made the difference in not copying the distant stations. A classic "alligator" improvement. I'll see if I can improve that in the coming weeks.

Participants for this evening's net were:

W7QQ Bill DM75
AF9O Eugene DM75
KC8YJO Eric DM64

Thanks for checking in.

73 Bill W7QQ
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Re: 222 Net

Postby w7qq » Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:26 pm

Good Evening and Happy Holidays,

We had three participants this evening and I got the feeling the 222 band was in poor shape. There was S9 broadband noise when pointed towards Albuquerque. Never heard it so bad there. We had:

W7QQ Bill DM75
K5PHF David DM61 2/2
N5JEH Ed DM65 5/9

Hope everyone got a new toy this Christmas. Thanks for checking in this evening.

Last Wednesday, 12/20/2017 we had 7 checkins:

KC8YJO Eric DM64
AF5AI Hans DM65
WA5FBM Don DM61
K5PHF David DM61
NK5W Bruce DM65
N5JEH Ed DM65

73 Bill W7QQ
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Re: 222 Net

Postby w7qq » Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:55 am

My appologies for my "no-show last night 1/3/2018. Not a good way to begin the new Year!

I had friends in town from outside the country. I thought we had dinner planned with time to spare but it ran way long.

We'll pick it up again next week....... Again, my appologies for wasting your time.

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Re: 222 Net

Postby w7qq » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:05 pm

1/17/2018 222 net results -- We had four of us this evening

W7QQ Bill DM75
K5PHF Dave DM61
WA5FBM Don DM61
NK5W Bruce DM65

Propagation to and from El Paso sounded like aurora for awhile; raspy like a buzz saw, then it smoothed out to the normal deep fade cycle we usually get. I had worked Dave K5PHF this morning on 144 so I was optimistic that 222 would be good this evening.

73 Bill W7QQ
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Re: 222 Net

Postby w7qq » Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:53 am

1/24/2018 222 Weak Signal net results

We had pretty good conditions this evening except for high noise (S8)in Albuquerque. We had a nice group. Traffic passed from AF9O covered the upcoming tail gate this weekend at 8201 San Pedro Dr NE in Albuquerque.

Participants were:

W7QQ Bill DM75
AF9O Eugene DM75 5/8
K5PHF Dave DM61 5/4
WA5FBM Don DM61 5/2
NK5W Bruce DM65 5/9 (in S8 noise)
N5JEH Ed DM65 5/9 (in S8 noise)

Thanks for checking in.

Bill W7QQ
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Re: 222 Net

Postby w7qq » Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:39 pm

222 Weak Signal Net Report 1-31-2018

We had a nice group this evening on 222.150. Most of you know but I'll say it anyway: This is a short net, usually lasting about 20-25 minutes. I start with the yagi pointed north, then move the antenna clockwise in 45 degree increments calling on SSB and CW until I hear someone. So north, northeast, east and so on. I've never heard anyone on the northeast, east or southeast bearing but we go through the same process for each net. My location has terrain blockage on those three cardinal bearings so do not be offended if you have called and I didn't hear you. I'll be adding a mast pre-amp so that may improve the receive side. Still, I listen hard and move the antenna around the cardinal bearing in case there's someone there.

We just go around the compass once and put a bow on it. Just one round so it's just signal report and not much other chatter.

This evening we had 6 participants:

W7QQ Bill DM75 0230Z
AF9O Eugene DM75 0230Z
K5PHF David DM61 0237Z
WA5FBM Don DM61 0240Z
N5JEH Ed DM65 0243Z
NK5W Bruce DM65 0250Z

Nice to hear you all es thanks for checking in.

73 Bill W7QQ
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