Been several month's since I've been able to participate. Anyone else having any luck? Hopefully before May I'll have my tower/antennas up, and can rejoin the fun - Ben-ne5B
Instead of a formal net where everyone contacts net control, we have an "Operating Event". The main purpose is to focus our energy and get as many folks on the air at the same "Time" and "Frequency" to make for higher probabilities of making some contacts when there isn't any Tropo or other Propagation enhancement happening.
Get on and work who ever you can. Traditionally 2m SSB is done with Horizontally Polarized Antennas, don't let not having a horizontal Antenna keep you from trying to participate - we have folks on the air with Veritical antennas too!
With a mininal Antenna setup, I've worked Stations in a triangular shaped area that is bordered by Gatesville Houston and Hondo, without a band opening.
A lot of power is not necessary: Some are running only 10watts many 50watts only a few over 100watts.