(if I can get my git straightened up again 8-)
I managed to get the font looking improved, but it still isn't quite right.
The ap2000 does the NLQ fonts by printing one sequence of 9 bits, feeding the paper by 1/216" then printing the next sequence of 9 bits.
It's kinda hacky yet, but I do like the little "circles" look on the i and the r and the 2.
This is at 240x144 dots: