Note to self: There are frequencies above 28 MHz.
Reading the 6m-related posts from Pierre ZS6A and the latest from Julian G4ILO have re-kindled my interest in the Magic Band – a band I frequently ignore in favor of 10-80 with their almost constant activity.
With the ARRL’s VHF Contest coming soon, today found me on the roof with my old Par OA50 – trying to make it achieve the impossible…to no avail.
A lightning strike took this antenna out over a year ago and, unable to resusitate it, I’ve been off 6 meters ever since.
But no more…
Inspiration from the above mentioned bloggers as well as my own brief stint in the 2010 VHF contest took their toll and I now have a replacement OA50 on order courtesy of Par Electronics.
My own limited experience with the 6m version of Dale’s omniloop is that in the 2010 contest I managed to work 32 states with 100 watts. They don’t call it the magic band for nothing, and surely the ionosphere did the bulk of the heavy lifting, but the antenna is a real performer.