Back to the magic band

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.

Some readers may be aware that Par recently sold their line of EndFedz antennas to LNR – but Dale Parfitt W4OP is still handling sales of the Omniangles himself.

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.


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  5 comments for “Back to the magic band

  1. May 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Caught a nice opening today using my M2 HO loop and picked up 7 new grids. (Getting them confirmed is another story of course)

    • May 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      I saw your latest posting Mike but couldn’t figure out how to comment. Perhaps we’ll work in the upcoming VHF contest – Dale assured me I’d have the antenna by then and I’ve already raised the mast from 5 to 15 feet above my roofline, so it’ll be about 40′ high.

      • May 30, 2012 at 11:21 pm

        Rather than battle comment spam (I’m lazy that way), I just leave comments off. I can always be reached at wa5ica(at)wa5ica.us.
        I am interested to see how the HO loop compares to the Moxon, assuming there’s a good opening

  2. Wes, AC5K
    June 2, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Six meters is a lot of fun. It can also be very dead between openings. DX Sherlock (Google it) is your friend, and will help you spot openings. The OA-50 is a great antenna. I used one for a couple of seasons before upgrading to a small 4 element Yagi. You will find loops do not hear quite as well as other antennas, but you will still hear 90%. I still managed to work Europe and Africa on 6m CW with 100 Watts with an OA-50 at just 17 feet off the ground.

    • June 2, 2012 at 8:16 am

      I have a 3-element 6m Yagi that didn’t sell during my recent “for sale” posting. Perhaps it’ll see some use after all but until the tower goes up, the loop is an easy fix to the chimney.

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