Tag Archive for 6m

Top Ten Reasons for Trying Six Meter CW

de Wes AC5K: 10) We need to “burn in” our newly assigned CW Ops’ 6 meter meeting frequency of 50.098 MHz. 9) Your hand will not get tired from long QSOs, because the nature of 6 meters is such that conditions change VERY quickly, so everyone just exchanges quick reports while the band is open.…

The FT-857D: My most versatile and least-used rig

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I’ve owned an FT-857D for about six years now. I bought it for the same reason that I can’t bring myself to sell it – its diversity: DC to daylight, a gazillion modes and all that…CW, V/UHF repeaters, satellite work, mobile operation, etc. Heavy on the etcetera. The FM “easy-sats” were fun for a few days,…

Back to the magic band

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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…

Ham radio in an animated Disney flick

One of Disney’s latest animated films for children is Ponyo, a movie about a boy and his goldfish who longs to become human. If I read more blogs I’d probably know this already, but thanks to our visiting granddaughter, I was startled to hear “This is JA4LL!” coming from the video she was watching and…

Handy program for graphical representation of grids worked

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With recent forays into VHF territory, I’m logging QTH’s in terms of grids rather than states, provinces or countries. Contest exchanges include grid squares and I’m left after the contest to tediously look up which states I worked. I’m not complaining ‘cuz I see the benefit and the reason for such exchanges. In short, they…

6-meter oddities and organic towers

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Last week, I worked 34 states on 6 meters during a very casual effort in the ARRL VHF Contest. Much to my surprise, no one called the next day to interview me on television – not Oprah, not Bono, not even The View - and soccer fans rudely failed to serenade me with those beautiful-sounding vuvuzelas. The very nerve.…