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My First Adventure On 6-Meters.

Jonathan Baldwin (N4BRJ) on July 3, 2003
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I've always wanted to try out 6 meters but didn't have the rig or antenna. So, a few months ago I took some money I'd been saving and purchased a new Yaesu FT-100D... half the way there. This past weekend I found two 6-meter hamsticks at a hamfest, those together with a coupler and I had a decent dipole ready to throw up in my attic crawl space.

To be honest, I wasn't expecting much. I live in an apartment just North of Atlanta GA and any kind of outside antenna is out of the question.

After hooking it up to my radio, I parked my butt on 50.125, opened the squelch, and sat there listening. Nothing. I tried throwing my call out a few times... still nothing. The next day I heard some people talking on a local repeater about the great opening on 6 the night before. Huh... must be I'm doomed due to the antenna being stuck under the roof.

Last night I thought I'd take another crack at it. I tried 50.125, and nothing. For some reason I reached over and spun the dial, up the band I went, 50.136 -- what's this? Someone coming in with a solid 7 on my S-meter... he must be local. I sat and listened, I couldn't hear the ham he was talking to but hung out listening to half of the conversation for a few minutes. Then I heard his call, K7BV in Colchester CT, WOW! After he finished his QSO I thought "what the heck" and gave him a call. HE HEARD ME! In fact he gave me a report of 5-9! I was THRILLED! I told him that I was new to 6 meters and he was my first DX contact. He genuinely sounded as excited as I was. We had a very nice QSO before he moved on to take another call. I haven't felt that excited in years. I tuned around some more and found another ham in Upstate NY very near to where I used to live. I tried calling him. He one heard me too -- it wasn't a fluke! Again, I had another very pleasant QSO before saying our 73s and moving on.

By this time the band seemed to be dying out. I wasn't hearing much of anything anymore. One more turn of the dial and I heard a gentleman outside Chicago. Unfortunately the band went dead just as we were getting ready to say our 73s but not until we were able to exchange our information. He told me EM73 was a new Grid Square for him. Then it went all quiet as the band faded out completely.

I'm hooked. The genuine excitement from both a six-meter newcomer and the "old timers" (no disrespect intended) was great fun. THIS is what Amateur Radio is all about. Rest assured I'll be back out there on 6 again, and not just parking my butt on one frequency.

73 to all
N4BRJ
Jon
Atlanta

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My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by KG4TPO on June 21, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Hi Jon,

Nice story, I to am new to 6m, been active since the middle of april, with a 6m dipole, but the fun really started on the 2nd of May when the local club president gave me a home-brew 4 element beam, (thanks mack - kf4gle) since then i have been on the radio with several good openings, and have made 71 contacts in 48 grid squares, including Cuba, Belize and Bermuda.

I only have the beam at 20ft behind the house, but it makes such a difference from the dipole....using the FT100D

I am now hooked on 6M, infact i haven't been on 2 or 70 since then to speak of...

Hope to catch you on the band...

Paul-KG4TPO-EM92
Charleston, SC
 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by DOODAH on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
...and if they didn't want to force us to learn Morse code we could all have that fun a bit lower down the dial too :o)

50MHz.. 28MHz.. what difference does it make to a sane person?
 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by WB2AMU on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I wish KG4TPO and N4BRJ the best of luck on their new venture into Six Meters. Their surprise as to how effective the band can be with Sporadic-E opening is typical of newcommers to the Magic Band. Please check out the Worldradio book, SIX METERS, A GUIDE TO THE MAGIC BAND.
 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by W4ROT on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
6 meters is indeed a blast. I bought a Ranger RCI 5054 about 2 weeks after getting ticketed and caught a bit of heat (i.e price to high, band always dead, yadda yadda), but I built a beam, stuck it on the barn and hit a band opening...Its a whole new ball game when all you have done is the repeaters. Up here there is alot of local activity, with some very fine people on 6m. I ran an armstrong rotor and often had to run off to turn the beam. Ops where always very patient with me.
I have loaned out the Ranger right now, so I do not have the 6m capability but I miss the nets and the band openings. I have got to get it back.
FYI, turn your beam toward Lynchburg Va Fri night 9 est on 50.400 and or Sat 8 am 50.200 toward Raleigh,NC and check in. You may have to wait for the net to turn your way, but these are some very nice people and I do miss hearing them.
As WB4EDA says..."Enjoy 6 meters" He also told me to always call to a dead band..you never know what might happen!
Good luck getting your grids
Terry...w4rot....FM06
 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by N0UY on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Welcome to 6 meters. I started with a Swan 250 and a homebrew 6 element yagi around 1994. It is a thrill to work the band openings when they occur and the back scatter signals off the aurora here in the North where I live. The more you are exposed to the band the more you will learn about it's charms. The best advice I can give you is don't fall into the trap of silencing the ambient noise with the squelch control. I feel too many operators fall victim to this habit and miss the really exciting contacts. I have already confirmed your grid but I would be happy to work you anytime we chance to meet. I'm in EN18vc.

Best Wishes
Ray N0UY
 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by K0BG on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Six meters is open a lot more than most folks think. The problem is, they're all listening! 50.125 is the national calling frequency and I always start there for obvious reasons.

There are a lot of beacons operating on six and the ARRL publishes most of them. But even if you can't hear any of them doesn't mean the band is dead. Calling CQ seems to net results more often than not.

I tune my scanner to 50.125 and although it can't decode SSB, it does break squelch and creates a lot of noise. It's a good alternative to leaving the rig on 24/7.

See you on 6.

Alan, KBG
 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by KE0VH on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Sure is a lot of fun. I am still using a Swan 250 and a small dipole 2.5 feet above the roof on my garage. One day had an opening to ALASKA!!!! Really COOL!!! Last night (7/2/02)got a call from W9BNO saying 6 was open from Colorado to Tennessee with several stations heard. Keep listening and CQ'ing, you never know..

73' KEVH, www.geocities.com/ke0vh
 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by KG4WKY on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Six meters is a pile of fun! I've been on 6 since February, when I picked up an MFJ-9406 at a local hamfest. I had a rabbit-ears dipole for a couple of days, then soldered up a copper pipe J-pole. A few days after that I hit my first good opening. What FUN! After a while the hankering for a directional antenna led to fixed and portable versions of a plastic-pipe 2 element quad. Now I've added an FT-100 to the radio arsenal; the DSP noise reduction really helps "cleaning things up" to hear those weak signals. Next step is getting a big tree trimmed that interferes with the quad so I can turn it some direction other than west. :-)
 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by K9NYO on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Six meters is a lot of fun because when it's open it's *really* open. It takes a lot of patience...I turn the rig on and tune around every evening when I get home from work...other guys will monitor known beacons and can tell when there's an opening.

I have a Ranger RCI-5054DX running (25W) barefoot into an attic dipole. Sometimes I have to wait my turn after the guys with the high-gain beams and their amplifiers, but I manage. It's fun because it doesn't happen every day like a contact on 20m.

Other resources can be found by surfing to the Six Club at http://www.6mt.com and also the Six Meter International Radio Club at http://www.smirk.org
 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by WB8YYY on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Very FB on your 6m success. 6m propagation when its working is a moving target, adding to the fun. my station is low end - a TenTec transverter and a homebrew quad with PVC spreaders. If you happen to be monitoring 10m and you hear loud short skip, its time to check 6m! If you have same experience on 6m, time to check 2m for DX! Enjoy.
 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by WL7M on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Welcome to the "magic band"! It's definintely a thrill, newcomer or "old-timer" (after 42 years on the air, I'm WELL into the latter category) when the band is open. I managed to work all states in less than 30 days a little over a year ago when the band was wide open. As KE0VH mentioned, the band was open from here in Alaska to every corner of the "lower 48". I'm happy to have put Jack in my log. Enjoy the thrills...don't be afraid to call CQ instead of just listening. You never know who may reply. I managed to work Pitcairn Island by doing just that - a brief 15 second QSO, but I have the QSL to prove it. "Magic Band" indeed! 73, Joe, WL7M
 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by KB8JRT on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Glad to see so many "new" people to 6m. It is a really fun experience. I teach a Technician class every year and always include "commercials" for 6m. One piece of advice I'll give has already been mentioned, but it deserves repeating. Don't fall into the "just listening" trap. Get on and call CQ for a good 5 or 10 minutes. You may feel it's for naught some times, but it'll pay off big frequently. I once had a QSO with CO2OJ in Cuba from EN90 on 5w and a dipole at 30 feet. It took me days to "come down" after that one.
 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by KB1GMX on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I build radios for six and really enjoy it. The TT526 I bought was even better. Though my favorite for QRP 6m is what I call frankenradio a 1972 midland SSB CB extensively modded for 6m SSB only. You can have good fun at less than 10W!!!

Those that don't have a 6M radio might look at a TenTec 1208 transverter and any handy 20m ssb/cw radio that will throttle to the 1-5w range.

For antennas everything from a twinlead dipole at 10ft (thanks Indiana) to soon 4 elements at 35ft. A good fun antenna is a ~24ft EDZ for 6m at 15ft.

On six even lowly nocode techs can use code, there are some great people willing to go slow for us. <g>

It's exciting, unpredictable and more fun than should be allowed and it's the magic band.

Allison
KB1GMX FN42hh
 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by KD5VHZ on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Jon: I'm new to 6m also and I know just how you felt when you got that first answer to your CQ. Then there is always the first QSO from a new State and other countries. I worked my first FM and AM DX contacts this morning and I finally have a urge to learn CW so I can go there too. I put up a very modest station on 6 with a Ranger 5054 and Par Omniangle at 20 feet and most evenings have to tear myself away from the radio to get some sleep. Whoever decided to give 6m to us lowly no code Techs....THANK YOU.

73 Doug KD5VHZ EM15
 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by W9JCM on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Way off topic "by DOODAH on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
...and if they didn't want to force us to learn Morse code we could all have that fun a bit lower down the dial too :o)

50MHz.. 28MHz.. what difference does it make to a sane person? "

MR Do nothing this is about 6 meter fun not your views on CW.


Six meters is allot of fun I have been playing with it for 6 years. I had a big setup 7 ele beam and 1Kw but now just run a 1/2 wave loop it works good enough. 6 meters has been a bit of a dissapointment this year. Atleast in Nevada. But hey thats why you buy a mono bander for 6 so you can leave it on 24/7. Have fun it is the magic band for sure. FYI try some CW if you hear nothing phone wise you will be very surprised at how many contacts you can pull up with it.

 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by HAMESCHEESE on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I think that 6 meters is one of the most interesting bands that we have. I enjoy working CW on the band. I would like to try digital on the band. I'm not sure what digi modes are used and on what freq.

 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by W5CPT on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I love 6M. I keep an old TV with rabbit ears in the shack with the sound turned down and tuned to channel 4 (we have a local channel 3). When I see sync bars on the TV screen, there is a good chance 6 is open. The nearest channel 4 is Nahville TN. I did the same thing in Dallas but used channel 3 (Austin TX). One sunday morning I was sitting in the shack putting my shoes on getting ready to go to church when I noticed a blip on the screen of the 756 a little above 50.125. Tuned up and found a XE talking to a LU. I waited till they broke and worked them both. Needless to say I missed service that Sunday. I worked 12 new grids and had a blast.

It will be awhile till 6 is really hot but never stop listening and dropping your call.

See ya on the Magic Band.

Clint
W5CPT/4 EM56tw
 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by KB4UTV on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I really enjoyed this post as I made my first 6 meter contact last night with VP9/W3CMP. The radio was a MFJ 9406. I used a tuner on my ground warming Hustler vertical. WOW what a thrill! After almost 20 years operating HF, the magic and thrill returned. I continued to work more grids in the south east. Now, where is my Antenna Handbook for that 2 element portable quad! I find myself checking the 50 MHz prop logger every hour while at work. This is fun 73 de John- now W1XQ FN43, Goffstown, NH
 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by W5CPT on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I love 6M. I keep an old TV with rabbit ears in the shack with the sound turned down and tuned to channel 4 (we have a local channel 3). When I see sync bars on the TV screen, there is a good chance 6 is open. The nearest channel 4 is Nashville TN. I did the same thing in Dallas but used channel 3 (Austin TX). One sunday morning I was sitting in the shack putting my shoes on getting ready to go to church when I noticed a blip on the screen of the 756 a little above 50.125. Tuned up and found a XE talking to a LU. I waited till they broke and worked them both. Needless to say I missed service that Sunday. I worked 12 new grids and had a blast.

It will be awhile till 6 is really hot but never stop listening and dropping your call.

See ya on the Magic Band.

Clint
W5CPT/4 EM56tw
 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by K5LDL on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Welcome to 6 meters!

I have run a 706 MKII-G with a Par Omni-Loop mobile and as a fixed station. The height was only 15 feet and it worked wonders! I also had a Cushcraft 503S, 3L monobander up at 15 feet and worked lots of band openings with SOLID copy on both ends! Then there was a chance QSO with a Cuban Ham just 5 MINUTES prior to starting Field Day in 2001 from here in Texas. Currently, I am currently looking at a "Ham Stick Dipole" connected to the 706. See what happens there? Or maybe that homemade loop that fellow was selling up at HamCom. Maybe throw the Omni-Loop up again? The 503S? Maybe a Quad?

I love the band and have worked fixed and mobile from Texas to Oregon and back. While in Oregon one Christmas, I worked Japan and Alaska on phone. IF my CW skills had been better? I would have logged even more contacts! Thanks to the guys I worked while I lived in Oregon (DN15) during those band openings!

I am currently re-working my mobile/Rover antenna collection. We'll see what I come up for daily mobile Ops and for Rover work. I have yet to sit down and really figure out what I want for the base station.

Hope to work you soon on 6! And as for the other guys in the local Houston Metropolitan area, be on the lookout for that 6 meter net. It's coming! I promise!

See ya on the radio and 73!

Luis KD5KJD in EL29

P.S. Anyone out here in Houston interested in a 6m MOBILE fox hunt on friday and/or saturday NIGHT(S)?
 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by VE7VIE on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I'll never forget my first contact on Six - a W1 from VE7 with a 9406 and wire dipole. What a thrill! You don't need much power on Six, but antennas make a difference. I would recommend that you ditch the hamsticks and just use those Radio Shack 72" whips if you are on a budget - or a cheap beam like the MFJ one with a Radio Shack rotator will give you better results for < $100!

72, Barry
VE7VIE/KD7IGX
 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by K0XXX on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Great article and welcome to 6 meters! I got interested in six two years ago when I hit the wrong button on the rig and heard activity. At the time the only antenna I had up was a G5RV. Over the next few weeks I worked 32 states and a whole buch of grids.

The next year I added a 4 element beam and the grids worked topped 150. Unfortunately, this winter my antennas were all lost during an ice storm and the new tower isn't finnished yet. I had been inactive on 6m this year, excepting some work from the mobile, until I remebered the G5RV. Now it's back up on a temporary support and I'm having a blast again. Twelve new grids during the last week.

Have fun and I hope we meet on the air.

Mark, KXXX EM46ff

 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by KA2LIM on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
To doodah: My friend, you will find that cw is used very much on six meters and it makes the difference of making the contact or not under "marginal sporadic E". Why fight it, just learn it and enjoy the contacts.
73's
Ken KA2LIM
 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by N8XE on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Oh yea! I am also new to the magic band. I made a PSK31 contact with someone in FL from OH. That was really neat.

The equipment here is an IC746 and a loaded up HF beam. Talk about a compromise HIHI. I would like to make a CW contact on 6 being that I love CW. But any mode will do because the band is just so much fun...

73 and happy hunting...

Jason Hissong
N8XE
 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by N6AJR on July 3, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I have recently began to "do " 6 meters too and my best is florida from northern CA on a antronn 99 tuned for 10 meters, I brought it in on 6 with my tuner. lots of fun. I have a friend who has worked both hawaii and japan on 6 meters from san francisco area.. it is a crazy band.. 73 tom N6AJR
 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by KB0NLY on July 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Welcome to 6m! The Magic Band is alive and well this year. A lot of new hams getting interested as well.

I run a Par Electronics OA-50 loop at 25 feet, and a Yaesu FT-847 running 100 watts. Not a big setup, but it works!

For the latest stats on my worked grids and states you can see it all on my web page.

http://www.qsl.com/kb0nly

73,

Scott, KB0NLY

 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by KB9OJS on July 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Six meters is a neat band, I operated it at field day. I just wish that I had more money so I could go and get me a Six meter rig

73s de John Bunyan, Amateur Extra Class
 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by AD5GX on July 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
My best field day 2002 experience was on 6. One operator would occasionally fire up the 6meter rig always to no avail. Then, at one point I walked by the RV that the rig was in, the operator waved wildly for me to come in. We were in Oklahoma and ran the receiving end of a pile-up from stations all up and down the East coast.

We were running strong for about 20 minutes when suddenly the generator ran out of gas! (I'm sure everyone waiting for a contact wondered what happened, especially the station we were in mid-contact with!)

Once the generator was fired up and running 15 minutes later, the opening was gone. But what a ride while it lasted! We certainly were not a "big gun" station, so to be on the receiving end of a pile-up on field day was a rare treat!
 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by KZ9G on July 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Welcome to Six Meters!

I've had a similar experience on 6M, too. I' had just finished putting up a stacked 3 element yagi system and checking it out in the shack when...low and behold, a booming voice calls me frantically after I casually call CQ on 50.110. It was PY5CC! The antennas weren't even in his direction (SE), they were temporarily pointed west! Weirder things have happened, but NOT many. To boot, this was the middle of the day during the spring of 1991. It was also the start of something great on 6M for me. Within the next few weeks I worked numerous DX stations like VK3OT, VK5NY and other Pacific countries - all with 10 watts!

Good Luck on Six, and if you can put up a small yagi (they look like a TV antenna), do it! Itll pay off.

73 de Steve, KZ9G
 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by DOODAH on July 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
re: Morse .. moot point now, WRC-03 is over and Morse testing is now optional!

Now that I don't HAVE to, I might learn it anyway, with no pressure on... 73
 
For DOODAH  
by RADIOWIENER on July 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Note to "DOODAH"--
FYI I am the REAL Doo-dah!! How is your metrication coming along?
D-D
 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by N9AVY on July 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Okay, so after 27 years in ham radio I found 6m. Picked on a Ranger 5054 on closeout a few months ago, but never heard anything on it...until last night !

Worked a station in VA about midnight on 50.125. Was thrilled to find out the darn rig actually worked! Have a Butternut HF9V with 6m, but signals were actually stronger on the TA-33 tribander up at 35 feet. Was really surprised that an antenna that works great on 10/15/20 actually works on 6m. Next project is 6m beam.

This was a lot of fun after spending all those years on HF bands.
 
VERY ADDICTIVE BAND!  
by W8KQE on July 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Hey Jon,

Welcome to Six! I too, was 'blown away' when I first tried out 6 meters during the great 'F2' openings back in the Winter of 2001/2002. I wanted to take advantage of my IC-756's 6 meter capabilities (as many do), so I threw up (literally in like 15 minutes) a small PAR 'Omniangle' loop antenna at about 23 feet, and proceeded to work the U.K., Greenland, Sweden, Wales, Faroe Islands, South America, Caribbean, etc. the FIRST WEEK I got on! Not to mention all those U.S. DX contacts as well! My jaw dropped!!! I had always shrugged off 6m, having primarily DX'ed on the HF bands since getting my license in high school in 1977. The 'spark' that started it all for me on 6m was that in the fall of 2001 I picked up a copy of Ken Neubeck's (WB2AMU) book, 'A GUIDE TO SIX METERS: THE MAGIC BAND' (you can e-mail him on how to get a copy) out of sheer curiosity. To say this book is a must for the beginning 6m curiosity-seeker is an understatement! It is such a well written, compelling, entertaining, and truly complete 'A-Z' book on all aspects of 6 meters, I couldn't put it down! Anyway, I have, and am experiencing the exact same raw THRILL and rush now on 6 meters that I first experienced as a newly-minted 17 year old ham working my first DX on my Heathkit HW-16! The months between May and August (and some winter months at times) have some truly awesome band openings on 6, so I also encourage all of you who have not tried out 6 yet, to put up a simple loop or small beam, and tune between 50.110 and 50.250, where most of the action is during an opening. Monitoring 50.125 MHz is helpful as well (national 6m 'calling' frequency for SSB). Some great beginner's antennas that 'get out' and are easy to put up are the PAR 'Omniangle', the KB6KQ loop, or a small 6m beam that can easily be rotated with a cheap TV rotor! See you on 6m SSB and CW!!!
 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by K4AXX on July 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Yes, somewhere, someplace, somehow, someone is talking to someone on 6M (and 2 meter simplex also I suppose). But not in my part of town, nor any other town I lived in. Prior to living in Fl. I lived in NYC. Remember TV antennas on the roof? Remember Ch.2 & 4 on TV?? Remember TVI???! If you do, then you'll also remember why NOBODY in there right mind used 6M. I remember when Lafayette Radio in Brooklyn (remember Lafayette Radio?) where trying to give them away on Washingtons Birthday for $10. each. There were no takers! LOL. Here in Jax Fl. I rarely if ever here anyone on 6M and there is really no one left to scream about TVI. Now their all screaming about towers!
 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by KY1V on July 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Six meters is fun!

I just got started on 6 after being a ham for over 25 years and never operating 6 meters. I have worked VE, VP9, C6, KP4, and CO last month.

Since I bought my first 6m radio at Dayton this year, I now have four six meter radios. I bought an FTV-1000 transverter for my FT-1000MP Mark V and VL-1000 (1KW on 6m). I also have an Icom IC-756Pro, an Icom IC-756ProII, and a TS-2000. To bad the FT-1000D doesn't work on 6m.

The antennas are a temporary M2 6M5X 5 el yagi at 30 feet. a 6 meter vertical at 35' and a ground mounted vertical.

Soon I will be stacking yagis for 6m! Perhaps 6x6 over 6x6 on a rotating tower. Sound like fun?

Listen for me in EM66 southwestern Kentucky,

David KY1V
 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by KB0NLY on July 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
KY1V,

I did work you in June, HI HI!!

Did you ever get my QSL card by chance? I know i sent one but the log doesnt show i received one, and i looked through my pile and dont see one... But then i dont always get 100% return on my cards. I guess it just isnt like it used to be, not to say that it affects my enjoyment of working 6!!

73,

Scott, KB0NLY

PS: For a complete listing of all stations worked this year i have my 6m log and grid map posted on my web page. Its on the 6M WAS page obviously, HI HI

http://www.qsl.net/kb0nly

If anyone that i have worked has not yet received a card please let me know, i send 100%.

 
QSL gripe!  
by W8KQE on July 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Noticed someone commented briefly on QSLing. I noticed that on 6m, the QSL return rate is much higher than on HF. I suppose that may have something to do with the intense 'comraderie', and 'grid chasing' on the band. However, I don't understand those people who receive my request for a QSL WITH AN S.A.S.E., not replying at all! If you don't QSL (for whatever reason), please have the common decency to send me back my S.A.S.E. with a small note saying something like 'sorry, don't QSL', and I will respect that a lot more than if you don't respond or keep my stamp! It's common courtesy folks!
 
6 was wide open Today  
by VE9KAR on July 4, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I just started on 6 Meters, last year bought an old ft-620b, worked 2-3 stations, that was it till I bought an Alinco dx-70th, 2 weeks ago worked OX3, Then a few american stations, but today, 6 was wide open, called CQ once and then had a pile-up for over an hour, worked over 70 stations, don't know how many grids yet, havn't counted them yet, also worked vp9. I've only been a Ham for 16 months, I am on the air Quite a bit, Have worked 125 countries on HF, but nothing compares to the thrill of a big 6M opening, I'm Hooked
73 de
VE9KAR FN-65
 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by AD6KB on July 5, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Yep! When the band is open it is amazing. Last summer one of the VK dxpeditions announced on 21mhz that they would be standing by on 6m and announced the freq.

So, knowing that my HyGain DX77 will load up nicely on the band I gave him a call. Low and behold he answered me on the first try! I was flabbergasted, and so was he. Then, just as quickly as it opened, the band closed and he faded into the noise. Great exprience! 100 watts into an antenna not designed for the band.

I am at work and do not have access to my log/qsl cards or I would announce for sure who/when it was.

Tim/AD6KB
Petaluma, CA
 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by N4UE on July 5, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Jon, welcome, my friend!
This is a wonderful band. Please allow me to mention my favorite moments:

1, my first voice contact (AM), using an inverted V (!!!) taped to the window of my apartment. The rig was a Knight T-150A I built and a Lafayette HE-80. The local, (now a SK) was VERY helpful and encouraged me to go further. Eventually, I was making Meteor Scatter contacts, using a 5 el antenna on the roof of my apartment which was located in the WORST possible location on earth. By this time, I had stepped up to a Hallicrafter HA-6 driven by my HW-100......But I also had a Swan 250C.....
2, my favorite memories were the result of taking my Lafayette HA-460 (AM) radio and operating from the various hilltops in central New England. One contact after another. Lots of fun and there were just a few guys on SSB then. I later upgraded my equipment for hilltopping, but it was too easy on SSB.

Today, I went out to my new shack, and heard all kinds of DX on 6M. I was unable to contact anyone with my random wire antenna connected to my 756PRO, but I could see 'em!!!! New house/ QTH. However, my towers are on the ground and so are my beams, my HB legal limit amp, is patiently waiting also. I will have 160M thru 432, but my true love will ALWAYS be 50 mHz........

ron

N4UE
 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by N4UE on July 5, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Jon, welcome, my friend!
This is a wonderful band. Please allow me to mention my favorite moments:

1, my first voice contact (AM), using an inverted V (!!!) taped to the window of my apartment. The rig was a Knight T-150A I built and a Lafayette HE-80. The local, (now a SK) was VERY helpful and encouraged me to go further. Eventually, I was making Meteor Scatter contacts, using a 5 el antenna on the roof of my apartment which was located in the WORST possible location on earth. By this time, I had stepped up to a Hallicrafter HA-6 driven by my HW-100......But I also had a Swan 250C.....
2, my favorite memories were the result of taking my Lafayette HA-460 (AM) radio and operating from the various hilltops in central New England. One contact after another. Lots of fun and there were just a few guys on SSB then. I later upgraded my equipment for hilltopping, but it was too easy on SSB.

Today, I went out to my new shack, and heard all kinds of DX on 6M. I was unable to contact anyone with my random wire antenna connected to my 756PRO, but I could see 'em!!!! New house/ QTH. However, my towers are on the ground and so are my beams, my HB legal limit amp, is patiently waiting also. I will have 160M thru 432, but my true love will ALWAYS be 50 mHz........

ron

N4UE
 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by N8FVJ on July 6, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
To many times to count, I had 6 meters explode with hours of contacts exchanging grid squares & other info. Aurora is great in MI area where I live as well. Its a very neat band.
 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by K7PIG on July 6, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Hi Jon.
I too shall be "NEW" to 6 meters.
Don't know anything about it other then a smaller aerial and at present haven't a transceiver for 6 yet.
I went bankrupt again and ordered a new Ten-Tec 526, also known as the 6N2.
SSB and CW will get me interested for sure.
Climbed the tower yesterday and changed the polarization to horizontal for SSB/CW on the 2 meter tiny 4-element yagi, so, that's ready.
Perhaps a Delta Loop of wire might work well for 6, I'll try that first and go from that point forward.
I do have an aerial for 6 meters, its a mobile, shall put that up and at least I can listen and learn abit of 6 meters.
Have fun and enjoy 6 meters.
 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by N6HPX on July 6, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
I too joinned only a few years ago into the 6 meters, I operated a few years ago from the Philippines as a DU1/N6HPX. And as an experiment started listening to the 6 band. I heard some Ja's and tried to contact em. I had only 2 G5RV's up on the masts and figure it was a make or break deal.
Well I worked 10 Ja's in 5 minutes. Well that was just the tip for me, as a few days later I worked 9M6BAA from Malaysia. The six bug really bite harder.
In a few months while traveling through Japan I was in Akihabara, and found some 6 meter antennas, they had a small Dipole called W215S. I took back to my place in the Philippines and installed it about 15 feet above the roof. That afternoon I worked 75,the next 4 weeks I ended up working 200 Ja's,and some VR's. Then when I came back about 6 months later I worked about 400 Ja,HL,VU2 and my pride one was Mongolia JT1CO. I am so hooked also on it that I can't wait sometimes to get back in front of the rig.
73's and happy dxing..

Larry Fields, n6hpx/du1
Cavite,Philippines
 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by W4NTI on July 6, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Nobody is forcing you to learn Morse Code. I could care less if you want to be a real ham.

BTW I operate six meters a lot. Below 50.1....you know where all those beeps are.

Dan/W4NTI
 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by RFSOAKED on July 6, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
W4NTI,

I went up and down the thread trying to find who your responding to with the comment about CW. What am i missing, why turn this into another CW argument, dont fan the flames for god's sake!

73
 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by HAMESCHEESE on July 7, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Why do we always have people on these threads that are too lazy or too stupid to learn the code that have to bring up the CW issue. Yes, we realize that you are happy that you may soon be able to work on HF without earning the privilege. But please leave it on the CW threads and not every thread there is.
 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by RFSOAKED on July 7, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
6 was open last night and this morning. A good population of Canadians on the band! A lot of fun to be had.

Hearing a couple propogation beacons right now as well, so it might stay interesting for a while.

73
 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by KB1GMX on July 8, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Not only Canadians also British as in JO and IO grids. I worked a few with 20W SSB to 3 elements at 22ft. It was an unusually good opening for this point in the cycle.

A quick scan of the band had more CW than 80m did at the time and there was also some AM, FM and Data ops out there too. There was something for every one.

I spoke to a few down south using the "lowpower rig" a TenTec1208 transverter and a homebrew 20m transceiver, only 10W to the EDZ but I was heard.


Allison
 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by KL7FH on July 8, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
My first time on 6m with an opening was just over a year or two ago and worked all states in 2 days! Amazing band. I used an Alinco DX-70TH and 2X 5 element yagis at 50 feet. I should have tried 6m years ago!
73,
Frank
 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by WB2WIK on July 8, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Nice article!

My first adventure on 6m was using very old "boat anchor" AM gear, back in 1965 when that gear was already old, even then!

Johnson Viking Challenger (6DQ5 final) transmitter, which for some reason covered 50 MHz. This rig is from the early 1950's and was one of the worst things E.F. Johnson ever made, but I bought it for $20 and it put out 50W or so on HF-CW. I think it put out about 5W on 6m, but I had no way to measure that.

My receiver was a homebrewed converter (using tubes) ahead of a National NC-125, which was as old as the Challenger.

But, I rapidly learned that "it's all in the antenna," so I did erect a 4 element 6m beam within a few days of trying out the band, originally with a ground plane.

With the first sporadic-E band opening, I was hooked!

By late 1968, as a Junior in High School, I had a homebrew kilowatt amplifier following a Heath SB-110A 6m SSB transceiver, and a 6L yagi at 50 feet, over my parents' rooftop. And by 1971, had worked all States, all Continents, and 63 countries.

It truly is a "magic band." And I still enjoy it!





 
RE: My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by K7VO on July 11, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Jon, welcome to 6 meters! I think 6 is probably what got me really hooked on ham radio in the first place. You'll have lots of fun if you are at all patient and persistent. Oh, and yes, as you reminded folks, you need to move the VFO off of 50.125.

I work QRP on 6m (10W or less SSB, 5W or less CW/digital) and have worked the world when the band was open. I use a Mizuho MX-606D base rig and a 250mW Mizuho MX-6 SSB/CW handheld nowadays. Lots of fun!

Don't discount 6m CW. I would never have worked Japan on SSB. CW is worth learning and will get through when voice simply will not.

Finally, I agree with those who suggest you improve your antenna if and when you can. My apartment solution was an AEA Halo 6 loop on the balcony when I wanted to operate, but when I moved to ha house and got a tower and a beam 6 was suddenly open to me a whole lot more :)

I wish you many years of good contacts on the magic band.

72/73,
Caity
K7VO

 
My First Adventure On 6-Meters.  
by W1GOM on March 4, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
Enjoy reading about my favorite band. My first time on 6, was in the spring of 1960, using a borrowed Heathkit "Sixer" and a vertical dipole. Was in Golden, Colorado, and licensed as K0ZQR. Could not believe hearing the 7's coming in like locals. I was hooked from then on. Even got to operate 6 in Northern Japan, in 1962-64, as KA8AR. Again, using a sixer and talking up and down Japan, and even then KR6, Okinawa. Worked 6 meter AM mobile for a number of years. Live in Houston now, and have channel 2 nearby, and they put out a very poor signal, so afraid of TVI. Maybe some day I'll find my way back to my favorite band. Thanks for the memories...
 
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