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Author Topic: 6 meter CW  (Read 2193 times)
WX7G
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« on: March 04, 2010, 12:56:31 PM »

Is there much of any CW activity on the 6 meter band? Any of the VHF/UHF bands?
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2010, 03:27:57 PM »

I hear and work plenty of CW in Sporadic E openings.  50.080-50.100 is a good range to find domestic CW when the band is open.

I usually don't hear any activity on 2m and 432 outside of contests but almost everyone seems to be willing to go to CW in a moment's notice.  I have 50W on 2m and 20W on 432.  I often *need* CW to reach many of the SSB stations I hear because a lot of them run high power in the contests.

I make a lot of cross mode and CW QSO's in the contests.

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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2010, 06:35:09 PM »

Thanks for the good info. I just bought an Yaesu FT-859 and will try some VHF/UHF in the ARRL VHF contest. And I'll try some sproratic E. I've worked this on 10 meters and it's fun.
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2010, 04:43:12 AM »

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I never hear any CW on 2 4 6m. I often check the cluster and see what coming in from EU on 6M ssb when there is a opening.....never CW.
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WX7G
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2010, 08:05:05 AM »

No CW on 2, 4, and 6 meters? Why would anyone prefer the old, old mode of voice over the modern mode of morse code?
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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2010, 12:06:03 PM »

I find TONS of CW on six meters, but really only when the band's open -- which for Sporadic-E can happen almost any old time, but really happens a lot from mid-May to mid-July.

The phone band above 50.125 can get really jammed up and CW is an "escape," and an easy way to make lots of contacts quickly.  Unfortunately, not much rag chewing, mostly hit-and-go contacts, because the band's open!

But it's great fun and there are some wonderful CW ops on six. Look just below 50.100 (and down to maybe 50.080 or so)...you can cram a lot of signals into 20 kHz on my favorite mode.
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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2010, 11:43:40 AM »

There is a fair amount of 6m activity here in NJ. Of course when the band opens up with some E, there is plenty you come across. I have also made some local contacts here when the band was closed - had a few nice ragchews here and there. Contests of course brings out plenty of activity.
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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2010, 08:03:06 AM »

Ditto on what WB2WIK said. There's lots of 6m CW when the band is open.  Of my 56 or so countries worked on 6m, more than half were on CW. But if you tune around randomly hoping to hear CW, forget it. The 6m fanatics are listening, listening, listening for the band to open and getting on for random CW ragchews are few and far between.

Contests are treated like band opening. When the contest is over, it's back to listening, listening, listening.

73, N4KZ
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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2010, 08:57:03 PM »

if the band is open, but nobody is answering on CW, pop up on 50.125 SSB and announce that you're working CW on 50.090 and then go back down and try again!
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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2010, 02:47:47 PM »

Nearly all serious DX work on 6 and 2M is done on CW.

Geo>K0FF
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