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Author Topic: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?  (Read 11403 times)
W3HKK
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« on: May 03, 2013, 11:46:21 AM »

COOKEN ARC in central Ohio is planning to run 100w to a 5 el  yagi at 50 ft for the contest.  This will be a small multi-station multi-op effort with a 2m ssb  xmtr and 5 el yagi also at around 50 ft.

This will  exceed our past station capabilities ( 100w to a 4 el yagi at 30 ft) so we are looking to set club records  from EN80.
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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2013, 03:00:21 PM »

Plan to be at multiop station N6VI, Frazier Peak, CA (DM04) elevation 8012' asl; 6m is 500W to 6L at 55' above ground.
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KA6MLE
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2013, 10:42:57 AM »

Plan to be at multiop station N6VI, Frazier Peak, CA (DM04) elevation 8012' asl; 6m is 500W to 6L at 55' above ground.
You don't mind bragging do you?  Grin
I think I will be able to hear you on my 6 meter vertical at 22'
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2013, 07:35:25 PM »

I've got an Arrow 1/4-wave ground plane at about 20'.

I'll *listen*, but I'm such a little gun I doubt if I'll make many contacts.

Jim
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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2013, 10:01:07 AM »

Hey Jim,

I'm a little fish in a big pond myself, but if I'm around I will give out my callsign and grid to those that can hear me.

I think it will be a thrill for you to try a few contacts.

Keep your log and when one of those persons gets an award, you can claimed you helped them win. Grin

To Steve: I'm jealous  Sad

73
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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2013, 10:12:16 AM »

yuk-yuk!

The Arrow is the only 6 meter antenna I have at the moment, and I've made a few contacts with it. When I lived in my apartment, I had an Antenna Specialists commercial antenna that was tuned for the ham band, and it worked like gangbusters. I think it was 1/4 over 1/2 wavelength. I could only run about 50 Watts on 6 with my FT-847 because I lived over a business, and any more than 50 Watts would get into their burglar alarm and door annuciators and drive them nuts.

Now I can run a full 100 Watts, and I'm using my Flex 5000, so I'll just have to try the contest and see what I come up with.

Jim
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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2013, 12:23:56 PM »

I am still undecided whether I will operate from my club's station or mine. Both would be in EN-71.

I only have a dipole so at home I would be kind of limited, but last year I was able to work both coasts. Next year, I hope to put one or a stack of 3ele in my attic (HOA restrictions). 
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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2013, 05:03:44 PM »

hi,

take a look at the Moxon for 6M, many versions out there,
here is one that is quick to build and gets you on the air fast.

http://www.moxonantennaproject.com/wa0wox/wa0wox.htm

73 james
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KA6MLE
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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2013, 04:29:52 PM »

Thanks for sharing the link. I have been looking for very light antennas that I can add to my tower. It's close to capacity with the Log that it will have so this lite antenna may be what I need for 6 meters.

Jim
hi,

take a look at the Moxon for 6M, many versions out there,
here is one that is quick to build and gets you on the air fast.

http://www.moxonantennaproject.com/wa0wox/wa0wox.htm

73 james
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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2013, 11:00:53 AM »

Thanks for sharing the link. I have been looking for very light antennas that I can add to my tower. It's close to capacity with the Log that it will have so this lite antenna may be what I need for 6 meters.

Which log will it have?

Many log periodic beams include six meters, and even those that don't will often work on 6m a lot better than a dipole or a vertical will.

My Tennadyne T8 is not intended for 6m operation, but loads up well and is directional with a nice, clean pattern.  No way to measure what gain it has, but based on its characteristics, it has some.  I still have a separate 7L 6m beam (same tower, same mast) and the 6m beam is better; but the T8 works on six, better than a loop or vertical I can compare it to.

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« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2013, 03:09:36 PM »

Count me in from a location in EM85.  Not exacly rare grid, but not exactly a major hotbed on 6m (from what I am told).  100w and an antenna with gain of 11.  LMR400 coax.  After the contest I will also be active on 6m SSB and SSB....might goof off on 6 FM if there's any response.

73

Bruce
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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2013, 02:43:03 PM »

I'll be trying with my Heath kit sizer.  5 watts AM.  No I am not kidding.  I just want one contact.
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« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2013, 02:10:41 PM »

Change of QTH:  WW8OH will be in EM89 for the VHF Test. ( Fairfield County, OH) . The 6M rig will be an IC-7600 at 100w. and will operate SSB, CW, plus it has FM and Am capability if needed.

Calling frequencies will be 50.130 ssb and 50.095 cw.  A separate 100w rig will use 445.600 FM and 146.55 FM for simplex local contacts. ssb freqs as yet undetermined....guess we will play it by ear unless someone can suggest a hot spot to hang out on???

A new tower is going up, with the 5Lx6m KLM yagi at 50 ft,  plus 2M and 440 yagis at 55 and 60 ft .

Our previous QTH  used 100w to 4 el at 30 ft but with an S9  power line noise level to the north.  This should be a step up,  not to mention the many sigs we heard but couldnt pull thru the noise, which was still S4-5 to the west and south.

May the Es gods be smiling.

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« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2013, 12:04:04 PM »

It is my sincere hope to get at least one day this coming weekend to put up the 6 (4 ele K1FO), 2 (12 ele K1FO), and 432 (6 ele flea market freebie) beams on the roof. Should I accomplish that I will be on the contest as time and 2 month old allow. I have 220 FM but not sure if I have time to build up a beam or even a JPole.

That being said I am not sure if I am doing low power or QRP. I only have 100w on 6m (2m is 50w and 432 is 35w) so seriously considering a QRP effort.

Oh and the grid will be FN10.
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« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2013, 12:08:41 PM »

Plan to be at multiop station N6VI, Frazier Peak, CA (DM04) elevation 8012' asl; 6m is 500W to 6L at 55' above ground.
You don't mind bragging do you?  Grin
I think I will be able to hear you on my 6 meter vertical at 22'

I was thinking we could hear him on my deck with a scanner myself.
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