As a new Technician, I'm trying to take in all I can, so I'd like to learn about the "magic band." I'll be looking for my first multiband rig soon, so am learning about 6 and 10. 6 sounds like a lot of fun because from what I've read, it can go from dead to wide open in minutes, and vice-versa?
Sounds like a fun band with the right equipment!
Due to its sometimes unpredictable nature, it is called the Magic Band and rightly so....Now, with the right gear and antenna, 6m can be a good mid range performer all the time (instead of trying to talk to guys on 75m 100-200miles away and putting up with static crashes, etc, a decent 6m station would be better) Antennas are easy to manage as to size and its a great band to experiment with home built antennas...also the right 6m all mode rig can make a great IF for xvtrs to higher bands for weak signal work. Welcome to the hobby and I hope you enjoy 6m as much as I have.
PS: due to the natural background noise peaking in the 40-70MHz range, I advise use of a good Noise Blanker on ANY 6m rig...a lot of commercial lowband FM rigs have them...so do most amateur gear except that in allmode and FM only radios, most ham gear does NOT have a NB that works in that mode...my 857D's NB works great on SSB...can take a S9 noise level down to a S1...but on FM? nope...no effect at all...so beware if you try 6FM on a multimode rig. Why that is, I cannot say...I have asked the manufacturers about it and gotten lip service...but if FM doesnt need a NB, why do their commercial lines have it?? HMMMMM