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Author Topic: Any nice Es openings on 6M yet? ( Been away)  (Read 3205 times)
W3HKK
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« on: May 10, 2012, 04:27:29 PM »

And its about time things heated up!
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KF6A
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2012, 09:29:33 PM »

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Any nice Es openings on 6M yet?

Yes, there have been a few. Today was the first day it opened to Eu from the US. I wasn't able to get into the opening to Europe but for me the band opened to the west and I picked up two new grids today. I'm definitely looking forward for my turn to work Eu this year. :-)
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KE4YOG
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2012, 06:25:33 PM »

According to DX Sherlock today was wide open. I was busy helping with family stuff and not able to operate any.
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KE4VVF
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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2012, 06:58:41 AM »

Nice sustained opening yesterday.  Good strong signals on SSB.
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W3HKK
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2012, 03:55:03 AM »

Im seeing lots of lines on DXSherlock, but only hearing a few of them in central Ohio.  Worked one FN19 yesterday and heard little else, but the spots were hot  heavy and over my head! Funny how that goes. 

5 el yagi at 15 ft here.  I hear height makes a diff!
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KK4BNO
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2012, 09:03:18 PM »

Lines over my head too.  Roll Eyes
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W3HKK
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2012, 09:17:31 AM »

May 28th at 0130z heard two huge signals from ND, here in central Ohio......the guys were working   major pile ups, and did so for hours.  Not many other loud sigs on.  They were  peaking 59+10/20.  Beautiful.

Must be fun when the skip is in to YOU!
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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2012, 07:31:30 AM »

We had a nice opening to the Caribbean on Monday afternoon and a lot of the locals with bigger setups were working Europeans on Monday morning.  I couldn't hear the Europeans, though. 
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AD1DX
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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2012, 10:01:26 AM »

It was open from New England to the midwest last night around 2300.Good signals from Iowa and Missouri.

73 Ceasar
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KE4VVF
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« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2012, 12:52:10 AM »

Great DX this week.
Got PA, CA, UT, WI, PR, LA, TX, MO, MN, ND and MI from my NC QTH.  It took about an hour to get the California station but at 2,140 mi it makes me think Europe & South America may be possible this year on 6m USB.

I use my IC-746 / G5RV and scan between 50.110 and 50.150 USB with absolute minimum squelch. Switch over to a Cushcraft A505S 5 element Yagi when I hear any activity.  Wish I had a 6m square loop for monitoring but the G5RV works pretty well for a big ear.   
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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2012, 08:18:06 AM »

I noticed the opening last night as well, and it seems to have coincided with a meteor shower (?), though I'm not sure if the opening was sparked by that?

Right now my only antenna is a 40 meter delta loop, fed at the bottom apex, long flat horizontal part between two trees.  I'm suspicious that it might favor vertical polarization on higher bands though, I'm thinking about some other DIY option for 6 meter DX operation.

-Chuck
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