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Author Topic: 6 meter CW calling Freq  (Read 2479 times)
AB9LZ
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« on: May 13, 2007, 08:06:20 AM »

Is there a standard 6m CW calling freq? Some say 090, others say anywhere above 100. The few CW qso's I've had have been with folks calling CQ on the SSB calling freq of 125.

The one time I called CQ at 105 some numbnut came on and told me I was in the phone band.

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N7KRT
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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2007, 10:33:19 AM »

I use .090, and have found activity mostly between .090 and 50.1 MHz.
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N4KZ
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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2007, 05:54:10 AM »

The vast majority of 6-meter CW QSOs take place between 50.090 and 50.100. But sometimes you will hear CW a little higher in frequency and a little lower, if the band is crowded and it does get that way sometimes during openings.

As for a specific CW calling frequency, I'm not sure if there is one. If there is, it doesn't seem to be universally recognized. When I call CQ on 6-meter CW, I usually go for 50.100 or just a kHz or two below that.

73, N4KZ
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2007, 08:17:22 AM »

Unless you're specifically trying to contact a "DX" station, you should avoid 50.105 because that's in the "DX" subband -- a gentleman's agreement set-aside between 50.100 and 50.120 (centered on a "DX" calling frequency of 50.110) for DXing only.  US-to-US contacts shouldn't be made in this part of the band, but US-to-DX contacts are encouraged here.  Regardless of mode.

Yes, CW is "legal" all over 6m from 50.001 to 53.999; doesn't make it proper.

Most CW activity is between 50.080 and 50.099.

In a pinch when SSB just won't cut through, anybody has the right to switch to CW on whatever frequency they were using SSB, to see if the mode change helps -- it often does.  I've started many 6m QSOs on 50.125 SSB and finished them on 50.125 CW because signals got too weak to finish on phone.  No problem, it's pretty common to do that.

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N3OX
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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2007, 08:56:25 PM »

I'd say if the band is utterly dead, call CQ on 50.125 in CW, just because there isn't a CW calling frequency.

If the band is open, call in the .080-.099 window.  No need for a calling frequency if the band is open.

I always tune .080-.100 looking for domestic CW when the band is open.

Dan
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Dan
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