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Title: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: W3HKK 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.


Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: WB2WIK 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.


Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: KY6M 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?  ;D
I think I will be able to hear you on my 6 meter vertical at 22'


Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: KQ6EA 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


Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: HAMFESTS 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. ;D

To Steve: I'm jealous  :(

73


Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: KQ6EA 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


Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: AD9DX 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). 


Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: KE4DRN 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


Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: KY6M 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


Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: WB2WIK 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.



Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: K5TEN 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


Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: KD5TXX 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.


Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: W3HKK 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.



Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: KT4NR 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.


Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: KT4NR 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?  ;D
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.


Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: W3HKK on May 29, 2013, 10:44:11 AM
UPDATE:  WW8OH (EM89) has raised the tower to 50 ft.  Another 10 ft of mast should go up this week.
A 14 el 440 MHz yagi ( horiz and vert elements) is planned for 60 ft,  a pair of 10 el yagis for 2M will be at 55 ft, and the 5 el KLM 6M yagi will be at 51 ft.

IC7600 for 6M puts out 100w.  Working on a 200w amp for 2/70cm.

Lots of daily openings seen on the www to the south and west.

SSB, FM and CW modes planned.


Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: W7TZ on May 30, 2013, 12:38:46 PM
My partner and I will be running multi-op under his call (K7NG) from near the top of CN72. We will be active on 6, 2, 222 (FM Only) and 432.


Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: AD9DX on May 30, 2013, 07:45:53 PM
I'll be trying with my Heath kit sizer.  5 watts AM.  No I am not kidding.  I just want one contact.


That call looks familiar. DE Elijah1  ;D


Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: KB1GMX on May 31, 2013, 10:04:37 AM
I'll be there with 6/2/432, propagation or not!


Allison


Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: W4KVW on May 31, 2013, 11:48:34 AM
I will work some 6 & 2 meter SSB but NOT keeping score for myself.Not any FUN to me having to log with a computer & work stations at the same time being slow with my typing.I have my ARRL paper work for past years WINS as well as a 2nd place in the World Six Meter World Wide Club Contest & now only do it for others scores NOT mine.Hope you all do well & maybe the bands will be WIDE OPEN for a change. {:>)   ;)

Clayton
W4KVW
EM80


Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: KD5TXX on May 31, 2013, 04:05:33 PM
I'll be trying with my Heath kit sizer.  5 watts AM.  No I am not kidding.  I just want one contact.


That call looks familiar. DE Elijah1  ;D

Yep.  The same.  Building a 6m antenna this weekend I hope.


Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: K0SBV on May 31, 2013, 10:23:14 PM
Planning on working six portable from DM32 on both Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon.


Title: RE: ARRL VHF CONTEST June 8-9: Who's planning to operate 6M?
Post by: W3HKK on June 04, 2013, 07:20:15 PM
 WW8OH - in central Ohio -  reports the 50 ft tower, and 10 extra feet from the  mast is now in place, being turned by a Yaesu rotator, and supporting;
-  5 els at 52 ft for 6M,
-  2x10 els  at 56 ft for 2M,
- and 14 els for 70 cm at 61 ft.

Power: 100w on 6M ssb and cw - 200w on 2M ssb/50w on 2M FM - and 100w on 70 cm ssb / 35w on  FM.

We are ready to   do it!   The WX looks ideal.  The  four man team is primed.  Lap tops are loaded with N3FJP software.  Now all we need is some.....propagation.

Hope to see you on 6, 2 and 70 cm.

The Gang at COOKEN....Brad, Kevin, Jack, and Bob.