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Author Topic: The Hows and Whys of Operating on Two Meters or Six During the Summer Months  (Read 334 times)
WA2ONH
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« on: June 08, 2019, 07:25:59 AM »

From the "ON ALL BANDS" site (AN AMATEUR RADIO BLOG BY DX ENGINEERING)
https://www.onallbands.com/

An article entitled "The Hows and Whys of Operating on Two Meters or Six During the Summer Months"
Technical Articles - Posted by Sean Kutzko, KX9X on May 22, 2019
https://www.onallbands.com/the-hows-and-whys-of-operating-on-two-meters-or-six-during-the-summer-months/

"Trying to enjoy Ham Radio during the bottom of the 11-year solar cycle can be tough. The maximum usable frequency (MUF) rarely gets above 14 MHz, meaning QSOs on 17, 15, 12, and 10 meters are hard to come by. And the summer months see an increase in noise on the HF bands, which only deepens the suffering.

However, for many Hams, the summer months are the most exciting time to be on the air. These are VHFers, Hams who enjoy making QSOs on 50 MHz and up. To them, mid-May to mid-August on the “ultra-highs” offers exciting propagation modes whose openings have nothing to do with the 11-year solar cycle."
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73 de WA2ONH  <dit dit> ... Charlie
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2019, 10:50:09 AM »

Indeed!

Been enjoying 6M and VHF in general for near 20 years.

Also wire can be a good way to make antennas for 6.

Allison
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AF5CC
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2019, 10:51:05 PM »

But even during the solar minimum summer will give us E skip on 10, 12, and 15 meters, making those bands usable again.  I am trying to complete my 12 meter Worked All States this summer.  Worked 2 new ones today-ME and CO.  Only 13 more to go! 

I finished off the 10 meter portion of my first 5 band WAS (and 10 was the last band I needed) during the summer Es season as well.

Plus 6 meters is just a lot of fun!

73 John W5TD (ex AF5CC)
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