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 6M ES, again. 
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Italy and France, at the moment.

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Italy and France, at the moment.

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What kind of set up do you use?

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Italy and France, at the moment.

Cheers

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What kind of set up do you use?

Just a 756ProIII, and 5ele Yagi.
Today the antenna was just at 25ft, or so, as it was windy.

6M is pretty noisy here but the main source is fortunately off on a Sunday.

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I even managed a few QSOs yesterday and the main 6m aerial is in bits in the garage.

My Hexbeam (without 6m) seems to have a 2.2 SWR on 6m which is acceptable to the amp, so made a few QSOs with DL and OM. ON8DM even worked JA back in Aug this way after he'd taken his main 6m aerial down for the season. I did leave the Hexbeam connected monitoring MSK144 on 6m for a few hours a while back and was amazed to pick up signals all over Eu on MS, so even though it's not designed / cut fo the band, it seems to work.


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Now the bloody winds have calmed down, 6M beam going back up tomorrow.
(But the vertical did remain up all the time during the bad weather at about 35feet)

Even just bought another radio to sit and monitor that band :cry:

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Even just bought another radio to sit and monitor that band :cry:


Reminds me of my life 25 years ago.

There was a small, passionate group of 6m enthusiasts here in Glos, we were all home in the daytime due to shift working or running own businesses and would spent endless days / weeks / months listening to white noise on 6m: no Internet or even much of a DX cluster back then. We even formed a small club, the White Noise Listening Society, and used to meet down a local pub on a Sun night. Depite all the hours listening fruitlessly on 6m, occasionally one of us would pick up some really nice DX. Peter G7ETZ (SK) always rubbed it in after working VK on one of the mornings I had to work, and I wound others up after working 5V. Lots of beer, banter and radio :D I'm the only one left on 6m now, the motivation to endlessly listen isn't quite there these days outside the Es season, unless we get a large solar max next time around.


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Then there was a bunch of us in Birmingham listening to you lot working the DX.
Only got my one upmanship badge on the locals when I bagged VK myself.

Now in a hole on the Isle of Wight, can someone remind me what an opening is, just
do not get to hear the DX as often these days, must be too close.

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Can't help you Phil, my two best on 6 meters were Bermuda, and Iceland, although I did have several QSO's with "Inggy" in Iceland that particular year.
Only had a three element basic yagi up at the time, and a transverter, 25 watt micky modules one, driven from an FT290, so was well pleased at the time.
Other than that 6 meters for me has been just the usual "when open" suspects, and nothing to claim awards over! :)
I take my hat off to those that make the most out of it! :thumbsup:

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6m is a great band,you never know what will pop up,last year was quite a good one for me lets hope this year is just as good.

At this point I should admit Im a bit of a fair weather 6M dxer.

My antenna goes up in April and comes back down a couple of weeks after the Perseids in August,so far Ive only been unlucky and missed something decent while it was down once..it was a tad annoying at the time though !


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Can't help you Phil, my two best on 6 meters were Bermuda, and Iceland, although I did have several QSO's with "Inggy" in Iceland that particular year.
Only had a three element basic yagi up at the time, and a transverter, 25 watt micky modules one, driven from an FT290, so was well pleased at the time.
Other than that 6 meters for me has been just the usual "when open" suspects, and nothing to claim awards over! :)
I take my hat off to those that make the most out of it! :thumbsup:

There are a couple of 6M stations ative in Iceland.
TF6ML, who also goes out portable, has given me a few squares along with G4ODA who has visited.
They have both been active on 4M as well.
The sparse population makes getting many squares difficult.

Best winter time QSO was 2255km to LZ, and summer time (May seems to be the best) 9954km to FR4.
I've never been fortunate enough to work anything like as far as VK.

It's amazing what pops up on a seemingly flat band.
4M is much the same except, of course, there are far less countries with access.

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Your right it is amazing Tony!
I used to use 6 meters FM as a local chat band late at night, and on one occasion "Inggy" from Iceland, called in to say he was tuning around and was shocked to hear some UK FM stations, me and my mate I was in QSO with at the time both spoke to him before whatever conditions were applying at that time dropped out!
The other QSO's were on SSB.

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I was lucky a couple of years ago, was monitoring the band while having breakfast, saw some guys working JA, listened suddenly the JA came up our of the noise, Quick call , in the Log, 100W to a 3 Ele...


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