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Im sure we will be able to work each other Kelvin.

In my mind I was thinking that after the 432Mhz UKAC in April would be the time I did the antenna swap,.Ive been quite enjoying 432Mhz tough though it is, so I might try to keep a single antenna up on the tower.
Ive even been thinking about taking the HF 3ele triband yagi off as I dont use it that much,trouble is there's at least one new one coming up this year which is making me a bit reluctant to do so

So next week I will put the 6M 7ele back up,and take down the 2 x 20ele,its good to see reports of 6M waking up again

Its going to be interesting to see how well Dave RAU does this year on 6M from IN79,I reckon he's going to get some transatlantic openings all to himself,I also suspect that this year its going to be difficult to know if FT8 is the place to be or ssb/cw.

Have you seen much of Dave G4ISK lately ?


Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:48 am
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g4rra wrote:
Its going to be interesting to see how well Dave RAU does this year on 6M from IN79,I reckon he's going to get some transatlantic openings all to himself


He'll be the new GJ4ICD - I remember when we first got the band on general release, Geoff was working stuff most of us couldn't even hear. Dave's new location does look very promising for 6m.


Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:26 am
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Hi Paul

Having operated from down there back in my days with the Square Bashers, I'm sure RAU will be a force to be reckoned with. The band seemed to open to EA at the merest sniff of the pressure rising.
I did a quick test with him the other night on six and he was a good S9 on tropo. But at his end it's almost a sea takeoff so should be easy anyway.
Lizard was on my list of possible places to settle, but the xyl has lived most of life in Cornwall and hated the summer months when the Grockles descended - so it left the list pretty early :cry:

My best 6m Tropo so far from here is just shy of 800Km, but have done some forwardscatter tests that work very well up to 1200Km

I'll likely keep the pair in use for the season now they are back up, but the stack is a wee bit too close to be optimum and I'm considering going for a single long yagi. It'll also allow me to get around to putting the other bands up.
I'd thought of siting the 6m antenna on a mobile tower and really just use it for the mains Es season keeping one of the six's on the main tower to use - but that's a plan for another year for sure as it'd mean a very long feeder run.

As for ft8, it's still a new thing for me but I have seen it decode sigs in the noise - I'm quite impressed with it but when it doesn't decode clearly audible signals due to scattering etc, it's frustrating to say the least.
I think for me this year it'll be a mix of modes depending on activity levels on SSB & CW, and how hard going or how quickly I get fed up with the going's on on ft8

Still see a fair bit of Dave ISK. He was back in the UK for Easter and no doubt I'll meet up with him in the next week or so - it's the local radio club :thumbsup: .
Often you or the old club come up in conversation over a coffee

cu on 6 soon

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I put up the dual band 9 element 10/6m yagi on saturday afternoon so I'm ready for a bit of action this spring/summer.
It's no great performer with just 5 elements on 6m but it will do.

Kelvin if you fancy a sked one of these evenings on 6m we could give it a try. At the moment tropo conditions seem awful.
I had a quick tune around and could only find two beacons, EI0SIX and GB3MCB.

I wonder if RAL and BAA are off air? BUX certainly is as it should be end stopping here. I expected to hear NGI but can't detect that either!
If it wasn't for MCB I'd be looking for a problem with the antenna.

FT8- can't see me doing anything with that to be honest.

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Good to hook up with you on 6 Ian, that's band No3 ticked off.

I'll leave the 4m gear in the garage roof for a while yet.

Was surprised when you came up so strong just as I checked the freq was clear - took me by surprise :D
Nice solid signal and very loud MS.

Starting to get some fleeting openings here now, I, IS0 and S5 today but over in 5 - 10mins.
Even managed one SSB and a few CW qso's :thumbsup:
Very very hard to get anyone off ft8 at the moment, hope it'll change when condx improve.

See you in the forthcoming pile-ups :cool:

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Likewise Kelvin,
A nice distance on what was a pretty flat band, you were up and down with qsb and actually in my worst direction at 180deg.
I have all sorts of noise issues in that direction and a water pumping station in the way.

Thanks for coming on air to test with me.
Nothing else heard here on 6 today, I was using a dual 10/6m yagi with 5 elements on the band, it's a compromise but works.
This is my take off in your direction so 579km is good going.

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Worked Africa on 6M yesterday, so things are looking up.

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Who was that then John ?

Ive still not got the 6m beam up and time is ticking...


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Things are starting to pick up Paul, better get the ant up ;)

Yesterday OH was working into UK - wasn't qrv due to ant work.

But had some patchy Es here in the afternoon, and also some today LZ, YO, UX + locals :D

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Decent conditions again today with some very big signals indeed - YU6MM was Huge.
Best heard on my Bigwheel monitor was KP52. GM's worked into S01

50.313 was wall to wall full of ft8 stations, I saw lot's and lot's of repeats due to no decode - meant contacts were taking ages for many.
Was hard work getting anyone to move off onto SSB or CW, 313 appears to have a glue like effect for lots :lol:

I spent most of the day cutting grass but managed 9SSB and 4CW qso's - spent about two minutes txing on 313 and decided to leave them to it ;)

In my opinion ft8 seems fine for generating activity, or when condx are weak - similar to JT65, when sigs are strong it's a big step backwards to stay on there.
JT65 will hopefully still be place to be for weak JA and NA, but my guess is that the draw of ft8 for many stations will be great due to activity levels.

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Ive still not got the 6m beam up and time is ticking...


+1 a job for this weekend I think.

There does seem to have been a lot of early Es, I've been down on 12m working lots of stations. Both 10m and 12m produced PY/LU when the Es on the southerly path linked into TEP, wonder if any of this reached 6m?


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Hi Daz

I'm not aware of that happening yet, although the Yanks are reporting getting snippets of the St Pete TV transmitter today on 49.750MHz

Again it's been wall to wall from OH all way round to S01.

More activity on SSB and CW for sure :good:
Although when I've looked on 313 there's still loads stuck on there doing repeat after repeat :lol:

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Condx still patchy but showing signs of improving.
5B4 stn's here this morning, 9K worked from central EU and SV to UN path open

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Well after a back-breaking day yesterday the Hexbeam is down and the 21ft 6m yagi is back up. 2nd QSO was 7X3WPL in JM13 for a new grid, #651 I think :D


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Well done Daz, ended up going out until late pm. when I switched back on he was 59+ on 150 with a decent pile-up.

Worked a few more on SSB while I was at it. Heard SU1SK very briefly on CW but he had one hell of a EU pack calling him so I ended up swl only.

Really good to see activity spreading out as things progress. See you on soon no doubt.

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