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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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Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:41 am
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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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