RE: 6m NEWBIE NOTES

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From: Nick Kennedy (nkennedy@tcainternet.com)
Date: Sat May 26 2001 - 19:44:30 CDT


Seems a lot of us are getting on 6 for the first time. These new little
bitty transceivers that cover HF and VHF are the greatest. I've had my
IC706-2G for a couple of months. A few weeks ago I heard some CW (of all
things) on 6. Didn't have a 6 meter antenna yet but I couldn't resist, so
I cranked the power down to 20 watts for a little protection and worked a
couple of guys in the New England area using my KT-34A tribander! (I'm in
Arkansas.)

Six meters has always seemed like an exotic band to me--nice that there'e
still something new to try after 39 years of hamming. Since making those
QSO's on my HF beam, I've put up a dipole and made a couple more. You can
do a lot of monitoring while hearing nothing but background noise, though.
 I'm finding that I hear most in the late afternoon and early evening.

Regarding openings--I think a lot of times they are highly selective.
 There might be one from NJ to FLA but over here in the mid-south there's
nothing. I've also renewed my interest in DXing a bit, and have found this
link ( http://oh2aq.kolumbus.com/dxs/ ), called DX Summit to be of use for
both DX and 6. It lists "spots" of activity in close to real time--with
stations and frequency given. You can select HF or VHF spots, or both.
 eHam has something similar. For 6 meters, I look to see if anyone in or
near my grid is seeing any action.

On CW, I've mostly heard stations in the 50.196 to 50.199 range.

You need to know your grid square. Lots of stations on 6 don't even bother
to give their state--just their grid. Look up your call on QRZ.COM to get
your grid.

CU on 6?

72--Nick, WA5BDU


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