6m season

Discussion in 'VHF/UHF - 50Mhz and Beyond' started by KE8KMX, Mar 9, 2021.

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  1. N2SLO

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    I would stay away from Cushcraft, its older technology and modeling. M2 is the way to go, you can also get on the air with a 6M Loop... Cubex 2 element quads have low wind load and you can use an old TV/radio shack rotor . I miss my 6M stuff, actually I miss all my VHF/UHF equipment, its ready to be unpacked at my new location and I hope to get on 6 in a few months.
     
  2. WD4ELG

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    I have a 5 ele yagi from M2, it works well. But I can't raise it high enough. I have the Par 6 meter moxon suspended between two trees at 50 feet...that should be able to get some good DX this spring. They are a good price and easy to assemble. And yes, I would get one now...although we're not at Es peak yet, we do have some tropo with springtime high pressure coming soon...and there is a ton more activity than in years past because FT8 makes the possibility of QSO's even in marginal conditions.
     
  3. KI4POT

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    I'm hoping to be able to hang my 6m j-pole in a tree while camping and do some productive 6m FM work with my Yaesu VX-7r. If things are really good, I'll hang my dipole and use the same radio on 6m AM. I'll be content to get a few unplanned* on FM and 1, only 1 on AM some time before this radio dies. o_O :D

    *I've done several on 6m FM and one on 6m AM, but only after talking to that person on 2m and having them switch over.

    Chris
     
  4. WA9SVD

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    I'll take actual performance (and reliability), even if it is from "older technology," over "modern design" or modeling any day. That said, M^2 does produce a very good product. And most important, is get SOMETHING up in the air, and get ON the air!
     
  5. WD4ELG

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    @KI4POT Chris - is there any 6M FM activity? AM activity? Could you take a Par moxon and put it together for some long distance work?
     
  6. KI4POT

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    Random activity like you'd see on 146.52 FM? Not that I've seen so far. All of my 6m contacts have been arranged. Most recently, during the VHF contest, I was activating a summit for SOTA and worked people on 2m, then followed them to 6m FM as agreed. A week before that, I had my buddy call me on 6m AM so I could see if 6m AM worked on my VX-7R (it does).

    Otherwise, I've never gotten a contact on 6m FM or AM. I've tried both while camping. Last time, in Febuary, I left my 6m J-pole up for most of the trip and called CQ often enough for it to become the running joke at camp :rolleyes:. No response at all.

    I suppose a better antenna might help, but I'm normally doing this while camping or activating a summit, so I packed light and using roll-up antennas of some sort. I'm not super-hardcore about 6m either. I'm mainly trying it because I have this radio with 6m capability and I want to use it! o_O

    Chris
     
  7. WA3GWK

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    I use a PAR Moxon on 6 meters. It works well for sporadic E as it is not too sharp. A longer yagi would be better for tropo but the moxon will work.
     
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  8. WA4SIX

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    When solar conditions come back, I think 6M AM/FM should come back in style.
    In 1999, I used a VX-5R to work UK repeaters from south of Boston with the stock antenna/extender.

    Ed
     
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  9. KE8OKM

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    I have a Par-Endfedz 6m antenna. This past weekend I did a SOTA activation and called out 6m FM simplex. Usually it’s a lesson in frustration but this time, Someone answered!!!! Yay!
    My first 6m simplex QSO.....ham was 20 miles away but I’ll take it!

    Erik
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  10. N5TJD

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    I'd second an LFA as well, however, if you want to get the 5-el Cushcraft, W5WVO has a great writeup about extending the boom from 12' to 17.5' It also involves changing the elements lengths and spacing. All said it is a great write up and all you really need to modify it is a 6' x 1.5" OD x 0.058" 6060 Aluminum tubing, you can get cheaply at Texas Towers or DX Engineering... Forward gain benefits but it really improves the F/B ratio.
     

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