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Is there really a 6-meter band for radio amateurs?

Discussion in 'VHF/UHF - 50Mhz and Beyond' started by WA7DU, Aug 23, 2014.

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  1. WA7DU

    WA7DU Ham Member QRZ Page

    This has been a worthwhile thread for me. Lots of good info and good advice, which may require an "expanded" point-of-view regarding my selection criteria. Thank you to all who replied.
  2. WA6MHZ

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    I have 6 on my FTdx5K, and I tune over there to 50.125 every night, but there is always NO ONE THERE!
  3. N3AWS

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    Six meters is a marvelous band and can quickly become addicting!

    I got on 6 back in 1998 after I bought a used original 706. Station evolved from a 706 and attic dipole through a 706MKIIG and FT-817 to a 756 Pro II and Super Antennas beam over the years.

    In my opinion, any rig that gets you on 6 is worth the investment.

    And if you like to play with antennas, six is the bomb!

    73 and have fun!

    Jim N3AWS
  4. WA7DU

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    Maybe they are there, but are allergic to cats.
  5. N9DG

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    Here's about 1000 words describing why only watching or listening to the calling frequency is a rather limiting strategy (scaled to 75% of actual screen size):


    A similar thing occurs on the 2M 144.2 MHz SSB calling frequency as well, but never as dramatic as this 6M example..

  6. WA8UEG

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    A dedicated rig helps as you can park it on .125 and set the squelch with the volume up but you should be able to that with the 5K as I think it has an independent receiver. Also, I have had the radio parked for 2 hours and not heard a thing, called CQ and had 3 stations come back to my call. Also, I have the most success on CW around .100, CW greatly extends the range on 6, of course that's true on all bands but especially on 6..
  7. WB2WIK

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    Beam that works well, and rotating it a lot, helps.

    I always hear stuff on 50.125 (well, not "always," but several times a day or night), but never know where it's going to come from. With a 7L beam that's fairly sharp, it's easy for it to be in the wrong direction.

    I hear the N0LL beacon in Kansas a whole lot, and that's halfway across the country...but often even when I hear Larry's beacon, there's nobody around!
  8. W0AAT

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    If a beam is not an option there are affordable horizontal loops that will work.
  9. KM4YH

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    I want to add my 2 cents about 6m. To get your feet wet, search this simple antenna site(wvfisher/hdoublebay). this wire antenna is so simple & its performance is unbelievable. I have tried many antennas, this is a keeper.Mine is about 35 feet above ground,in a maple tree.It is directional, I turn it the old fashion way (hand).I have worked the midwest & the azores with a 100 w.Get busy getting this up & enjoy the openings.
  10. K9STH

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    You are suffering from the 50.125 MHz malady! You are listening but NOT calling CQ. If someone is not transmitting then there will be no signals to be received. MANY 6-meter openings go unnoticed because everyone is listening and no one is transmitting!

    Call CQ. If no one answers then rotate the antenna about 30-degrees and call CQ again. Do this for the entire 360-degrees of the compass. If there is even a hint of an opening, calling CQ will usually bring stations out of the woodwork!

    Glen, K9STH
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