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W1AW to start on 6 meters again

Discussion in 'VHF/UHF - 50Mhz and Beyond' started by KC3JIN, Dec 6, 2017 at 2:07 PM.

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  1. KC3JIN

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  2. WA8UEG

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    Good to know, thanks. I live a bit closer then you and at a very high elevation in the Pocono's and can get them ground wave so I will be listening and sending reports.
     
  3. KB4QAA

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    Very good news. I think it is important for them to encourage activity on the band.
     
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  4. ND6M

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    Gee, aren't there already enuf beacons on 6?
     
  5. KL7AJ

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  6. KB4QAA

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    We aren't discussing that. In any case, the ARRL is not setting up a beacon. More people will be interested in hearing bulletins than simply hearing identifiers endlessly repeated.
     
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  7. WA9ZZZ

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    "Hop" usually refers to an ionospheric reflection. 6m is good for sporadic-E skip at certain times of the year. This tends to be around 1000-1200 miles for one hop. At 190 miles you are way too close for that.

    The sporadic-E skip can be interesting. 6m can suddenly open up with stations 1000 miles away being stronger than nearby stations. The band can be open for a while, then suddenly fade away.

    However, you are probably close enough to W1AW for some good ground wave or tropospheric propagation if you have a good antenna system (and if W1AW does). I'll let some others with more recent experience give you the details.
     
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  8. K9STH

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    Technically, there is no real "ground wave" signal on 6-meters. At 50 MHz, "ground wave" can be measured in feet / meters and not that many of those. "Ground wave" occurs on MF and, at times, up to the 80/75-meter band and has to be vertically polarized. What people call "ground wave" is really "line of sight" propagation and the radio horizon is right at 1/3rd longer than visual "line of sight".

    There are tropospheric conditions that extend the range and those conditions are subject to change at any time.

    Glen, K9STH
     
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  9. ND6M

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    From the OP's link

    QUOTE:" another goal of the W1AW transmission on the Magic Band is to act as a beacon on 6 meters, especially from the Northeast US...."
     
  10. KB4QAA

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    Yes, "Act as a beacon" to attract users to the band and modes. NOT to install an automated CW propagation beacon. Figurative action vs. literal technical installation.
     
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