50MHzby M0TTB - Andy on 05/15/12
Have to admit, 6m has never set my pulse racing...never had a dedicated antenna for it. I've picked up some summer sporadic E pickings around EU, with EA8 and EA9 the best, but I can't remember hearing anything more distant than that.
I had even planned to remove the 6m element of my hexbeam the next time I lowered it, after a few comments that it may not help the 17m element.
I had been having a nose aroung 50MHz over the last couple of weeks, mainly because I had a chat with Taher 3B8DB and he said he was getting into it.... 3B8 would be nice on 6m. Alas, it was not Taher that I came across today, although he was spotted but not heard here, I did hear FR4NT amongst a pile-up of G's and others. My amp wasn't on, and without expecting any joy, I gave a couple of calls... and low and behold I worked him.
I was delighted, FR isn't too difficult but it is proper dx... so my interest in 6m has now increased dramatically. OK, 2 elements isn't pile-up busting on 6m, but I can do 400w if needed (it wasn't today). I suspect my main problem will be one of hearing the dx.
Not much else... I found E4 on 12m before anyone else at the weekend, heard him asking if the frequency was in use and got in there at the very start, which always helps.
Picked up 6O on the 5 bands I use... In fact it seems ages ago now. Finally got 3A on a band other than 20m, picking up world traveller Vincent 3A/F4BKV on 20m & 17m... the bonus was a new one for LoTW.