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Re: I became an M6

Postby m0lsx » Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:10 pm

Darkstar wrote:17mtrs(18mhz) is a cracking band for a decent QSO, this is often where people go to so as to avoid the ignorant contesters who insist on occupying all available bandspace. This is one of the WARC bands where contesting is not allowed, the others are 10mtrs, 12mtrs and now 75mtrs (5mhz). If you hate contests as much as I do these bands are a sanctuary :thumbup: :smiles:


I'll second the 17 meter suggestion, it's a great band & short enough to operate with a decent antenna, even if you have a small garden.
But 10 meters is not a WARC band & it does have contesting on it. But it's a great band this time of year, the same with 6 meters.
I have worked Scotland via the New York 10 meter repeater using just 5 watts & Poland using 2.5 watts of SSB whilst mobile on 6 meters.
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Re: I became an M6

Postby Darkstar » Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:22 pm

m0lsx wrote:
Darkstar wrote:17mtrs(18mhz) is a cracking band for a decent QSO, this is often where people go to so as to avoid the ignorant contesters who insist on occupying all available bandspace. This is one of the WARC bands where contesting is not allowed, the others are 10mtrs, 12mtrs and now 75mtrs (5mhz). If you hate contests as much as I do these bands are a sanctuary :thumbup: :smiles:


I'll second the 17 meter suggestion, it's a great band & short enough to operate with a decent antenna, even if you have a small garden.
But 10 meters is not a WARC band & it does have contesting on it. But it's a great band this time of year, the same with 6 meters.
I have worked Scotland via the New York 10 meter repeater using just 5 watts & Poland using 2.5 watts of SSB whilst mobile on 6 meters.



Whoops my bad, i meant 30mtrs (10 mhz) not 10 mtrs :embarrased: 30 mtrs is morse/rtty. You are right about 10 mtrs though, my best was working the gambia on FM via a repeater, i have had some excellent contacts on this band
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Re: I became an M6

Postby i like old stuff » Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:46 am

Cheers chaps
Lots to go at there. Ive got all the RSGB band plans saved on the desktop and even though ive got the HF rig ready to go, ive been sticking to 2M and 70CM for the moment. as well as my shack equipment which is all Yaesu, I bought the usual cheap Chinese radios to play about with and have now replaced with a pair of new Vx6-E radios.

I wanted to talk to my dad on air, he hasnt been on for 20 years so that was another reason I became licensed.
Ive had upwards of 50 contacts now and so far, myself M6OXP and my dad M0AYP have had a few good QSO's on a very much underused 70CM repeater, that being GB3HJ. To do this I made him a slim jim out of ladder line, ive also made him a slim jim for 2M out of ladder line for accessing GB3HG which is the next box to tick.

Ill bookmark this thread so I can refer back, i'm not really interested in contests although I did help set up the mast and portable station for the club I'm in for the current SSB field day contest that ends at 2PM today.


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Re: I became an M6

Postby m0lsx » Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:39 pm

i like old stuff wrote: I made him a slim jim out of ladder line, ive also made him a slim jim for 2M out of ladder line for accessing GB3HG which is the next box to tick.
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A 2 meter slim Jim should also work on 70cm.
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