Lessons Learned for 6 meters

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    Jeff Millar
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    Here are some brief points about 6 meter operation…while I still remember them.

    Distance

    • Sections worked extended to ME, VT, ENY, NNJ, NLI.
    • ENY and NNJ were rare, EMA, WMA, CT were common
    • Don’t recall an RI contact
    • Limited Sporadic E

    Signals

    • We seemed to hear much better than other stations
    • Maybe the site has lower noise
    • Maybe the 746 and 7300 are better than average radios

    Digital modes

    • No contacts, very disappointing
    • Meteors were common
    • Heard 1000W station at about 1 ping per 15 seconds but he could not hear us with 100W

    Operating

    • Everyone went to bed at midnight, overnight operation not useful
    • Mostly call CQ with voice keyer, maintain presence
    • Select calling frequency away from 50.125, and between common channels, like 50.1425, to minimize chance distant station have a local on same freq that we can’t hear

    Transceivers

    • Spectrum display of 7300 very nice for search and pounce
    • N1MM+ and my Linux laptop not compatible, 🙁

    Antenna

    • 4 element beam worked normally even though close to tribander
    • Uniform spacing of elements is a very old design
    • Thick wall boom makes for a heavy design
    • Need more gain

    Assistance

    • Nice to see DxMaps display of Sporadic E
    • Negotiated several MS contact tries without success

    Possible Station Improvements

    • Hilltop location could double contact totals by making ENY, NLI, NNJ more common
    • Hollis High School at about 500 ft, Birch Hill in NW Hollis at 800 ft, but wooded and no roads, House on Summit Ln has a large back yard at 800 ft (ham?)
    • Need more antenna to make digital modes work
    • Suggest lightweight 6 elements at the top of the tower
    • Suggest 2nd lightweight 6 el mounted at about 25 feet point fixed on 260 deg
    • Use upper/lower/both switch to combine antennas
    #3489
    Fred Kemmerer
    Fred Kemmerer
    Keymaster

    A very good set of Lesson Learned Jeff – thank you for posting it. We will keep working to improve on 6m setup for Field Day.

    73,

    - Fred (AB1OC)
    President, Nashua Area Radio Society

    ab1oc@arrl.net
    Visit us on the web at - https://www.n1fd.org

    #3490
    Fred Kemmerer
    Fred Kemmerer
    Keymaster

    A very good set of Lesson Learned Jeff – thank you for posting it. We will keep working to improve on 6m setup for Field Day.

    73,

    - Fred (AB1OC)
    President, Nashua Area Radio Society

    ab1oc@arrl.net
    Visit us on the web at - https://www.n1fd.org

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