Tuesday 20 December 2016 6m opening lasting several hours. Operating from my home QTH (QF44MP) 9 km south-west of Canberra GPO, I made several 6m Sporadic E QSOs today plus Matt VK1MA, currently on Norfolk Island 1909 km (1,185 miles) north-east in the South Pacific Ocean, reported hearing me call CQ on 50.110 at 01:15 UTC 🙂
Stations heard on 6m: ZL1TAP, ZL1AKW, ZL2WHO, ZL3RC and Frank VK5KV in Port Augusta, South Australia.
My equipment: Yaesu FT-857D @ a modest 80 watts output. Antenna is a homebrew aluminum tube omnidirectional 1/2 wave vertical mounted 500 mm above a flat corrugated iron garage roof. 🙂
When 6m opens you too can achieve amazing QSOs with a modest amount of power and a simple antenna. Give 6m a go!
VK1AD 6m QSOs, 20 December 2016:
|1:05||50.120||VK4AML||Greg||S58 R59||QG62LP 963 km (598 miles)|
|1:18||50.165||VK4AMG||George||S59 R53||QG62LO 959 km (595 miles)|
|3:21||50.160||VK5XDX||Oly||S59 R59||Angle Vale, PF95HI 951 km (590 miles)|
|08:11||50.160||VK3PP||Peter||S55 R51||Hamilton, Victoria 685 km (425 miles)|
|08:18||50.160||ZL3JT||Duncan||S55 R55||Christchurch 2200 km (1367 miles)|
|08:59||50.170||ZL3NW||Rod||S56 R56||Christchurch 2200 km|
VK1AD homebrew 6m 1/2 wave vertical
6m 1/2 wave vertical antenna impedance match circuit
Spread of 6m SSB QSOs
VK1AD heard on Norfolk Island at 01:15 UTC