Sporadic E on 6m – 50 MHz SSB

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:

Time UTC Frequency Callsign Name Report Grid/Location
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

VK1AD homebrew 6m 1/2 wave vertical antenna

6m 1/2 wave vertical antenna impedance match circuit

Impedance match to 50 ohms

Impedance match to 50 ohms

Spread of 6m SSB QSOs

20 December 2016 Working ZL on 6m Sporadic E

20 December 2016 Working ZL on 6m Sporadic E

VK1AD heard on Norfolk Island at 01:15 UTC

6m Sporadic E from VK1 20 December 2016 - heard on Northfolk Island by Matt VK1MA

20 December 2016 – 6m Sporadic E from VK1 heard on Norfolk Island by Matt VK1MA

20 December 2016 - working VK3, VK4 and VK5 on 6m Sporadic E

20 December 2016 – working VK3, VK4 and VK5 on 6m Sporadic E

2 thoughts on “Sporadic E on 6m – 50 MHz SSB

Please leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s