Brunswick, GA - Due to it being a busy weekend at work, I hadn't planned on operating in Field Day this year, but after getting off from work a little bit late and having breakfast yesterday, I changed my mind. I parked behind work, turned on the FT-857D in the mobile station and tuned up … Continue reading Operating Field Day 2018 From the Mobile Station
Savannah - Earlier today, I visited the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge to decompress from the week at work. While I was there, a rainstorm came up so I parked on the side of the wildlife drive and waited for the storm to pass. Since it is Sporadic E season and I haven't had the opportunity … Continue reading 6 Meters Mobile with the FT-857D and ATAS-120A
Location: Savannah, GA I made my first contacts of the 2011 Sporadic-Es season this morning during a nice opening into the northeast US and Ontario and Quebec. While doing some searching on the scanners in the VHF lo-band range, I started hearing some skip so I fired up the FT-897D and hooked up the JTB4 … Continue reading 6 Meters is Open!!
Earlier today I wrote about how I haven't been on the radio much this week and how I was perhaps starting to feel burned out a bit. I may already be recharged after the last week of little to no radio activity. This afternoon after getting the car fixed, I began hearing some military aviation … Continue reading Recharged Already? I Think So
This evening on the way home from Sunday dinner (Shrimp and Crab from Jinright's in Brunswick, excellent as always!) I heard some activity on 6 Meters and had the first chance to try out the HVT400B mobile antenna on that band. Band conditions weren't great with a lot of QSB (fading) and some QRN (noise) … Continue reading First 6 Meter Contacts With the Mobile/Portable Station
Yesterday afternoon Russ, K4YGD was kind enough to call me and let me know about a 6 Meter band opening. I spent much of the morning and afternoon getting Groundwaves, the Coastal Amateur Radio Society Newsletter finished and sending it out to club members, so I hadn't had radios on to know it was open. … Continue reading 6 Meter Band Opening – 31 January 2010
Earlier this morning, I heard EA8CQS in the Canary Islands on 6 Meters; it was the first time I've ever heard Europe on 6. Just before 1030 local, I heard CT1HZE in Portugal on 50.115 USB and was able to work him via Multi-Hop E's!!!! I couldn't believe I was actually working Europe on 6 … Continue reading Portugal on 6 Meters!
As I mentioned in my previous post, 6-Meters was not very cooperative during Field Day this year. Last year at the ARCS Field Day, we worked over 100 stations on 6-Meters on Sunday Morning, including approximately 70 in an hour. This year was just about the polar opposite.Last evening, while catching up on email from … Continue reading 6 Meters and Field Day Weekend
Last week, I ordered an Arrow Antennas GP52 6-Meter 1/4 Wave Groundplane antenna. It is a well built antenna; unlike many 1/4 wave groundplanes, it is not made from narrow gauge material or tubing. The vertical element is made out of solid 3/8" aluminum rod and the groundplanes are made from solid 1/4" wave aluminum … Continue reading Arrow Antennas GP52
My radio plans for tonight were to do some military aviation monitoring, but a 6 Meter E-Skip opening changed things. Throughout the day I checked 6 Meters to see if it was open but each time I found nothing. After dinner, I decided to make one last check and I'm glad I did. 6 Meters … Continue reading 6 Meter E’s