The dipole comes down every summer when we enter thunderstorm season - and at the very last minute as we have strong storms predicted for tomorrow. It's kind of sad to be without the low bands for so long (until October) but I treated my depression with ice cream and the installation of the 6m OA-50.
|6m this morning|
Bas PE4BAS doesn't know it, but his recent blog postings have motivated me to pay more attention to the 6-meter band and today's conditions have further sparked my interest.
The OA-50 is mounted atop a 10-foot mast that is attached to my chimney with a mount designed for that purpose. Also on my roof - laying there, unmounted, waiting - is a 3-element Yagi for 6 meters. I don't have a rotator but the Yagi and the OA-50 have each share the mast, taking turns.
|Transmission in progress|
I debate whether or not to buy a small TV antenna rotator and just leave the Yagi mounted at all times - but today's results on 6m tells me I would have missed some contacts if I'd been using a directional antenna.
Late this morning, 6m was open mostly to my northeast - but several stations from my northwest also called. They would have been off the side of the Yagi if it had been in use and I never would have heard them.
My plan for the season is to have the RSPDuo monitoring 6m FT8 when I am at work. WSJT-X and JTAlert will upload stations I copy to HamSpots and I can look at all the band openings I'm missing while at work.