Calgary Amateur Radio Association

Enjoy Amateur Radio | Serve Our Community


  • 03 Jan 2016 9:21 PM
    Message # 3737855

    How can we make contacts on this amateur band.

    While waiting for the magic band to open.


  • 11 Jan 2016 9:25 PM
    Reply # 3753269 on 3737855

    There are a few thing we should know about 6 meters FM operations.

    The reasons it called the majec band is due to the fact it is located in the part of the spectrum having both HF and VHF propagation properties.

    With in the SIX meter band SSB uses frequency below 50.2 Meg's while FM operates at frequencies above 52.0 Meg's .

    Antenna design is critical.  Although an antenna built for SSB will work as an FM antenna, there is an argument for using vertical antenna for FM and horizontal antenna for SSB:  about 20 DB for starters.  Having a  dedicated antenna for each mode means the reduction in losses due to mismatched feed lines at the antenna. More TX power out and more usable signal at receiver.

    The repeater is working and doing its Job so let's check over our antenna systems.

  • 16 Apr 2017 9:44 AM
    Reply # 4754419 on 3737855
    There are a few Hams trying to get something going in the evening

    8:00 to 8:30

    SSB 50.125 144.200  or you may hear some CW
  • 17 Apr 2017 8:33 AM
    Reply # 4756629 on 3737855

    The antenna I put up for the 6M repeater needs work which I planned to do when the weather improved a bit. I will try that first as it is the easiest and our 6M repeater does not seemed to be used too much. I'll start there since I would need a separate antenna for SSB and this one is already up - just needs a tune.

  • 20 Apr 2017 5:31 PM
    Reply # 4766736 on 3737855

    Last night  (19:00 to 21:00 MDT)  we activated the GC6AO remote for some tests by VA6ZOR with a new VX8DR.  We were able to hear him visa the repeater.   We did not hear his 5 watts directly because  the club station only has a horizontal beam pointed north .  

    We also heard VA6RP but he was not able to stick around.

    Perhaps we could do this another week.


    Last modified: 20 Apr 2017 5:32 PM | Robert
  • 27 Apr 2017 6:56 AM
    Reply # 4786873 on 4766736
    Robert wrote.  Thursday  night  (19:00 to 21:00 MDT)  
    Look for activity on 50.125 SSB 52.525 FM
    the GC6AO remote may be activated. It has a horizontal beam pointed south east this week.

    Also try to make contacts via Nosehill repeater operating on 53.030 - 1.000 FM  vertical polarization.


  • 29 May 2017 10:39 PM
    Reply # 4859222 on 3737855
    Deleted user

    The month of May 2017 has seen great 6m activity. The band has been open for the majority of the month, with some great Sporadic-E openings to the south (California, Nevada, New Mexico, etc) and to the East-South-East (ESE) towards Minnesota, Wisconsin, etc. There has also been some 6m aurora opportunities (as recently as 2 days ago).

    For those of you with 6m equipment who have had limited 6m activity....NOW is the time to be listening. And it would be expected that the season should continue through June, into July and August.

    On another note, 10m has also had some great openings as well....who says the bands are dead?  You just have to know when to listen....

    Tino, VE6MB

© Calgary Amateur Radio Association
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software