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WOW. 6M really is the magic band, sometimes.


Posted: June 28th, 2008 under Hamradio.

After listening to white noise for something that felt like an eternity, 6M came alive. 6M hasn’t been much fun the last few weeks. A few spotty openings here and there, but not much interesting. I heard OD5/B and EP-TV on the 25th, but nothing interesting did show up. Seeing Europe working stuff like FJ/HI/KP4/V4 and lots of US stations, it becomes quite boring. That is till yesterday night. CY0X was spotted and worked in SM and OZ. And guess what, nothing up here. While sitting in front of the computer, I started hearing stations on .108. After a little while, something very weak. Only got a K-something. Then suddenly CY0X popped out of the noise. After a few minutes he was in my log. Probably an LA first (may be only so far?). My heart was pounding and hands shacking. This was fun. I gave a call to LA8AV and LA8HGA, but they heard nothing. I had CY0X for maybe 15 minutes before he faded.

That however, wasn’t the end of it. I checked the radio around 20:30z and suddenly found the band alive again. This time with strong signals from the US. A total of 21 qsoes in the log, with several heard only. Stations worked was N3DB, K4QI, W3EP, W1JJ, K3FN, K4SO, W3UR, AB3BK, W4DR, NG4C, N3II, K5VRX, N4MM, W4TJ, K2MUB, KA1R, K3TKJ, W9RM, WZ8D, N9IW and KA9CFD. Longest qso was around 6700km. Stations heard only was AC4TO, AA4SC, N7DC, KE9I, K6EID, W9SR, KC0CF, N9BX and K8MFO. Longest heard was around 7300km. All I can say is WOW.



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