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6m FM, CW & SSB this evening


The 6m UKAC used to be exactly three weeks after the 2m event. Now it is either 9 days later, -or in this week’s case, 48 hours later.

In the 2m and 70cm UKAC, CW can be useful to complete one or two marginal QSOs. In 6m it is essential in obtaining a significant number of QSOs.

I’m going to really try to avoid any calamities, punctuality/preparation fails tonight; I’ve had an increasingly poor record in recent weeks. Fingers crossed. The wx looks favourable too.

A reminder that I’ll be vertically polarised on 6m FM 1800-1900z (7-8pm BST), then on the horizontal SB6 (Moxon) for CW and SSB thereafter.

Three S2S (and a couple of those HEMA things that I’m not allowed to log) on Tuesday - wonder if there will be a similar “SOTA Fun Evening”-style turnout tonight?


Thanks for that info will have a listen around ya never know what you may pick up :slight_smile:




Sorry, work stops play for the FM part and I don’t have antennas suitable for the SSB.
(previously worked you on FM handheld).
If only SotaBeams still made SOTA Beams…


Try one of these. Cheap & easy to make.


Thursday 9th August 2018 - The Cloud G/SP-015

In contrast to the decent 2m conditions on Tuesday, conditions on 6m tonight were truly awful. Both contests were slow and boring.

I made a total of 68 QSOs:

6m FM: 8
6m SSB: 59
6m CW: 1

Looking across the Dane Valley I could see that The Roaches was engulfed in a serious grass fire, with much smoke pumping out from the hill. By the time I’d descended at 10.58pm BST, there was large area of bright orange glowing under the night sky when looking over towards The Roaches.

Thursday 9th August 2018 - Gun G/SP-013

I decided to go for a closer look - courtesy of activating Gun. The summit of Gun is an excellent vantage point for a view of The Roaches, and of course the roads were cordoned off anyway.

I was on summit for nearly an hour, and the fire raged throughout. On 2m FM, with the FT70D, I made three QSOs, including an excellent chat and catch-up with Tony 2E0UOG.

My headtorch ran out of charge, so I had to descend in murky darkness!


We can send this to help with your fire.

Yes it’s a 747 and the latest addition to Cal Fire (our statewide wilderness fire brigade).


The moorland above the Roaches is home to a herd of wild wallabies, I hope they survived.


Hopefully neither of the HuMPs that you worked was G/HSP-026.


No. It was you and Paul. Pity I can’t log the chases. I must be unique in being excluded and banned from an awards programme without ever contravening a rule or AUP!

Just back from a 100 mile round trip to G/SC-008 - and in time for breakfast at the hotel in Hampshire! Even my niece’s wedding day couldn’t stop the irresistible force that is SOTA!


Well the thread is about 6m, so I assumed that you had worked a couple of HuMPs activators on that band. Pity about the logging issue, especially as the website now has the facility to enter logs. When Mike G4BLH ran HEMA I always felt guilty that I gave him the work to put my logs on the database… then I added to his burden by writing reports on the activations complete with photos which needed formatting, but that was the system at the time.


No Tom, you’re not unique. I’m banned as well. We’re not allowed to take part because we are the “enemy”.


Good to know I’m not alone Andy. In fact I know that, because Jimmy M0HGY is banned and blocked as well.

Gerald, yeah it is a 6m thread but I did reflect on Tuesday’s 2m at the end of one post.


That is only partly true dad, I have been blocked from both the FE and HEMA Facebook Group, but I haven’t been banned from HEMA, I have tried registaring 3 times to join HEMA one of them only just being now and I get this.

It always says they will contact me soon, but they never do and I doubt they contact me at all from the registration I made just now.

Jimmy M0HGY


What passes my understanding is why anyone should want to be involved with an award that is run in such a spitefully juvenile manner. Forget them, deaf them out, they are beneath contempt.