Category Archives: 6 meters

50 MHz propagation reports April 2023

April 2023 was less “productive” when compared with March. The F2 electron density at moderate to high latitudes is greater during winter than in summer, especially at times of enhance solar activity [1]. This implies that the F2 critical frequencies become lower towards the summer season in the northern hemisphere. During previous cycles, most openings… Continue reading »

50 MHz propagation reports March 2023

March 2023 was an interesting month. It reminded me of March 1979, when first 6 metre amateur signals were heard. After many times trying, I was amazed to hear the ZS6PW beacon on the 12th of March. The station consisted of an indoor dipole on the attic, connected to a converter from 50 to 14… Continue reading »

50 MHz Cycle 25 reporting

50 MHz Cycle 25 reporting

There were times that reports were collected by editors of newsletters. PA0BN edited the Dutch VHF bulletin for many years and my observations were sent to him to merge with those of other active amateurs. The newsletters were a joy to read. Nowadays, there are many blogs and fora, resulting in a lot but distributed… Continue reading »

Entry level licence?

There were times when there was only one type of amateur radio licence. One had to pass a technical exam and a Morse code test, because telegraphy was the standard operation mode. Later on, a separate licence became available without the Morse test and only gave access to VHF and up. My first exam was… Continue reading »

The FT8 jungle

The last few days, conditions on 6 and 4 metres were quite good. Even with my modest station, some nice DX was worked on 6. Back in 1989, I became rather frustrated because I had ‘half a QSO’ in CW with CO2KK. He unfortunately took my call as PA2HJH instead of PA2HJS and I was… Continue reading »

JT: you hate it or you love it…or?

In my humble opinion, Joe Taylor, K1JT, is a true innovator for the amateur service. As a scientist, Joe received several notable awards. The amateur community should be grateful for his efforts and resulting advancement. Many amateurs may forget that our use of frequency spectrum is justified by experiments, with possible spin-off that benefits everyone…. Continue reading »