Last week, I put up a dual band antenna for 6 and 4 metres. It was difficult to decide what to build. Last year, I had separate antennas for both bands. Dual band antennas are attractive, because of lesser wind load and also because it leaves some room for other antennas. Another aspect was that… Continue reading »
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 »
Today, June 3, Peter JW7QIA, Svalbard Island was worked for a new one. Around 17:30 UTC, signals were coming in and not much later, I could add a new one. Here is a recording, just after I made the QSO. I forgot to switch on the recording… As you can hear, the signal was not… Continue reading »
I have been active on 50 MHz since 1978. It started with building a converter, because we were not allowed to transmit on 50 MHz in The Netherlands. At first, in the summer of 1978, only noise was observed. Television signals were the best I could get! But in the spring of 1979, I switched… Continue reading »
Have a look at some of the QSL cards received from stations who were permitted to transmit on 6 meters. I could only listen or talk back on 10 meters. At the time, most 6 meters stations listened around 28.885 MHz. Conditions were so good, that I could hear European stations via backscatter on 10… Continue reading »
When the 50 MHz permits were issued in The Netherlands in 1988, it was agreed with the authorities that we should report about the results of the experiments on 50 MHz.
The aim of the study was to correlate 6 meter openings to environmental properties, like solar flux, magnetic activity and the like.