Coffee Talk for Amatuer Radio

So, for a month or so now, my posts have been syndicating on and a couple of my articles have gotten some response. 1 that I would like to review and still get some info on is my ‘Who’s Using 6 Meters?‘ post. ( post)I’m still very curious what the deal is with 6 meters.

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I guess I just can’t get my head around it. So I think I need to do something locally to get 6 meter activity going. Maybe setup that net I was talking about in the article. That would be a good way to go I think. Make it an informal thing, and invite as many local people to be a part of it as I could. The question would be, when to do it? Weekends? Weeknights? I don’t want to make anyone miss Football or The Big Bang Theory.

The only other thing I want to get comments on from people, are the dual posting of stories on None of the other writers and I really co-ordinate what we are all working on or anything. I just find a story and post it with my own style. And I usually don’t go to the site on a regular basis because of my work schedule and when I write my stories. So I’m curious how people feel about that. I guess you can get multiple views on the stories, but doesn’t that get kind of frustrating?So I would love to know what others think about it.

Please comment below. Thanks, and Make Mine Marvel!! (Peter Parker will ALWAYS be Spider-Man!)


Rich also writes a Tech blog and posts stories every Tuesday and Thursday on Q103, Albany’s #1 Rock Station website, as well as Amateur Radio stories every Monday thru Friday on AmiZed Studios and hosts a podcast called The Kim & Rich Show with his fiance’ Kim Dunne.

Rich Gattie, KB2MOB, is a regular contributor to and writes from New York, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “Coffee Talk for Amatuer Radio”

  • Fred W0FMS:

    Dude, it’s called the magic band for a reason. It opens up to DX when it otherwise shouldn’t (via tropo, metor scatter, sporadic-E, etc.) a lot, and it closes just as fast. During VHF contests, for example it can be a hoppin’ or dead. It’s just fun because it’s so unpredictable.

    It also propagates quite a bit farther than 2m does so you can think of it (when the DXing isn’t there) as more of a “regional” band than a “local” like 2m and 70cm is. This is a big part of the reason that Low-VHF was used for State Police, etc in the old days.

    Now that most channel 2’s and 3’s aren’t there and almost all new HF rigs also have 6m.. crank away.. try it.. you’ll quickly figure out the deal and why it’s called the “magic band”.

    Fred W0FMS

  • Scott johnston:

    Funny, I discover a new 6 meter hamstick in my basement this week. No ideas when/where I got it. Now to find a rig to go with it and get on the air!

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