Getting Started on 6m

During these tricky conditions on HF I have been enjoying a little 6m activity as we start to see some Sporadic E appearing. Sadly, most activity seems to be on FT8 these days, but I have managed a few SSB QSO also, including some shorter range inter-G stuff for VHF WAB square.

For those who are not aware, these are some useful 6m resources:

Make More Miles on VHF:

Jim Bacon’s 6m Blog at Propquest:

DX Maps: Real QSO mapping

6m Desktop:

The 6m desktop is hosted on the UK Six Metre Group pages (membership of the UKSMG is highly recommended if you get bitten by the 6m bug)!

RSGB 2020 Convention Online presentation – The magic of six metres

Please note that the views expressed in the presentation and the Q&A don’t necessarily represent those of the Radio Society of Great Britain. Chris Deacon, G4IFX Why are people so keen on the 50 MHz band? It’s not HF, it’s not really VHF. Or is it both?

Aurora in NW London – from the front garden!

10th May 2024. Like many others across the whole of the UK I was amazed to see the light show!
Some CQA calls heard on 6m.

Northern lights illuminate the skies across the UK and the world

Skies over the UK and across the world were turned shades of pink and green as the Northern Lights produced incredible displays for skygazers. The impressive Aurora Borealis, usually only visible from northern parts of the British Isles, was visible across large parts of the UK overnight, including Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and, unusually, southern England.