SSB Frequencies for CQ VHF contest
- For those who have horizontally polarized antennae and SSB/CW
capabilities, here are suggested frequencies for the upcoming CQ VHF
contest this weekend.
from Todd KC9BQA, <sprinkies@...>
The call freq. on 144 SSB is 144.200. You may hear activity from about
144.150-144.250 in a contest. Everything on 144 is SSB or CW, no FM.
Typically antennas are horizontally polarized, but you can certainly
work guys on SSB however you're hearing them. 2 beacons you can listen
for in WI are the La Crosse one on 144.290 and a stronger one from about
30-40 miles SW of Madison, on 144.297. (Note from N8XX - listening for
them on CW can also alert you to possible openings on FM frequencies,
but, then, if you can listen to CW it probably means you have SSB
capabilities, so...... )
6m SSB call freq. is 50.125. You only work UP from there. 50.100-.125
is the DX window and USA/USA Q's are frowned on. In an active contest,
or big sporadic Es opening, you may hear stations up to 50.200 or beyond.
50.080-50.100 is a CW-only sub-band on 6. You can also work CW from
50.100 and up, no worries.
50.060-50.080 is the domestic beacon band. Lots of times this area will
tell you where the band is open to, before live operators realize it.
Sporadic E skip can happen at any time on 6, but is most common from
May-August with a definite June/July peak. There is also a secondary
peak sometimes around Dec./Jan.
A classic day with Es tends to start up in the morning, can dwindle
during midday, and then return in the afternoon and evening. It does
not appear to have anything to do with weather, although some would
debate that. Lots of mystery with Es on 6. Don't let the "why" get in
the way of the fun!
I do not believe that you can "predict" sporadic E. You can know the
overall tendencies, and have a rig tuned to 50.125, so you're ready to
roll when the band opens up.
In a typical E skip opening (and they do have a mind of their own) you
will hear eastern or southern stations earlier in the opening, and the
opening will tend to shift SW, W or NW over time. No guarantees. Just
enjoy what you get.