Friday, October 30, 2020

Just a NOTE about Europe in October on 50 Mhz

 If you ask any of the old timer 6m (50 Mhz) folks about hearing or working EU in October, you likely won't hear any of them regaling you with grand DX QSO stories.  In fact, those I know who've been on 6m longer than 20-30-40 years have never heard of it happening.

So what we're witnessing is indeed unique / first.  

Based on hearing VO beacons and no 'band noise' I suspect this is Pure foEs.  But I'm not a prop-mode expert.  I am fairly knowledgeable at finding DX on 6m tho!

Anyway, in case you were wondering "what's all this October excitement" - we're witnessing 6m history.

I suspect FT8 is a big reason why this is being noticed NOW, and not in the past since the digital mode "FT8" has really shown us a LOT of previously unknown things about what's possible.

So that's it kids...history right before your very eyes :-)


  1. I didn't know this was possible. So, like every winter, I removed my 6m antenna. Not shure if I will next year. Propagation on 10m and 12m is good as well lately. 73, Bas

  2. Hi, back in 1989 on Oct. 13 I worked WA1OUB and others at around 13z. Strong signals, pure F2. We got many openings into the US from that day on.
    73, Frank PA7F, PA3BFM in 1989

    1. F2 is a very different animal - hopefully we'll see some again in our lifetimes