pre-amp on 6m

Just after the Es-season (too late…) I finished a preamp for 6m.  Thanks to Colin GM0RLZ who sold me all necessary items (PCB, SMD and pre-wound coils) for a good price. The preamp design is from YU1AW details here.

Putting it all together was not difficult but I it was a long time ago (years) I was soldering myself. The eyesight has not improved, shaking hands and SMD’s are really small things! But after concentrating and using a tweezer from my wife I got it all on the PCB.

Some calibration has to be done, but I just turned the C’s around and listened for maximum noise.
No other adjustments.

On a 5 ele antenne for 6m, 1 meter high, screened by some bush, I can hear LX0SIX (363 km) almost as good as on the (6 ele) SteppIR on 10m high. Not bad at all!

This weekend I will perform a real comparison test but now so many T-storms I have to disconnect.


qsl TN5SN on 6m received


I worked TN5SN 2 times on 6m on one day: CW and SSB. Especially in June the conditions to the South were very good and Nicolas was worked in Europe nearly every day. He already sent qsl via LOTW but always nice to have a card (and also necessary for some awards as LOTW is not available for card-checkers).

Also received qsl from A7/M0FGA and 5N0OCH via the LOTW-system, cards are pending (I hope).

Conditions are much less in Juli than in June.  Some hams were lucky with 5J but no other DX the last few days. Today I worked 3*K but with the big guns, it is better to say: they worked me 🙂

In the meantime we are preparing the trip to Easter Island in November, the group is now 6 and we have a lot of cooperation from the Chili Radioclub (RCCh). Within a few weeks there will be a website with more info so stay tuned!

FM5AA Martinique for a new one on 6m

I worked Frantz 2 times, on CW and on SSB.

A good opening on 6m again but not many new ones. No 5J0BV, no CO. Where are they?

qsl Montserrat on 6m

VP2MRT Received qsl for my QSO with Montserrat on 6m on June 20th direct. Thanks John!

Yesterday I worked ZC4 and OD5 within 5 minutes. The path was open and very small so not many qrm. I was so astonished by the signals that I forgot to start the tape (not the first time). But 2 DXCC in 5 minutes outside F2-period is not a daily happening. Big smile.

Now 96 DXCC on 6m only started with serious DX-ing on 6m in 2007.

We need more sunspots!!!