NF8M/B was having some issues starting in April 2018 which appear to be resolved at present. Read on for the details. Continue reading “NF8M/B Six Meter Beacon Status”
The NF8M/B six meter beacon (50.0763 MHz) is back on the air as of 1905z 24 March 2017 after being off the air for about an hour for antenna maintenance.
I don’t normally expect much out of the January VHF contest, so working just seven stations on six meters Sunday afternoon was all right with me. The best DX was only the other side of the state, but I managed three grids (woo-hoo!) for a score of 21 whopping points.
The end of the year usually brings enhanced propagation on the “magic band”, 6 meters. Reports charted at dxmaps.com showed a lot of sporadic-E and some F2 among some of the bigger guns on the band. I worked a few in the usual southern tier of states but had the most fun catching some as-yet-unworked grids via auroral propagation. I even made one or two phone contacts – sure, it’s hard to hear what’s being said, but speaking slowly and clearly, you can be understood. With aurora muddling things up, it’s important to slow down, both on phone and CW. I’m hoping the seasonal openings continue into the new year.