I first became intrigued by the magic of six meters even before getting my licence. As a highly impressionable early teen, CQ's VHF column tantalised me with pictures of Japanese stations that had been working into North America during the peak of Cycle 19, the monster of them all. Most of the stations were homebrew AM and using amazingly simple transmitters, with single 6AQ5's or single 807's...tubes never designed to achieve such VHF greatness. As if that weren't enough, all had that beautiful M-131 microphone as well!
|JA7JU's Homebrew 6m Cycle 19 Station|
Today seems the first good opening to Europe for our east coast friends. More often than not, the rest of the country is left only to watch or to drool at what they are missing.
But....every once in a while the gods shine favourably on the west coast and heaven help you and those you live with should it happen on one of those days that you left the house!
It's still quiet today, here on the west coast, but soon the magic will happen once again.