Thoughts about the magic band

Posted on June 28, 2012 · Posted in 1A0C

Roma is not precisely a remote place with scarce ham population! So we don’t see the need of a beacon. Even more, we don’t want to upset the local ham community with another broadcasting signal in the band, there is a nice beacon already (I0JX) and it will be more than enough. We will, of course, keep watching the early warning sites such as the 6m ON4KST prop pages and dxcluster.

Donate now!As it was intended from the beginning this operation is primarily focused on working North America and Asia. Our plan for 6m is to steer the beam to JA in the morning. All eastern EU will be covered in 1 hop as well. And turn the beam to NA past midday, giving a chance for the eagers in West EU. Last operations by 1A0KM has provided Sovereign Military Order of Malta to most of the EU 6m population, however there are very few dxpeditions planned for this season, therefore pileups from the old Europe can be large as people are idle looking for any prey to hunt.

The 6m propagation, specially on Es skip, is unpredictable, but our experience of the last 20 years points that during the last week of June/1st of July conditions are best for Xatlantic contacts and long haul openings to the N. East. We need to be very observant for any possible multihop event, managing meanwhile the EU pileup smartly whilst looking for possible links across the Pond or Siberia. This is not easy, but we have done it successfully and recently from Algeria, Egypt, Morroco, Palestine, Andorra, etc.

At the end, we are in Europe, hence, when working EU the so called “dx-windows” must be avoided, that is 50.100-50.130. We are thinking to stay fixed on one frq for all cw operation bellow it, between 50084-95, in order to not to disturb upwards the band to leak the pileup into the dx windows and choose a phone frq up in the band, away from the dx zone, e.g. 50180. We really hope the local operators, and even the European 6m fans, will appreciate this decision of the team.

6M 50.084 50.180
10M 28.024 28.495 28.080
12M 24.894 24.945 24.921
15M 21.024 21.295 21.080
17M 18.074 18.145 18.100
20M 14.024 14.145 14.080
30M 10.104 10.140
40M 7.004 7.065 / 7.160 7.035
80M 3.524 3.780

50 MHz information and operating tips

  • The 6 meter band will be included in this operation. We’ll focus for long haul openings, as most of the Europe regions have been widely covered in the recent years.
  •  We plan to use the following frequencies: 50.084 for CW and 50.180 for SSB. Although they may be changed, depending on local noise/birdies. Split operation will be deployed when needed.
  • The main mode will be CW. If band conditions permit, SSB will be used to gain a higher QSO rate. Please do not ask for mode changing.
  • Please avoid QSO duplication, give others a chance. Logs will be uploaded twice a day to our website. If it will work, we will provide the live log online (new are not sure 100% now)
  • We don’t find necessary to set a beacon station this time.
  • Our Grid Locator is JN61FV. Please, DO NOT send your locator, it is not needed and we won’t log it anyway, it wastes precious time.