We will be hosting a Tech Night about Building and Operating a VHF+ Weak-Signal Station tonight, July 14th at 7 pm Eastern Time. The live, interactive video of our tech Night will be shared via a Zoom conference and all of our readers are welcome to join. I plan to cover the following topics during our session this evening:
- Why do weak-signal work on 6 meters and above?
- What can you work and what modes are used on these bands
- How does propagation work at 50 Mhz and above and how can you measure it?
- How does one operate using SSB, CW, and digital modes on these bands?
- What equipment is needed and what are some possible ways that you can put together a VHF+ station?
- Some demonstration of actual contacts
In addition to an overview of how to get on all of the bands above 50 MHz, we will focus on the 6 Meter (Magic) band. The session will include demonstrations of FT8 and Meteor Scatter contacts on 6 m. I will also briefly describe the 6 m station here at AB1OC-AB1QB and show how we use it to make contacts. A second Tech Night will cover stations and weak-signal operating on 2 m and above.
The Zoom information for our Tech Night Session follows. We suggest that you join early so that you have a chance to make sure that your computer, speakers, microphone, and camera are working.
July 14th, 7 pm Eastern – Nashua Area Radio Society Tech Night. Fred, AB1OC Setting up a VHF+ Station. Here’s an opportunity to learn how to add 6 m and above weak-signal modes to your station. Join Our Zoom Meeting
We hope to see many of our readers this evening!
I enjoyed your presentation last night on building a weak signal station. I have long boom yagis for 2, 220 and 440 hanging on the wall of my garage. They came from an estate that I helped liquidate. Was not able to sell them so I still have them. Now I am thinking about putting them in the air and trying something new.
As an aside, I joined the Nashua club this morning. Looking forward to seeing what other talks are available to watch.
– Mike – KI8R
I am glad that you enjoyed our Tech Night this evening. Welcome to the Nashua Area Radio Society! Thank you for joining our group. Good luck with your VHF+ station project – sounds like you have some of the key gear needed.
Best and 73,