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Yet there seems to be nothing happening on 50MHz DATV which is a shame as this is what the Knucker project is all about!
I'm not sure if this because people are not aware it's happening, lack of coordination and "calling channel" or can't be bothered....
I suggest we need to start having regular skeds set up and we can use DXspot for co-ordination or maybe even QO100 chat
For predictions on what paths are open:
Realtime display on what is being worked:
Noel - G8GTZ
I can leave it monitoring and possibly a feed on a web site.
What frequency shall I pick and what setup?
PS The GB3NQ repeater will have a Knucker receiver soon (when the Ryde can be set to work with it ) No frequency or band selected yet.
it would be a good idea to have a common 6 Meter DATV Monitoring / call frequency made public, is there one already, I'm not sure?
I also have a Knucker and a 50MHz homebrew Halo antenna, but will be getting a beam soon.
Draw a circle on a map around you at 1500km and you will have an idea what to look out for.
6m short hops could be possible...but will be short lived and probably mid season??
I have been monitoring websdr's but only one has been in the right place so far to detect my signal using a CB antenna apparently!
It is called Sporadic for a reason!
Propquest helps but FT8 helps more, monitor 50.313 for the band firing up, just leave it monitoring, decode if you want but it gets VERY noisy when the band opens up.
I have DVB-T/S/S2 capability for dx on 51.7 or 35Ks S2 on 50.6, we need more interest from other EU stations...
Italy/Spain/Portugal/South France/South east Europe/Poland/Scandinavia are good distances.
Germany/France is a bit close most of the time for good signals, especially for south UK.
I know F4VSG is active in JN37 but a bit close for most of us and a few PA stations also too close...
Hope this is useful info.
A brief overview:
- temporary apporval for the use of the 6 Meter band (50-52MHz) until 31.12.2021,
- a maximum bandwidth of 12KHz for all transmissions,
- horizontal polarization only,
- all modes according to DL band plan but ATV / DATV not included, (bandwidth restriction)
- operation from the home QTH only (portable / Mobile not allowed),
- logbook keeping with operator signature is compulsory.
So it looks as though there will be no ATV / DATV 6 Meter band activity from Germany this year.