Presently I live in the
country, running an IC-736, sb200 modified for 6m (500w) and a 5el K6STI
long boom yagi at 60'fed with 1/2"hardline. I have 2 x 8 el homebrew
ve9aa design yagis ready to go up someday, but always procrastinate about
getting them up the tower.(I hate climbing-hi)
HI! My name is Michael
Smith, and am 34 years old. I have been a licensed ham operator since
1978 (age 14) enjoying mostly 10m ssb and 20m cw for many years.
I aonly got interested in 2m cw/ssb in late 1990, then 6m cw/ssb on Nov
21, 1991 I started with 1w and a dipole and have changed my 6m station
at least a dozen times, usually upgrading each time either by getting more
power, new antenna(s), new rigs, new rx preamps, higher towers or a better
QTH for less qrn/qrm. I am pretty much a 6m fanatic you might say. (fellow
6m magic-banders can relate to this, hi!) Ever since I missed working
the FO0CI dxpedition because my tx on my xvtr broke, I vowed never to be
without a 6m radio near me at all times. I geuss if you are serious
about working new countries on 6m, then sometimes the chance only comes
along once every few years to work a new one. So far there have been
6 or 7 countries that I have worked that I have only ever heard once.
This has been on Es, not F-2.
In my car I run a ic290a 2m ssb rig into a ten-tec
1209 6m transverter to put my on 6m. I also have a host of vhf/hf
gear in the car too, but that's another (non 6m related) story.
In my apartment in FN76/Moncton
where I attend college I have a ts530 hf transceiver and a TT 1208 6m transverter.