6M and Up
If you’ve never experienced the fun and challenge of long-distance communications on the VHF and UHF bands, YRARC encourages you to give it a try. Modern HF radios also have 6 metre coverage with single sideband, digital communications and CW, and some having 2 metres and 70 centimetres as well any amateur can experience the sudden and unpredictable "openings" that make these bands so much fun.
What makes this an exciting activity are the many ways that these openings occur. Signals can be reflected from the Moon, airplanes, the ionized trails of meteors and even the Aurora Borealis.
Sometimes the signals can be barely heard and last for mere seconds, while other times stations on the other side of the world sound like they're next door.
In the Spring we hold a weekly 6 metre net and encourage everyone to check-in even if they have a $10 home-made antenna. VHF and UHF antennas are smaller than their HF equivalents and so you add some new bands to your portfolio without a big investment.
Another place to check this out is at our Annual ARRL Field Day event in June. Every year the results are different, because you never know what will happen on these bands, but the time of year is right for some great openings as well as our satellite operation with its tracking antennas.
We have lots of experienced members who would be more than happy to help get you going.
If anyone is interested in running a 6 metre please contact club president Chris VE3NRT