Get on the 6m magic band during the second weekend of every June for the North American VHF contest, and listen for our contest rover KA5D/R. Here is an example of a rigid dipole you can build on short order, with nothing made of unobtainium, that will get you skipping across the E layer on six meters USB. Tune this for 50.125 Mhz. Each leg I eventually trimmed to 132cm, but your mileage may vary. Start long and trim equally, checking your work with an SWR analyzer. Put it on a pole and point it toward grid EM10 in central Texas…and call CQ contest. Don’t forget to turn in your log to ARRL when you’re done. Lather, rinse, and repeat every January, June, and September. Regardless of whether you like contesting, you can use this antenna to enjoy 6 meters all year round. 73!
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