I feel like I’m doing something wrong, because 6 meters isn’t proving to be very magical.
I was home all day today for the July 4th holiday and watched multiple, large band openings happen from 8 a.m. this morning until 11 p.m. tonight. Spinning the antenna in the direction of where the action was happening, I’ve only managed to make a grand total of one QSO, a digital mode contact to New Brunswick, Canada. I also spoke with a local guy on sideband, most likely from ground-wave propagation, as he was probably only 20 or so miles to the west.
I did have good luck Wednesday evening. I soldered up a few PL connectors and ran a length of coax back to my radio room and into the FT-847, I was greeted with booming signals: digital, voice and CW. I worked two CW stations back to back, then switched up to 50.276 and worked a few stations with JT65. Some of those JT signals were the loudest I’ve ever heard on that mode. Then the band started drying up and the fun ended.
The band seemed to open back up later that evening, but I never copied anything else.