Optimistic 6m DXer Ready for Opening of the Year
By K5KAC, on the scene
LOW POINT, ILLINOIS — It’s that magic time of year,” said Saul Stuss, as he tested the SWR on a neglected rotatable aluminum dipole hanging in his backyard. “Last year I was able to get in one complete DX QSO before the band quit on me. I can’t wait to see what happens this year!”
If Saul is able to make more than one DX QSO on 6m, he will join a handful of hams who were able to complete the impressive feat. There have been claims that the NRRL is currently in the process of minting “about a dozen” coins for hams who are able to work 6m long this year.
For a period of time in the late 80s through the 90’s, it was believed that it was possible to make many contacts on the 6m band, however the majority of these QSOs have been attributed to cordless phone interference. “I try to forget that part of my life and look forward to the next opening!” Saul stated emphatically.
As of press time, the squelch had broken on Saul’s transceiver once, but he was in the kitchen and signals had faded by the time he made it to his rig.