What about 6m EME on a budget!

It wasn’t that long ago that meteor scatter was limited to very large stations with big antennas and lots of power, but then come along JT65A which has the ability to decode extremely weak signals.

I decided to try 6 meter EME last year [2015], with no expectations of even hearing a signal.

My station is very modest, a 7 element YU7EF yagi and a TS590 radio.

The first station I worked was G8BCG, who runs a very large antenna system 4 x 7 el yagis.  He was strong enough to hear from the speaker.

Over the next year I have also worked ES6RQ,S59A, KG7H, W7GJ and this week [24/07/2016] S57RR.   Also heard but not worked IW5DHN, HA0DU, K4PI, K2ZD, OK1RD, N7IP, SP4MPB and JR6EXN.

The thing in common with all of these stations is they run big antenna systems.

Anyone with a modest station can work EME all you need is a 5 or 6 el yagi and some patience.

First thing is look at Lance W7GJ website on EME, he gives a great tutorial into successful EME.

The next thing is to set up a sked with one of the bigger stations.  I use www.on4kst.com (EME chat page).

The software I use is WSJT9 on JT65A [mode].  It has a small window that shows the moons elevation, direction and a thing called Degrade which is a decibel figure that shows signal loss from the moon due to its position in the sky.  For successful 6 meter EME from a small station this should be -3db or better.

The last thing is the moon has to be between 0 degrees and about 20 degrees above the horizon to work EME from a non-elevated antenna.

So guys, have a go with EME on 6 meters, you might be very surprised at the results.

Wayne – VK4WTN.