I hope youse guys new to 6 meters have been monitoring the band on a regular basis looking for openings especially to Europe. Yesterday afternoon, Saturday 6/18, we had probably the best opening of the season to Europe with many many signals both SSB and CW. I had a run going on 50.162.5 where I had to sort out the many callers from G, GM, DL, OZ, SM, I, F, etc which didn’t quit for a couple of hours. I may have missed some of it as I came in from outdoors doing a home project around 3 PM and checked the band and it was wide open. I proceeded to find a clear frequency and call CQ and then the fun started. A bunch of callers each time I stood by. I didn’t slow down til about 5:30 when I think I was running out of stations to work…as I still heard EU stations calling for North America. I didn’t count the number of contacts but it was well over 100. I did hear Will K6ND who was on. A guy in Plymouth, MA who was portable at a campground called in to say he had worked some EU with a marginal setup….so it apparently didn’t take much to make it across the pond. Hope some of you caught it….and keep an eye on 6 meters for DX. BTW, it’s been open to the Caribbean often late in the afternoon …if you can hear the C6 beacon on 50,040 you know something is cooking. Look for PJ4E, HI3TEJ, a bunch of FGs. GL!
— John, W1XX