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So that said might I suggest trying SSB. You will have a much better chance of getting the skip you desire !
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Depending on conditions and propagation you can make contacts on ‘the bowl’ channel 6 without power.
Contact at the right moment is what your waiting for.
Patience, propagation and persistence is the key.
I’ve made contacts all over the US, Mexico, Hawaii and the Caribbean with my stock RCI 2950 running about 17W and an Antron 99 vertical.
Although I do make a lot of worldwide contacts on LSB with the same equipment.
The only time I use any type of amplification is when I’m on the amateur bands contesting as well as completing my worldwide country list.
Hang in there.
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@Wencyslaus on Channel 6 - The Super Bowl Story
Hey there, @Wencyslaus
I've got a tale to spin about the legendary Channel 6, a.k.a "The Super Bowl." But before I get into it, let me reminisce about my rookie days when I got my first 100-watt Roadrunner amplifier. I remember when I bought that beast. I spent more hours trying to coax it to life than I care to admit. I mean, I'd yak away all day, and that amp got so hot you could probably make omelets on it! I even thought to myself, "They must be politicking against me because I had a hundred-watt amplifier" lol.
But you know what, @Paul? CB radio is all about the journey. There are other great channels to start on, like the Rose Bowl on Channel 26 or even the Mini Bowl on Channel 11, where you can chat all the way to Hawaii.
I did finally get my name called on Channel 6 with that Roadrunner 100-watt amplifier, but let me tell you, it was very rare, and only when the weather was perfect, and conditions were just right. Mother Nature had to be on my side!
As time went on, I upgraded to the Texas Star Sweet 16, and that's when things got interesting. So, remember, even though it can be challenging, it's not impossible. Keep at it, stay determined, and who knows, you might just hear your name echo across the Super Bowl airwaves one day!
It's important to note that getting your name called on Channel 6 with a barefoot radio like the Uniden PRO 401HH with a rubber duck antenna, as you use, @Wencyslaus, can be a real challenge. You're probably not going to talk long distances using a handheld setup like that. Consider upgrading your mobile setup or even moving up to a base station. That's where the real Super Bowl action happens!
Share your own Super Bowl stories below, and let's keep the airwaves alive with humor and camaraderie!
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