FT8 on 6m

Must have been a big opening last night.  I’m really not set up here to do 6m SSB, but I managed to make three 6m FT8 contacts not long after sunset, using nothing but my vertically-polarized ground plane that’s up only about 18 feet.  While one contact was just up the road in Noblesville, the other two were in Texas (881 miles) and Florida (630 miles).  Both were with 20W and an SWR of ~2.0 — after all, the ground plane is really cut for FM up around 53MHz, not digital down at 50.313.

Imagine what I could do with a yagi or a moxon up about 30 feet.  Oh, and a rotator.  A rotator would be nice.