Good luck Tonnie - you are nearly there but it always seems to take a long time to close the final gap.
I’d like a VHF/UHF fm SOTA contact (preferably a S2S!) in 2018 into Europe but this is particularly difficult as:
a) I’m usually operating in South Wales/Welsh border or considerably further north
b) I use a VX7R which is restricted to 5w and
c) I am usually too lazy/incompetent to use a beam with any success.
However everything is possible. I heard a French station when operating on Shining Tor G/SP-004 some years ago, a French station apparently tried to contact me when on a SC summit but I couldn’t hear anything and, more recently, when activating Ysgyryd Fawr GW/SW-016 (near Abergavenny) on 7 September 2016 there was a bit of a lift on. I heard both sides of a French conversation but I couldn’t contact them. However I did get a s2s with Great Coum G/NP-011(268km) and Cringle Moor G/TW-002 (309km) in the Yorkshire Wolds along with chasers in Hatfield and Camberley. This shows I’ve just got to be in the right place on the right day - and with someone listening at the other end. Chasers, please note, the activators need you! Thanks for your help.