I read a couple of the other threads after I posted and poor conditions on 20m seem to be the trend at the moment. At least my chasing results seem to be consistent with other's.
I was trimming a 20m/30m crossed fan dipole yesterday in my local park and I could just about hear SQ6GIT/P on 20m but the signal was extremely low. EA5FV was very loud with me when he was chasing SQ6GIT/P though, so some signals are getting through.
It looks as though I'll be packing the FT60 and 19" whip next weekend then!
Andrew @VK1DA , yes, the engine in the Albion is a noisy beast! There's only a thin bit of metal loosely clipped to an angle frame to separate you from the noise. We had a sound deadening bonnet cover made but it's still pretty noisy in the cab. The engine is actually quite small in old lorry terms, it's a four cylinder Leyland derived unit with 234 cubic inch (3.83L) displacement.
Jack @GM4COX , Yes, please do look for the picture, I'd be interested to see it. I have ridden in the Albion on the 'bonnet', the exhaust manifold is quite close to the panel, it gets a bit toasty on your rear when going up over Shap! I'd like to drive the lorry some more and really get to grips with it, I've only driven it a few times.
I feel that it won't be long until these old vehicles disappear from view. My generation isn't really interested in these prehistoric contraptions, and the interested generations are dropping off the edge. We take so much for granted with modern vehicles, it's difficult to imagine what it was like only a handful of decades ago. The Albion doesn't have a heater or power steering, although it does have vacuum assisted brakes. Because this Albion is only a small one, it was restricted to 30mph, rather than the 20mph of bigger lorries, can you imagine doing a long distance journey at 20 or even 30mph all the way? LOL
Ed @DD5LP OK on 40m, just lately all the bands have been rubbish each time I've listened at home. I think I'll use 2FM for a back up this time and then think about 40m for next time.
Bruno @HB9CBR Thanks for that, I'll have about 3 watts from the K1SWL Hilltop 20 and a dipole.