I have just got back from a great activation of VE6/RA-031, McLean Hill, one of the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, just SW of Calgary. When I planned the trip, I was somewhat concerned by the chatter I was hearing that the bands were not in good shape. Well, between 1800z and 1900z on Wed Feb 15, I managed 42 contacts on 14.325-ssb, but what contacts! I was just starting to call CQ and establish my presence on the band, when I was asked if the frequency was in use by a person in Valencia in Spain! What a great start! From there it just got better; New Zealand, Alaska, Germany, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland (twice), and a guy in California running 0.1 watts! And I don’t want to forget the regular SOTA chasers who always seem to make the contacts even when the bands are really not co-operating.
The weather was warm, sunny and calm with stunning views to the main ranges of the Rockies to the west. What a fabulous way to spend a day in the mountains.
Happy activating and chasing to all you SOTA folks,