I think conditions were about as good as could be expected, although my sense was that they were constantly fluctuating, i.e., deep slow QSB. The big surprise was that 17M delivered the best EU signals for me, although it didn’t seem many activators were using 17M. But signals were mostly quite weak and it took a little patience and good ears to make it through (with a few exceptions).
My antenna was an extended doublet fed with twisted pair feedline (from CAT5e network cable), fed through a homebrew balun into my KX3 ATU. I managed to get the antenna up fairly high, sloping from a fire tower to a tree.
I managed S2S with:
on a mixture of 20M and 17M cw, some guys on both bands. I started an ssb qso with G8JSM but there was a USA net on his freq (14.300) that chased me away. I heard IW2OBX weakly on 20M but couldn’t make it through. I listened for every EU cw/ssb activator on 20M/17M that was spotted.
I think this event is a great example of why every single dB makes a difference when we’re doing QRP type power with marginal propagation. A single dB CAN make the difference between qso and no qso.
I was active for 3 hours - I intended to be active longer but inadvertently left all my food at home (duh).
I also worked 9 USA s2s.
Thanks for everyone’s efforts at activating today!
73, Barry N1EU