Hi Carolyn, thank you for trying, it was worth a go. I didn't hear anything from you on 23, but thanks for the S2S on 2m.
I managed two contacts on 23cm ssb, John GW4BVE and Stuart G0LGS. I had to null out the noise from the TV mast, which was a harsh white noise S9 + except in the surprisingly sharp nulls provided by the PCB antenna.
I had foreseen a problem, and set up in a position where pointing at GD also provided a null.
So, I learned that the Wrekin probably isn't a good choice for 23cm. It looks as though the 2nd harmonics of the 10KW ERP digital TV MUXs on 634 MHz and 658 MHz might be to blame.
I managed 11 QSOs on 2m SSB, this being the first time I've taken a yagi with me (4 ele Tonna), which was very encouraging too!
A photo - very much Heath Robinson, the 817 / transverter is sitting on a table based on a microphone stand, and the 2m antenna is just perched on the tree. Improvements on the way