In reply to M3WDS:
Well done Matt, contacts is pretty good going & I think is more than I have had in a m UKAC. My average is about 20-25 but I do have very bad QRM on the band at home. In previous years the QRM was such that I could orient my dipole to minimise the noise & work stations roughly North or South of me. Sometime late last year the noise moved, & now I can only minimise the noise by orienting the dipole so that I can hear stations East & West. Obviously being in the centre of Britain this is a probelem!
I did hear GI4SNA working somebody else but didn’t work him myself. I only had 16 contacts this tiem with my best DX into IO80 square, & with my noise as it is at the moment, Bryn G4DEZ is a guaranteed genuine 59+
I have not come across that problem with my FT897D which is virtually the same as the FT857D internally. I was tuning round & found Tom just finishing working you. You were detectable here in Blackburn but with my noise at S5 on that frequency you were not readable. Without the noise I would have been able to give you a genuine 56 report. With the narrow filtering I have found CW will work better through the noise than SSB does, but there are only a few stalwarts I hear working CW during the 6m UKAC’s, Tom M1EYP/P, Graham G3ZOD who only operates CW although I didn’t hear him last night, plus another couple of big contesters who will give the mode a go if conditions are right.
Thanks for the 3 contacts on Tuesday night, one for the contest on SSB, one when you answered my CQ on CW, & a third when I called you on SSB just to confirm that it was you on CW as your signal was so different. I suppose both our antennas being mis-aligned for the CW contact explains it
Thanks again & best 73,