Conditions were sort-of-OK Jonathan. There were plenty of beacons to be heard around Europe. I heard OH9TEN at 58 most of the time I was on the summit. Other European beacons came and went but OH9TEN was consistent and strong. SSB activity was bubbling. A fair number of weak stations plus a couple of strong stations calling. IK3SCB was a good signal but I’m sure he said he had 6 ele single band Yagi which would help irrespective of the TX power! I checked 6m and again OH9SIX was a good signal, it’s co-located with OH9TEN. 6m had no actual stations I could hear. With both OH9TEN and OH9SIX being loud I did expect to hear something Scandanavian/Baltic and there was nothing. The only station in that area was SP8RHP. The wall of EA stations that came back to my spot was marvelous. Send spot, call CQ a few times and there was EC2AG/P for an S2S followed by 7 or 8 EA2/EA1 stations. Great stuff. EA2BDS/P was worked on CW for another S2S on 10m.
But it was very much touch and go with 10m closing apart for OH9TEN for 10s of minutes at a time. My 10m DX-y antenna had an intermittent fault so I used the back up antenna which seemed to do the trick! I needed to swap the top section for 15/17/20m and 17m had funny propagation with long periods of nothing followed by bursts of good propagation. I heard CX2TQ when I worked my EA run but he couldn’t hear me and was CQing to no avail. When I came back to 10m, conditions to S. America had improved a lot, CX2TC had a pileup and a CX8 station was a German calling CQ DL/HB9/OE in German. Quite a few PU2 stations working away but they were marginal copy most of the time.
I stumbled across PR7AH calling CQ and worked him 1st call, he was genuinely pleased to work into Scotland but not as pleased as I was to get another QSO for the challenge. I was more surprised the backup antenna worked so well when you consider what a scabby contraption it is!