Good evening all,
I have a couple of quick questions regarding today’s W4K/EC-021 activation.
First, I mistakenly logged K6HPX under 14 MHz, but the QSO was actually on 28 MHz. I tried to download the log and correct it per the FAQ, but my ipad didn’t like the idea. I can delete and redo the log (only 13 entries), but wanted to ask about other options first. If it’s too involved, I can just delete/redo the log.
Second, it appears I didn’t get the exact summit on the hilltop. I’m within 40 feet of the listed elevation, but drove to the highest looking summit while on the hill. Am still within about 100m lateral and 40 feet vertically of the correct knob, but want to make sure I’m legal. From reading the FAQ, it appears the main criteria is to be within 75 feet/25m of the summit. I do easily meet this criteria. Discovered this after reviewing the satellite photos this evening. That summit is a haul over an old strip mine road and up quite a hill through a rutted/rocky road. At least it was dry today, a muddy road would be almost impassable, even with 4 wheel drive (except maybe Pat’s UniMog). It is a mountaintop tower site.
I actually set up (did take pictures this time) on the hill above the microwave relay station with the microwave horns on the tower, about 20-30m southeast of the microwave tower near the other towers/building on the hill above the microwave station. Couldn’t check the satellite photo once on the hill, but it looked about as high or higher than any other hills on the mountaintop while up there. So it’s very close, but wanted to ask.
Had to QRT early on 40m for QRM. Asked if the freq was in use before calling, and got no answers. Once chasers started calling, another station tuned up on freq and started claiming the freq was in use. Couldn’t find another clear 40m freq, so went to 20m. Maybe they could hear the chaser stations but not my 5w on the 817. Easier to QSY than give us a bad name. Will compile a better report later, got up way too early today. Forgot I was on holiday and thought it was time to get up for work. Very sleepy now, and will make more mistakes.
A quick note - The inReach and Iridium came in very handy the past couple of days to send spots where no cell service existed. A big thanks to Andy and all the other folks who worked to allow Iridium spots.
73, and thanks in advance for any guidance,