Well, who said conditions were bad... The activation of FK/SP-123 today was DX heaven for me! The first EU station in the log was HB9AFI at 06:32z on 30m. Then many more EU stations (+ NA, SA, AS, OC) were worked, first LP, then SP (according to feedback given by chasers with directional antennas), and some signals had a very distinctive echo sound. It was especially nice to be able to work Bruno @HB9CBR, Matt @HB9FVF and Tom @OE9TKH as S2S, as well as some regular SOTA chasers! Signals on 30m and 20m were pretty good, most around 559, with a few EU chasers actually booming at 579-599. When both my batteries were completely drained at around 08:45z, there were still weak EU stations calling. It was also the first time that I had to start operating split on a SOTA activation, as at one point the pile-up of JA stations on 30m became unmanageable otherwise.
- 30m: 9A, DL (3), EA (4), FK, HB9 (7), JA (25), LU, LZ, OH (2), PA, R (2), S5, SM, SP (2), UT, VK (3), W (3), ZL (2)
- 20m: DL (5), EA (2), F (3), FK, HB9 (9), I (2), JA (13), R, SP, SV, VK (2), ZL
@EA2BD Glad to work you today, Ignacio! Yes, I was using the Juma PA, 100 W with EFHW mounted vertically on a 10m mast. Batteries: 2 x Zippy 4200 mAh LiFePO4. Most of the activation was in the dark, and the WX was very pleasant.
@JG1XMV Thanks for the spots Arnaud, and sorry it didn't work out again! There will be more opportunities; I'm leaving on Nov 29.
Thanks all for the (DX) QSOs, it was awesome! I'll try to schedule at least one other activation on a weekend around the same time before I leave FK.
And before I forget, here's a photo of the ARANC meeting last Wednesday