I took the 70MHz transverter out for the first time today.
In preparation, by 10am this morning I had built a PA that was giving 4-5 Watts out. Unfortunately by 10:01 it had died. Thus my test was limited to 80mW TX. More devices on order.
From Merryton Low, using a dipole I could hear:
I could also hear the ignition noise of the constant stream of vintage cars that passed by; some of which parked next to me, wiping the band out.
A long period calling CQ bagged a station in Rochdale. A station in IO72 called me in response to a request on KST. I could hear him but 80mW was not sufficient for a contact.
4m seems nearly as quiet as 10GHz…