I left work at 18h07 local (17h07 utc) and after phoning my xyl and getting the green card from her, I headed to my house in the village to try to work some SOTA DX from North America.
As soon as I got into the shack, I saw my neighbour had his backyard LED lamps ON,
which inevitably means a constant S8 QRM on my receptor:
My neighbour is an ex-work colleague and I keep a friendly relationship with him, so I sent him a begging message and after a few minutes he saw it and switched the LED lamps OFF. Thanks very much buddy!
Here you can see the immediate effect on my receptor:
There were 3 different activations spotted on 20m CW at about the same time:
@AE5KA was not copied at all,
I didn’t go to check for N6MKW because I was sure I wouldn’t copy him, as he was on SSB and on a W6 SOTA. Too far away for me.
@WS0TA was not copied at all,
@KX0R was weak with some rapid QSB, but again he made it and we could complete the QSO. After our QSO, I lingered on the frequency and George’s signal improved to 449 for a short while.
I was using my TH5-DX tribander yagi up 15m above the ground and an output power of about 800 watts from my TS-940S plus TL-922.
It was a joy and a pleasure to QSO with you again, George. It was our 79th SOTA QSO.