Well, if anyone is looking for a bit of DX above 20m, you’ll struggle. A visit to my local summit G/SP-013 yesterday, showed just how cruel operating HF can be. SFI at a measly 84 and K index at a crippling 7, made the higher hf band conditions dreadful. Rather unexpectedly, I found 19 contacts on 20m, however, no DX was forthcoming. Quite frankly, I’d have been happy just to qualify the summit.
When it comes to the ten Metre band the A-99 is an outstanding antenna. Not yesterday though. Just four contacts, three ssb, one fm, all G stations. The 17m band showed some promise, when I heard Kuwait and Lebanon calling CQ, Lebanon found my log, Kuwait couldn’t pull me out.
Light at the end of the tunnel?..
Thanks to the chasers who did make the trip…