Normally, I would find myself in Llandudno on a Friday, but due to a change of plans this week, it would be Thursday. Because it was radio club night, I wanted to get back home early and couldn't make my mind up whether to take the rig with me or not. In the end, I chucked the rucksack and just the A-99 along with three 5' poles into the car.
My meeting finished about 1200z and I decided to make my way to GW/NW-070 Great Orme.
Llandudno council have now wised up to the trashed pay and display machine and have posted a man in the car park, to collect the dosh. Sadly, I was forced to part with three quid
There was a nasty wind at the summit and getting the Antron-99 bungeed to the fence post on 15 feet of poles, proved to be quite a challenge, however, after a few minutes, mission accomplished.
With the SFI at just 73 and a K index of 3, I took the view, this activation was going to be no a walk in the park. Anyhow, I took a look along the bands above 20m and heard very little. A listen to 20m wasn't much better, however, as I was stuck with just the one antenna, 20m it was.
Before self spotting, I noticed a spot for Tia OH3TIA/P activating OH/JS-037 and eventually got through making my first contact an s2s with Finland. One of the chasers then asked me to QSY up, were I was worked and spotted.
My third call was an unexpected contact with George N1GB in VT, who gave me a 5/9 signal report! Good to get Ed DD5LP into my log too. Thing were moving along nicely when Eric VA2MO called in. Not a big signal but workable. Things then livened up and I found myself in a bit of a pile-up!
Europe was coming in nicely, along with a mixture of North America. As usual, a lot of QSB to deal with, neveretheless, the contacts were there to be worked. My final bit of DX for the activation, was with Walt NE4TN, followed by some more EU chasers, before I pulled the plug at about 1530z
If someone had offered me 20 contacts at the start of the activation, I would have bitten their hand off, so a great result today.
104 contacts for the activation, all 20m SSB
9 contacts into North America.
Once again, the mighty Antron-99, performed its sorcery in poor band conditions!
Thanks to all the callers.