Short Report and band conditions on my activation of G/SP-004 Shining Tor. 01/03/2017.
Not a very nice morning for activating. Snow, sleet and rain. I've activated Shining Tor over 100 times and I've never seen the track in such a dreadful state. It took 50 minutes to walk the one and a quarter miles to the trig point
I self spotted on the 20m band at 0727z received my first call John G4ING at 0730z. John ZL1BYZ was quickly out of the blocks at 0738 for my first bit of DX. Thanks to Dave G4IAR for the ground wave contact. There was a steady run of EU contacts before Warren ZL2AJ, made the trip at 0753z. John, ZL1BYZ popped back, only this time he was an armchair copy. Asiatic Russia made the log before Jacky ZL1WA called in to give me a signal report and claim a unique summit for herself...Many thanks Jacky.
Ernie VK3DET finally broke the VK drought at 0818, not an easy copy but we persevered until signal reports were exchanged for my only VK contact of the day. I know Gerard VK2IO could here ZL working me, but sadly, he couldn't hear me. Many thanks for trying Gerard!
At 0836z a call came in from Tadashi JA1VRY who was not too far from Tokyo, not easy but once again signal reports were exchanged. This gave me the three DXCC's I'd hoped to work, albeit the number of contacts being somewhat thin on the ground.
At 0903, Derek G4XEE, made a great ground wave contact from Dorset of all places! I finally pulled the plug at 0920z, the cold was getting the better of me.
It seemed to me, the skip was running quite long this morning, I never made one contact with Germany.
54 contacts logged, all 20m ssb
Thanks to all the callers