Band conditions and quick report on my activation of G/SP-004 Shining Tor, Sunday 02/07/2017
A couple of years ago, a trip to G/SP-004 Shining Tor, at about 0630 local time, would have produced a log book full of DX on the 20m band.
Sadly, all in the past.
For the uninitiated, G/SP-004 Shining Tor is capable of producing huge hauls of contacts on both HF and VHF and I consider it along with Great Orme, a "must do" for every activator at some time or another.
This morning, I arrived at the trig point at about 0520z and was QRV on 20m at 0555z. A look along the band told me everything I needed to know, DX was going to be very hard to find.
My very first call was a s2s with Stavros SV2RUJ. The going was pretty slow, nevertheless, I stayed put on the band for about an hour.
As luck would have it, I had taken the X-200 colinear, for 2m fm and I put that up and did some rag-chewing for about 90 minutes. Then I went back to HF trying the 10m band.
I was surprised to find 10m in better shape than I expected, even working Michael M0MDA up in Leeds, and a run of EU contacts. I couldn't resist a return to 20m and a further run of contacts were logged including a few summit to summits. A really sweet contact with Dov 4Z4DX in Israel was logged, Dov was working with just one watt!.
My final throw of the dice was 17m. This band has done very little for me recently, however, today it threw up 21 contacts, including an s2s with Marco S57MS.
As I was about to pack up, I noticed Sylvia OE5YYN and Peter OE5AUL were activating OE/ST-562 and made a s2s call...Many thanks Sylvia and Peter. Tuning up the A-99 for 40m, a single contact was made with one of the Worked all Britain members, Peter MM3PDM/M in Peterhead.
In terms of DX, this activation was about as bad as it gets, however, every cloud has a silver lining...
141 contacts logged for the activation, 8 summit to summit.
68 contacts on 20m
23 contacts on 10m
21 contacts on 17m
28 contacts on 2m
1 contact on 40m
Thanks to all the chasers...