Activation Report G/SP-004 Shining Tor 30/08/2017
When I received a message from Ed DD5LP and Ernie VK3DET, to say there was a solar storm approaching, I lost much of my appetite for this activation. Nevertheless, I still set the alarm clock for 0415 local time.
The journey and ascent took about 90 minutes and I found myself at the trig point earlier than anticipated. This gave me all the time in the world to set the station up. A scan along the 20m band found a reasonably strong VK station working a pile-up, however, I decided not to get involved and took a look along the band to find a clear QRG.
At 0606z, I self spotted and noticed a spot for Ed at exactly the same time. I made my way to his QRG to work him s2s, however, nothing heard... So, it was back to my QRG and put out a CQ.
Once again, the chasers were waiting and a dozen contacts were in the log, when John ZL1BYZ called in. John was an easy copy. Next up was Ernie VK3DET making our first contact since since May. Jacky ZL1WA, was hot on Ernies heels, once again an easy copy. Final bit of DX was John, VK6NU, again an easy copy.
The 20m band into EU was in good shape and I stayed there until 0720z, when I chucked up the 40m dipole. I rattled off 20 contacts. There was no inter G, with the exception of a weak Karl M3FEH and a much stronger Val GM6MML.
Time was moving on and I should have called it a day, but the call of the 10m band was irresistable. We all know what the mighty Antron-99 is capable of producing on 10m when the band is open. However, with work commitments, I had to pull the plug earlier than I would have liked, although not before working amongst others, Mick M0MDA, Ken G0FEX, Dave G4IAR, Brian G8ADD and Gez M0NTC. Nice to get G6ZDB and SQ9OZM on 10m FM.
Okay, in terms of numbers of DX worked, this activation didn't break any records, however, it did show some improvement on the higher HF bands and that must be good news for the DX'ers. A very enjoyable mornings radio.
Thanks to all the callers. Sorry, no VHF, just not enough time.
91 contacts for the activation.
37 contacts on 20m ssb.
21 contacts on 40m ssb.
31 contacts on 10m ssb
2 contacts on 10m fm.