I heard you sporadically when you went to 20m CW John, but not well enough to try for the S2S unfortunately. Mike 2E0YYY/P on Billinge Hill G/SP-017 was a very good signal, but I wasn’t with him, apparently. Another SWL point then.
It was ages before anyone heard me calling. This was confirmed when I checked the RBN website, and no skimmers had heard me either! Eventually, at 0645, after 15 minutes of unanswered calling, I got a weak call from UR3IF and we made the QSO. At a similar time, I was spotted on the RBN network by a skimmer over that way - but with only 2dB SNR!
Imagine my surprise therefore to be then called by John ZL1BYZ. That was brilliant, and certainly raised my hopes of getting the VK S2S. Alas, that was not to be, and the very quiet band continued to be - quiet.
I finished with six QSOs, 5 on CW, 1 on SSB. It was the first time in a long time that I had operated the FT-817 with an internal battery pack. All seemed well with that.