That was a fabulous first activation. If it was your first CW activation, it was even more awesome. You did a long, tough hike, you set up your gear efficiently, you got spotted by the RBN Hole on two bands, you had plenty of chasers, your signal was more than decent, and you pulled off something unusual in winter!
For me it was tough. You showed up spotted on 30M CW - my favorite band for current conditions - my brain went crazy as I tried to get ready to call - but you didn’t stay there long enough for the pile to get serious - a few more minutes might have been amazing!
You went to 40 CW - I didn’t expect to hear you at all - but there you were, clearly above the noise - sometimes - out here in Colorado!! I don’t know what you were running, but this was exceptional, and I was waiting for a chance to call once the big guys and closer chasers had worked you.
While I was listening to your activation, I looked at the clock and had a dark thought that you might be in a real hurry, due to the time and length of the hike out. A few more minutes and it was over. With weather moving in, you made the right decision.
Never mind, you caught the real spirit of SOTA, and I’m sure you amazed a lot of other chasers!
Thanks and 73,