Decided to activate G/WB-005 late last night. Drove the 55 odd monotonous miles from Stoke-on-Trent, which takes an age on the lousy road network to Church Stretton. As it’s a very quick walk to the summit, I took 3 antennas, including my brand new X-300 collinear (the other one turned its toes and died after about 110 activations) and 32Ah of SLABS.
Trade was steady on 2m Fm although not what I would describe as busy. After about three hours I QSY’d to 20m were once again things were just steady into EU. DX was at a premium, with N1EU in the Big Apple, the only taker
Tried 40m, not a single taker, so I guess something is amiss with the fishing pole antenna, the balun being the prime suspect …more than likely water ingress after all the drenchings I’ve suffered over the past month.
Anyhow, to finish off the day, back to 2m it was.
Some nice contacts found on the collinear, 110 mile hop into Barrow, a nice 125 mile contact into Wisbech, as well as Weston Super Mare and what would normally be a very difficult contact near Pontypridd.
Usually, I’m working on Sundays, so I don’t get too many chances to do an activations on Sunday. One thing I have noticed, Saturday seems a much better day, certainly if you’re after large numbers of chasers. Undoubtedly a lot more mobile stations are active on Saturdays, maybe more folk out shopping etc. Not a single SOTA S2S today, either!
Any other activators notice much difference in QSO traffic on these two days?
Thanks to all the chasers for calling in. Pleasant days radio with 131 contacts logged.