Chris, W3CDW and I (Richard, N2GBR) operated from W3/SV-018 and thoroughly enjoyed the event.
I had already activated this summit and therefore relegated my self to S2S contacts only. Our station consisted of three radios… FT857, FT817 (for PSK) and a KX3.
We also had and array of antennas with the hope of making many contacts. We had earlier prepared a 20m half-square, an OCF Windom and our third antenna was a SotaBeams link dipole at about 15ft.
The Halfsquare was set-up pointing 70Degs (not sure how I came up with that it should have been more like 40Deg). and both the WIndom and link dipoles set-up with a NW-SE orientation. The Windom was an inverted “V” with the peak at 40ft. We had an Alpha Delta antenna switch and an old Dentron manual tuner with us.
This was a lot of gear… but we only had a 500m walk so "no problem"
We started operating around 14:20 and logged S2S stations in the US almost immediately. Using W3CDW we logged approx. 20stations for Chris’s activation.
Here is my summit to summit log…
We were a little concerned that the first contacts on the Half-Square were in Arizona not Europe! but the radiation pattern of the antenna has two lobes and there is one “out the back”. When we couldn’t hear other stations we switched to the OCF and logged most of the US stations.
after around an hour we again went on the hunt for Euro and logged OE9HRV we really could hear him 59, but he had difficultly hearing us.
We heard N0MTN in CO, but he couldn’t hear us
We heard GW2HFR, but he also couldn’t hear us.
Back to the US I was happy to catch W2SE Bruce and complete a SOTA complete for NJ "High-Point"
Another hour passed and we heard Euro again. This time successfully logging MW0OXT and M1EYP lots of QRN… 55 >> 33.
I boldly broke out a key (I’m a new CW op) and had a QSO with W2CAM… then put it back away… it was a shame our planned CW team mate missed our party here…
Next we caught N3ICE on W4/SH004… another SOTA completed this time for both Chris and I.
Finally we completed with N1RCQ, KB1RJC and D and then made a cheeky call to ask NS1TA to meet us 3-up and completed a with him too.
While some of this was going on, Chris also made a couple of PSK31 QSO’s.
Looking up we had completely missed the change in the weather… our blue skys had gone DARK! a mass of clouds were blowing in and we heard reports of snowfall to our west… it was time to abandon camp…
We packed up and reached the car before significant rainfall hit.
We were surprised to read that our station was the only one heard in Australia… the Half-square must have been working!!!
I’m not sure who exactly started the thought of this event, but thanks to that person for planting the seed. Also thanks to the chasers and other S2S stations, I hope you had as much fun as we did…
later In the afternoon… when it was snowing, Chris and I activated W3/SV-034 also…
Richard // N2GBR