Well the kit is just about dried out and logs updated on SOTA website (and loTW/clublog).
All in all a great event and as someone new to SOTA this year I learnt a lot and will be better prepared next time!
In terms on planning I put all my eggs in the “20m” basket which was probably a mistake though I did manage to get QRV on 17.
Arrived on site at G/SC-008 at about 1420 (with 11 y/o son!).
The antenna setup was a pair of 1/4wave verts, with 2 raised radials each, 5/8 wavelength apart fed in phase to theoretically give broadside gain. I’d tested this from home on Wednesday and the results into NA were pretty positive. (SWR for each vert was 1:1 so together it was 2:1 - the planned matching network never got off the todo list…)
Set up antennas and tent, in worsening rain, opened chocolate biscuits and started to tune 20m SSB.
Heard some NA activators and listened to them running decent pile ups. Put a few calls in but the 10w wasn’t cutting it so after an interesting ‘SWL’ session went back to CW!
First call in the log was OH9XX/P S2S #1 !
Called CQ and had a nice run of EU S2S but despite RBN spots in NA had no EU<>NA S2S.
Son had to bail out at this stage so short break to meet up with XYL!
WX getting really rubbish now - rain horizontal but was determined to make an NA S2S.
Checked SOTAWatch and all the action seemed to be on 17m.
With a bit of adjustment I got one of the verticals resonant on 17. Spun the dial and the first signal I heard was EA8/MM0FMF/P in QSO with N1EU.
Worked Andy first call for my first ever inter-continental S2S.
Figuring N1EU was in S&P mode I called CQ and sure enough the first NA S2S was in the log
WB8OGK soon followed.
Last QSO in the log was K2TQC back on 20m at 1610 - at which point I checked the WX radar and the approaching “Storm Angus” looked horrific so bailed out quick!
Bit disappointed my 20m setup didn’t yield more NA S2S but 10 S2S QSOs across 3 continents I was more than pleased with
Thanks to @N1EU and @MM0FMF for two milestone SOTA QSOs for me!
I think propagation was slightly down on earlier in the week. My RBN numbers suggest I was doing better into NA when I was testing from home on Wednesday and the summit definitely has a better take off than my QTH.