Now that my summer working time from 7h00 to 15h05 is over and we get back to split shift with 1h-to-2h-max. lunch time break, I'll be coming home for lunch at about 12h utc and I'm going to try to briefly look for any SOTA points offered and spotted on SOTAwatch when ever possible.
With the aim of providing some feedback to the activators on whether their signals are or not likely to be copied at a given QTR/QRG in a specific location.I'll try to publish a brief report of the activations I've been looking up each day, how they were copied at my side and which location and antenna configuration I was using.
I think this may help activators to choose the optimum operating times and bands depending on what they would like to reach.
I highly encourage other chasers to provide similar data from their respective locations, as this might give an interesting full picture.
It's quite a bit of work but it may well be worthwhile in order to have a better idea of how bands behave, depending on different locations and antenna configurations.
After the RX reports have been published, it would be very interesting to know the power and antenna used by each reported activator.
Let me start this today with the following report and let's see how the SOTA community reading this reflector receive and subscribe this idea.
20170904 (Sept 4th 2017): it's been a tough day...
Receiving antenna about 13m long wire endfed in a balcony about 25 meters above the Street level.
Rig Yaesu FT-817ND
UTC CALLSIGN QRG RST
12h25 DL/HB9BQB/P 7032.5 No Copy
12h30 DL1CR/P 14285 No Copy and QSB up to 21
12h34 G0AZA/P 14275 No Copy
12h35 HB9/G4WSB/P 7110 No Copy
13h05 GW3RDQ/P 10118 559 (chased )
13h07 E70AA/P 14061 No Copy
17h00 EA7/G4ONL/P 18086 549 (I tried but couldn't chase him due to high SWR on 17m)
17h26 CU3HF/P 14061 No Copy
Just one chase out of 8 potentials in thetime frame QRV in the shack.
And today we had a SFI of 123 at 14h UTC and K-Index of 2...
I'd welcome some feedback from you guys and lads about this idea of cross-sharing this type of information between chasers and activators.