Tuesday 8th May 2018 - The Cloud G/SP-015
This time I tried the SOTAbeams MFD for the 70cm FM aspect of the evening, as I knew that other prominent activators use this antenna effectively on 433MHz - plus Jimmy checked out that the VSWR was OK on our Bank Holiday Monday activation. Performance overall was very similar to using the SOTAbeams SB270 with only the 70cm driven element attached, mounted for vertical polarisation - so I’ll probably revert to that next month to save on the amount of equipment carried.
For the main UKAC, I used the SB270 set up as a 6 element beam for 70cm, mounted horizontally.
Overall, I made 79 QSOs, all on 70cm. 20 on FM, and 59 on SSB. QSB was a problem all evening, and my squares count was a bit dismal.
DXCCs: 4 - G, GW, GD, GI.
QRAs: 13 - IO64, 74, 81, 82, 83, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, JO00, 01.
So as a VHF contest effort, a tad disappointing. As a 70cm SOTA activation - pretty good!