Exactly as I was fearing, we had very poor propagation conditions today on 20-30m and not a single NA<>EU S2S QSO could be logged.
I activated EA2/NV-148, which has a dirt road up to the very summit and a nice flat area with conrete tables and benches to make it very comfortable today, as I had a guest.
I was joined by the old University mate of mine I talked about in a previous post of this same thread. He is a non ham mountaineer very interested in tasting a bit of what ham radio and SOTA is about.
He enjoyed very much today’s experience and I must thank him because he was very helpful while setting up and dismantling the antenna system, as well as with the pictures/videos.
We got a couple of drops of rain while setiing up and I feared that we may have to run away to avoid being soaked by a sudden rain shower, but it finally wasn’t like that and we enjoyed a mostly sunny very nice afternoon.
The endfed wire was put inside the telescopic fisghing pole as to make an inverted L like the one I did for the VK-ZL<>EU S2S event, with the elevated counterpoise wire sloping down at an angle and its end tied to the branch of a bush.
But propagation was not even closely as good as it was that glorious March 11th of the VK-ZL<>EU S2S event and after 2 hours activation I didn’t manage to hear any single Northamerican activator and only 2 Northamerican chasers made it into my log.
SFI was below 70 today and the signals were coming weak most of the times with severe QSB, but even in such poor conditions, with the tiny 5 watts of my FT-817, I managed to log 52 QSOs, 10 of which were S2S with european summits.
Unfortunately we had contest activity on 20m CW, so that segment of the band was pretty busy and noisy. That’s why I worked SSB for quite some time, which was a joy for my companion, who otherwise would have surely got bored after some few minutes of ununderstandable-for-him morse code.
This is the full log:
And this the S2S log:
Thanks to all the chasers for your calls and QSOs, as well as to those who kindly raised a spot for me on Sotawatch. Very useful and highly appreciated.