Hi Frank, Don,
Thank-you both for your messages. I was using a FT817 (5W) to a 3 ele beam. I have found that 4-5W on 2m is normally adequate to qso across the Irish Sea from MM summits, even using FM. For a small summit, Slievemartin has reasonable takeoff over the sea, and in the past I’ve done OK from there on 2m FM. I was keen to see how SSB would perform in comparison, but unfortunately propagation was marginal. For this reason I couldn’t hear the stations already on .310. After making some further unanswered calls on .300 I qsy’d to FM to complete the activation.
I was very pleased to work you again, Don - thanks for your patience in the difficult conditions. I think your well-sited station helped a lot, and I look forward to our next contact. Sorry we didn’t qso on this occasion, Frank - hopefully there’ll be another opportunity. Perhaps I may catch you when you’re activating a summit here in GI!
I’m planning some double-summit MM activations during the summer. For these, I will probably use 2m FM (4W) and 3 ele beam, as the rig is a lot lighter than the 817. However, I’m also looking for opportunities to use SSB and will post all activations on the alerts.