In reply to G1ZJQ:
Thanks for that one Derek! an almost unbelievable contact. The main 2m SSB rig is not in the shack at the moment (I have run out of power supplies) and I was working on antennas in the garden with the FT-817. I quickly connected the coax from the beam to the 817 and pointed it roughly north and there you were. I think I got you first call. The battery voltage was only 9.6v at this time so was very QRP and the beam is only about 12 feet off the ground (10 ele Jaybeam).
Oh! for more like that :o)
73 Steve GW7AAV
PS Thanks for the info that the “Troll of Deephope had popped his clogs” that is the 2nd time I have heard him mentioned in two days the first one was from the XYL when planning our Scotland activations in August. She read something on the web and said it was one to avoid.