A big thanks to Mike (2E0YYY) this afternoon whilst on Shining Tor, for your patience whilst I was working you.
I’d set up on one of my local hills (liddington Castle, approx 2 miles SE of Swindon, Wilts - N51 30.978 W001 41.925 for the record!) Using an FT60E handheld and putting the 5w into a Sandpiper Delta Quad up at about 9’. A pleasant mid afternoon on the Hill’s summit at about 277m, I’d had a couple of contacts off the calling channel, gradually turning the antenna round and calling CQ. A quick flick about on a few other channels and I heard ‘SOTA’ mentioned in a distant QSO. My ears pricked up and I established it was Mike on Shining Tor some 120 odd miles away. A bit of Cat & Mouse entailed as one minute he was 51 with me then I’d lose him altogether. A few calls on hearing ‘QRZ’ brought nothing back, so after a bit more gradual antenna turning, I finally heard him 51 to 52 again. A few more calls and listening to other QSO’s, I finally got a response that he could hear someone calling, but couldn’t make out the callsign. Mike stayed patient though, giving me a number of chances to repeat my call. After several minutes and attempts he repeated my call, gave a signal report and finally I was in his log (phew!). After a number of partially heard overs from me, giving my details, working conditions etc. we gave our respective 73’s and ended the QSO.
A pleasure working you this afternoon Mike and pleased to have done it on 5w!