Todays activation of GW/NW-076 was just one of those days really. Arrived at the summit later than I had planned, found the 20m band out of shape and then I noticed the FT-857 was showing high SWR. Swapping a patch lead cured the high SWR problem, unfortunately there was no cure for the 20m band.
After my self spot, first in the log was Tony VK3CAT, followed by Mariusz, SP9AMH and then Gerard VK2IO. Signals were generally down with Don G0RQL commenting on the poor shape of the band. Nevertheless, I pressed on, logging a total of 22 contacts on 20m, ten of them VK. Good to see Greg VK8GM from Alice Springs in the Northern Territories, making the log again, for what is normally a very difficult SOTA region to find. I just need the Holy Grail, VK9 contact to complete the set.
A visit to 15m found only 5 takers one of them being Ricky MW6GWR/P up on HuMP GWH/NW-025.
12m was the pits, with just three contacts logged one of them VU2RBI who wasn’t exactly rushed off his feet.
My first visit to the 40m band for some time found about 20 contacts.
A final visit to the 12m produced only a dozen contacts, the highlight being Matt VK2DAG, on what was basically a disappointing band.
Seems to me the 12m band is opening later and later.
65 contacts logged, 11 of them VK, with not a single North American station making my log. s2s contacts with Tom M1EYP, Allan GW4VPX, Ricky MW6GWR, Barry M0IML, Juergen OE4JHW and Rod M0JLA/P.
Thanks to all the chasers…