It was subzero as I departed from the car on Cloudside at 7.20pm last night. The temperature only dropped from that moment, but thankfully only at a very gradual rate. Finding ground that would take a peg to guy the mast was taxing.
I found my flask of hot coffee most welcome through the evening, and I treated myself to a pint of ale in the Harrington Arms, Gawsworth, on the way home afterwards.
55 QSOs were made. Several stations were called repeatedly, but they couldn’t hear me. That phenomenon is actually quite rare for me, even with my FT-817 and 5 watts. A couple of these were GMs and I missed IO75 and IO85 as a result. That rules me out from any hope of being competitive then, not to mention never finding GI4SNA in IO64. A couple of stations in IO72 were heard, but not worked. Frustrating in that I heard a lengthy KST-scheduled attempt between GW0GEI in IO72 and G8XVJ - not sure if it came off, but not while I was listening. I tried my luck at going back to GEI who I was hearing well when XVJ clearly couldn’t hear him - but to no avail.
I also heard IN99, IO80 and JO01 out there, again with none finding my log. So overall, an underwhelming night - and a cold one! Squares worked: IO73, 81, 82, 83, 84, 86, 91, 92, 93, 94, JO02.
This was my first experience of a /P UKAC in 2017 under the new arrangements. First impressions:
Thursday: bobbins (5th contest in 5 days meant I could only join in with 2 of them).
B2: bobbins (less squares calling CQ than normal, pile-ups on all GM frequencies).
General / Local: bobbins (removal of motivation!)
KST allowed: bobbins (too many desirable stations being “unavailable” for long periods, trying to complete a KST schedule).
In answer to G1ZAR, the antenna is the SOTAbeams SB6.