I was disappointed to not get any VK in my log yesterday, but I’m still glad this was put together and I look forward to trying it again. Bands have just not been good lately, even stateside QSO’s are tougher the past couple of weeks. There was some propagation, as I worked ZL1BYZ (booming in) on 15m, and E51DWC was an easy catch on 10m cw. I was surprised to work EA2IF on 20m cw as well, not sure if that was a LP QSO.
It’s interesting to hear that a couple of you did hear me. I was running 80 watts from a KX2 (with amp) into an Aerial 51 multi-band dipole, oriented broadside to the East/West. At one point I thought maybe I was hearing a call back but just could not pull out enough to know if it was a VK or even a real signal.
I would like to suggest that more ops try the higher bands. It’s not unusual for me to work stations across the Pacific from Arizona on 10, 15, or 17 when they can’t be heard at all on 20. This is often possible even when the propagation forecasters rank the bands as “poor” and it usually happens with 10 watts or less (yesterday’s 80 watts was an exception to my normal SOTA kit).
I have yet to work a VK activator but hopefully that will happen before too long!
73 Keith KR7RK