When I arrived at G/SP-004 Shining Tor, WX conditions were not too clever. With the forecast of rain to come, I sat in the car for almost 20 minutes, prevaricating, should I or shouldn't I? In the end, I chucked all of the antennas back in the boot of the car, with the exception the A-99 and 3 x 5 foot poles.
It took about 35 minutes to reach the trig point, which was negotiated by head torch.
My effort to get three poles under the A-99 resulted in faiure, in the end I relented and got it bungeed to the finger post on just two. The wind was just too strong. Not a happy bunny.
I had a listen on 20m and from experience, knew straight away, conditions would be tough for DX.
Nevertheless, I put a CQ call out at 0640z and was immediately pounced on by Stavros LZ/SV2RUJ for a s2s.
I worked my way through the chasers, however, no sign of any DX. I'm afraid G was just a hop too far for VK/ZL. The EU Activators were certainly in the box seat for DX, that's for sure
Normally, I can set my clock by a call from Ernie VK3DET, not this morning. However, when it come to chasing DX, Ernie don't quit that easily and at 0745z he finally made the trip. I've had easier contacts with him but the all important signal reports were exchanged. This was a good 35 minutes later than the normal time I would expect to hear him. This gave me my only DX contact of the morning and possibly making Ernie the the only VK or ZL to make the trip into G for the event.
Then, it had to happen, the rain arrived. With a five hour drive to GM ahead of me, I called it a day at about 0750z.
35 contacts logged in 70 minutes, so no complaints there.
11 s2s logged.
Thanks to all the Chasers.
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A wet radio shack