Thanks to everyone who listened and tried to work me on Mt Majura VK1/AC-034 & VKFF-0851. Strange conditions on 20m last evening, at 0630 UTC the band was open to Europe, New Zealand and Japan for an initial 12 Dx QSOs. At 0700 I was clobbered by a very strong over-the-horizon radar signal operating between 14.180 and 14.350 MHz. In shear frustration I moved to 14.150 which lasted for 7 minutes before moving to 40m for 9 VK chasers.
At 0744 UTC I moved back to 20m to find the band in total silence, almost as though the big propagation switch had been turned off. I listened for Don M0HCU for 15 minutes, nothing received, sorry Don I will try again soon.
18 Dx chasers included: ZL1BYZ, ZL1TZW, DL3HXX, OK2PDT, DL2HWI, OE9HRV, 9A7W, OH9XX, SA4BLM, F1BLL, M0ZDZ/p, ZL3CC, G0RQL, ZL2ATH, ZL2BCO, ZL4TZ, ZL2AJ, and JS1UEH. One VK chaser on 20m, Andrew VK2UH. Overall a great result for 20m Dx SOTA operations from VK1, I’m always keen to share VK summits with Dx chasers.
For my personal 2016 70cm challenge on 432.2 SSB I worked VK1MA, VK1RX, VK1JA and VK2COW. On digital voice DMR it was good to work two chasers VK1MA and VK1GVC both on 439.0125.
Subject to Wx, I will try 20m Dx later this week.
73 Andrew VK1AD