The evening of Tuesday 11th November 2008 had some good points and some bad points.
It was good that I had my bothy bag to myself, instead of having to share it with a moaning Jimmy. It was bad that I still couldn't get comfortable in it. It was good when I realised that I was so hot in the bothy bag that I would be more comfortable out of it anyway. It was bad that I had wasted valuable contest QSO time trying to get comfortable in it. It was good that despite it being a bitterly cold night, once inside the bothy bag you soon need to remove your hat and coat.
It was bad that the SWR indication on the FT-817 was not good, despite using the SB270, set as a 6-el beam for 70cm. It was good that I still made twelve contacts. It was bad that I didn't make more. It was good that there was a logical reason for the less-than-optimum SWR. It was bad that I had connected the feeder to the element in front of where I should have done, or so I discovered when packing away.
It was good that the Chain & Gate was still open (for a change) on the way home. It was bad that all the bitter was off and I had to endure a pint of Carling lager.
It was good that it didn't rain. It was bad that it was so windy.
Such is life. Here's hoping for another dry evening on the second Tuesday of December for (probably) my last contest outing of the year. Here's hoping for more good than bad.