There can be little doubting, for the SOTA DXer, 10m is the place to be right now. If you have an easy summit at your disposal, then the 10m band + A-99 antenna, will = DX.
Dunno how many times I’ve activated Gun this year, but today, it was certainly as cold and windy as I can remember it
As usual, I was greeted by the 15 minute mud plug to the summit. Because of the high winds, getting the antenna up, which is attached to a 15 ft pole, was a real PITA.
Found a QRG and my very first CQ produced John ZS6JSE, with an armchair copy. John asked if I was a SOTA station and then asked for the summit reference…A great start to the activation
Phil G4OBK followed him in for a ground wave contact from Pickering in Yorkshire. From then on, it was DX all the way with North America featuring prominently. South America was easily making the trip, with Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina calling me. Nice to work Bob 8P6FX in Barbados too.
A look at 10m AM, found a shed load of Russian taxi companies QRMing the frequency and the best I could manage on the FM mode was Greece.
In the end, it was the cold WX, which got the better of me and so I called it a day with 69 contacts, all worked on the 10m band, in the log.
30 North Americans logged
Big thanks to all the Chasers for calling in.