Conscious that I hadn’t been taking full advantage of the current decent conditions from a SOTA activating perspective, I had a wander out this evening to The Cloud G/SP-015.
The DX Heat Map indicated that 15m was the place to be, so I left the Alexloop in the car and took up a SOTA Pole and my homemade 15m quarterwave vertical with GP antenna.
The wallabies were very sociable tonight, all three of them right up against the fence next to the path halfway up The Cloud, and seemingly enjoying the attention! They all hopped over and socialised again on my descent later!
Anyway, the activation was good fun with five continents worked (OC and AN the ones missed) and a log dominated by DX. Out of the 28 QSOs, only 2 were “non-DX” - LZ and G.
All contacts were on 15m CW as I gave the FT8 tablet a rest and did some proper radio!
CT3 Madeira (2)
D4 Cape Verde
P3 Cyprus (2)
PU Brazil (5)
VE Canada (2)
W USA (9)
ZF Cayman Islands (2)
Satisfying stuff with 5 watts and a homemade antenna!