Having been QRV on 23cm with the homebrew transverter for a week and two days now (!) I was quite keen to get down to the Galloway hills this week when I saw Gerald G4OIG would have 23cm gear. I saw that Cairnharrow, my “local” hill down there, is LOS to Cross Fell and so wanted to try that for my first S2S on 23cm.
It was great to make contact from Cairnharrow and get the 23cm QSO in once all (or at least most) of the 2m callers had had a chance. Gerald was doing excellent business indeed on 2m. The path was over 117km and we had under half a watt at each end for 23cm; I think signals were getting towards fully quieting FM at both ends. We finished with 70cm as well. I’ve put some photos of the station at my end on Flickr (linked to the SOTA photostream) at http://www.flickr.com/photos/gm8oti/
Having had a 95km contact over an obstructed path in central Scotland last week using SSB, I was pretty confident we wouldn’t have a problem. Now I know it’s on, it would be great to get some 23cm contacts down across the Irish Sea into North Wales, Lancashire and beyond. Sorry Yorkshire is hidden behind the Lake District - or is this just my Lancastrian background prejudice - the Galloway hills have a great takeoff to the south.
Looking at the database, 23cm contacts have been a bit thin on the ground in GM land, but there are lots recorded in G-land so I’d like to give it a go. I will alert for 23cm once I get back down to Galloway at the end of July and in August.
Sorry for the delay in the Cairnharrow activiation from my end, but I wanted to be sure of that 23cm S2S. Glad there were a few callers around on 2m - thanks to all for the contacts. It was a lovely day so I had no rush to get down from the summit - at least, not by then, once the breeze had started. When I arrived the mist was still on the summit, and it was very still, and I was being eaten alive by the vast hordes of midges. It’s rarely so still on a Scottish summit so that’s not normally a problem!