I had some fun with 2m CW last year. I picked on it as an unusual combination, rarely seen on SOTAwatch Spots, and experimented to see if some interest could be built up. It could. I got to the stage where most times I used it from a summit, I would be called by GW0DSP, G4BLH, G4OWG and one or two others. I always meant to build on that this year, but the GI SOTA opportunity came along and my attention was demanded by 80m.
I tried 2m CW again today, and whole I only had 3 contacts - one of them has inspired me to do more. I managed to read GW0DSP sending me advice to beam East for ON4CAP. I did, called him, and amazingly back he came. I completed a straightforward QSO with Andre, with RST 449 reports going in both directions.
But should I have been so surprised? I can work most of the UK and Ireland with 5 watts on 2m SSB from a summit, and I already knew that CW reaches the parts that SSB doesn’t reach! So, this is now my new inspiration for the summer. How many more countries can I get on 2m CW? I will be posting some alerts for 2m CW activations (and if DSP is on form, the spots will appear as well), so please look out for them and see if you can hear me, like Andre did today.
I will start tomorrow, but then again I am planning a whole host of bands and modes for tomorrow - so DSP will have to be at the top of his game!
2m CW - it’s the future…