As many of you know from my previous posts, myself and Bob M1BBV will be doing the Lyke Wake challenge on 28th June.
Originally we intended taking HF, but the weight is prohibitive. So we will only be taking 2m.
Now, I have a dilema! - Do I take SSB or just FM?
FM is simple - My Alinco DJ-F1 will do that nicely (now with a recelled battery thanks to YYY!)
But if we go with SSB, that means taking the FT-290. AND some form of ultra lightweight omni directional horizontally polarized antenna! This adds to the complexity, but also quite a bit to the weight! We already are looking at an all up starting weight of nearly 20kg!
We wont have long to stop on either summit, as we have fixed stop times and a deadline. Likewise we wont have time to set up and use a beam, no matter how lightweight. Theres also a distinct possibility that our times on the summits might well be at rather antisocial hours! We could be looking at activation times of perhaps 05-06:00!
So the question is - is SSB worth the extra weight and hassle? Are there likely to be sufficient SSB 2m stations on air listening for us if we hit the summits early? And is the increased range benefit over FM from the tops of the North York Moors any real advantage?
If we do go with just FM, we can increase our range by using a specially made ultra light weight vertical antenna attached to one of our Bergens!