The speed with which the conditions changed on 40m was quite surprising to me. One minute I was hearing you well despite splatter from a local, and then suddenly not one but two QSOs came up out of the background and drowned you and each other out. I know the band goes long in the afternoon but usually it is more gradual. Better luck next time!
Fraser, for a more relaxing SSB 40m activation, go on the WAB net on 7.160. As long as you know your NGR you’ll be very welcome. Net controller will control the madness and there are plenty of WAB chasers who collect SOTA too.
Yes, it was like someone flicked a switch. Thanks for trying Brian.
Thanks for the tip Andy. I’ll bear that in mind. TBH I didn’t need to do 40m. It was a toss up between that and digging out the 2m beam and FT-3d. I suspect i should have chosen the latter, as a couple of 2m QSOs from that summit would have probably been more rewarding.
I had the middle of my EFHW at least 5m up, at the top of the third section. The antenna behaved the same in testing (swr) as it did on a 7m pole. On a summit, brought in solid reports on 15m and 20m ssb. It stood perfectly upright with ine guy in 15mph wind.
Me too! I guess I couldn’t be bothered re-spotting for a third time, as this involved a 100m walk to get a phone signal. Also with the coax playing up…
On that subject, playing around with the mfj259 and a dummy load revealed the problem. Look at the size of the centre hole in the left hand adaptor!
It’s always amusing when I play back a video of me operating, and I I ask a caller to repeat their call when it’s quite clear on the video! I always ask myself, “why did I not hear that?” I suspect it’s brain overload at times…
I’m with you Gerald, I enjoy working lots of stations and trying to pick out the QRP/weaker ones in-between the big guns.
Nic on the other hand hates it when it’s manic. She very much wants a disciplined approach, with one caller after another clearly making contact… you can imagine how that is on 2m or 40m at a weekend ha ha!! After a handful of contacts she’s had enough and just gives me the microphone. Sometimes halfway through me trying to write down callsigns in the log. Chasers have to be quick if they want to speak to her, otherwise they get stuck with me
Having said that, I do like calling into the WAB net, when conditions allow. It is well controlled and fairly allows everyone to make contact, which can be just as satisfying, especially if inter-G conditions on 40m are challenging.
Was away from home QTH working /P and QRP in Fife, not on a hill, and waiting for your pileup to ease but it wasn’t to be. Chasing as a QRP-er is certainly a challenge but that’s all part of the fun of SOTA. Enjoyed the activation though, and also today’s from Mount Keen, too. Great work as always Fraser.