Having easily qualified SW-003 and SW-041 on 2m SSB last Saturday, I successfully repeated the exercise on 70cms SSB. As the interest in 432MHz appears to be on the increase with Frank G3RMD, Richard G4ERP and myself now active on a reasonably regular basis, it would be helpful to know just how many chasers have equipment and a reasonable antenna system. My list so far is G3RMD, G4ERP, G0LGS, M3SFN, 2E0IXC, G0RQL, G4BLH, G4OWG and G3CWI. G0UWK, G4UKP and G0RBD have also been logged. A crib sheet would be useful to ensure that the beam is pointed in the appropriate directions.
The advantage of 70cms is obvious - small antenna size. The downside is that in order to overcome the increased path loss the temptation is to increase the antenna size with the result that the beamwidth is reduced. Currently I run 25 watts to a 6 element DL6WU. It is an ideal add-on band, but I have plans to activate NW-001 and NW-008 using 70cms and 23cms only, so I hope there will be enough chasers for this. Please don’t make me use my 2m handheld.