In reply to 2E0YYY:
DX Sota is something very special & something I have yet to achieve, although chasing Robert VP8DMM/P (G0PEB)on Mount Alice in the Falklands remains the best SOTA DX chasing I have managed to date. I tried the day before from home but could not pull Robert’s SSB signal out of the noise. The following day seeing that he would be active again, after finishing work I dashed home, made a 20m dipole & headed straight for the nearest bit of high ground with a good take-off to the Falklands.
There is a video of my location & antenna on Youtube but the irony is I was only 20 minutes walk away from the activation zone of G/SP-014 Longridge Fell. If there hadn’t been a robbery in Whalley in which the criminals had escaped on a motorcycle & were heading my way, (Information given to me by a policeman who pulled up alongside me just after I was starting to set up my antenna), I probably would have packed up & set off for the summit after working Robert on 17m SSB.If I had worked him from the summit on 20m, this would have been the first VP8 to G summit to Summit, which as far as I know has still to be achieved. The first VP8 S2S of any kind was achieved by Carolyn G6WRW who was on a German summit at the time.
Sometimes being on a summit can actually be a big advantage, especially if your home location is noisy, or you are limited in the antennas you can erect.
Anyway, here is a video of where I chased Robert from, which you may have seen before…
Sorry for the ramble, the original reason for my post is that there is currently a nice opening to South America on 10m for those interested. I would have posted this on the relevant thread but I couldn’t find it quickly enough.
A final PS. Talking of The Falklands, in a few days time it will be 29 Years since the outbreak of hostilities between The UK & Argentina over those Islands. I am not going to pass comment on that, but will say that Bob VP8LP demonstrated what amateur radio is really good at & it was a real pleasure to work him again only a few months ago on 10m.
With all the problems there are in the world, we as amateurs still have a lot to offer in times of crisis.
Here a news broadcast from April 1982 featuring Bob’s transimission. I believe a GM station was at the UK end.
Sorry once again for deviating from the subject a little.