Hi Andrew (VK1DA)
This afternoon I took an opportunity to head up to Mt Stromlo summit with the aim to make a S2S contact with Gerard VK2IO on AM mode (Ancient Andrew Mode). I am old enough to know what AM mode is.
Weather is 27 degrees with a warm strong gusty wind from the north-west.
This is a repeat activation so no activator points. Selective fading on 7.180 MHz made life difficult for the chasers so much so the S2S contact with Peter VK3PF was made on LSB. I received some reports of distortion on my signal. I reduced the AM mic gain a little which helped to improve the readability of the signal. The major contributor to distortion may have been selective fading. Anyway I had lots of fun as did the chasers.
After 40 minutes on 7.180 MHz AM, I moved to 7.080 LSB to work chasers who struggled to hear me on 7.180 AM.
VK1AD station set up at Mt Stromlo
HF linked Inverted V antenna
AM Mode Chasers: 13 on 7.180 MHz including a S2S with Gerard on VK2/CT-056.
SSB Chasers: 5 on 40m 7.080 MHz, 2 on 20m 14.310 MHz and 2 on 30m 10.133 MHz. S2S with Peter VK3PF on VK3/VG-151 using LSB on 7.180 MHz.
Good fun, I will be back in April 2017 to play AM mode. Thanks everyone.
73, Andrew (VK1AD)