I worked some lovely DX today from Drummond Hill CS-114 on 17m: G4OBK! It was by F2 backscatter I guess. Required a bit of effort as Phil QSB’d right away thinking we had a good contact. Luckily he heard me send RST? RST? RST? and continued sending till I could acknowledge him. Must have taken a few minutes in all but it all came good as contacts were a bit thin on the ground.
In fact I self-spotted and Rich, N4EX, was there to answer my 1st CQ on the band. N1EU was next, then Phil and US3LX appeared at 59+++++++ (proper big signal) to complete the activation. N4EX and N1EU were just a touch stronger than Phil. Gotta love 17m. 11ft of wire and a few watts of CW and 5000+km contacts drop at your feet.
Having Rich listening on 14.061 +/- and Roy G4SSH listening on 7.032 +/- means you can call CQ SOTA on either of those bands and know you’ll be worked and spotted in almost no time at all. The dedicated chaser is worth his(her) weight in gold. Though Roy was noticeably absent on 40m today but I’ll put that down to the propagation being “not right”. (EDIT: He’s in 5B4-land!)
The sun was shining most of the time too apart from the odd snow flake. Scottish WX: 4 seasons in a day, every day!