I might be trying to read a bit too deeply into this but I’ve been looking over logs from my previous activations, specifically looking at my 2m FM activations.
Long story short, I’m trying to figure out if there is a “best time of day for mid-week 2m FM activations”.
I’ve been trying to work out why some activations I have struggled to get the 4 contacts to qualify the summit & others I have ended up with a mad pile up. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to it!
I realise that there are some variations, for example:-
Specifically in the UK, the southern regions are extremely quiet on 2m compared to the Lake District & the Pennines further North.
Weekends are likely to have more activity on the bands as more people are off work (most of my activations are mid-week due to working shift patterns).
The time of day will play a part.
Decent antennas will get out better than inefficient handheld antennas.
…& so on.
Putting aside these variations, there are some summits that I have activated more than once, a year or two apart, using the same antenna system & radio.
Kinder Scout being one of them. In 2019 I struggled to get the 4 contacts required to qualify…that was on a weekend. This year (mid-week at around 11am when I thought that most people would be at work) I had a pile up!
In 2019, I failed to qualify Gun, getting just 1 QSO. This year “a quick pre-dinner stroll to the summit & back including 10 minute play on VHF” (it was a bit of fun, I wasn’t seriously expecting to get 4 QSO’s) resulted in a pile up that took around 30 minutes to clear!
I’m trying to understand some of these variables to plan the timings of my upcoming activations for the greatest chances of success. What am I missing here?