Arrived a lot earlier than planned, set up the X-300 in high winds and was QRV at 0900. Constant stream of chasers with one or two surprises. Don G0RQL making the trip from Devon again and Walt G3NYY from his home QTH using an X-300 too.
There was a lift on 2m, but not as good as I expected. Tried the 10m band found one contact A71AM, before trying 10m FM where only 2 contacts were managed. Onto 12m for 8 contacts best being A92GE.
Last throw of the dice for HF, I qsy’d to the 20m zoo, spotted myself and walked into a big pile-up. VE2JCW was first out of the traps with a big signal and then it went mad. Managed to pull Rich N4EX QRP out of the scrum, without who, no activation is complete. 51 stations worked in 25 minutes.
This was very pleasing as the HF antenna consisted of a bit of wire tied to the top of the collinear with an elastic band and plugged into a balun.
Anyhow, 195 stations worked, with eight or nine S2S.
Finished with two flat batteries.
Thanks to all the chasers, very nice days radio.