Many thanks to all those who worked us today. Conditions on 60m and 80m were not great! Apologies to those waiting for 40m - change of plan to 20m. Thanks to Allan @GW4VPX for qualifying the summit for me, and to operators in EA1, GW and SV for the summit-to-summits. For those collecting trigs, I was near enough for it to qualify.
It was not unpleasant at 0 degrees, but the chills set in after a couple of hours in the snow. The hill was busy with families, sledgers and dog-walkers. Must have explained our goings-on at least half a dozen times, so all very good.
It took ages to get going. The tablet had forgotten the set-up for comms to the FT817 (via a Bluetooth dongle) and put up a bit of a fight restoring this. Then once I was on-frequency nothing was decoding. Running a WiFi hot-spot on the phone to allow time synchronization fixed this.
80m was fairly easy-going, with only 4 UK stations logged, but numerous continental transmissions received at lower S/N. 40m was a bit mad with very little space on the standard dial frequency. I recognised several frequent chasers amongst my QSO partners - thanks.
One more problem I experienced was my track-pad (a little keyboard-integrated Bluetooth job) becoming unresponsive to cold fingers! But on the little 8-inch screen it’s very hard to control WSJT-X with stubby fingers.
Switching to CW for some traditional QSOs Javier, EA2GM/P, found me straight away for S2S. Then you all kept me busy until I had to QRT - sorry. Helen and I got off the hill just as the rain came, but not before grabbing a 2-m S2S with Andrew, MW1CJE on Glyder Fawr.
Hi Allan - no Stateside. I heard one station calling another over the top of me, a good 57, but none came back to me. Tried for S2S with a CT station but couldn’t make it through the pile up. Bit of an odd activation, but well qualified.
I’v been having trouble with FT8 on 80m this weekend, with very little seen on the waterfall even when I knew the band was quite busy. So I set it going this morning and again finding only very sporadic decodes left it to it’s own devices whilst I went about my day, with not much hope and even less thought. So imagine my surprise when I finally got round to having a look at what I’d snared:
122530 -19 -0.2 1752 ~ CQ SO G4TJC/P
122900 -18 -0.2 1089 ~ CQ SO G4TJC/P
124000 -19 -0.3 446 ~ MW0IDX G4PDF IO93
124530 -24 2.1 1506 ~ P90TRG/R WU3WDD/R R107
125945 -16 -0.1 1497 ~ G4TJC/P G4OBK IO94
Sorry I wasn’t by the radio to try a call Simon but given the very patchy decoding I doubt we’d have made it.
Quite fun these FT8 events in their own peculiar way, looking forward to participating in more