The Christmas Eve “warm-up” went reasonably well.
15m CW: 1 QSO
20m SSB: 13 QSOs
40m SSB: 3 QSOs
2m FM: 5 QSOs
Total: 22 QSOs
S2S with IN3ADF/P on I/AA-154 (20m SSB) & MW7RJO/P on GW/NW-002 (2m FM)
SWL (or in other words called-but-didn’t-get-heard) with EA8/LB8CG/P on EA8/TF-009 and EB2GKK/P on EA2/NV-073.
Mini Palm Paddle/Palm Cube was playing up, making funny noises, and stuck at 40wpm. I managed to fumble one contact through, but then gave up and resorted to SSB. I suspected either or both of a bit of damp getting in and a CR2032 battery that needed replacing. After getting home, I installed a new battery and gave the paddle and Palm Cube a good airing in the warm dry shack.
I’m still deliberating which bands to go for tomorrow (Christmas Day morning) and which antenna system to use. I’ll keep an eye on the alerts, which will undoubtedly shape my thinking - if any more are posted!