Now it’s gone dark in Europe, I’m intrigued to know if anyone managed S2S with the NA activators.
I went to Cairnpapple Hill (GM/S-254) at short notice (once the rain radar suggested it was going to be dry there for the late afternoon) and had a listen. I set up a quarter wave vertical for 20m with three radials down at 45 degrees, with the base of the quarter wave about 6m agl on my Spiderbeam pole extended to 11m. (No photo sorry, I forgot - I did have the camera …)
Amazingly I found a QSO (non SOTA) just closing down on 14.285 so called CQ there. Was answered by a NY station, KC2HRO who was running 100W to a Windom. I had the linear on (35W) and we exchanged 57 - 59 reports with a bit of QSB. There were also a couple of Italian stations called me there, but no SOTA chasers.
Tuning round the band it was obviously very much open to NA, with many QSOs heard. However I couldn’t find any of the NA activators until I eventually got back to 14.285 at about 1555Z when I heard K1YMI/P Andrew on (I think) GA-044. He was a very weak signal - running 5W I understood. Certainly at least GW4BVE managed to complete with him, and others I think, but he was marginal with me, and I had no luck with a few shouts. A pity I couldn’t stay around, it was beginning to get dark.
So no cross-pond S2S today for me - I hope someone managed it.