Much better session this morning. It shouldn’t really have happened - I barely slept a wink last night, and I have a big gig in Blackpool tonight. The weather was atrocious - very windy and very rainy - and a croc clip came away from the feeder after just one QSO. I wouldn’t mind but I’ve only used this feeder about 150 times since the last time it was repaired.
I stripped some of the coating of the core with my teeth, wrapped it around the driven element and secured it in place with the now separate crocodile clip. I used a spare cable tie to give best possible strain relief close to there as this was now a very temporary and very vulnerable arrangement!
Fortunately, it worked, and thank goodness, because at long last a bit of UK activity picked up in this 2m CW contest, and also there was a bit of a lift. 16 QSOs were made to add the the 16 from Saturday, but in half the time. Furthermore, they were a bit more “interesting”:
DL: JN59, JO30, 31, 40, 41. (6)
G: IO82, 83, 90, 91. (7)
GW: IO73. (1)
OK: JO60. (2)
Of course multipliers don’t count for this event, it just goes on accumulated km distance points, but that gives a flavour of what was worked. Smashing, glad I went for it in contradiction of all available logic.
Now to load up on coffee and Red Bull, and pick my mum up for a trip to Blackpool. Now, if only there was a decent show I could take her to…