I should have been travelling back from JA today but I got an earlier flight yesterday and managed to “win” some time to myself. Unfortunately I still won’t be able to go to the HFC at the weekend so I decided to blow off the cobwebs and spend a couple of hours doing an activation up on Wendover Woods this morning as the weather looked so good.
Funnily enough, when I went to the website to post an alert, I saw Keith G8HXE’s spot saying he was already up on Wendover Woods and struggling on 2m FM. I called him straight away and learned he had been calling for 25 minutes with no other QSO’s. I suggested some better locations for 2m take off and then continued to get myself ready for my own activation.
As I was driving up to the “true summit” area I passed a chap sitting at the scenic viewpoint (one of my suggestions) holding what looked like an RSS. I guessed it was Keith and stopped to have a chat (and hold his antenna whilst he worked Frank G3RMD). So, thankful that Keith had qualified the summit, I carried on and set up my own station near the summit cairn in the usual clearing with the sun “blazing down” with just a cheeky breeze every now and then.
I started off on 5 MHz CW but unusually only had a couple of callers, G4OBK and G0NES. I was worried that maybe conditions were not so good but when I moved to FE and SSB, I had plenty of stations to work with good strong signals all round.
After that I moved off and tried to work S2S with DF9TS/P on 40m but couldn’t break the pile so I started myself on 7.0315. A good run followed on CW along with a handful more callers when I moved to 40m SSB on 7.089. Interestingly, one was a mobile station in PA land just using 5W from his 817 to whip on the car… and doing quite well until the QSB kicked in.
Next was a move to 30m with a S2S with DL7VKD/P on 10.118 and another short run myself on 10.119 before QSY’ing to 20m and 14.058 where I made another couple of QSO’s on CW to Russia (QRP station) and Hungary.
I then moved back to FE on 5Mhz to announce a QSY to 80m (just in case anyone was monitoring) and worked G3RMD, my shadow today and G4ZRP (who was only using 1w).
On 80m CW, I was especially pleased to work Peter ON3WAB who had apparently been hearing me strongly at 59+10 on 5 MHz but of course was unable to call on that band. A few more callers followed on CW and then just a couple on 80m SSB including Frank G3RMD (for his 4th band/mode slot).
I closed down at about 1300 GMT after making 54 QSO’s with 17 DXCC entities which break down as follows:
(It was particularly nice to have worked CW chasers on all 5 bands)
80m – 5 CW, 2 SSB
60m – 2 CW, 13 SSB
40m – 18 CW, 4 SSB
30m – 8 CW
20m – 2 CW
QRO Equipment today:
Icom 706 II G – about 25-30W
88ft “Norcal” doublet
Thanks to all callers and to G3RMD, ON3WAB, DL2DXA and M3RHJ for the spots.
73 Marc G0AZS