I have a few minutes here before meeting up with PEDRO CT1DBS and DAVID CT1DRB SOTA Men for a drink.
It was a good day in the Estremadura region today. Mild, with some sunshine, like a good September day in the UK. Well over 200 Km driven and 3 activations, totalling 72 QSOs, around 5 miles walked in total. I have a slight problem with battery power for my FT-817. I think my old 3.3 AH LiPO is shot. Not surprised - it’s almost ten year old. I hope it will support another 2 full days supplementing the internal batts in the rig then its going to the dump for recycling…
A couple of chasers did not make it into my log today and may think they did, as they sent their 73s… In particular F6EAZ who repeatedly sends his callsign 3 times in CW ending with K and then cannot hear me… It needs saying, as a Chaser myself I hear this “Pile up blocking” and not listening in between calls very frustrating. I went back to the guy at least 3 times today from ES-001 and he did not give me a report when I was receiving… He was sending his callsign 3 times over and over with quite a clicky note at 59 strength and was wiping out other possible contacts with other stations calling and operating the right way, yet he could not hear me. The operator is close to being blacklisted due to bad operating, sorry. Desperate or what…I will work him, no problem if he calls me by sending his call once only. I will work him and await a report, lets see if the OM hears my QRP signal next time!!
The other station not worked and this is not criticism, but he did try hard but could not hear me was OK1SDE on ES-002.
73 and see you tmw when I will likely be out with CT1DRB. We’ll try between us to activate 4 CT/ES summits.
PS Best DX N1GB and AC1Z. No S2S and the 30m band was very poor today