Just got home from a few days in GI and managed to activate Divis (AH-004) and Slemish (AH-007).
While Slemish went like a dream, I must apologise to any chasers trying to work me on Divis.
All started well on 40 metres, but after only a few contacts my radio (ATS4) just appeared to go deaf. I noticed that the S Meter was almost full scale, yet I could not locate any obvious carrier. I can’t believe it was front end overload as it was not present all the time, but kept coming back after I started transmission!
Moving as low as possible to get away from the adjacent RF sources in the AZ didn’t improve matters.
I was convinced my rig was faulty as it occurred also on 20 metres when I tried there.
Subsequent testing and successful activation of Slemish tell me that all is well yet the blocking on Divis remains a mystery.
As a new activator I now also have the greatest respect for those who go out in all weathers. Divis turned form being bleak and cold to wild, wet, windy and freezing. I was quite happy to pack up and get away after my 12 contacts!
In contrast Slemish was activated on a dream day. On top, it was like a summers day! My only regret is not being spotted on 7Mhz even though I was worked a few regulars. Still, 41 contacts in the log will do fine.
Looking forward to more GI’s in the future.