WX for this was not great but having booked some slots to activate GM5WS, I didn’t want to waste them. Most of the walk-up was in rain showers, turning to sleet near the top of my local 1 pointer. First thing I set up was my tarp tent, which I managed to get done in a break between showers. Wind wasn’t a problem, but the unpleasant showers kept passing through as I set up my hexbeam, which slowed things down a bit.
Got on the air at 1220, which wasn’t too far off my 1200 alert start time and tried 10m first. First in the log was Mike,MM7MWL then Fraser MM0EFI and thirdly Hibby MM0RFN, all from the local SOTA group. Then…nothing, despite a lot of CQs. The band was open but alas no chasers for either the hill or the GM5WS. Incidentally, I noticed that my spots on Sotawatch automatically added /P even though I just entered GM5WS.
I dropped down to 15m which was more lively and picked up a few SOTA chasers and some looking for the Transatlantic Centenary call. W4JKC was the first across-the-pond QSO and 4Z4DX furthest East for the day. YO5MCM/P called for my only S2S. A good few minutes then followed, with PJ4DX, VE9MM, VE1EV and AA7G amongst the callers.
I tried 10m again but got no replies to my CQs.
I had better luck on 12m, with Fraser MM0EFI calling in again, followed directly by TI2SD, W1FPW, PJ4DX and AA7G again.
Determined to get something more on 10m, some CQs yielded G0FWX and then PJ4DX again after a QSY - nice to get Steve in the log 3 times; I remember working him years ago when he was G4JVG.
The weather was starting to bug me by this time, so I went back to 15m for a final effort, which brought 4 more transatlantic QSOs - VE3XN, VE3IC, W4DID and K8LJG (Mi) who was furthest West for the day. Last QSO was with YO6CFB at 1414, with 40 in total the log.
Packed up with the same mix of showers passing through and squelched back down to the car in the rapidly fading light. Next slot booked is 6th Dec when hopefully the WX will be a bit better.
73 to all.