Yes, it was the vertical for 20m with radials angled at 30 degrees to the mast. It did stay up more reliably, mainly because we used a normal size pole, not a the jumbo one that tries to harness wind energy.
Sean’s ATU was used with that aerial to enable some work on 30m and 15m, while I took my dipoles for 80m and 40m. All Sean and my QSOs were HF CW, mostly with contest stations, but including a short spell on 3.557MHz, alerted as promised on SOTAwatch for the benefit of any chasers that were interested.
Sean was very nervous about going live with his fledgling CW, but was rather taken and reassured by the patience shown to him by both SOTA chasers and CQWW contesters. I did tell him that this would be the case, but I don’t think he believed me before going on air.
So, congrats to Sean M0GIA for his debut CW activation, which included the following:
80m: 8 - DL, GW, G
40m: 3 - SM, DL, OZ,
20m: 5 - all W
My own activity comprised:
80m: 11 - DL, G, GW, SM, EI
40m: 7 - DL, OZ, ON, YL, W, SM, SP
30m: 3 - HB, OK, G
20m: 11 - W, S5, 9A, EA, OX
15m: 1 - G
Our QSO rate over the time we were there was pretty pathetic to be honest, but we learned a few lessons. 20m was nigh on unusable for most of the day with ten or more stations crammed into every 1kHz, but came into its own after 1500 with easy solid contacts made into North America one after the other. Unfortunately, just as we were really getting going with them, the mobile rang to say that tea would be ready at 5pm! I was delighted with the new DXCC of Greenland though.
It was nice to see Richard G3CWI (and daughter Mai Ling), and earlier Roger M0GMG (Chairman of the Macc & DRS) come and see us on the summit and take the opportunity to each bag a 2m HH RD activation.
It was a deathly cold day, around -2 by the time we finished, and never getting much higher I suspect. Sean’s tent was useful in keeping the worst of it at bay, but we were both cold by pack-up time, even though we would have preferred to stick around and carry on working the North Americans.
Thanks to Sean for the company, the brew at 9am, and the 20m vertical which always adds a touch of excitement to SOTA activations. Thanks also to all chasers, especially those that turned up on frequency to work Sean after I posted the spot. Great support.