This afternoon saw reasonable weather, with the possibility of rain later in the day, so I packed my bag and headed for “The Office”. I couldn’t operate from the usual spot because of the farmer working in that area and two of his sons were active on their Kawasaki trials bikes on the circuit up there. I parked the car at the bottom opposite the gate and walked up the tarmac road, then onto the piece of land to the right which is at the same height as the radio station site. It was very windy but remained dry with the exception of one good shower.
5Mhz seems to have been in great shape all week so I decided to give the FT-817ND a trip out, powered by a new 3ah SLAB. I must say that I am impressed with the performance of the 3ah as opposed to the 7ah SLAB mainly because of the significant weight difference, I’ll use the 7ah with the 857 only in future.
I opened up on 60m on channel FE and was immediately answered by John GW4BVE with fine reports in both directions, this was followed by 9 more of the usual suspects before a QSY to 40m-CW. I thought that my first couple of CQs would go unanswered, because I called on 7.031 due to 7.032 being occupied, but I was greeted with a huge pile up, sweet music. It was very difficult to pull individual call signs out from the pile up, most reports were 599, but eventually after chipping away at it, 23 CW contacts were in the log, I think a collins CW filter for the 817 will be on my Christmas pressie list, hi. A QSY to 2m-fm brought another 10 contacts. All in all, a very productive and enjoyable afternoon. My decision to use the 817 with it’s 5w, 3ah SLAB and linked dipole proved to be a winner today.
Thank you to all stations worked and for the spots.
DXCCs worked = 10… G, GW, GM, F, DL, ON, LY, SM, HB9, PA
73 Mike GW0DSP