Yes, the propagation was quite challenging, at least when looking at various data.
Thierry, It was nice to work you on DStar, no worries with propagation there
Ian, I was super stoked to be able to work you. You were my only DX Station today, everybody else were JA contacts. I notice that if I call CQ SOTA locally I feel people are startled, wondering what it is and not calling back. So after a while I called as /P & /QRP and when people called then I explained to them that I was activating a SOTA. Today I used a FT-817 with a vertical (buddistick) and a T1 tuner. It was my first time using the T1 so I fiddled around a little bit. I was putting out 5w and the rig was powered by a powerfilm foldable solar panel.
In the end I only activated JA/NI-045 and it was a very easy summit not too far from the road, so it was perfect for me to fiddle around with the gear. In the end I had about 15 QSOs, all with JA except for the one with Ian. I had a lot of very clear signals from hokkaido. Most people gave me around 53 or 55 with a few 59. One of the biggest signals I had came from another QRP station which was funny, he also said I was 59+, lol…
Anyway, that was fun. Tomorow I am off activation Iijisan and then next w/e I am off to France!
Catch you guys on the air tomorrow hopefully.