When I arrived at the parking spot for Gun, there was a gentle breeze. I’d placed the kite in the car after repairing it a couple of days ago, so I took it along to the summit.
TBH, the wind speed was marginal, nevertheless, by attaching much lighter electric fence wire as the driven element, it did launch and I reckoned to have about 40/45 Metres of wire in the air. Note the famous hawthorn tree antenna support, ideal for tying the kite off.
I stuck a self spot up on the 40m band and within a couple of minutes there was a nice pile-up. The signals I was receiving were big, with hardly anyone less than 5/9. The kite was up and down like a yoyo, but I managed to complete 25 contacts before things dried up. Time to tune up the kite antenna for the 10m band.
A self spot on 10m produced calls from Christos SV2OXS in Greece, Garry VE3XN in Toronto, Phillip VE1WT in Nova Scotia, Walter NE4TN in Tennessee at which point, rather annoyingly, the wind dropped and the kite fell out of the sky. Ah well, it was fun while it lasted So, it was back on the vertical to complete the activation.
Conditions were generally down with 80 contacts completed. Plenty into North America, with Peru arguably the best DX of the day.
Thanks to all the Chasers.