At fairly short notice yesterday, I posted an activation for my local hill. It was a pleasant enough day, although the strong wind was intermittently blowing the dust around, and surprisingly uncrowded.
As usual I started on 7032, but initially found just one chaser. Knowing that foF2 was about 5.5 MHz, having checked before departure, I then moved to FE for several CQs. Either nobody was monitoring, or propagation was not as expected, so I drew a blank. I then returned to 40m and managed another two difficult QSOs. Then I heard somebody sending “try 30m” so I sent “QSY 10116” a couple of times and changed bands. I was found by one chaser, but nobody else came looking. After a final try again on both 40m and 60m, I departed with my four contacts in the log.
Having packed away the gear, I took the opportunity to reconnoitre the summit for a potential QRO activity site. It looks promising, and I will attempt an evening activation sometime soon. I think that 1900 UTC will be a suitable time to get the best “value” from 80m, both CW and SSB, but I expect to use other bands as well if time and conditions allow.
It will be fairly short-notice, fitting in with non-radio activities and suitable weather, but could be fun packing the gear in the dark!
73 de Les, G3VQO