On Ros Castle hill I tried 80m first, the noise floor was quite low. I called and called but only made one contact with EI. 40m came next which provided 18 contacts in 30 minutes, including a S2S, then no replies to calls. Again low noise floor. Finally a try on 60m. Slow going with 6 contacts till my calls had no response. In that time Helen struggled to qualify the summit on 2m.
Ros Castle was a try-out with kit I’ve not used for a few months. I usually do the shake-down before we go away.
We wanted to do a second hill, Housedon, so didn’t set up for 20/17m but they both sounded a bit in the doldrums.
Rain was threatening as we started up Housedon Hill and as we topped out a squall passed nearby and we caught the edge of it as I was setting up. As the propagation was so poor on 80 and 60m I decided to not carry my fan-dipole and only take the vertical which will do 40/20/17m. 40m was working really well and I had 29 contacts in 25 minutes. A mixture of intra-G and Europe.
Another squall was on its way. Helen had made only one contact on 2m so quickly jumped on my kit to qualify the hill on 40m before it properly started to drizzle. We packed up in the wet and retreated to the van just as the rain started. I would’ve stayed longer but I have an aversion to getting soaked for 1 point
After 4 activations 40m is the most productive band, even though it’s a bit hit and miss, with occasional very good signals.
Sorry I’ve missed you.