this morning I wanted to activate two easy peaks, Mt Ubione I/LO-296 and Corna Marcia I/LO-284.
On the first summit there is a big summit cross, I thought to use this like an antenna.
I connected kx3 with bnc plug and short copper wire wrapped to cross and some radials connected to the metal fence.
I used a internal ATU on 80mt gaining swr 1.0, and I started to call at 3.555-cw.
A RBN station in the other side of the valley spotted me with 40dB ground wave.
It was 7:40 utc, I did not expect the band to be usable, no rbn network station received my reflected wave.
But after some cq, I listened DL1FU, receiving a rprt 449 and sent to 579.
I tryed the performance of the big summit cross antenna also in 40 and in 20 meters. It worked fine!!
I passed in qrt and I reached the second summit of the day, Mt Corna Marcia, using a small fishing pole I worked 20 and 17mt ssb.
With great surprise I saw that 10 meter was open. I called on 28.425 ssb, it was fantastic to hear chasers on this band, especially M0MDA Michael with 59, loud modulations.
Thanks at all chasers and swl.