I was looking for a topic but could not find a suitable one.
Two activations now done on OH/JS-066. One which I reported already in another thread, and second one today with a bit more success.
OH/JS-066 can now be considered as activated in sotadata.
One hour on air 20m CW / 53 QSO. After that I tried 20 SSB with nil, and then self spotted on 17 and got one dupe and Bill G4WSB before finally packing the gear and heading for my car.
Excellent weather and nice trip. The distance from my home QTH is 40 minutes by car.
Thank you for all the qsos and sorry about occasional wild keying
My antenna was doublet. I put marking tape on one meter steps to my 300 ohm feed ladder line to measure the antenna height and was very pleased when I finally got the doublet up and the measure was 15 meters.
I was running about 50 watts to the doublet through SGC SG-211 tuner. I have modified the tuner with remote tuning-kill switch to prevent erratic tuning.
and I thought Robin Hood is a registered trademark of the British
Thanks for todays s2s; I hope it was reasonably copyable on your side. I was working with 5 watts.
I had no connection to SOTAwatch on my summit, so I was lucky to find you on 20m.
When I found you on the band I heard W4ZV calling you again and again. He had, at least in south germany, a solid signal, so I decided to wait a couple of minutes before I called you, in order to give W4ZV a chance for a qso with you, but it seemed that you had to fight against aurora phenomenons.
We had three antennas in test. Hannu OH3KW brought a GP from our club OH3NE and his Windom antenna designed for lighthouse activations.
I had several wire antennas, but main target was to finally get the 2 el quad up in the air. We started with GP and checked the bands. They seemed to be almost dead with rather weak EU signals coming in on 20.
I was blaming the GP and sported with my bow towards the tallest Pine tree up the hill. With incredible luck I managed to shoot the arrow through the bushes at about 20 meter height with the first try. After little struggling and help from OH3KW and OH3GDO the 2el quad was ready for prime time. Quick tune and noise from SGC brought the SWR to 1.2 and I started listening. I checked with Rucsack radiotool the latest spots and tuned in. And yes, I was right. 20m was coming in with loudest chasers being +10 to +20 on KX3 S-meter.
Since the conditions were that promising I thought to start with SSB, have a break and finish with CW. After first self spot it was nice pile of chasers in steady stream coming in. After about 45 QSOs it was getting a bit cold and it was time for break.
After break I was hoping to work some nordic chasers and tuned the beam to 30. OZ chasers came in with blazing signals and propagation was surprisingly good work south EU as well with very nice signals.
After this pile has dried I decided to have again a break and turn the beam to NA. Turning the antenna around the Pine was much easier than I anticipated. I tuned the beam to 17 and started calling CQ NA. I managed to work two stations before my battery died and it was time to go QRT and dismantle the wire and rope art from the tree.
In reply to OH3T:
I didn’t hear you at all, probably my location in JP53 was too close
(in the skip zone) on 20 meters. Maybe Scandinavian and Baltic chasers
would have more luck on 40 meters than 20?
As an activatior, iv`e only had one qso with a nordic station on the 20m.
It was a SM/LA station, just north of Strømstad, i think. He was realy suprised, getting a station for LA/ST (somwhere on Dovre).
Maybe all us nordic activators should use the 40m mor often, problem is, that its way to crowded…
(I know, the answer is to learn CW…)
LA9XSA, when Vassfjellet is more or less free of snow, if you want, we can activate the summit together.
Need more active activators/chasers around here
30m seems to work pretty well between Nordics. Several LA and OZ are regulars and I hear them very well also when chasing at home QTH. I admit there have been days when I have not heard e.g. LA1ENA on 30 but worked him on 40 with very nice signals (CW).
Personally I do not like 40m SSB it being very noisy and a lot of QRO ragchewing activity coming from UA. My personal favorite is currently 30m and that combined with 17m seems to work pretty well.
The added bonus sticking to 30/17 is to avoid contest QRM during the weekends.
In reply to OH3T:
The only problem with, 30m, is the cw part, hopefully you will hear me slow, and far from steady, on the cw parts.
My sugestion about the 40m, was more intended to include the non cw chasers/activators.
And yes, i know all about the problems with the 40m…