Conditions on the HF bands today were probably the worst I have seen in twelve months, having said that, I managed to work a very weak Tom M1EYP/P on 40m cw first thing this morning and the superb trio of uniques from Steve G1INK/P, Peter GW3TJE/P and Jim GM0CQK/P, my fifth chased summit was from Richard G3CWI/P, thanks to all stations.
When conditions are this bad, lately I tend to nip up to Hope Mountain to play radio and get a little bit of R & R, as was the case today.
I opened up on 145-FM as usual and managed to work 10 of the regulars, despite increasing desensing from the radio masts.
After a QSY to FE on 60m ssb, Don G0RQL came back to my initial call with a superb 59 signal, followed by Paul G0HNW, John GW4BVE, and G4WHA, but it was a struggle with them all except Don.
Biggest shock of the day was the fact that Alistair GW0VMZ and I could not complete our QSO under these conditions, I never thought it could ever happen, Alistair being one of the most consistant strong signals on 60m, apologies Aliastair but we give it a fair go.
I QSY’d to 40m ssb where conditions were worse if anything, and only Barry MW3PXW was worked, he was visiting his Dad, Arthur GW1LDY and to be fair I could see his house from the summit and could have made the contact on semaphore, hi.
Another QSY, this time to 7.032 cw and hey presto, 9 contacts in quick succession with 4 DXCCs worked, long live the code and all who use it, hi.
Thanks for the spots and to all chasers worked as follows…
145-FM, GW1LDY, MW3PXW/M, GW7AAV, 2E0NHM, GW1GBH/M, M3TMX, G1KLZ, 2E0HJD and G4BLH.
5.3985-ssb, G0RQL, G0HNW, GW4BVE and G4WHA
7.032-cw, F5AKL, DJ5AV, PA0HRM, DL4FDM, HB9AGH, DL6UNF, F6CEL, F5CQ, and HB9AFI
Here’s to the next one.
73 Mike GW0DSP