This summit is not far away from me. With a quick look on the map Saturday evening my first estimate was 2 hours including driving. After all this only Jura and not the Alpes. On the way to the summit I see a sign “Le Colomby de Gex 1h45min” - I will be late by one and half hours from ETA. Tune to 10.116 kHz. Some DX chasers working there. Tune 1 kHz down and call CQ. Try to get YU4JN at 0911 UTC. Works with G4FTC. On 20 m band MRD stations. Go to 7.031 kHz. 0926 UTC I hear DL7RAG working some SOTA activator. Try to offer call sign F5VGL/P but no result. 0940 UTC same problem with HB9RE on 3561.5 kHz. He is working G3VQO. I hear Les bearly just above the noise. I try to offer my call sign also to Les, but I could not understand response if there was any. Try some random QSOs on 18088 kHz with no reply. On 10116 kHz W1MK is calling DXs but does not hear me. After one hour it is clear that nobody can hear me. Was the propagation so bad or there was too much other traffic? Or there was a technical problem in my antenna setup? Power to dummy load looks ok.
Radio: FT817ND, 2.5 or 5 W CW to wire loop, T1 ATU
73 and see you again,