Yesterday on a day off traveling for work I spent the afternoon trying to activate Moore Mountain in NC. I was using my VX6R instead of my trusty FT60R which I am much more familiar with. I setup my Rollup Jpole as I have done numerous times and almost immediately received a 3/5 QSO so I thought wow this will be quick…2 hour later calling every 3-5 minutes nothing. I thought I may have some settings incorrect so I rebooted radio, tried a different spot all while enjoying a beautiful view which included a mountain about a mile away with lots of antennas! Surely those cannot be affecting my receiver??? Disappointed I packed up and headed back to town. From town I was getting into the local repeater fine. One person on the repeater said they heard me calling.
Today I decided to give it another go and just like yesterday had 1 very difficult QSO in 15 minutes of calling. The wind kicked up and I moved to the other side of a stone tower (opposite) the radio towers on the mountain a mile away and…7-5/9 QSOs in 30 minutes! I am not sure if the FT60R would have fared better but I suspect it would have. It was a good learning experience. I am ordering a sotabeams band pass filter!