I did my first SOTA activation one week ago (EA2/NV-092) and I had much more success than I expected.
I used my FT-817, a vertical wire of 8 meters long plus 4 wires for ground plane and the Z-817 antenna tuner.
It was a real pleasure to work many hams (79) along europe both in 20 and 40 meters, phone and CW.
The question I want to share with you is that I had a call that morning from W1OW.
It was a surprise for me to be able to work W1 entity running 5 watts into a single wire at that time in the day (round midday). The signals were lower than for the european hams and his voice sounded a little faint and suffered from QSB, but the QSO went on consistently and we could complete his call and report.
After I return home and upload the log, I checked the W1OW info via QRZ and there is not much about him. I can’t see him either in the Sota Database as a chaser or activator.
With the concern if the contact was a real one or if I misundertood his callsign, I would like to hear your opinion about it.
Is there any of you that also count with him in your log during your activations?
Thanks in advance for any comment. Hope to activate some more this summer.