In reply to VK1NAM:
Does it take a slab of beer to get the Poms out of the shack for a S2S?
Looking at the figures from the Oracle@Delphi the answer would appear to be no!
Position,Callsign,S2SContacts: ALL G
Position,Callsign,S2SContacts: ALL VK
ex Pom from Birch Vale, Stockport
That’s a fine reason to move to the other side of the world!
Seriously, it’s the maximum of a poor solar maximum. The sun’s mag field is flipping meaning we at the top/starting the downside. We wont get another maximum for at least 11 years. Now’s the time to push for those QRP<>QRP contacts. Hell it’s worth lugging loads of batteries, a PA and a small Yagi up a summit for VK<>Eu S2S contacts. SP or LP or both.
Yesterday on 10m we (GM100RSGB) worked a large number of simultaeneous LP and SP contacts. By 1700Z the band was hard open to W6 and we worked mobiles on the LA freeways who running 25-100W to a small whip and they were 59+ with us. It suggests SSB contacts should be possible with small antennas an 10W especially with the low noise levels on the summits. CW should be a doddle.